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article imageAHL: Hamilton Bulldogs make history against Houston Aeros

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By Luke Vermeer     May 22, 2011 in Sports
The Hamilton Bulldogs became the third team in the history of the AHL to come back from a three games to none deficit to force game seven.
Nigel Dawes scored his second goal of the game at 9:11 of the second overtime period to give Hamilton a 5-4 victory over the Houston Aeros. Andreas Engqvist also scored twice and Dustin Boyd added the other as the Bulldogs won their third straight game of the series.
After losing the first three games by scores of 2-1, 3-2 and 3-2 the Bulldogs exploded in a must-win game four scoring in bunches in an 8-1 victory at home. A 4-2 victory two nights later gave the Bulldogs a chance to go back to Houston to force a game seven, which they did.
Hamilton coach Randy Cunneyworth spoke highly of his group of players telling the Canadian Press "It shows the will of the players and commitment we have made," said Cunneyworth. "It's part of the process. These guys have earned it. We blame ourselves for the start to the series, but they have certainly turned it full circle, and we want to finish it the right way."
History is on the Bulldogs side when it comes to completing the comeback. Only two AHL teams have forced game seven after losing the first three games of the series and both those teams, (1959-60 Rochester Americans, 1988-89 Adirondack Red Wings), were able to win game seven.
The Bulldogs become the third professional hockey team to force game seven in this year's playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings forced game seven against the San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks forced game seven against the Vancouver Canucks. Both teams eventually lost the game.
Game seven goes on Tuesday at Houston's Toyota Center. Puck drop is at 7:05 local time, 9:05 EST.
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