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Kolanos scores in shootout as Heat win sixth straight, 4-3 over Bulldogs

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - The Abbotsford Heat managed one good period of hockey, but it was enough to extend their winning streak to six games.

Krys Kolanos scored the shootout winner as the Heat fought to a 4-3 comeback win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in American Hockey League action Friday night.

Ben Walter also scored in the shootout for Abbotsford (19-8-1).

Mitch Wahl scored on Hamilton's first shot, then Danny Taylor stopped the next four Bulldog shooters to cement the win.

The Heat found themselves facing a two-goal deficit just 90 seconds into the third period after the got into penalty trouble and Hamilton scored on a five-on-three advantage.

"Even though we had the momentum (of a winning streak) coming into the game, momentum at the American Hockey League level is sometimes lost over time," said Abbotsford head coach Troy Ward, who's club had not played since Saturday.

Kolanos also scored in regulation for the Heat, while Dustin Sylvester and Clay Wilson had third-period goals to bring Abbotsford back from a 3-1 deficit.

Gabriel Dumont, Dany Masse and Garrett Stafford replied for the Bulldogs (10-13-4), who remain in last place in the Western Conference.

Danny Taylor made 27 saves for the Heat to improve to 4-0 since joining Abbotsford.

"Today was the first game since Danny's arrived here that we've made him work," Ward said. "Today we saw a glimpse of what his abilities are when we don't play well in front of him ??? and he had to make some great saves."

Nathan Lawson stopped 34 shots for the Bulldogs.

Kolanos opened the scoring 2:59 into the game with his team-leading 13th goal of the year. it's the seventh time this season he has scored the opening goal in a game.

The Bulldogs tied the score at 7:19 of the first period as Joonas Nattinen fed a behind-the-back pass to Dumont, who made a move in front of the net before firing the puck past Taylor.

Hamilton took the lead at 49 seconds into the second period as Masse swooped in buried a rebound.

Hamilton extended the lead to 3-1 at 1:30 of the third period on a 5-on-3 power play as Stafford rifled a shot over Taylor's glove and into the top corner of the net.

Abbotsford narrowed the deficit to 3-2 on a power-play goal by Sylvester at 10:30 of the third period.

The Heat tied the game at 13:17 of the third as Wilson dashed in from the point and flipped the puck over Lawson.

"We were sitting back in the first two periods and got into penalty trouble," said Heat defenceman Clay Wilson. "In the third we started to be more aggressive because we were down two goals."

The Bulldogs knew that they let one slip away.

"When we have the lead we need to try and score more ??? I think that???s where we made our errors tonight, when we kind of backed off," Wahl said. "Obviously they scored two and that???s not what we wanted to happen. Those are big points for us and we need to move up the standings."

Taylor made the bust save in overtime as he came across to rob Hamilton's Phil DeSimone.

Then in the shootout DeSimone was stopped again by Taylor to clinch the win.

Abbotsford's top-ranked penalty kill stopped five of six Hamilton opportunities, while its power play, eighth in the AHL, was 2-for-5 on the evening.

NOTES: Abbotsford winger Jon Rheault suffered a lower body injury in the third period and left the game and is unlikely to play Sunday???Abbotsford???s Leland Irving made his first NHL start Friday night versus the Florida Panthers, called up earlier this month to replace injured Calgary Flames Henrik Karlsson.

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