The Hamilton Bulldogs took on the Houston Aeros in game two of the Western Conference Finals Sunday afternoon, looking to tie the series 1-1 before coming back to Hamilton. The Dogs came up short though losing the game 3-2 and will come back to Hamilton down two games to none on Tuesday.
Drew MacIntyre made 24 saves on 27 shots in the losing effort.
After a scoreless first period Houston opened up the scoring at 3:16 of the second period. Kyle Klubertanz took a hooking penalty barely two minutes into the second period allowing Robbie Earl of the Aeros to score a power play goal. Gabriel Dumont put the Bulldogs back into the game at 14:03 with a goal, assited by Nash and Russell, to tie the game at one goal each.
The Bulldogs wouldn’t make it out of the period without giving up another costly penalty and power play goal. Andrew Conboy was called for slashing with less than two minutes in the period, which was followed up by the second goal by Houston with just ten seconds left in the period. The play had shades of game 3 in Manitoba in the previous series when Manitoba tied the game and then took the lead in the final minute of the second period.
Houston and Hamilton would trade goals in the third period, first by Colton Gillies of Houston at 5:10 and then Ryan Russell for Hamilton at 12:06. MacIntyre was pulled in the final minute of the game, but the Bulldogs could not capitalize with the extra attacker.
Hamilton went 0 for 2 on the power play while Houston was 2 for 4.
The Bulldogs will return to Hamilton and prepare for game 3 from Copps Coliseum on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30pm and tickets to the game are just $21.50. Or take advantage of an exclusive web deal and take in both games for $30.00, a savings of $13!