Heat Split Weekend With Checkers

By February 16, 2014Sports, Sports News

Checkers Beat Heat 5-4 In OT Sunday
From The Heat. The Charlotte Checkers (AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes) beat the Heat 5-4 in overtime on Sunday night at PNC Arena. The Heat remain in first place in the Western Conference with a 32-15-4-1 record and 69 points.

Charlotte Checkers Photo

After the Heat took a three goal lead into the second period, the Checkers kept them off the score sheet the rest of the way, and scored four unanswered goals to come away victorious. In the loss, Markus Granlund, Blair Jones, and Max Reinhart combined for six points on the evening for the Heat.

The Heat came out quick out of the gates with Josh Jooris scoring 24 seconds into the first period assisted by Corey Locke. The lead did not last long as the Checkers replied at the 1:34 mark with a goal from Aaron Palushaj to tie the game at 1-1. The Heat got their lead back with Derek Smith’s fourth goal of the season at 11:50, assisted by Corban Knight and Brett Olson. Just under a minute later, Blair Jones made it a 3-1 game scoring his 13th goal of the season, with the assists going to Granlund and Reinhart. Markus Granlund closed out the first period scoring with his AHL rookie leading 23rd goal of the season at 18:55, assisted by Jones and Reinhart.

During four on four play in the second period, Chris Terry and Justin Shugg scored goals 20 seconds apart and made it a 4-3 game going into the third period.

Chris Terry scored an early power play goal at the 1:48 mark, and tied the game at 4-4. Terry had an opportunity for the hat-trick as he was awarded a penalty shot at the 7:12 mark, but Ortio stopped him to keep the game tied.

Overtime was necessary, and in the extra session, it was Checkers captain Brett Sutter playing hero scoring the game winning goal at 1:53.

The Heat did not have a power play opportunity and killed off one of two penalties in the game.

Mike Murphy picked up the win in goal for the Checkers stopping 28 of 32 shots, while Joni Ortio was charged the overtime loss turning away 37 of 42 shots.

Charlotte Checkers Photo

Charlotte Checkers Photo

Heat Beat Checkers 5 – 1 Saturday
The Abbotsford Heat beat the Charlotte Checkers (AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes) 5-1 on Saturday night at PNC Arena. The Heat remain in first place in the Western Conference with a 32-15-3-1 record and 68 points.

The scoring was spread out for the Heat, getting goals from five different skaters and received solid goaltending from Joni Ortio en route to the team’s third straight win over the Charlotte Checkers.

The Heat got off to a great start to the game as Markus Granlund scored his team leading 22nd goal of the season at the 1:32 mark, assisted by Shane O’Brien. Joni Ortio was sharp stopping all 10 shots he faced and allowed the Heat to take a 1-0 lead into the second period.

Blair Jones made it a 2-0 game just 14 seconds in to the second period, as he scored his 12th goal of the season, assisted by Derek Smith. The Checkers replied with a power play goal from Victor Rask at the 6:34 mark to cut the Heat’s lead to one goal. However, Sven Baertschi restored the two goal lead scoring his 4th goal of the season unassisted at 10:03.

In the third period, Ben Street scored a power play goal to make it a 4-1 game at 8:02, assisted by Corey Locke and Jones. Ben Hanowski put the game away with another power play goal at 18:58, assisted by Chad Billins.

The Heat were two out of four on the power play and killed off two of three penalties in the game.

Joni Ortio picked up his league leading 20th win of the season stopping 29 of 30 shots, while John Muse was charged the loss turning away 28 of 33 shots.

The Heat’s road-trip continues in Milwaukee on Friday, February 21st, and then finishes with a doubleheader on Saturday February 22nd and Sunday February 23rd against the Chicago Wolves. The Heat will be back in action on home ice February 29th and March 1st, against the Calder Cup defending champion Grand Rapids Griffins.

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