HAMILTON, Ont. - Michael Grabner's goal with nine seconds left in the third period lifted the Manitoba Moose to a 4-3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday night in the American Hockey League.
Grabner's goal came less than a minute after the Bulldogs (39-25-2-0) rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the score. Mike Glumac's 24th goal of the season at 19:03 drew Hamilton to within one, and Brock Trotter added his 13th just 23 seconds later to electrify the Copps Coliseum crowd of 4,301.
That set the stage for Grabner's heroics, his 25th goal of the season sending the Moose (44-17-0-5) to their sixth win in a row. Manitoba has a five-point lead on the Grand Rapids Griffins for top spot in the North Division.
Jason Krog, Mike Keane and Guillaume Desbiens added singles for Manitoba, while Cory Schneider stopped 31 shots to earn the win.
Yannick Weber had the other goal for Hamilton, while Marc Denis made 24 saves in the Bulldogs' second straight defeat.