Despite shootout loss, Bulldogs streak still intact

The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated 2-1 by the Abbotsford Heat in a shootout on Friday evening at Copps Coliseum in front of 4,011 fans. The ‘Dogs extended their point streak to 10 games and remain the only team in the AHL to be undefeated in regulation time.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring with four seconds remaining in the first period. Abbotsford goaltender Leland Irving came out of his net to play the puck at the hash-marks but Tom Pyatt chipped the puck over Irving and into the open net. Shawn Belle drew the assist.

The Heat tied the game 1-1 at 19:15 of the second stanza. Brett Sutter sent a pass to Carsen Germyn, who relayed to Mikael Backlund stationed in front of the net. Hamilton goaltender Curtis Sanford slid across the net but could not stop Backlund’s shot.

Both teams had chances to score in overtime but Sanford and Irving rose to the occasions in the extra period. Irving denied all Hamilton skaters in the shootout while Kris Chucko and Jason Jaffray beat Sanford for the win.

The visitors outshot Hamilton, 36-31.

The Bulldogs next battle the Peoria Rivermen on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.