Cedrick Dejardins recorded his seventh shutout of the season as the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Abbotsford Heat 3-0 in an American Hockey League game Sunday (Dec. 13).
Playing in front of 3,415 fans at Copps Coliseum, Dejardins stopped 20 shots for the goose egg, which was the Bulldogs seventh this season.
Hamilton opened the scoring at 13:00 of the second stanza with a shorthanded goal. David Desharnais stripped the puck from a Heat player at centre ice before skating in alone on Abbotsford goaltender Matt Keetley. Desharnais used a backhand-to-forehand move before sliding the puck past an out-of-position Keetley who faced 34 shots in the game.
That goal resulted in fans tossing 1,550 stuffed toys to the ice for the annual stuffed toy toss night at Copps Coliseum.
The ‘Dogs added their second goal at 1:03 of the final frame. While on a power play, Mathieu Carle blasted a shot from the point that was stopped by Keetley. The loose puck bounced onto the stick of Grant Stevenson, who fired a shot past the goaltender.
Brock Trotter sealed the win with an empty net marker at 18:53 of the final frame. Stevenson and Ryan Russell recorded assists on the goal.
The Bulldogs host the Milwaukee Admirals on Tuesday (Dec. 15) at 7:30 p.m. in the ‘Dogs final home game before Christmas.