Bulldogs can’t hold lead, lose in shootout to Abbotsford

For the second game in as many nights, the Hamilton Bulldogs went down to defeat in a shootout. The Abbotsford Heat edged the Bulldogs 4-3, who let a two-goal lead slip away, at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre on Friday night (Dec. 16) in American Hockey League play. On Wednesday, playing at home, the Bulldogs lost to the Lake Erie Monsters, 2-1, in a shootout

Abbotsford applied the heat early, scoring at 2:59 of the first period on a power play goal by Kyle Kolanos, who would also score in the shootout session.
The Bulldogs tied the score just less than five minutes later on a goal by Gabriel Dumont. Joonas Nattinen gained the offensive zone and fed a behind-the-back pass to Dumont who made a move in front of the net before firing the puck past goaltender Danny Taylor.

Forty-nine seconds into the sandwich frame, Hamilton took the lead on a goal by Dany Masse. Frederic St-Denis wired a shot from the point which was stopped by Taylor but the rebound came out to Masse who swooped in and beat the netminder.

Striking quickly in the third period, Hamilton extended the lead at 1:30 a 5-on-3 power play tally by Garrett Stafford. After receiving the puck from St-Denis at the point, Stafford rifled a shot over the glove of Taylor.

Abbotsford narrowed the deficit to one on a power play marker by Dustin Sylvester at 10:30 of the third frame. The Heat tied the score at 13:17 on a goal by Clay Wilson. After the puck hit off the post and lay loose in the crease, Wilson dashed in from the point and flipped the puck over goaltender Nathan Lawson.

Abbotsford edged Hamilton in the shootout 2-1 to win the game 4-3. Ben Walter and Kolanos scored for the Heat while Mitch Wahl notched the lone shootout goal for the ‘Dogs.

Hamilton was outshot 38-30 in front of 3,274 spectators.

The two teams play again on Sunday (Dec. 18) at 4 p.m. EST. All Hamilton Bulldogs games can be heard live on AM 820 CHAM or on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com, or seen live on www.ahllive.com beginning with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have signed defenceman T.J. Fast to an AHL contract for the remainder of the season.

In 10 games with Hamilton this season, Fast has recorded two assists and six penalty minutes, with three shots on goal. The 6-foot, 185-pound native of Calgary was signed to a Professional Tryout Contract by the ’Dogs on Oct. 15.

In 2010-11, Fast played in 13 games with the Rochester Americans recording one goal and one assist with 12 penalty minutes. During the 2009-10 season, he played in 46 games for the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League, where he was tied for first on the team in goals by a defenceman with 10, and tied for second on the team in points by a defenceman with 31.

He was named to the Western Hockey League (West) First All-Star Team in 2007-08 after collecting 54 points (17 goals, 37 assists) with the Tri-City Americans. Fast was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round, 60th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.