A two-goal effort, including the winner, from Gabriel Dumont, his first markers of the post season, carried the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 4-2 decision over the visiting Manitoba Moose on Sunday (May 1). With the win at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton grabs a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven American Hockey League’s North Division final.
Game 3 is set for Tuesday (May 3) in Winnipeg.
The Moose opened the scoring at 2:43 of the first period. Chris Tanev held the puck at the blueline before firing a wrist shot towards the net. Kevin Clark was positioned in front of the net and tipped the puck over the right shoulder of goaltender Drew MacIntyre.
Just under seven minutes later, the Bulldogs tied the game with a power-play marker. Nigel Dawes fed a pass to Mathieu Carle at the point. Carle’s wrist shot sailed through traffic and over the blocker of goaltender Eddie Lack.
Hamilton took the lead at 14:44 of the second stanza. Andreas Engqvist carried the puck through the slot before spinning around and firing a shot on the net. The rebound bounced out to Ryan Russell, who slid the puck under the glove of Lack and across the goal line.
Hamilton increased its lead to 3-1at 4:22 of the final frame. Ryan White, playing his first game since being re-assigned by the Montreal Canadiens when they were eliminated from the National Hockey League playoffs, took a pass from Andrew Conboy while behind the net. White fed the puck to the front of the net, where Dumont one-timed a shot over the glove of Lack. Dumont added his second goal, an empty net tally, at 19:11.
Manitoba added a goal 19 seconds later when Tanev beat MacIntyre.
Hamilton outshot their guests, 31-26 in front of 2,911 fans.
Tuesday’s game at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, can be heard on AM 820 CHAM with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the start.