The Hamilton Bulldogs season came to an end on when Houston right winger Jon Disalvatore put the puck past Hamilton goaltender Drew MacIntyre out of a goalmouth scramble with 1:13 remaining in regulation time for a 4-3 victory in the seventh and deciding game of the AHL’s Western Conference Final.The Bulldogs, playing in their 100th game of the season,  had become only the third team in the 75 year history to come from behind a 3-0 deficit to tie a playoff series, only to fall short. They came from behind 2-0 and 3-2 first and second period deficits to enter the third period in a 3-3 tie. 

Dustin Boyd, Mathieu Carle and Aaron Palushaj scored the Hamilton goals. 

This is the second consecutive year the Bulldogs lost the Calder Cup Semi-final series in the 7th game.  Last year they were beaten 6-2 by Texas on home ice.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 – Toyota Center

Hamilton 2 1 0 – 3
Houston 2 1 1 – 4

1st Period-

1, Houston, Rau 6 (O’Sullivan), 7:03.

2, Houston, Wellman 4   7:12.

3, Hamilton, Boyd 5 (Carle, MacIntyre), 9:13.

4, Hamilton, Carle 3 (Dawes), 13:21 (PP).

Penalties-McMillan Hou (hooking), 13:03.

2nd Period-

5, Houston, Wellman 5 (Daoust, Falk), 2:42.

6, Hamilton, Palushaj 7 (Boyd, Dawes), 9:57 (PP).

Penalties-Petruic Ham (hooking), 3:20; Scandella Hou (interference), 8:52; McMillan Hou (boarding), 16:05.

3rd Period-

7, Houston, DiSalvatore 5 (O’Sullivan, Rau), 18:47.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Hamilton 7-8-12-27. Houston 12-8-14-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 2 / 3; Houston 0 / 1.
Goalies-Hamilton, MacIntyre 11-9-0 (34 shots-30 saves). Houston, Hackett 12-6-0 (27 shots-24 saves).
A-6,117
Referees-Ghislain Hebert (49), Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Brad Phillips (82), Carl Sasyn (12).

BULLDOGS FINAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYOFF SCORING STATISTICS

# Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
19 Nigel Dawes 20 14 8 22 4 8 6 0 74 18.9
28 Aaron Palushaj 19 7 12 19 2 14 5 0 59 11.9
17 Dustin Boyd 20 5 11 16 1 10 1 0 63 7.9
72 Mathieu Carle 19 3 9 12 8 8 2 0 31 9.7
32 Frederic St. Denis 20 1 9 10 11 12 1 0 40 2.5
15 Kyle Klubertanz 20 0 10 10 1 22 0 0 28 0.0
20 Ryan Russell 20 7 2 9 8 0 0 2 43 16.3
40 Gabriel Dumont 20 6 3 9 -3 6 1 0 46 13.0
22 Andreas Engqvist 20 4 5 9 11 0 0 1 31 12.9
10 J.T. Wyman 20 3 5 8 8 8 0 1 39 7.7
25 Ryan White 13 2 6 8 5 37 1 0 29 6.9
12 Andrew Conboy 20 1 3 4 -4 41 0 0 43 2.3
4 Brendon Nash 19 0 4 4 2 14 0 0 18 0.0
44 Jimmy Bonneau 15 1 2 3 0 16 0 0 6 16.7
5 Alex Henry 20 0 3 3 -2 34 0 0 23 0.0
21 Paul Zanette 11 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 13 15.4
24 Ian Schultz 15 2 0 2 -4 15 0 0 10 20.0
26 Alexander Avtsin 4 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 3 0.0
18 Dany Masse 20 0 2 2 -6 6 0 0 13 0.0
14 Olivier Fortier 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 100.0
54 Joe Stejskal 5 1 0 1 -1 2 1 0 4 25.0
85 Neil Petruic 19 0 1 1 1 10 0 0 17 0.0
31 Drew MacIntyre 20 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
  BENCH 20 0       4     0  
  TOTALS 20 60 98 158 44 271 18 4 634 0.095

 

# Goalies GP Mins W L SL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
31 Drew MacIntyre 20 1289 11 9 0 1 42 1.95 561 0.930
  TOTALS 20 1289 11 9 0 1 42 1.95 561 0.930