Hamilton's Locke scores twice as Bulldogs take 1-0 Calder Cup lead
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Corey Locke scored twice and Carey Price made 46 saves to help the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Hershey Bears 4-0 on Friday night in Game 1 of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup finals.
The Bulldogs' Matt D'Agostini and Mikhail Grabovski scored power-play goals in a 2½-minute span early in the second period to break up a scoreless duel.
Locke's scored his first goal midway through the second and completed the scoring with a power-play goal in the third.
The start of the game was delayed by a storm that knocked out the lights briefly just before the scheduled faceoff.
With just over a minute left in the game, a scuffle turned into a nasty situation that resulted in four game misconducts, six fighting majors and a major penalty for elbowing. The teams combined for 157 penalty minutes, 59 in the late-game scrum.
The Bears fired 20 of their 46 shots at the 19-year old Price in the final period.
"I felt I had good puck focus but that happens when my defense plays well in front of me," Price said. "It's nice to get the first win in the series but we still have a long way to go."
Hershey coach Bruce Bourdreau said his team was outplayed.
"They took advantage of special teams," he said. "It will be interesting to see if we can rebound in Game 2."
Hershey is attempting to become the first team since the 1991 Springfield Indians to win consecutive Calder Cup championships.
Hamilton is a Montreal affiliate. Hershey is Washington's farm club.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Hershey.
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