ABBOTTSFORD, BC — Calgary's top affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, are now down 2-1 in their best-of-seven AHL playoff series against the Hamilton Bulldogs, who staged a come-from-behind 3-2 victory Tuesday in Abbotsford.
The Heat took a 2-1 lead after the first period in the third game of the North Division Final but the Bulldogs stormed back late in the second period, scoring twice to take a lead they woul ultimately not relenquish.
Brett Sutter and Jon Rheault scored for the Heat. Both goals were on power plays in the first period. Defenceman Andy Delmore, who returned to the line-up in Game 2, assisted on both Heat goals.
The Heat, who will host the Bulldogs on Thursday and Saturday at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, won the first game of the series in Hamiltion before dropping two straight.
Gabriel Dumont and Olivier Fortier each scored his first professional goal, and Brock Trotter posted two assists for Hamilton..
The Heat grabbed leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in this contest, as Jon Rheault and Brett Sutter both connected for first-period power play goals, with a Bulldog man-advantage marker off the stick of defenseman Andre Benoit in between.
The 19-year-old Dumont, making his professional debut after putting up 93 points (51-42-93) this season for Drummondville (QMJHL), tied it back up for the Bulldogs late in the second period.
Fortier followed just 2:05 later with the eventual game-winner, with Tim Conboy and Ryan Russell earning assists. Fortier, a third-round draft pick by the Montreal Canadiens in 2007, spent his junior career with Rimouski (QMJHL).
Abbotsford pressed for the equalizer in the third period and wound up with a 10-3 shots advantage over the final 20 minutes, but the Heat couldn’t tie it and fell to 1-3 at home this postseason.
Bulldogs goaltender Cedrick Desjardins (6-3) stopped 31 of 33 shots in the winning effort.
Hamilton wound up 2-for-6 on the power play, while Abbotsford converted both of its opportunities.
Schedule: (All times Pacific)
Game One - Heat 3 @ Bulldogs 1
Game Two - Sunday, May 2nd - Heat 1 @ Bulldogs 3
Game Three - Tuesday, May 4th - Bulldogs 3 @ Heat 1
Game Four - Thursday, May 6th - Bulldogs @ Heat - Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre - Abbotsford BC - 7 PM
Game Five - Saturday, May 8th - Bulldogs @ Heat - Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre - Abbotsford BC - 7 PM
*Game Six - Monday, May 10th - Heat @ Bulldogs - Copps Coliseum - Hamilton ON - 4:30 PM
*Game Seven - Tuesday May 11th - Heat @ Bulldogs - Copps Coliseum - Hamilton ON - 4:30 PM