The Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 decision to the Houston Aeros Sunday afternoon and fell 0-2 in the best of seven AHL Western Conference final.  Colton Gilles’ seventh goal of the playoffs turned out to be the game winner.

Gabriel Dumont and Ryan Russell scored for Hamilton.

The Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 decision in Friday’s series opener. Hamilton is now 2-6 on the road during this year’s playoffs.  They are 6-1 at Copps Coliseum.  Games three, four and five (if necessary) will be played there Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Sunday, May 15, 2011 – Toyota Center

Hamilton 0 1 1 – 2
Houston 0 2 1 – 3


1st Period-

No Scoring.

Penalties-Nash Ham (tripping), 6:55; Bagnall Hou (cross-checking), 15:13; Bagnall Hou (roughing), 18:44.

2nd Period-

1, Houston, Earl 4 (Spurgeon, Peters), 3:16 (PP).

2, Hamilton, Dumont 5 (Russell, Nash), 14:03.

3, Houston, Scandella 2 (Spurgeon, Almond), 19:50 (PP). Penalties-Klubertanz Ham (holding), 1:44; Klubertanz Ham (hooking), 6:28; Conboy Ham (slashing), 18:17.

3rd Period-

4, Houston, Gillies 7 (Ortmeyer), 5:10.

5, Hamilton, Russell 5 (Palushaj, Carle), 12:06.

Penalties-Conboy Ham (roughing), 5:40; White Ham (roughing), 5:40; Noreau Hou (roughing, roughing), 5:40.

Shots on Goal-Hamilton 8-7-14-29. Houston 5-9-13-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 0 / 2; Houston 2 / 4.
Goalies-Hamilton, MacIntyre 8-7-0 (27 shots-24 saves). Houston, Hackett 10-3-0 (29 shots-27 saves).
A-5,220
Referees-Jean Hebert (43), Francis Charron (46).
Linesmen-Carl Sasyn (12), Brad Phillips (82).