Abbotsford Heat too hot for Bulldogs


bulldogsAbbotsford Heat forwards Corban Knight and Blair Jones each scored twice to lead Abbotsford (27-14-3-1) to a 6-0 American Hockey League shutout win over the Hamilton Bulldogs (20-19-0-4) on Friday (Jan. 31) at Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, snapping Hamilton’s season-best, six-game road winning streak.

After a scoreless first period, the Heat scored three times in the next two periods to improved their record to 27-14-3-1. The lost left Hamilton with a 20-19-0-4 mark. On the plus side, Hamilton outshot their hosts, 34-28, including a 14-9 edge in the third period.

In addition to Knight’s and Jones’s goals, the Heat also got scores from Markus Granlund (power play) and Burlington native, Josh Jooris.

Dustin Tokarski made 22 saves on 28 shots in the Bulldogs net. Joni Ortio earned the Heat’s shutout.

The Bulldogs went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Heat went 2-for-5.

The two teams meet again Saturday (Feb. 1).

Scoring summary

1st Period:
No scoring

Penalties
1 – ABB Billins, 12:37 – Holding, 2 min (PP)

2nd Period:
1. ABB – Markus Granlund – 18 – (Max Reinhart, Corban Knight) – 10:26 (PP)
2. ABB – Corban Knight – 10 – (Brett Olson, Evan Trupp) – 11:53
3. ABB – Corban Knight – 11 – (Evan Trupp, Derek Smith) – 19:04

Penalties
2 – HAM Tarnasky, 1:03 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min
2 – ABB O’Brien, 1:03 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min
2 – HAM Dumont, 7:29 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
2 – HAM Andrighetto, 9:35 – Roughing, 2 min (PP)
2 – HAM Macenauer, 13:26 – Roughing, 2 min
2 – ABB Jones, 13:26 – High-sticking, 2 min
2 – HAM McIver, 16:23 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)

3rd Period:
4. ABB – Josh Jooris – 5 – (Sven Baertschi, Corey Locke) – 7:20
5. ABB – Blair Jones – 9 – (Max Reinhart, Markus Granlund) – 9:52
6. ABB – Blair Jones – 10 – (Derek Smith, Corey Locke) – 11:39 (PP)

Penalties
3 – HAM Courtnall, 11:16 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
3 – HAM Dumont, 11:47 – Fighting, 5 min
3 – ABB Hanowski, 11:47 – Fighting, 5 min
3 – ABB Olson, 11:50 – Interference, 2 min (PP)
3 – HAM Blunden, 12:24 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
3 – ABB Billins, 17:23 – Cross-checking, 2 min (PP)

Shots:
Hamilton: 7-13-14–34
Abbotsford: 9-10-9–28