Abbotsford turns up the Heat in beating Bulldogs


A three-goal scoring splurge within 53 seconds scorched the Hamilton Bulldogs, who fell 5-1 to the Abbotsford Heat in an American Hockey League game on Saturday night (March 22) at FirstOntario Centre.

Abbotsford forward Corey Locke started the scoring assault with a power play goal at 14:28 of the first period. Nineteen seconds later, defenceman Chad Billins made it 2-0 and just 34 seconds after that, forward Ben Street increased the Bulldogs’ deficit to 3-0.

Abbotsford's Kane Lafranchise chases the puck at FirstOntario Centre on Saturday night.  Hamilton fell 5-1 to the Heat.  (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Abbotsford’s Kane Lafranchise chases the puck at FirstOntario Centre on Saturday night. Hamilton fell 5-1 to the Heat. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Exactly halfway through the middle frame, with the Heat on the power play, forward Sven Baertschi extended his club’s lead to 4-0.

Just under four minutes into the third period, Bulldogs defenceman Nathan Beaulieu scored Hamilton’s lone goal on a power play.

The ‘Dogs pulled netminder Devan Dubnyk – who played the third period in relief of starter Dustin Tokarski – for an extra attacker late, but Max Reinhart sealed the game with an empty-net goal with 49 seconds to play.

Tokarski made 19 saves on 23 shots in 40 minutes of action for the Bulldogs, while Dubnyk made five saves on five shots in the third period. Aaron Dell made 37 saves on 38 shots for the Heat.

Hamilton went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Abbotsford went 2-for-3.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, when the ‘Dogs will visit the Texas Stars. The Bulldogs have two home games remaining after their extended road trip.

Scoring summary

First period
ABB Locke, (7) (Lafranchise, Smith), 14:28 (PP)
ABB Billins, (10) (Arsene, Knight), 14:47
ABB Street, (24) (Jooris, Reinhart), 15:21

Penalties
ABB Davies, 4:06 – Interference, 2 min (PP)
ABB Miller, 6:38 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
HAM Courtnall, 13:21 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)

Second period
ABB Baertschi, (9) (Smith, Olson), 10:00 (PP)

Penalties
ABB Ostrow, 3:09 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
HAM Leblanc, 9:22 – Closing hand on puck, 2 min (PP)
HAM Drewiske, 16:47 – Holding, 2 min (PP)

Third Period
HAM Beaulieu, (6) (Thomas, Andrighetto), 3:59 (PP)
ABB Reinhart, (18) (Jooris), 19:11 (EN)

Penalties
ABB Ostrow, 2:26 – Boarding, 2 min.

Shots:
Abbotsford: 13-10-6–29
Hamilton: 15-10-13–38

Goaltending:
Abbotsford: Aaron Dell (W – 38 shots, 37 saves)
Hamilton: Dustin Tokarski (L – 23 shots, 19 saves), Devan Dubnyk (5 shots, 5 saves)

Power Play:
Abbotsford: 2-for-3
Hamilton: 1-for-4

Attendance: 5,344