HAMILTON - Joe Piskula scored at 3:59 of overtime and the Abbotsford Heat defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2 in the American Hockey League on Tuesday.
Greg Nemisz and Jon Rheault also scored for the Heat (7-3-0), who won their second straight over Hamilton. Leland Irving made 24 saves in the win
Robert Mayer stopped 32 shot in his third straight loss for the Bulldogs (4-5-0), while Philip Lefebvre and Olivier Fortier had Hamilton's goals.
Hamilton opened the scoring at 17:19 of the first when Lefebvre knocked in an easy rebound.
Nemisz tied it three minutes into the second with a shot that beat Mayer's right pad.
?I thought we got better as the game went on,? said Heat coach Troy Ward.
Hamilton, attempting to kill its fifth penalty of the game, failed to get sticks in passing lanes and Guillaume Desbiens found Rheault's stick in front of the net. Despite being covered by two Bulldogs defenceman, Rheault beat Mayer over his glove to put the Heat up 2-1.
Desbiens said his team took longer than usual to find their focus in the game.
?Sometimes it takes a couple shifts or a big hit, something to get the emotion level up,??? said Desbiens after the game.
With the Bulldogs on the power play early in the third, Aaron Palushaj circled the zone with the puck and fed a cross-ice pass to Fortier who tied the game with a one-timer.
Notes: The Bulldogs played the game with 19 men after Abbotsford got the referees to send off Andreas Engqvist, who was dressed, but listed as a scratch. Andrew Conboy, who was eligible to play, wasn't dressed.