The Heat arrived in Hamilton in the early hours of Saturday morning after winning in UticaNew York Friday night and looked travel weary in the early part of the game and the Bulldogs took advantage. Nick Tarnasky and Gabriel Dumont forced a defensive turnover and Justin Courtnall score his first goal as a Bulldog at 1:46 of the opening period. Three minutes later, Bulldogs captain Martin St.Pierre scored on a power play to make it 2-0. The Bulldogs going back to Friday night’s game against Toronto, it was the Bulldogs third power play goal in three man advantages, all scored by St. Pierre. Shots on goal were 14-7 in favour of the Bulldogs.
The Heat got their legs back in the second period and got two goals from veteran centre Blair Jones to tie the game and after playing through a scoreless third period forced overtime and the shootout. Shots on goal through 65 minutes of play were 37-36 in favour of Hamilton.
The game’s three stars were Abbotsford forward Blair Jones, Hamilton centre Martin St. Pierre and goaltender Robert Mayer.
……The Bulldogs continue to lead the AHL North division with 13 points after ten games (5-2-3)
……All ten of the Bulldogs games this season have been decided by one goal. They have at least a point in eight of those games.
…….This was the sixth time Hamilton was forced to overtime. Three have been won in the extra period. They have lost all three shootouts.
……In their three shootouts Hamilton has failed to score in 11 shootout attempts while their opponents have scored on Bulldogs goaltending 7 of 11 times.
…….Forward Martin St. Pierre has points in each of his last six games (three goals, five assists),
…….Seven of Magnus Nygren’s eight points this season have come on the power play.
……The Bulldogs were without the services of defencemen Darren Dietz, who missed his 6th game with a wrist injury and Nathan McIver who was out with a lower body injury for the third straight game. Forward Ben Duffy was a healthy scratch.
Abbotsford Heat 3 (SO) at Hamilton Bulldogs 2 –
Saturday, November 2, 2013 – Copps Coliseum
Abbotsford 0 2 0 0 – 3
Hamilton 2 0 0 0 – 2
1, Hamilton, Courtnall 1 1:46.
2, Hamilton, St. Pierre 3 (Beaulieu, Nygren), 4:21 (PP).
Penalties-Ramage Abb (hooking), 3:15; Beaulieu Ham (interference), 14:44.
3, Abbotsford, Jones 2 1:04.
4, Abbotsford, Jones 3 (MacKenzie, Reinhart), 18:57 (PP).
Penalties-Aliu Ham (roughing), 3:49; Dumont Ham (goaltender interference), 4:26; MacKenzie Abb (interference), 7:54; Aliu Ham (hooking), 16:58; Ferland Abb (slashing), 20:00.
Penalties-Fournier Ham (hooking), 9:07; Knight Abb (slashing), 12:08.
Shootout – Abbotsford 3 (Granlund G, Knight G, Jones G), Hamilton 0 (Andrighetto NG, St. Pierre NG, Nystrom NG).
Shots on Goal-Abbotsford 7-18-11-0-1-37. Hamilton 14-12-11-0-0-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Abbotsford 1 / 5; Hamilton 1 / 4.
Goalies-Abbotsford, Ortio 3-0-0 (37 shots-35 saves). Hamilton, Mayer 1-2-2 (36 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Jordan Browne (67), Kevin Hastings (61).
Hamilton Bulldogs 2013-14 Individual Stats
|93||Martin St. Pierre||7||3||5||8||1||12||3||0||17||17.6|
|20||Louis Leblanc (X)||7||4||2||6||2||6||1||0||22||18.2|
|2||Greg Pateryn (X)||6||3||3||6||4||6||1||1||14||21.4|
|14||Mike Blunden (X)||3||2||1||3||3||4||0||0||7||28.6|