The Dogs try and handle the Heat

The Hamilton Bulldogs, off to a good start this AHL season, tangled with the Abbotsford Heat at Copps Coliseum Saturday night. Despite jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead, the Dogs ended up falling to the Heat 3-2. Here’s a look at some of the action I photographed. – Barry Gray

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Erik Nystrom fires a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Erik Nystrom fires a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Akim Aliu heads down the ice with the puck. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Akim Aliu heads down the ice with the puck. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Joonas Nattinen battles Abbotsford's Ben Street behind the net. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Joonas Nattinen battles Abbotsford’s Ben Street behind the net. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bruiser visits with some fans. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bruiser visits with some fans. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Abbotsford's Paul Byron is stopped by Dogs goalie Robert Mayer. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Abbotsford’s Paul Byron is stopped by Dogs goalie Robert Mayer. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Akim Aliu fences with Heat's Tyler Wotherspoon. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Akim Aliu fences with Heat’s Tyler Wotherspoon. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. All eyes are on the puck during second period action. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. All eyes are on the puck during second period action. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs goalie Robert Mayer tries to corral a loose puck. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs goalie Robert Mayer tries to corral a loose puck. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Stefan Fournier tries to snare the puck ahead of Heat goalie Joni Ortio. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Stefan Fournier tries to snare the puck ahead of Heat goalie Joni Ortio. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Maxime Macenauer tries for the wraparound. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Maxime Macenauer tries for the wraparound. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Abbotsford's Max Reinhart and Dogs goalie Robert Mayer both eye the puck in front of the net. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Abbotsford’s Max Reinhart and Dogs goalie Robert Mayer both eye the puck in front of the net. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Gabriel Dumont and Heat's John Ramage collide near the Abbotsford bench. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Gabriel Dumont and Heat’s John Ramage collide near the Abbotsford bench. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Morgan Ellis is crunched by Abbotsford's Turner Elson. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Morgan Ellis is crunched by Abbotsford’s Turner Elson. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Martin St. Pierre gets his stick between the legs of Abbotsford's Carter Bancks. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Martin St. Pierre gets his stick between the legs of Abbotsford’s Carter Bancks. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Joel Chouinard misses a check on Heat's Ben Street. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Joel Chouinard misses a check on Heat’s Ben Street. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Nick Tarnasky gets obstructed by Heat goalie Joni Ortio. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Nick Tarnasky gets obstructed by Heat goalie Joni Ortio. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Stefan Fournier tries to jam the puck past Heat goalie Joni Ortio. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Bulldogs Stefan Fournier tries to jam the puck past Heat goalie Joni Ortio. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Martin St. Pierre scores the team's second goal early in the first period. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Martin St. Pierre scores the team’s second goal early in the first period. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Justin Courtnall celebrates his first goal with teammate Gabriel Dumont. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Abbotsford Heat in AHL action at Copps Coliseum. Dogs Justin Courtnall celebrates his first goal with teammate Gabriel Dumont. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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