The Hamilton Bulldogs have struck first in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference final, dimming the Texas Stars 3-2 in overtime on Friday night (May 14) at Copps Coliseum.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is set for 2 p.m. at Copps on Sunday.
The opening game was highlighted by Brock Trotter’s two goals, including the overtime winner.
Hamilton opened the scoring at 3:22 of the first period while on the power play. Mike Glumac received the puck from Andre Benoit before firing a shot on net. When Texas goaltender Matt Climie could not control the rebound, David Desharnais deposited the puck into the net.
The Stars used a power-play marker of their own three minutes later to pull even. Landon Wilson relayed a pass to Jamie Benn, who snapped a shot that slid between the legs of goaltender Curtis Sanford.
Trotter’s first goal gave the ‘Dogs a 2-1 just four minutes later. Aaron Palushaj sent a pass to Desharnais, who was stationed in the slot. Desharnais released a shot on net that Trotter tipped into the net.
Benn scored his second goal of the game at 18:15 of the second stanza, another power play effort. Former Bulldog Dan Jancevski fed a cross-ice pass to Benn, who one-timed a shot past Sanford.
Trotter’s scored counter came a mere 14 seconds into overtime to win the game for the Bulldogs.
Hamilton outshot their guests, 38-20 in front of 2,977 spectators.