Two goals from rookie star Jamie Benn were all the Texas Stars needed on Friday night (May 21) and they defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs, 2-1, in overtime. With that result, the Stars and Bulldogs are now even at two games apiece in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference final.
Game 5 is set for Saturday night in Texas before the best-of-seven series returns to Copps Coliseum on Monday night.
Texas has won the last two games – both in overtime- after Hamilton open the series with a pair of home-ice victories.
After a scoreless first period, the ’Dogs struck first at 8:56 of the second period with a power-play goal. Ryan Russell received the puck from Brock Trotter before sending a pass to David Desharnais, who was at the right side of the net. Desharnais drove to the front of the net before stuffing the puck underneath the pads of goaltender Matt Climie.
The Stars tied the game 24 seconds into the final frame. Colton Sceviour blasted a shot from the point that bounced off the leg of a Hamilton defender and onto the stick of Benn. Goalie Curtis Sanford was out of position due the deflection which allowed Benn to snap a shot into the net.
On the OT winner, Mathieu Beaudoin received the puck from Warren Peters before firing a shot on net that was stopped by Sanford. The rebound found Benn’s stick and then the net.
Hamilton was outshot, 32-27, with a crowd of 6,215 watching.