Moose cut into Bulldogs’ series lead

The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated by the Manitoba Moose, 5-4, in Game 3 of the American Hockey League’s North Division final on Tuesday (May 3). The result left Hamilton with a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven playoff.

Marco Rosa had a goal and two assists for Manitoba while three other Moose players recorded two-point nights before a crowd of 5,809 in Winnipeg.

Manitoba lit the scoreboard first at 14:42 of the opening period when Alexandre Bolduc relayed a pass from Guillaume Desbiens between the legs of goaltender Drew MacIntyre.

Hamilton tied the game at less than two minutes later. Ian Schultz received the puck from Dany Masse before skating down the left side of the Moose’s zone. Schultz’s shot on net squeaked through the legs of goaltender Eddie Lack.

The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead at 4:40 of the second stanza. Frederic St. Denis fed the puck to Aaron Palushaj, sending him on a breakaway. Palushaj dashed towards the net before flipping a shot over the glove of Lack and into the top of the net.

But with just 25 seconds left in the period, Manitoba tied the game. Mark Flood took a pass from Bill Sweatt and sent a shot to the net that was stopped by MacIntyre. The rebound bounced to Jordan Schroeder who batted it into the net. And with just one second left in the period, Sergei Shirokov gave the Moose a 3-2 lead with a power-play marker.

The Moose doubled their margin at 4:40 of the third frame with a second power play marker. Jason Jaffray’s shot on net was stopped by MacIntyre but Rosa grabbed the rebound and flicked the puck up and over the goaltender.

Hamilton scored its third goal 38 seconds later. Andrew Conboy gave the puck to Gabriel Dumont, who carried it into the Manitoba zone. Dumont cut to the middle of the ice before rifling a shot that sailed over the blocker of Lack and into the net.

Jaffray scored at 17:43 of the third stanza to give the Moose a 5-3 lead. Rosa dished the puck to Shirokov, who fed a cross-ice pass to Jaffray. Jaffray tapped the puck past MacIntyre and into the net to finish off the three-way passing play.

Ryan White added a goal at 19:28 for the Bulldogs while on the power play.

Manitoba narrowly outshot Hamilton, 28-27.

The two teams are back in action today (Wednesday) at 8:30 p.m. eastern time. All Hamilton Bulldogs playoff broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.