Alexandre Bolduc’s unassisted shorthanded goal at 3:40 of the second period stood up as the game-winner, and goaltender Eddie Lack pitched a 25-save shutout as Manitoba extended the North Division final to Game 7 with a 1-0 road win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday (May 8) at Copps Coliseum.
The Moose, who improved to 4-0 in elimination games this spring – including 3-0 on the road – will look to complete a comeback from a 3-2 series deficit when Game 7 in the American Hockey League goes on Monday in Hamilton. Manitoba is coming off a division semi-finals series against Lake Erie in which it rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the series and captured Games 6 and 7 in Cleveland.
The game’s only goal resulted from a Hamilton turnover on the power play. Bolduc picked up the puck and converted a shorthanded breakaway for his fourth goal of the postseason and second of this series.
The 22-year-old Lack did the rest for the Moose. The AHL’s All-Rookie goaltender for 2010-11, Lack posted his second shutout of the playoffs and has surrendered only two total goals in Manitoba’s four elimination games this postseason (4-0, .050, .982).
Ex-Moose goaltender Drew MacIntyre was solid in net for the Bulldogs as well, stopping 33 of 34 shots in the losing effort.
Hamilton suffered its first home-ice loss of the playoffs after beginning a perfect 5-0 at Copps. A crowd of 2,980 was on hand. The ‘Dogs and Moose will battle in Game 7 on Monday (May 9) night at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.