Heat Fall 7-2 To Texas Sunday
From The Heat. The Abbotsford Heat fell to the Texas Stars (AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars) 7-2 on Sunday night at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC). The Heat remain in first place in the Western Conference with a 31-14-3-1 record and 66 points.
Cristopher Nilstorp #41 of the Texas Stars The Abbotsford Heat take on the Texas Stars at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre on February 9, 2014 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Clint Trahan/Abbotsford Heat)
Shane O’Brien scored his first goal of the season for the Heat. Markus Granlund added two assists and Max Reinhart scored for Abbotsford.
Texas took the early lead with a goal by Colton Sceviour at 0:53 in the first period. Reinhart came back with a goal at 11:19, assisted by Corban Knight and Granlund. The first period in a 1-1 tie.
Shane O’Brien delivered early in the second period with his first AHL goal of the season. O’Brien’s goal was scored shorthanded at 2:14, assisted by Granlund. The Stars quickly evened the score with a power play goal by Brett Ritchie at 3:30. Scott Glennie scored back to back goals to put the Stars back in the lead at 8:00 and 10:53. Following Glennie’s goals, Olivier Roy was pulled in favour of Joni Ortio. Jyrki Jokipakka furthered the Stars’ lead with a goal at 11:20. At 13:33 Mike Hedden added another Texas goal and Sceviour quickly netted his second goal of the night at 13:55. The Stars scored six consecutive goals against the Heat to end the second period.
Both teams were scoreless in the third period, with the Stars outshooting the Heat 41 to 35 through 60 minutes of play.
Abbotsford was zero for five on the power play and killed off three of the Stars six man advantages.
Olivier Roy made 20 of 24 saves before being relieved by Joni Ortio who stopped 14 of 17 shots. Opposing goalie Christopher Nilstorp stopped 33 out of 35 shots.
Photo by: Clint Trahan/Abbotsford HeatHeat Beat Stars 3-2 In Shootout Saturday
The Heat beat the Texas Stars (AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars) 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC). The Heat remain in first place in the Western Conference with a 31-14-3-1 record and 66 points.
Derek Smith came up big for the Heat, delivering a power play goal and converting in the shootout. Corey Locke extended his point streak to five games, while Josh Jooris continued his strong play with one goal. Sven Baertschi scored the game winning goal in the seventh round of the shootout.
Brett Ritchie netted the lone goal of the first period, giving Texas the early lead at 10:22. The Heat outshot the Stars 11 to nine in the first.
Derek Smith came back to tie the game with a power play goal, assisted by Ben Street at 4:33 of the second period. Less than a minute later, Josh Jooris added another goal at 5:30, assisted by Corey Locke and Sven Baertschi. The Stars quickly responded with a goal at 8:35 by Hubert Labrie. The second period ended in a 2-2 tie.
Both teams were scoreless in the third period and in four-on-four overtime, forcing the game to a shootout.
Corban Knight opened up the shootout, sneaking the puck past Christopher Nilstrop’s right skate. Texas’ Dustin Jeffery followed by putting the puck right through Olivier Roy’s five-hole. Markus Granlund was unable to beat Nilstrop, while Texas’ Chris Mueller sniped one past Roy. The next two rounds remained scoreless. Blair Jones beat Nilstrop high blocker to tie up the shootout. The next three shooters were unable to score until Sven Baertschi scored the game winner through Nilstrop’s five hole.
Abbotsford was one for six on the power play and killed off all five of the Stars man advantages.
Olivier Roy made 36 of 38 saves, with opponent Christopher Nilstrop stopped 27 out of 29 shots.
The Heat now have a welcome rest for the AHL All-Star break before embarking on a five game road trip. While on the road, the Heat will take on the Charlotte Checkers, the Milwaukee Admirals, and the Chicago Wolves. The Heat will be back in action on home ice on February 29th and March 1st, taking on the Grand Rapids Griffins. For tickets please call 1-877-452-HEAT (4328) or visit us online at www.abbotsfordheat.com.