The Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a tough one on Saturday night to the Abbotsford Heat 3-2 in a shootout. The team did pick up a point in the shootout loss and remain in first place in the North Division with 13 points on the season.
The Bulldogs scored two early goals in the first period and dominated the Heat for the entire first period. The Heat who were coming off the second of a back to back were just not in it in the first. Justin Courtnall and Martin St. Pierre gave the hometown dogs the lead as they out shot the Heat 14-7 in the opening frame.
The second period however was a different story as the Heat out shot the Bulldogs 18-12 and tied up the score with two goals by Blair Jones who scored early in the second period and again late in the period. The Heat also out chanced the Dogs in the second period as the team found a way to get themselves back into the game.
“We got off to a slow start and we wanted to make sure we called that time out and Ward said we got a lot of game left, relax and make simple plays and you will get your chances as the game goes on” Jones said about the slow start for the Heat.
Blair Jones scored two goals and then added the third shoot out goal to seal the win.
The Bulldogs coaching staff made some questionable decisions in the third period. Nathan Beaulieu did not have any ice time in the third period and Akim Aliu who has come up with some late game goals early in the season saw no ice time for most of the third and the entire overtime period. Coach Sylvain Lefebvre had no comment after the game about shortening his bench.
So far this season, the Bulldogs are 0-3 in shoot outs and have yet to score a shoot out goal this season.
Up next for the Bulldogs is a road game against the Rochester Americans this Wednesday before the team opens up a four game home stand on Friday November 8th against the Grand Rapids Griffins.