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Knight with two goals and an assist, Ortio 34 saves, as Heat blank Bulldogs 6-0

Saturday, 02.01.2014 / 12:55 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Knight with two goals and an assist, Ortio 34 saves, as Heat blank Bulldogs 6-0

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Corban Knight scored twice and assisted on another as the Abbotsford Heat blanked the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs 6-0 in American Hockey League action Friday.

Besides recording two second-period goals, Knight picked up the second assist on Markus Granlund's opening goal and was also in the crease for a Heat goal that was waved off in the first period.

After recording five points in the final three games of December, Knight had no goals and just two assists in nine games through the month of January.

Blair Jones had two goals in his first game since being put on waivers by the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Josh Jooris also scored, while Evan Trupp and Max Reinhart had two assists each as Abbotsford (27-14-4) got back in the win column after consecutive overtime losses last weekend.

Joni Ortio stopped 34 shots for his second shutout of the season.

Dustin Tokarski made 22 saves for Hamilton (20-19-4), which has won just once in its past five outings.

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, Ortio woke up his club with a huge save midway through the second period.

Hamilton got a three-on-two rush while at the tail end of a penalty kill, but Ortio made a great save, sliding across to deny Martin St. Pierre's one-timer at the side of the net. During a post-whistle scuffle the Heat came away with another power play and this time made it count.

Max Reinhart fed Granlund and the Swede beat defender Darren Dietz at the blue line and skated in on Tokarski, scoring blocker side for his team-high 18th of the season at 10:26.

Then, just 1:27 second later the Heat built on their momentum. Brett Olson put a perfect backhanded saucer pass on the tape of Knight in the slot and the High River, Alta. native made no mistake, beating Tokarski glove side.

Knight picked up his second with less than a minute to go in the period. Trupp came off the side boards and shoveled the puck to Knight in the high slot. This time he went top corner, blocker side for his 11th of the season.

Jooris made it 4-0 with his fifth of the season at 7:20 of the third. He took a feed from Sven Baertschi, cut to the front of the net and swept the puck around Tokarski.

Jones added to the onslaught, scoring twice in under two minutes. First he redirected Reinhart's perfect feed at 9:52, then wired a one-timer between Tokarski's pads for his 10th of the season.

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I might have blacked out. I was pretty pumped.

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