The Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a tough one on Sunday night losing in a shootout 3-2 to the Abbotsford Heat. Despite picking up a point, the Bulldogs are now winless in their last 5 games and have now sank to fourth place in the very competitive North Division.
“We were in a rough break there and we needed a good finish for the first half of the season here before Christmas but it was a tough loss,” Joonas Nattinen said after the game.
The Bulldogs did play well all night, they created good scoring opportunities and held the lead twice before the game turned into tense nail biter in the third period and as well as overtime.
“We can build on the point we picked up, the guys really wanted to prove themselves and leave a good taste for the first part of the season but we are definitely going to build on that and it was a big point after a tough stretch,” Nattinen commented about the point the Bulldogs picked up.
Bulldog goalie Dustin Tokarski was impressive in the third period and in overtime making some very difficult stops to keep Bulldogs in the game. He faced 42 shots and stopped 40 of them.
“Tokarski played a great game and we really owe that point to him, its tough to win games and if we don’t score goals then we won’t win games, but Tokarski kept us in the game,” Nattinen said.
Scoring is something that the Bulldogs have been having trouble with during the current losing streak. In their past five games, they have scored just five goals and have been shut out twice.
“The guys are getting a little frustrated right now,” Lefebvre said about the lack of scoring.
Coach Lefebvre is also not sure what is the cause for the lack of scoring.
“Sometimes it is mental,” he added.
The Bulldogs now have a quick break for Christmas before the start a home and home series with their rival Toronto Marlies on boxing day and head coach Sylvain Lefebvre hopes that the break will help the team.
“It will probably be a good break and the guys can unwind and get focused,” Lefebvre said.