Bulldogs on verge of ending playoff series

The Hamilton Bulldogs are one win away from advancing to the American Hockey League’s North Division final.

It took 26 minutes of overtime to dispatch the Manitoba Moose, 5-4, on Wednesday (April 21) and take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series. The fifth game in the affair will be played on Friday (April 23) at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. On Wednesday, 7,501 fans gathered at the Centre to see P.K. Subban score his second goal of the game in the second overtime for Hamilton’s win.

Mike Glumac also had two goals, the second one sending the game into overtime.

The visiting Bulldogs opened the scoring at 12:37 of the first period. Shawn Belle sent the puck to Grant Stevenson, whose shot on net was deflected by Mike Glumac to beat goaltender Cory Schneider.

The Moose tied the game at 1:20 of the second stanza. Evan Oberg received a pass from Mario Bliznak before skating behind the Bulldogs’ net and flipping a shot over the glove of Hamilton goaltender Cedrick Desjardins. Five minutes later while on the power play, the Moose took a 2-1 lead when Bliznak’s shot squeaked through the pads of Desjardins.

It took Hamilton just 15 seconds following the Moose goal to tie matters, 2-2. Aaron Palushaj sent a pass to Brock Trotter, who was positioned at the left faceoff circle. He snapped a shot that beat Schneider on the glove side.

Manitoba regained the lead just 25 seconds after the ‘Dogs goal. Matt Pope carried the puck into the Bulldogs’ zone before dishing the puck to Dusty Collins. Collins backhanded a shot on net that beat Desjardins through the pads.

Kevin Clark gave Manitoba a two-goal lead at 8:41.

Subban made the game 4-3 at 10:48 of the second period. David Desharnais dodged a hit before giving the puck to Palushaj, who set up Subban. He rifled a wrist shot into the top corner of the net.

The ‘Dogs tied the game 4-4 at 12:19 of the final frame. Stevenson blasted a shot from the right side boards that Schneider fumbled in front of the net. Glumac shoved the loose puck past Schneider and into the back of the net.

Subban’s game winner came at 6.05 of the second extra session with Stevenson and Desharnais drawing assists.

Hamilton had a slim 45-42 edge in shots on goal.