The Bulldogs get torched by Heat, who still haven’t lost a game at home in regulation all season. The Abbostford Heat (13-2-2-2) scored 5 times on Robert Mayer, 4 of which were on the powerplay. For the 15th time this season the Dogs allowed the first goal of the game and were out shot 28 to 16. The Bulldogs took stupid undisciplined penalties that led to 9 powerplays for the Heat, meaning the Dogs were down a man for almost a whole period of the game. The Heat won the special teams battle with ease going 4/4 (100% success rate) on the penalty kill and 4/9 (44% success rate) on the powerplay. Ben Street, Ben Walter, Quintin Laing (former Washington Capital), Roman Horak and Steve McCarthy all scored for the Heat while Gabriel Dumont was the lone goal scorer for the Dogs on a rather nice individual effort.
The Bulldogs iced the following line-up,
Forwards: Blunden – Bournival – Gallagher // Leblanc – Boyce – Palushaj // Quailer – Dumont – Chaput // Stortini – Holland – Hagel
Defense: St. Denis – Ellis // Tinordi – Commodore // Beaulieu – Stejskal
Mike Commodore made his Hamilton debut and was nothing spectacular, as he compiled 8 penalty minutes, minus -1 and had 1 shot one net. He also got tossed out of the game during the 3rd period. Stefan Chaput also made his Hamilton debut and was also very mediocre as he recorded 1 shot and 4 penalty minutes, but its not like we expected big things out of him anyways. Once again Stortini and Hagel were very noticeable, because they once again took stupid penalties, especially Stortini’s which led to the Heat having a 5-on-3 powerplay early in the contest which then led to 2 quick goals.
The Bulldogs and Heat will face off against each other in the same place at the same time tonight. We are expecting Desjardins to start in net and so far the line-up seems to be the same.