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Amerks edge Bulldogs, draw even in series

ROCHESTER 4, HAMILTON 3
Anthony Stewart netted two goals, including the game winner, as the Amerks evened their North Division semifinal series against Hamilton at two games apiece with a 4-3 win over the Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum.

Jeremy Swanson, who had two assists in 47 games during the regular season, recorded three helpers.

With the score knotted at 3-3 entering the third period, Stewart tallied his second mark of the night to give Rochester the win.

Craig Anderson bounced back from a loss in Game 3 with a 20-save performance for Rochester, who snapped a two-game skid on the road at Hamilton.

Marek Zagrapan and Michael Ryan, who has four goals in four games, also scored in the contest for Rochester, helping them regain home-ice advantage in the series.

Cory Urquhart, Ajay Baines and Jonathan Ferland provided the goals for Hamilton in the loss.

Game 5 is set to take place at Blue Cross Arena on Thursday.


CHICAGO 3, MILWAUKEE 2
Brett Sterling and Darren Haydar once again proved to be the difference makers by each scoring a goal as the Wolves took a commanding 3 games to 0 lead with a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center.

Haydar also added an assist on the night while defenseman Mark Popovic recorded two helpers to put the defending Western Conference champions on the brink of elimination.

Michael Garnett improved his record to 3-0 in Calder Cup Playoffs this year by stopping 26 of 28 shots from the Admirals.

Chris Durno had a goal and an assist as the Admirals dropped their sixth straight playoff game.

The Wolves look to complete the four-game sweep with a Game 4 matchup slated tomorrow night at Milwaukee.


PROVIDENCE 5, HARTFORD 1
Coming off a Game 3 loss, the Providence Bruins answered the Wolf Pack call for a second time with a 5-1 win over Hartford at the Dunkin Donuts Center to even the series at two games apiece.

The P-Bruins had five different players provide the scoring, with Ben Walter and Jeff Hoggan leading the way with a goal and an assist. Walter also registered a plus-3 in the contest.

Hannu Toivonen rebounded to turn in a solid performance in net, stopping 23 of 24 shots for Providence, who killed off all six penalties it faced in Game 4.

Defenseman Sean Curry recorded a power-play tally for Providence as Petr Kalus and Pascal Pelletier provided third period goals to put the game out of reach for Hartford.

Dane Byers scored the lone goal for Hartford in the loss.

The Wolf Pack and P-Bruins will face each other in a pivotal Game 5 set for Thursday at Providence.