Bulldogs unable to warm up against Heat

The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated by the Abbotsford Heat 4-3 on Tuesday night (Feb. 8) at Copps Coliseum.

Andrew Conboy returned to the Bulldogs line-up and scored but it was not enough for Hamilton as they were unable to gain a lead in the American Hockey League game after falling behind on three first period tallies by the Heat.

Abbotsford started the scoring at 1:08. Ales Kotalik sent the puck to Ryan Stone, who released a shot from the right side boards. The puck sailed through traffic before beating goaltender Curtis Sanford. The Heat increased the lead at 3:39. Jon Rheault gathered the puck in the right corner before passing to John Armstrong in front of the net. Armstrong snapped a shot between the legs of Sanford.

Rheault gave Abbotsford a 3-0 lead at 10:21 while on the power-play. T.J. Brodie dished the puck to the right point, where Rheault was stationed. Rheault’s shot beat Sanford.

The ‘Dogs got on the e scoreboard just over a minute later. Aaron Palushaj received the puck from Ryan Russell before racing into the Heat zone on the left side. Palushaj flipped the puck towards the net with a backhand shot and the puck trickled past goaltender Leland Irving.

Hamilton made the game 3-2 at 9:01 of the second stanza. J.T. Wyman sent the puck to Conboy, who skated off the right side boards and towards the net. Conboy rifled a shot over the blocker of Irving and into the top left corner of the net.

The Heat took a 4-2 lead at 2:41 of the final frame while on the power play. Gord Baldwin received a pass from Cam Cunning before blasting a shot towards the net from the right point. While stationed in front of Sanford, Bryan Cameron redirected the shot past the goaltender.

Gabriel Dumont cut Abbotsford’s lead to one at 12:13. Kyle Klubertanz sent the puck to Dumont, who was in front of the net and snapped a shot over the glove of Irving.

The Heat outshot Hamilton, 25-24.