03/05/2013 10:05 PM
Hamilton, Ontario – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Abbotsford Heat 2-0 on Tuesday night at Copps Coliseum. Dustin Tokarski stopped all 27 shots he faced for his second-straight shutout and fifth of the season.
The first period was scoreless with the Bulldogs edging the Heat 9-8 in shots on goal.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring on a tally by Joey Tenute at 18:48 of the second frame. Tenute snapped a shot from the slot which found the top corner over the shoulder of Abbotsford Heat starting goaltender Leland Irving and bounced straight out. Abbotsford outshot Hamilton 10-6 in the second period.
Louis Leblanc added an empty netter on the power play at 19:26 of the final stanza to clinch the victory for the ‘Dogs. The Heat outshot the Bulldogs 27-23 to end the game. The ‘Dogs have won eight of their last 11 games and now improve to 14-0 when leading after two periods of play. Tokarski has stopped 166 of 173 shots in his six games as a Bulldog for a save percentage of .960 as well as sporting a goals against average of 1.18 in those six games. Tokarski has not surrendered a goal in 147 minutes and 19 seconds.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Griffins in Grand Rapids on Friday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. All ‘Dogs games will be broadcast on Hamilton's Funny 820 (AM 820). Fans can also listen to and watch all 'Dogs games on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com. Live coverage with the broadcast team of Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills (all home and away games) and Colour Commentator Al Craig (all home and select away games) will begin with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
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1. HAM – Joey Tenute – 4 – (Patrick Holland) – 18:48
2. HAM – Louis Leblanc – 9 – (Greg Pateryn, Stefan Chaput) – 19:26 (PP, EN)
Abbotsford: Leland Irving (L – 22 shots, 21 saves)
Hamilton: Dustin Tokarski (W – 27 shots, 27 saves)
1. HAM – Dustin Tokarski (27 saves)
2. HAM – Joey Tenute (1 goal, +1, 1 shot)
3. HAM – Steve Quailer (2 shots)
Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Mike Blunden