The Hamilton Bulldogs, led by goalie Drew MacIntyre, weathered a 38-shot barrage to escape with a 3-1 American Hockey League win against the visiting Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday (March 29).
With 2,611 spectators in the seats at Copps Coliseum, Aaron Palushaj and Nigel Dawes each had a goal and an assist. For Dawes the marker was his AHL-leading 35th goal of the season. J.T. Wyman had the Bulldogs other goal.
Hamilton escaped the first period with a 1-0 lead despite being outshot 14-4. Dawes scored at 14:48 after taking a pass from Dustin Boyd who knocked the puck out of mid-air. Boyd the sent the puck to the right side of the net, where Dawes was unattended, and one-timed a shot past goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux.
The Heat tied the game while on a five-on-three power play at 7:02 of the middle frame. T.J. Brodie took a pass from Carter Bancks and faked a shot before sending the puck to the left side of the net. Jon Rheault lifted the puck over a diving Drew MacIntyre for the equalizer.
Hamilton regained the lead 82 seconds later. Dawes received the puck from Boyd before blasting a shot on net. Lamoureux made the save but the rebound bounced out to Palushaj who deposited it into the net.
Wyman added the insurance marker with 18 seconds left in the game. He scored into a vacated net when the Heat pulled their goalie for an extra skater.
Hamilton had 24 shots on net.
The Bulldogs host the Heat for a rematch tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. at Copps.