OKC Barons Postgame Story
April 14, 2011
Bulldogs down Barons 5-2 in playoff opener
The Hamilton Bulldogs rode a three-goal first period to a 5-2 win over the Oklahoma City Barons in the opener of their best-of-7, first-round Calder Cup Playoff series on Thursday at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ont.
Nigel Dawes scored on a power play, one of three man advantage goals in six chances for the North Division champion Bulldogs, 1:38 after the opening faceoff to stake the Bulldogs to a 1-0 lead. Olivier Fortier and Ryan Russell added first-poeriod markers against Jeff Deslauriers to make it 3-0 after one.
Martin Gerber replaced Deslauriers to begin the second and the teams traded goals in the final two periods. Ben Ondrus tucked one past Drew MacIntyre at 7:23 of the second to trim the deficit to 3-1. Aaron Palushaj matched that on the power play to make it 4-1 at the second intermission.
Joe Stejskal put home a point shot during a major power play to make the score 5-1 just 1:29 into the final period. Bryan Helmer completed the scoring, converting a cross-ice past from Linus Omark at 7:00.
Gerber did factor in the decision as Deslauriers took the loss. Gerber stopped a penalty shot awarded to Gabriel Dumont 15:33 into the second period after Dumont was pulled down from behind on a breakaway.
Hamilton out-shot the Barons 29-26.
Game 2 of the series is Saturday afternoon at 3 pm (CDT) at Copps Coliseum.