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Walter becomes Heat's career leader in win over Bulldogs

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The Canadian Press
12/1/2012 12:57:36 AM
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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. -- Ben Walter had a goal and an assist as the Abbotsford Heat defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-1 in American Hockey League action Friday.

Walter's first-period goal makes him Abbotsford's career points leader with 74 in 93 games, surpassing the record Jon Rheault set last season.

Ben Street also had a goal and an assist while Quintin Laing, Roman Horak and Steve McCarthy had singles.

Gabriel Dumont had the lone goal, shorthanded, for the Bulldogs.

Heat goaltender Barry Brust, who earlier this month set an AHL record for longest shutout streak, made stop 15 shots to improve to 6-0-0 on the year.

Robert Mayer meanwhile made 23 saves in the loss.

Abbotsford (13-2-4) now has a four-point advantage atop the league standings. Hamilton (6-9-2) meanwhile is just one point out of the AHL's basement, having won just twice in their past nine games.

The Heat drew first blood, capitalizing on an early five-on-three power play by scoring twice in 32 seconds. First, Street converted Paul Byron's perfect back door pass at 6:50 before Walter beat Mayer five-hole at 7:22.

Laing made it 3-0 four minutes into the second. Street sent Brett Olson in on a partial breakaway and after getting the netminder to commit he slid it over to Laing at the side of the net where the Heat captain only had to slide the puck into an open net.

The onslaught continued with another power play goal at 8:12 of the second. Walter took the initial shot on goal but it was Horak that pounced on the rebound, recording his team-leading 11th goal of the year.

After scoring 10 times in his first nine games, the Czech Republic native went nine games without a goal until Friday.

Hamilton got one past Brust in the third while down three men to four. Dumont stole the puck in the neutral zone, went around Byron and converted his own rebound.

However, on that same power play the Heat re-established the four-goal cushion at 6:34 after Dustin Sylvester set up McCarthy for a one-timer slapshot.

Abbotsford finished 4 for 9 with the man advantage while the Bulldogs were scoreless on four attempts.

Abbotsford Heat (Photo: TSN)

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