MONTREAL – The Bulldogs bared their teeth in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Now it’s time for them to bite.
After coming out on the winning end of an epic triple-overtime battle on Monday night, the Bulldogs were left to anxiously await news of who their next opponent would be. Yesterday, they got their answer.
The Houston Aeros, the Minnesota Wild’s AHL affiliate, have advanced to face Randy Cunneyworth’s troops in the Western Conference finals, slated to kick off this Friday in Texas.
The Houston squad was able to move on after besting the Milwaukee Admirals by a score of 4-2 in the deciding Game 7 of their series.
Both teams head into the conference finals without much history with one another, the clubs only having met on two occasions over the course of the regular season. Of those two encounters, each team walked away with a win, with the Areos claiming victory in their Dec. 14 matchup, and the Bulldogs doing the same six days later.
Curtis Sanford earned the shutout in the Bulldogs’ win, while Dustin Boyd, the triple-overtime hero in the Dogs’ Game 7 versus the Moose, potted the winning goal in the 5-0 rout.
The last time these teams crossed paths in the postseason was during the 2003 Calder Cup finals, when the Bulldogs’ were still part of the Eastern Conference. The second game of the series saw the teams play a marathon tilt that extended into quadruple overtime, marking the second longest game in the history of the AHL. The Bulldogs were finally rewarded for their efforts, winning the game 2-1, but ultimately lost the series in seven games. Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Justin Fragapane. SEE ALSO
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