Bulldogs cement playoff berth in 4-3 shootout loss to Griffins

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.

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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.