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White scores in overtime as Bulldogs beat Griffins, even AHL series at 2-2

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Ryan White scored 2:42 into overtime as the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-3 in Monday and tied their American Hockey League North Division semifinal series 2-2.

White’s goal came after Hamilton erased a 3-0 Grififns lead in the third period.

The Griffins opened the scoring 34 seconds into the first when Aaron Gagnon beat Hamilton goalie Marc Denis on a breakaway.

Jamie Tardif gave the Griffins a 2-0 lead at 9:37 of the first, banging a the loose puck past Denis.

Grand Rapids scored 44 seconds into the third frame to take a 3-0 lead. Justin Abdelkader scored on a rebound of a Brian Lashoff shot.

The Bulldogs got on the board whit a short-handed goal at 7:58 of the third. Ryan Russell fed a pass behind a Griffins’ defender and onto the stick of Kyle Chipchura. Chipchura raced in towards the net, backhanding the puck through the legs of Grad Rapids starter Jimmy Howard.

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Ben Maxwell cut the lead to one goal at 9:41 while on the power play. David Desharnais received the puck from Mike Glumac before sending the puck across the ice to Maxwell, who snapped a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle past Howard.

Maxwell added his second goal at 11:27 while on the power play. Mathieu Carle passed the puck along the blue line to Desharnais, who waited with the puck before setting-up Maxwell for a one-timer.

Denis made 33 saves for Hamilton while Howard stopped 20 shots for Grand Rapids.

Game 5 is Friday in Grand Rapids.