Abbotsford, B.C. – The Hamilton Bulldogs made the flight to the West Coast and were Ben-t out of shape on Friday (Nov. 30).
Ben Street and Ben Walter each had a goal and an assist as the North Division leading Heat cooled off the Bulldogs, 5-1, in their American Hockey League encounter at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Walter scored what would stand as the game-winner before an audience of 5,145.
The two teams will play again tonight (Saturday) as the Bulldogs try to improve on their North Division record of 6-9-11. The Heat’s record is 13-2-2-2.
The Heat took to the offensive at 6:50 of the first period while enjoying a two-man advantage. Sven Baertschi slapped a pass in front of the net and Street tipped the puck past goaltender Robert Mayer for his fifth marker of the year.
Just 32 seconds later, and still on a power-play, Walter counted his fourth of the season when he put the puck through the legs of Mayer. That goal made him the all-time leader in points for the Heat.
Abbotsford added their third straight goal at 4:03 of the second stanza. Quintin Laing took a pass from Brett Olsen and slid it into the net. The Heat added another power-play tally at 8:12 of the period when\ Roman Horak recorded his 11th of the campaign.
The Bulldogs got on the board at 3:42 of the third frame on a shorthanded marker by Gabriel Dumont. After entering the Abbotsford zone on a one-on-two, Dumont split the defenders and put a shot on goaltender Barry Brust and banged in his own rebound.
Steve McCarthy added a fifth goal for the Heat on the power-play at 6:34 of the third period as he slapped a shot past Mayer.
1. ABB – Ben Street (5) – (Sven Baertschi, Paul Byron) – 6:50 (PP)
2. ABB – Ben Walter (4) – (T.J. Brodie) – 7:22 (PP)
3. ABB – Quintin Laing (4) – (Brett Olson, Ben Street) – 4:03
4. ABB – Roman Horak (11) – (TJ. Brodie, Ben Walter) – 8:12 (PP)
5. HAM – Gabriel Dumont (3) – 3:42 (SH)
6. ABB – Steve McCarthy (2) – (Dustin Sylvester) – 6:34 (PP)