HAMILTON 3, ABBOTSFORD 1
Ryan White was one of three Hamilton skaters to tally a goal on Sunday afternoon as the Bulldogs earned a 3-1 win over Abbotsford at Copps Coliseum to even up the North Division Finals at a game apiece.
The teams will now head west to Abbotsford for the next three contests, with Game 1 slated for Tuesday night.
Hamilton outshot the Heat by a 13-7 count in the first period and took a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. White tallied an unassisted goal 2:30 into the contest, and Jason Jaffray responded for the Heat with a power play marker less than five minutes later.
But Jaffray was also assessed a roughing penalty after scoring his goal, and Bulldogs forward Mike Glumac made good on the ensuing power play, scoring his fifth goal of the playoffs at 8:55.
David Desharnais provided insurance for Hamilton at 8:23 of the second frame, converting another power play opportunity, and neither team scored the rest of the way.
Abbotsford saw its four-game winning streak come to an end, as the Heat lost for the first time since dropping a 6-1 decision to Rochester on Apr. 21 in Game 4 of the division semifinals.
North Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
N1-Hamilton Bulldogs vs. N3-Abbotsford Heat
Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 29 – Abbotsford 3, HAMILTON 2
Game 2 – Sun., May 2 – HAMILTON 3, Abbotsford 1
Game 3 – Tue., May 4 – Hamilton at Abbotsford, 10:00
Game 4 – Thu., May 6 – Hamilton at Abbotsford, 10:00
Game 5 – Sat., May 8 – Hamilton at Abbotsford, 10:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 10 – Abbotsford at Hamilton, 7:30
*Game 7 – Tue., May 11 – Abbotsford at Hamilton, 7:30