01/05/2014 12:36 EST | Updated 03/06/2014 05:59 EST

Gabriel Dumont scores twice for Hamilton in 3-1 win over Abbotsford

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Gabriel Dumont likes playing the Abbotsford Heat, or at least that's what his stats suggest.

Dumont scored two goals, including the winner Saturday night, as his Hamilton Bulldogs edged the Heat 3-1 in American Hockey League action.

Dumont has scored six of his 42 career regular season goals against the Heat but it was his first goal that was memorable in Game 3 of a 2010 playoff series with the Heat.

"For sure, I remember my first goal," said Dumont. "It's already starting to feel like a long time ago. It's always a fun environment to come back here and play. We've had good playoff games against Abbotsford so those are some good memories."

The Bulldogs matched up well against the Heat in the two-game set that ended Saturday, holding one of the AHL's top offences to just two goals.

"Abbotsford's obviously one of the best teams in the league," said Dumont. "We both tried to play a tight game. We tried to limit their numbers and when we had chances tonight we scored."

After tying the game in the second period, Dumont gave his club the lead just 49 seconds into the third on the power play, the Bulldogs' first such goal in four games.

Sven Andrighetto walked off the boards and took a shot on net. The five-foot-10 Dumont battled for position with 6-6 defenceman Chris Breen and shovelled home his seventh of the year, beating goalie Joey MacDonald five-hole.

"We talked in the room about the power play (with) fresh ice starting the third," said Dumont. "It was big time for us. We needed a power-play goal. We hadn't scored one in a long time so it was good to get one there."

Dustin Tokarski made 26 saves in the victory. Since losing in a shootout to Abbotsford on Dec. 22, Hamilton (17-14-4) has won five straight games, moving into seventh place in the Western Conference.

"Before this we had four losses in a row," said Dumont. "Sometimes it takes a little slap in the face to wake up. After the fourth loss some guys got up in the room and talked things out. Since then we haven't loss so it has been a big step forward for us going towards the end of the season."

Maxime Macenauer added an empty netter to clinch the win.

Markus Granlund scored for Abbotsford (23-11-2), while MacDonald stopped 24 shots in the loss.

The Heat opened the scoring at 11:31 of the first thanks to a great effort and a little luck.

Kane Lafranchise stretched to keep a puck onside during a power play, skated in and tried to pass it in front. The centring feed deflected off a Bulldog stick right to Granlund, who roofed it on Tokarski for his 14th of the season.

Though the Bulldogs found themselves down a goal to the Heat for the first time this year, they felt they still were in the game.

"After that we were saying 'Let's go boys, we can do this, it's only one goal. We know what they're trying to do. Let's play away from their strengths and play to ours, following the game plan.' Then we got three big goals," said Dumont.

A smooth move by Blunden led to the equalizer at 16:48 of the second period. Nick Tarnasky rang the puck behind the net to Blunden, who pulled it out front and quickly put a shot on net, leading to Dumont's first tally.

"It was a great play by Mike Blunden," said Dumont. "He brought the puck to the net and I was fortunate enough to have it bounce off my shin pad and in."

Then at the 49-second mark of the third Dumont scored the winner from the blue ice.

"They're a pretty physical team, and they have guys that can skate, and with that skating and size they can take away a lot of the ice," said the Heat's Brett Olson. "They match up well against us right now. In the future, if it comes down to it, we need to find a way to work around that."