Abbotsford turns on the Heat to tie series with Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated by the Heat, 4-1, in Abbotsford on Thursday night. The teams are now tied at two in their best-of-seven American Hockey League North Division Final series.

The fifth game is set for tonight (Saturday) in Abbotsford.

Mitch Wahl had two goals, including the winner, and an assist for Abbotsford.

The hosts opened the scoring at 12:44 of the first period. Carter Bancks fired a shot on net that was stopped by goaltender Cedrick Desjardins. The rebound bounced onto the stick of Lance Bouma, who deposited the puck behind Desjardins.

The ‘Dogs tied the game at 13:18 of the second stanza. Aaron Palushaj collected the puck behind the Heat net before backhanding a pass to Ryan Russell, who beat goalie David Shantz. The Heat regained the lead at 14:59 with a power-play marker. Brett Sutter sent a pass to Wahl, who, positioned in the slot, fired a backhand shot that traveled past Desjardins on the left side.

Wahl added his second goal at 3:26 of the final frame. Matt Pelech dished the puck to Wahl, who waited patiently before snapping a shot over the glove of Desjardins. The Heat completed the scoring at 14:35. Pelech’s initial shot was stopped by Desjardins but David Van der Gulik cashed in the rebound.

The outshot the Bulldogs, 29-27 with 2,631 in the stands.

Game 5 has an opening faceoff at 10 p.m. EST and the series will return to Hamilton for Games 6 (Monday) and 7 (Tuesday, if necessary).