The Hamilton Bulldogs start to a four-game road trip got off to a shaky start on Tuesday night when they defeated, 4-1, by the Abbotsford (B.C.) Heat.
On a positive note, David Desharnais scored the only goal for the Bulldogs extending his American Hockey League point streak to three games.
The Heat opened the game’s scoring while on the power play at 19:34 of the first period. Staffan Kronwall’s pass to Jason Jaffray was quickly put behind goalie Cedrick Desjardins. Abbotsford took a two-goal lead just 4:43 into the middle stanza. Kris Chucko, positioned in front of the net, redirected a point shot past Desjardins. John Negrin scored at 15:04 for a 3-0 Heat lead and the exit of Desjardins. He was replaced by Curtis Sanford.
Cam Cunning completed the hosts scoring at 9:58 of the final frame.
Desharnais got the ‘Dogs on the scoreboard less than threes minutes later while on the power play. Ben Maxwell’s shot was stopped by goaltender Leland Irving. Desharnais whacked away at the rebound before the puck bounced into the net.
Hamilton was outshot 41-34. Attendance was 3,591.
The two teams play again tonight (Wednesday), 10:30 p.m. EST. The game can be heard of TALK 820 radio or listened to or watched at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the ‘AHL Live’ or ‘TALK 820’ icons on the Bulldogs website.