The Hamilton Bulldogs dominated in every aspect of the game except where it counted the most, on the scoreboard. For the first time in this series, the Bulldogs scored first. They were able to keep that lead until the dying minutes of the final period. With just 2:02 remaining in the game, the Moose avoided to be back in the same position they were in the previous series against the Lake Erie Monsters and also repeated history by coming back from a two game deficit to tie the series up just like last year against this very same team. Mario Bliznak scored on a pretty play set up by Jordan Schroeder after 31:06 of sudden death in the second OT. Unlike the Moose, the ‘Dogs are back to the same situation they were in round 1, squandering a 2 game lead. Rookie Eddie Lack was the show stopper making 43 saves who single handedly stole the game.
It was a perfect game for the Bulldogs who fore-checked, back checked, made perfect passes, first to the puck, finished their checks, Drew MacIntyre kept them in, the special units did their jobs, and they were better than the Moose. It was text book hockey for coach Cunneyworth and there’s absolutely nothing that can be changed going into game 5 to pull a victory before going home. They just need to find a way to solve Eddie Lack before he builds more confidence and becomes unstoppable.
The Bulldogs crashed the net and did whatever they can to get Eddie Lack off his game. It took a weird bounce to get the game’s first goal. While on a power play, Gabriel Dumont took a wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle where Lack made the initial save but couldn’t find the puck which was in the air. The puck hit his back and rolled into the net. It was the Dumont’s 4th of the post-season tying his regular season totals. The goal came at 6:50 of the second period.
In the third period, the Moose finally got on the board with a goal from Guillame Desbiens. Drew MacIntyre made a wide leg save but couldn’t control the rebound where Desbiens quickly shot to the net.
In overtime, the Moose could have gone home early after the referee called a penalty shot at 1:29 of the first OT for the Moose. MacIntyre made one of his 32 saves to keep the game going. Each team had seven shots in the first OT but couldn’t beat any of the goaltenders.
Finally at 11:54 of the second OT, Mario Bliznak finished off a great play by Schroeder to extend the series by at least two more games. The 7000 fans stood on their feet and cheered on the victory.
Game 5 will be played once again at the MTS Centre on Friday 8:30 EST.