Bulldogs clinch home ice advantage in playoffs with 3-2 win over Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – David Desharnais’s third-period goal helped the Hamilton Bulldogs edge the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-2 in AHL action Friday.

With the win, the Bulldogs (48-27-4-0) clinched second place in the North Division and home-ice advantage in their first round series with the Griffins (43-24-6-6).

Grand Rapids opened the scoring in the first period when Mattias Ritola’s shot deflected off Jakub Kindl past Hamilton starting goaltender Marc Denis.

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Bulldogs centre Ben Maxwell tied the game back up less than a minute later with a shot past Griffins goalie Jimmy Howard.

Francis Lemieux gave the Griffins a 2-1 lead at 5:25 of the second.

But Mike Glumac tied the game 2-2 just 44 seconds into the third before Desharnais banged a loose rebound past Howard for the winner.

Denis made 24 saves for the win, while at the other end Howard stopped 40 shots.