’Dogs head west after tying playoff series

The Hamilton Bulldogs evened their division final playoff series at a game apiece, defeating Abbotsford Heat 3-1 at Copps Coliseum on Sunday. Game three in the best-of-seven North Division final is set for Tuesday (May 4) at 10 p.m. EST in Abbotsford.

Hamilton scored first on Sunday, at 2:30 of the opening period. Ryan White intercepted a clearing attempt by the Heat before firing a shot on net. The puck travelled through traffic in front of David Shantz before sailing past the goaltender and into the net.

The Heat tied the game five minutes later. While on the power-play, Andy Delmore sent a pass from the blue line to Jason Jaffray, who was stationed in front of the Bulldogs’ net. Jaffray tipped the shot over the glove of goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.

The ‘Dogs regained the lead with a power-play marker 95 seconds later. Grant Stevenson’s shot on net was stopped by Shantz but the rebound bounced in front of the goaltender. Mike Glumac scooped up the loose puck before sliding a shot past Shantz.

Hamilton completed the scoring at 8:23 of the second stanza with a power-play goal. Mike Vernace received the puck from Stevenson before dishing the puck to David Desharnais, who was positioned at the bottom of the right faceoff circle. Desharnais blasted a one-time slapshot over the left shoulder of Shantz and into the top of the net. The goal extended Desharnais’ point streak to seven games.

Each team had 23 shots on net.