Abbotsford, B.C. – For the first time in 16 outings, the Hamilton Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring and it lifted them to a 3-0 blanking of the Abbotsford Heat on Saturday night (Dec. 1).
Cedrick Desjardins stopped all 24 shots he faced while Patrick Holland scored the winner as the Heat were defeated for the first time at home in regulation time this season.
What would stand as the winning goal came at 4:23 of the first period frame. Brendan Gallagher slid a pass to the slot where Holland chopped the puck over the glove of Abbotsford goaltender Danny Taylor.
After a scoreless sandwich session, Hamilton doubled the lead at 1:37 of the third stanza on a power-play goal by Steve Quailer. Stefan Chaput slapped a shot from the top of the circle and Quailer picked up the loose puck in front of the net and jammed it under Taylor.
With the assist, Chaput picked up his first point as a Hamilton Bulldog.
Hamilton completed the scoring three minutes later on a goal by Louis Leblanc. After receiving the puck from Mike Blunden, Leblanc fired the puck which was tipped in front and bounced past Taylor.
Hamilton outshot Abbotsford 27-24.
The Bulldogs’ next game is in Syracuse against the Crunch on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7.30 p.m. All ‘Dogs games during the month of December will be broadcast on Hamilton’s Funny 820 (AM 820). Fans can also listen to and watch all ‘Dogs games on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com. Live coverage, with the broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Derek Wills (all home and away games) and colour commentator Al Craig (all home and select away games) will begin with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
1. HAM – Patrick Holland (2) – (Brendan Gallagher, Gabriel Dumont) – 4:23
2. HAM – Steve Quailer (3) – (Stefan Chaput, Frederic St-Denis) – 1:37 (PP)
3. HAM – Louis Leblanc (3) – (Mike Blunden, Darryl Boyce) – 4:37