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'DOGS DROP HEAT 3-1 FOR SEASON-HIGH FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN

By: Hamilton Bulldogs
01/04/2014 11:51 PM -

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Hamilton Bulldogs forward Gabriel Dumont scored twice to lead the ‘Dogs (17-14-0-4) to a 3-1 win over the Abbotsford Heat (23-11-1-1) at Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre in Abbotsford, British Columbia on Saturday evening. The victory extended Hamilton’s winning streak to a season-high five games and also bumped their season-best point streak to six games.

Abbotsford struck first on the power play at 11:31 of the first period when a centring pass from defenceman Kane Lafranchise took a couple bounces before meeting forward Markus Granlund in the slot, who then ripped a shot past Hamilton goaltender Dustin Tokarski. Forward Max Reinhart was credited with a second assist on the goal.

Hamilton replied with 3:12 left in the second period when forward Mike Blunden fired the puck on net and it bounced off forward Gabriel Dumont and in for Dumont’s sixth goal of the season. Forward Nick Tarnasky collected a second assist on the sequence.

Just 49 seconds into the third period, Dumont notched his second goal of the night and seventh of the season on the power play to make it 2-1 Hamilton. Forward Sven Andrighetto and defenceman Nathan Beaulieu drew assists on the play.

Bulldogs forward Maxime Macenauer added an empty-net goal with 16 seconds to go to seal the 3-1 victory. Tokarski earned the only assist on the insurance marker.

Tokarski made 26 saves on 27 shots in the Bulldogs net in the win. Joey MacDonald made 24 saves on 26 shots for the Heat in the loss.

The Bulldogs went 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Heat went 1-for-6.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:
1. ABB – Markus Granlund – 14 – (Kane Lafranchise, Max Reinhart) – 11:31 (PP)

2nd Period:
2. HAM – Gabriel Dumont – 6 – (Mike Blunden, Nick Tarnasky) – 16:48

3rd Period:
3. HAM – Gabriel Dumont – 7 – (Sven Andrighetto, Nathan Beaulieu) – 0:49 (PP)
4. HAM – Maxime Macenauer – 3 – (Dustin Tokarski) – 19:44 (EN)

Scoring:
Hamilton: 0-1-2
Abbotsford: 1-0-0

Shots:
Hamilton: 9-10-8--27
Abbotsford: 11-6-10--27

Goaltending:
Hamilton: Dustin Tokarski (W – 27 shots, 26 saves)
Abbotsford: Joey MacDonald (L – 26 shots, 24 saves)

Power Play:
Hamilton: 1-for-4
Abbotsford: 1-for-6

Attendance: 2,458

Three Stars:
1. HAM – Gabriel Dumont (Two goals)
2. HAM – Mike Blunden (One assist)
3. ABB – Markus Granlund (One goal)

Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Dustin Tokarski

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday, January 10th, when the ‘Dogs will travel to Rochester, New York to take on the Rochester Americans (AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres) at Blue Cross Arena at 7:05 p.m. The Bulldogs return to Copps Coliseum on Saturday, January 11th when they will host the Americans at 7:00 p.m.

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