Pacioretty paves way for Bulldogs win

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Abbotsford Heat, 3-2, in a shootout on Wednesday night (Dec. 1) at Copps Coliseum. Max Pacioretty scored both Hamilton goals in regulation while Gabriel Dumont and Aaron Palushaj provided goals in the shootout to win the American Hockey League game.

The Bulldogs scored first at 9:59 of the first frame. Pacioretty received the puck from Frederic St. Denis before dishing a pass to David Desharnais, who was positioned to the right of the net. Desharnais faked a shot before sliding the puck back to Pacioretty, who tapped it past goaltender Leland Irving.

The Heat tied the game 1-1 at 2:26 of the third stanza. Andrew Carroll received the puck from Joe Piskula while positioned in the right corner. Carroll fed the puck to Hugo Carpentier, who was skating towards the net. Carpentier snapped a shot over the glove of goalie Curtis Sanford.

The ’Dogs took a 2-1 lead at 12:44 of the period. Desharnais sent the puck to Mathieu Carle, who fired a shot that bounced off the post. Pacioretty scooped-up the loose rebound before flipping the puck over Irving and into the net.

Lance Bouma tied the game at 16:01. Bryan Cameron collected a loose puck in front of the Hamilton net before firing a shot. The rebound popped out from under Sanford’s pads allowing Bouma to whack it into the net.

Neither team could break the tie in the extra frame which sent the game to a shootout. Curtis Sanford stopped four of five shooters while Aaron Palushaj and Dumont were the only skaters to score for the Bulldogs.

Hamilton was outshot 39-34 in front of 1,975 fans.

The Bulldogs will host the Peoria Rivermen on Friday (Dec. 3) at 7 p.m. at Copps Coliseum before welcoming the Chicago Wolves to Copps Coliseum on Saturday (Dec. 4) for a 4 p.m. game. Saturday’s game is the annual ‘Toy Toss Game’ where fans in attendance are encouraged to bring a stuffed toy to the game to throw onto the ice following Hamilton’s first goal. All toys will be donated to local charities in the Hamilton area.