In an unusual display of offense, the Hamilton Bulldogs downed the Abbotsford Heat, 5-3, on Wednesday night (March 27) at Copps Coliseum. Hometown product Joey Tenute scored two goals while Nathan Beaulieu, Patrick Holland and Alex Belzile each had two assists for the Bulldogs in the American Hockey League game.
The Bulldogs got things started at the midway mark of the first period on Michael Bournival’s eighth goal of the season.
Hamilton doubled the count less than three minutes later when Frederic St-Denis’ second goal in as many games beat netminder Danny Taylor. With an assist on the play, Brady Vail earned his first professional point.
Hamilton went ahead by three goals with 71 seconds left in the period. Tenute walked into the slot and wired a shot by Taylor. Barry Brust replaced Taylor to start the second period.
Greg Pateryn gave Hamilton its fourth unanswered goal six minutes into the second period. The goal was Pateryn’s second tally in two games.
Before the third period was two minutes old, the Heat got on the board when Max Reinhart beat Robert Mayer. Abbotsford scored a second goal five minutes later when Roman Horak slid a rebound passed by Mayer.
The ’Dogs restored their three-goal lead on Tenute’s second tally of the evening.
Ben Street scored Abbotsford’s final goal with five minutes left in the third period.
The Heat outshot the Bulldogs 45-22.
The two teams play again at Copps Coliseum on Friday (March 29) at 7:30 p.m.
1. HAM – Michael Bournival (8) – (Nathan Beaulieu) – 10:41
2. HAM – Frederic St-Denis (6) – (Philippe Lefebvre, Brady Vail) – 13:17
3. HAM – Joey Tenute (7) – (Alex Belzile) – 18:39
4. HAM – Greg Pateryn (6) – (Patrick Holland, Nathan Beaulieu) – 6:14 (PP)
5. ABB – Max Reinhart (6) – (Blair Jones, Dustin Sylvester) – 1:52
6. ABB – Roman Horak (16) – (Ben Walter, Zach McKelvie) – 6:01
7. HAM – Joey Tenute (8) – (Patrick Holland, Alex Belzile) – 8:36
8. ABB – Ben Street (13) – (Steven Seigo, Akim Aliu) – 15:13
Abbotsford: Danny Taylor (10 shots, 7 saves), Barry Brust (L – 12 shots, 10 saves)
Hamilton: Robert Mayer (W – 45 shots, 42 saves)