Abbotsford, B.C.– The Abbotsford Heat defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs, 3-1, on Tuesday night (Jan.15) at Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Pacing the Heat were Mike Matczak with a goal and an assist while Tyler Ruegsegger notched the game-winner in the American Hockey League contest.
The Heat opened the scoring at 19:26 of the opening frame on a power-play tally by Ben Walter. Krys Kolanos picked up the puck behind the net and dumped it into the slot and a waiting Walter who beat goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
Hamilton could manage just three shots on net in the first period while Desjardins was tested 14 times.
The Bulldogs tied the score midway through the second stanza on Tyler Murovich’s first goal as a ‘Dog in his first game with Hamilton. The power play counter came as Murovich waltzed into the zone and lifted a backhander over the glove of netminder Danny Taylor.
Just 12 seconds later Ruegsegger beat Desjardins to give the Heat a 2-1 lead. After 40 minutes of play, the shots were 24-10 for Abbotsford.
Matczak completed the scoring at 5:54 of the third frame. His shot from the far circle flew over the left shoulder of Desjardins into the net.
Abbotsford finished with 36 shots while Hamilton finished with 15.
The loss was Hamilton’s 24th in 37 games. The Bulldogs are last in the Western Conference’s North Division while Abbotsford is tied for second.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Heat in Abbotsford on Wednesday night (Jan. 16). All ‘Dogs games will be broadcast on Hamilton’s Funny 820 (AM 820). The game will also air on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio. 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, 10 p.m. EST.
1. ABB – Ben Walter (7) – (Krys Kolanos, Mike Matczak) – 19:26 (PP)
2. HAM – Tyler Murovich (1) – 10:44 (PP)
3. ABB – Tyler Ruegsegger (3) – (Quintin Laing) – 3 – 10:56
4. ABB – Mike Matczak (1) – (Joe Piskula) – 5:54