Bulldogs advance to Western Conference after Game 7 marathon

It wasn’t through lack of effort but rather the effort of Lack that forced the Hamilton Bulldogs to three overtime periods on Monday night (May 9) before they finally disposed of the Manitoba Moose.

Eddie Lack was peppered with 57 shots from the Bulldogs snipers during the American Hockey League’s North Division final but couldn’t wrestle down Dustin Boyd’s flip shot just six seconds into triple overtime at Copps Coliseum. The 2-1 victory from the unassisted tally the gave the best-of-seven affair to Hamilton 4-3 in games and sends the Bulldogs into the Western Conference final against either Milwaukee Admirals or Houston Aeros.

Those two teams play their seventh and deciding game Tuesday night. The Western Conference showdown will open in Milwaukee or Houston.

Manitoba Moose goalie Eddie Lack was stopping virtually everything, including his own teammates, from going into the net. (Photo: Pellerins Photography/Hamilton Bulldogs)

Manitoba had carried a 1-0 lead from the midway point of the first period – on Sergei Shirokov’s power play goal – to the 6.24 mark of the third period. That’s when Nigel Dawes combined with Aaron Palushaj and Neil Petruic for his ninth post-season goal that would send the game into overtime.

Hamilton netminder Drew MacIntyre turned aside 29 of the 30 shots he faced. Hamilton was unable to score on four power play advantages.

A crowd of 2,553 was in attendance.