Four goals within a span of 90 seconds brought a wild finish to the Hamilton-Manitoba American Hockey League game on Friday night. And when the ice chips had settled, the visiting Bulldogs were 5-3 losers to the Moose in Winnipeg.
Hamilton was trailing 3-1 at the 18:29 of the third period when the Moose’s Mike Keane scored an empty-net, shorthanded goal. That 4-1 lead should have left the Moose in a comfort zone except for Andrew Conboy (power-play) and P.K. Subban, who scored for the Bulldogs at 18:41 and 19:19.
That reduced the Manitoba lead to 4-3 before Keane scored his second empty-netter with 21 seconds left in the game to secure the win.
Hamilton opened the scoring at 13:46 of the first period when David Desharnais received a pass from Mike Glumac before dishing the puck to Brock Trotter. Trotter’s shot beat Manitoba goaltender Cory Schneider.
The Moose tied the game less than a minute later when Sergei Shirokov scored on Curtis Sanford.
Manitoba took a 2-1 lead at 4:02 of the second stanza. Evan Oberg’s point shot was stopped by Sanford but Erik Christensen tapped in the rebound. Mario Bliznak gave the Moose a 3-1 lead at 8:23. That goal ended the evening for Sanford who was replaced with Cedrick Desjardins.
Except for the two empty net goals, Hamilton held the Moose to no shots on net in the final period. They outshot their hosts 38-20 over three periods.
Hamilton concludes its four-game road trip tonight (Saturday) with a re-match against the Moose in Winnipeg.
On Friday night, 8,415 took in the game.