Barney's two goals helps Hershey tie Calder Cup series 1-1
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Scott Barney scored two goals to help the defending AHL champion Hershey Bears beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-2 on Saturday night, tying the Calder Cup finals 1-1.
Game 3 is Monday night in Hamilton.
Hamilton, a 4-0 winner in series opener Friday night, opened the scoring on Zack Stortini's goal at 5:39 of the first period. Barney tied it with a power-play goal midway through the period.
Kyle Chipchura scored for the Bulldogs at 7:21 of the second period, but Jakub Klepis countered for Hershey 42 seconds later.
"That goal was important because it changed the momentum of the game," Hershey coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We were a lot more determined than in the first game loss, but I don't know if it was because we were better or they were worse."
Barney put the Bears ahead to stay 7 minutes later, adding another power-play goal. It was Barney's 10th goal of the playoffs.
Chris Bourque added an insurance goal 9 minutes into the third period.
Hershey outshot Hamilton 40-22 and converted two of nine power-play chances. Frederic Cassivi stopped 20 of 22 shots for the Bears.
"We took too many lazy penalties and turned the puck over too much," Hamilton coach Don Lever said. "Their penalty killing was real strong and we couldn't make the right decisions. Tonight theirs was better than ours."
Carey Price, coming off a 46-save effort in Game 1, made 36 saves.
The Bears are making their league-leading 20th appearance in the finals, while the Bulldogs are looking for their first title after losing to Hershey in the 1997 finals and Houston in the 2003 championship series.
Hershey is Washington's farm club. Hamilton is a Montreal affiliate.
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