MONTREAL – Bulldogs fans who stuck it out until the end of Game 7 against the Moose definitely got their money’s worth.
Three hours and fifty-one minutes. That’s how long fans in attendance at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton had to wait to see Dustin Boyd seal the series for the Bulldogs in triple overtime on Monday night. Still tied 1-1 after the first two overtime periods, Boyd banged home the winner six seconds into the third OT, ending an evening that saw the ‘Dogs outshoot the Moose 57-30.
The epic game isn’t one the players, coaches or fans in attendance will be forgetting any time soon, but they can always peruse the AHL’s record books in case they need a reminder. In the league’s 75 year history, no Game 7 match-up had ever gone to a second overtime period – let alone a third – prior to Monday night’s game.
After ousting the Oklahoma City Barons in the Western quarterfinals and the Moose in the semis, the Bulldogs await the winner of the Milwaukee Admirals and Houston Aeros semifinal match-up to find out who they will face in the Western Conference final.
This marks the second time in as many season that the Bulldogs will be advancing to the Western final. Last year, the ‘Dogs beat the Moose in Round 1 and the Abbotsford Heat in Round 2 before being knocked off by the Texas Stars in the conference final in Game 7. Hamilton will be looking to move on to the finals for the first time since 2006-07, when Carey Price
led the Habs’ farm team to a Calder Cup championship.Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.SEE ALSOGood as new Contractual status of Habs players Mr. Versatility Only the beginning