The Hamilton Bulldogs secured their spot in the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs power-play was quite effective, going 2-6, and for the first time of the tournament, the Titan did not score a short handed goal.
Titan head coach Mario Pouliot talked about the decision not to go 6 on 4 with 90 seconds left in the game.
“It was clear before the game, if we were trailing by one, we just play the book to keep our second chance to go directly to the final if Regina wins (Wednesday) night, it’s simple as that.”
Bulldogs head coach John Gruden says Hamilton’s ability to play one goal games says a lot about his team.
“It’s about winning hockey games, I’d rather be up a goal, or whatever,” Gruden says. “When we were down a goal against the Soo (Greyhounds) in that game 6, we found a way. Our third period record, or either way you swing it is pretty darn good.”
With the tiebreaker scenario, the Regina Pats are unable to capture first in the round robin due to every game being decided by one goal except for the Pats loss by 2 goals to the Titan.
However, Hamilton and Acadie-Bathurst won’t know who is first place until after the completion of Wednesday’s game between the Pats and Swift Current. It starts at 8.
A Regina win and they play Hamilton in the semi-final with the Titan going to the final. A Swift Current win means Hamilton goes to the final, but the Broncos and Pats would play once more to determine who takes on Acadie-Bathurst