It took two extra sessions but the Manitoba Moose defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs, 2-1, to even their American Hockey League’s North Division final at two games apiece on Wednesday (May 4).
Game 5 in the best-of-seven playoff series goes Friday (May 6).
Mario Bliznak provided the double overtime winner for the Moose while Eddie Lack stopped 43 shots for the Moose.
Following a scoreless first period, the Bulldogs scored at 6:50 of the second stanza while on the power play. Brendon Nash sent the puck along the blue line to Kyle Klubertanz. Klubertanz relayed the puck to Gabriel Dumont, who was positioned at the left faceoff dot. Dumont spun around and fired a shot on net that rolled down the back of Lack and across the goal line.
The Moose tied the game at 17:58 of the final frame. Kevin Clark sent the puck to Bliznak who was at the left point. Bliznak blasted a shot that was stopped by goaltender Drew MacIntyre. The rebound bounced to the front of the net, where Guillaume Desbiens whacked it past Macintyre.
Manitoba won the game at 11:54 of the second overtime period. Jordan Schroeder carried the puck into the Hamilton zone before dropping the puck to Bliznak, who fired a shot past MacIntyre, who handled 34 shots on the night.
A crowd of 6,843 took in the game.
Friday’s game has an 8:30 p.m. start in Winnipeg. The teams return to Hamilton for Game 6 on Sunday (May 8) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum. All Hamilton Bulldogs playoff broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.