After waiting for almost a week, the Hamilton Bulldogs watched as the St.
John’s Maple Leafs defeat the Lowell Lock Monsters to give them the Hartford
In Game 1, the Hamilton Bulldogs erased a two-goal deficit and won Game #1 of
the AHL Eastern Conference Semi-Finals by score of 3-2 on Thursday night.
Defenseman Alex Henry had the game-winner at the 8:28 mark of overtime to win
the game for Hamilton. Game #2 takes place tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at the Civic
Center in Hartford.
Also scoring goals for Hamilton in Game #1 were Jani Rita and Fernando Pisani.
The goal scored by Pisani was notched with under eleven seconds remaining in
regulation time. The Bulldogs now have a record of three wins and zero losses
in overtime during the playoffs. All-time Hamilton’s record in overtime
consists of 8 wins and 4 losses.
Hartford goals on Thursday night came from Rico Fata and Jamie Lundmark. Marc
Lamothe made 22 saves in the win for Hamilton, while Scott Meyer made 34 saves
in net for Hartford.
The Bulldogs were 1 for 6 on the power play, while Hartford was 0 for 3 with
the man advantage.
In Game 2, The Hamilton Bulldogs played their fourth overtime game in five
playoff games, but came up on the short end this time as they lost to the
Hartford Wolf Pack 3-2 in double overtime. Marty Wilford scored Hartford’s
game-winner at the 15:19 mark of the second overtime period. Friday’s game
was the longest in Hartford Civic Center history and the second longest in
Hamilton Bulldogs franchise history.
Scoring Hamilton’s goals in Game #2 were Brian Swanson and Adam Dewan.
Hartford’s goals came from Wilford, Dave MacIsaac, and Jason Dawe. Marc
Lamothe made 50 saves on 53 shots. Wolf Pack goaltender Scott Meyer made a
total of 46 saves on the evening. Hamilton was 1 for 6 on the power play,
while Hartford was 0 for 6 on the power play.
Brian Swanson extended his playoff points streak to five games with his second
The Bulldogs will return to Hamilton for Game #3 on Sunday, April 28th to host
the Hartford Wolf Pack. Game time at Copps Coliseum is 4:00 p.m.
Then the unthinkable happened at Copps Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
As a result of the ‘CMRC Arena Cross Championship 2002’ held at Copps Coliseum
on Saturday evening, and the resulting inability of the building to provide
safe ice conditions, the Hamilton Bulldogs were forced to re-schedule Sunday’s
game. The Bulldogs were assured by Copps Coliseum that the ice would be
prepared on time.
“At 2:15 p.m. in consultation with both coaches, we had no choice, but to
postpone the game,” stated Hamilton Bulldogs President Cary Kaplan. “Playing
Sunday would have risked very serious injury to players from both teams. We
are disappointed for our fans in that both teams were ready to play, but the
ice was not.”
The Hamilton Bulldogs regret to announce that AHL Eastern Conference Semi
Final Playoff Game #3 between the Bulldogs and the Hartford Wolf Pack, which
was scheduled for today at 4:00 p.m. has been postponed to tomorrow – Monday,
April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.
Fans unable to use their tickets for Monday night at 7:30 p.m. may use them
for either Tuesday, April 30th – Game #4, Thursday, May 2nd – Game #5 or they
may be able to receive a full cash refund at point of purchase.