The Hamilton Bulldogs were unable to hold onto their lead as they headed into overtime for the second game in a row. It’s no surprise to fans that the Bulldogs ended up in extra time, as 60 percent of their games so far this season have. Although they’ve won three games in over time, they have yet to win in a shoot out and this wasn’t a different story as they fell to the Abbottsford Heat 4-3.
Hamilton came out strong in the first period and scored early to put them on the board. The first goal came from rookie, Justin Courtnall with his first AHL career goal just over a minute into the first. It wasn’t long before Captain; Martin St.Pierre made a connection with Nathan Beaulieu and Magnus Nygren to bring the lead to two. Abbotsford would continue to fight through out the first but was unable to finish, as they headed into the first intermission trialing Hamilton by two.
The second period changed things up a bit as the Heat opened up barely over a minute in with a goal from Blair Jones to Hamilton’s lead in half. Jones would then go on to score a second on the power play with about 1 minute left in the period. At the end of 40 minutes the game was tied at two.
Both Hamilton and the Heat were no strangers to over-time as Abbotsford has ended four games so far this season in extra time. With a scoreless third, the two would head into over time… and just a quick scoreless, five minutes late it would end in a shoot-out. Robert Mayer of the Bulldogs would be in net, with a chance for his first shoot-out win of the season after the loss to Grand Rapids. Although he made a total of 35 saves through out the contest, none of those would be in shoot out as the heat put in three straight goals.
Three Stars: 1. ABB – Blair Jones (2 goals) 2. HAM – Martin St. Pierre (1 goal) 3. HAM – Robert Mayer (35 saves)
Hamilton’s next game will take place on Wednesday on the opposite side of the border as they head to Rochester to take on the Americans. Their last match up with the Americans was at home when they came out on top with a 4-3 over time win. Rochester is sitting at third in the North Division, while Hamilton holds onto first.
Hamilton will be back at home next weekend in a Friday night contest against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Becca Luden @BeccaEL