19-Brock Trotter Scores Winner

Brock Trotter’s second goal of the game at the 14 second mark of overtime gave the Hamilton Bulldogs a 3-2 win over the Texas Stars in the opening game of the AHL’s Western Conference final. It was Hamilton’s eighth consecutive playoff overtime win dating back to their last loss in 2004. The Bulldogs are now 18-3 in their last 21 playoff OT games and 20-7 all-time.

The winning goal came on a too-many-men on the ice penalty that carried over from regulation time.  At no time in the game did Texas have the lead in the game.  Texas is a farm team of the Dallas Stars.   It was the fourth-fastest overtime goal in Calder Cup Playoff history.

David Desharnais scored the other Hamilton goal and assisted on both goals by Trotter.  The Bulldogs carried the play to the Stars throughout the night, outshooting them 38-20.  Curtis Sanford was in goal for Hamilton for the third straight game.

Texas 1 1 0 0 – 2
Hamilton 2 0 0 1 – 3

1st Period-

1, Hamilton, Desharnais 7 (Glumac, Benoit), 5:22 (pp).

2, Texas, Benn 9 (Wilson, Lindgren), 11:01 (pp).

3, Hamilton, Trotter 6 (Desharnais, Palushaj), 15:23.

Penalties-Gagnon Tex (holding), 1:25; Hutchinson Tex (tripping), 4:32; Dumont Ham (slashing), 6:13; Desharnais Ham (tripping), 10:38.

2nd Period-

4, Texas, Benn 10 (Jancevski, Fortunus), 18:15 (pp).

Penalties-served by Palushaj Ham (bench minor – too many men), 0:29; Jancevski Tex (interference), 8:24; Glumac Ham (tripping), 16:58.

3rd Period-

No Scoring.

Penalties-Peters Tex (high-sticking), 6:57; Stephenson Tex (delay of game), 12:58; served by McCulloch Tex (bench minor – too many men), 18:44.

OT Period-

5, Hamilton, Trotter 7 (Desharnais, Russell), 0:14 (pp).

Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Texas 5-8-7-0-20. Hamilton 15-7-15-1-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Texas 2 of 4; Hamilton 2 of 6.
Goalies-Texas, Climie 1-1-0 (38 shots-35 saves). Hamilton, Sanford 3-0-0 (20 shots-18 saves).
A-2,977
Referees-Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Jason Finley (6), Kevin Hastings (61).

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 – Texas at Hamilton, 2:00
Game 3 – Wed., May 19 – Hamilton at Texas, 8:30
Game 4 – Fri., May 21 – Hamilton at Texas, 8:30
*Game 5 – Sat., May 22 – Hamilton at Texas, 8:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 24 – Texas at Hamilton, 7:30
*Game 7 – Wed., May 26 – Texas at Hamilton, 7:30