The Hamilton Bulldogs had quite a run during the 2010-2011 season. From player injuries, to NHL call-ups to the Canadiens when that team had player injuries, the Bulldogs had an uphill battle all season and a grand challenge. Many wouldn’t have held it against the team if they didn’t make the playoffs. The Hamilton Bulldogs not only made it to the playoffs, but all the way to the Western Conference Finals. Were it not for an astounding 8-1-0-1 run in the final ten games of the season the team may not have made it at all.
Yesterday the team played game seven of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Aeros. The two teams had virtually the same regular season record. Houston had two more wins, Hamilton had one less regulation loss, overtime and shootout losses were also close. The two teams ended the season almost dead on in points, Houston having the edge up one point.
That is also how game seven would end.
The Houston Aeros upset the Hamilton Bulldogs with a win in game seven scoring the game winning goal with 1:13 left in the third period. The goal was not without controversy as DiSalvatore of the Aeros crashed into Drew MacIntyre as he covered the puck in the crease. The impact caused the puck to go into the net and a goal was awarded. Despite the contests from Hamilton players, coach and goalie included, the goal stood on the ice and the Bulldogs were down a goal with time running out.
The Aeros opened up scoring in the first period with two goals in nine seconds at 7:03 and 7:12 putting Houston up 2-0. Hamilton would retaliate and even the score before the period was out. Dustin Boyd added a goal for the Bulldogs just two minutes later scoring at 9:13, assisted by Carle and MacIntyre. Matheau Carle would add a power play goal at 13:21 to tie up the game.
2:42 into the second period Houston retook the lead, only to be tied up again at 9:57 by Aaron Palushaj on another power play. The 3-3 tie would remain until the dying minutes of the third period where Houston scored the game winning goal.
Overall the Bulldogs had an amazing season filled with ups and down. Hamilton has reached the Calder Cup finals three time in the franchises fifteen year history, winning the championship once in 2006-07. It would have been great for the team to have made another run at the cup, but that will have to wait until next season.
Go Dogs Go.