But the Bulldogs (41-27-3-6) still clinched at least third place in the North Division standings, guaranteeing them a first-round playoff matchup with the Rochester Americans. However, home-ice advantage in the series has yet to be determined. Miller’s goal came after Hamilton’s Maxim Lapierre scored to tie the shootout 2-2.
Tony Voce, Evan McGrath and Matt Ellis scored for Grand Rapids (37-29-6-5). Jimmy Howard made 25 saves.
Lapierre, Jonathan Ferland-and Matt D’Agostini scored in regulation for Hamilton, which took a 3-1 lead into the third period. Yann Danis stopped 24 shots.