Bulldogs headed to Calder Cup
The Bulldogs were too much for the Chicago Wolves to handle in the Western Conference Final.
HAMILTON (CP) - The Hamilton Bulldogs are headed to the Calder Cup.
Danny Groulx scored a goal and an assist as Hamilton eliminated the Chicago Wolves with a 3-1 win Saturday night, winning the best-of-seven American Hockey League Western Conference Final 4-1, and putting the Bulldogs into the Calder Cup for the third time in 11 seasons.
Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Mikhail Grabovski, who notched what proved to be the game-winner early in the second period and Kyle Chipchura who iced the game with an empty-netter late in the third period.
In a complete reversal of Friday night's game, the Bulldogs got in penalty trouble early and as a result the Wolves had them back on their heals. Chicago outshot Hamilton 13-6 and Carey Price was forced to be sharp in the Dogs' net. The 19-year-old sensation continued his stellar play, stopping 32 of 33 shots Saturday night to earn the game's first star.
Hamilton will now face the defending champion Hershey Bears in a best-of-seven final that opens in the Chocolate city next Friday.
Hershey beat the Manchester Monarchs 3-1 Saturday night to sweep their series 4-0.
The Bulldogs and Bears split their season series with Hamilton dropping a 3-2 decision on home-ice on Oct. 13 before avenging that loss with a 5-2 victory in Hershey on Feb. 18.