Hamilton or Texas?
Which team advances to the American Hockey League’s Calder final will be determined on Wednesday night (May 26) when the Bulldogs and the Stars meet for the seventh and deciding game of their Western Conference final. The Texans needed another overtime win – the Stars third in the series – to force the deciding game, beating the Bulldogs 3-2 with 88 seconds to play in the sudden-death session on Monday night at Copps Coliseum.
Game 7 starts at 7.30 p.m.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 16:58 of the first period. Hunter Bishop’s shot on net from the right side boards was stopped by goaltender Matt Climie. The rebound bounced onto the stick of Gabriel Dumont, who fired a shot that was stopped Climie. Dumont grabbed his own rebound before snapping a shot into the net.
The Stars tied the game at 9:04 of the second stanza while on the power play. Travis Morin received the puck from Perttu Lindgren before dishing a pass to Garrett Stafford, who beat Curtis Sanford.
The ‘Dogs regained the lead at 17:51 of the period while on the power play. Brock Trotter received the puck from David Desharnais while stationed in the left corner of the Stars’ zone. Trotter gave the puck to Shawn Belle, who was in the slot. Belle released a shot that sailed past the glove of Climie.
Texas tied the game at 5:56 of the final frame. Greg Rallo carried the puck down the right side and into the Bulldogs’ zone before dishing a pass across the ice to Scott McCulloch, who tapped the puck over the blocker of Sanford.
The teams went into overtime for the fourth time in the series. Aaron Gagnon scored the game-winning goal 18:32 into the extra period. Jamie Benn collected the puck in the left corner before sending a shot to the front of the net. Sanford was unable to cover the puck allowing Gagnon to whack it across the goal line.
Hamilton outshot their guests, 53-38, with 2,613 in attendance.
The game will be shown on Cable 14 and can be heard on TALK 820 radio.