Curtis Sanford stopped 23 shots as the Hamilton Bulldogs shutout the Texas Stars 3-0 Saturday in Game 5 of the AHL’s Western Conference Finals.

The Bulldogs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the series and can advance to a Calder Cup Finals date with Hershey by winning Game 6 at home on Monday. If necessary, Game 7 would be Wednesday in Hamilton.

Ryan Russell, Mike Glumac and David Desharnais scored for the Bulldogs.  Desharnais extended his scoring streak to seven games (5-6-11) and moved into a three-way tie for second in AHL playoff scoring with 21 points (9-12-21) in 17 games.

Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
N1-Hamilton Bulldogs vs. W2-Texas Stars
Game 1 – Fri., May 14 – HAMILTON 3, Texas 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Sun., May 16 – HAMILTON 3, Texas 1
Game 3 – Wed., May 19 – TEXAS 5, Hamilton 4 (OT)
Game 4 – Fri., May 21 – TEXAS 2, Hamilton 1 (OT)
Game 5 – Sat., May 22 – Hamilton 3, TEXAS 0
Game 6 – Mon., May 24 – Texas at Hamilton, 7:30
*Game 7 – Wed., May 26 – Texas at Hamilton, 7:30

1st Period-

1, Hamilton, Russell 7 (Belle, Desharnais), 13:22 (pp).

Penalties-Gagnon Tex (high-sticking), 1:09; Dumont Ham (roughing), 5:36; Henry Ham (roughing), 5:36; White Ham (roughing), 5:36; Jancevski Tex (roughing), 5:36; Stephenson Tex (roughing), 5:36; Benn Tex (holding), 13:09; White Ham (interference), 17:30.

2nd Period-

2, Hamilton, Glumac 11 (Stevenson, Henry), 3:37.

3, Hamilton, Desharnais 9 (Palushaj, Belle), 15:33.

Penalties-Wathier Tex (slashing), 17:18.

3rd Period-

No Scoring.

Penalties-Trotter Ham (high-sticking), 2:40; McCulloch Tex (hooking), 9:40; Benn Tex (charging), 12:29; Conboy Ham (hooking), 16:20; Sawada Tex (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:10; Jancevski Tex (cross-checking), 18:44; Pacioretty Ham (roughing), 19:17; Sawada Tex (roughing), 19:17; Stafford Tex (boarding), 19:17.

Shots on Goal-Hamilton 11-12-10-33. Texas 8-5-10-23.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 1 of 8; Texas 0 of 4.
Goalies-Hamilton, Sanford 5-2-0 (23 shots-23 saves). Texas, Climie 3-3-0 (33 shots-30 saves).
A-5,020
Referees-Kyle Rehman (37).
Linesmen-Bryan Pancich (94), Frank Prestigiovanni (57).