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Bulldogs beat Stars 3-2 to take Game 1 of AHL Western Conference Final

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Bulldogs beat Stars 3-2 to take Game 1 of AHL Western Conference Final

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HAMILTON - It took just 14 seconds of overtime for Hamilton's Brock Trotter to bury the winner past Texas goalie Matt Climie on Friday, as the Bulldogs claimed the opening game of the AHL Western Conference Final with a 3-2 win over the Stars.

"It feels really good, it's been a while since I scored an overtime goal," Trotter said.

The overtime power-play winner, Trotter's second goal of the night, was the product of the fast feet of Ryan Russell, who beat the Texas defenceman out to the corner for the puck and drove it to the net where Russell chipped it across to Trotter for the back-door winner.

"That was the play," said Bulldogs coach Guy Boucher, who declined to reveal the name of the game-winning play. He did, however, note that it was the clean sheet that made the play possible.

"The ice was really slushy and soft," the coach said.

So were the Bulldogs coming out in the second period, and the rookie coach took notice.

"We lost momentum at some part because we were soft on the puck, and we wanted to make sure we weren't soft in the overtime.

"I wasn't happy about our second period, we have a shooting mentality. I know we got 38 shots, but it wasn't enough in many instances, we tried to fancy it and I didn't like what we did in the first part of the second period.

"For me, we didn't play 60 minutes, and I wasn't happy."

Climie turned away 36 of 38 shots in the loss, and was one of the few reasons the game was so close.

"I felt strong tonight, I thought I made a few of big saves to keep us in it," he said.

Aaron Palushaj had a chance to put the Bulldogs up 3-1 in the first frame but was denied by a desperate stick save by Climie. Palushaj had a second chance in the next period, but again was denied when Climie turned around to rob Palushaj from a puck that nearly trickled in.

"I know I had some chances," said Palushaj of his 10-shot night, "Tonight they didn't go in for me.

"They'll go in Sunday."

The Bulldogs went two for six on power plays for the night, which included three power plays in the third period without a goal.

Boucher promised more shots on net from the point, a sentiment that overtime hero Trotter echoed, adding, "We have to generate more traffic and take away (Climie's) eyes."

David Desharnais opened the scoring 5:22 into the game with a power-play goal for the Bulldogs off a rebound created by a Mike Glumac power move along the goal line.

Texas tied it up at 11:01 in the first when Jamie Benn's wrist shot from the right-wing circle was tipped by a Bulldogs defender to beat Curtis Sanford (18 saves).

Trotter tipped a Desharnais shot from the slot to put the Bulldogs up 2-1 at 15:23 of the first.

The Bulldogs controlled the play through the first period, finishing with a 15-5 advantage in shots on goal.

Texas came out a stronger team in the second sporting a more vigorous forecheck. Stars defenceman Dan Jancevski may have got under the skin of Bulldogs star Glumac, as the pair exchanged penalties. Texas was the only team able to capitalize, and again it was Benn in the right circle, this time with a one-timer from defenceman Jancevski.

Benn said he would have taken a win over his two goals.

"Two goals didn't mean anything tonight," he said.

While the third period couldn't decide a winner, the power play that carried over into overtime would.

Hamilton should have expected the game winner to come off the stick of Trotter—he led the Bulldogs in game-winning goals with six in the regular season.

The game in front of 2,977 fans at Copps Coliseum marked Hamilton's eighth consecutive playoff overtime victory.

Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday.

It took just 14 seconds of overtime for Hamilton's Brock Trotter to bury the winner past Texas goalie Matt Climie on Friday, as the Bulldogs claimed the opening game of the AHL Western Conference Final with a 3-2 win over the Stars.

The power-play winner, Trotter's second goal of the night, was the product of the fast feet of Ryan Russell, who beat the Texas defenceman out to the corner for the puck and drove it to the net where Trotter buried the rebound.

Climie turned away 35 of 38 shots in the loss, but was one of the few reasons the game was so close.

The Bulldogs went two for six on power plays for the night, including three in the third period.

David Desharnais opened the scoring 5:22 into the game with a power-play goal for the Bulldogs off a rebound created by a Mike Glumac power move along the goal line.

Texas tied it up at 11:01 in the first when Jamie Benn wrist shot from the right-wing circle was tipped by a Bulldogs defender to beat Curtis Sanford (18 saves).

Trotter tipped a Desharnais shot from the slot to put the Bulldogs up 2-1 at 15:23 of the first.

The Bulldogs controlled the play through the first period, finishing with a 15-5 advantage in shots on goal.

Aaron Palushaj had a chance to put the Bulldogs up 3-1 but was denied by a desperate stick save by Climie.

Texas came out a stronger team in the second sporting a more vigorous forecheck. Stars defenceman Dan Jancevski may have got under the skin of Bulldogs star Glumac, as the pair exchanged penalties. Texas was the only team able to capitalize, and again it was Benn in the right circle, this time with a one-timer from defenceman Jancevski.

While the third couldn't decide a winner, the power play that carried over into overtime would.

The game in front of 2,977 fans at Copps Coliseum marked Hamilton's eighth consecutive playoff overtime victory.

Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday.

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