Abbotsford opens trip with win in Chicago
CHICAGO, IL -- The Abbotsford Heat defeated the Chicago Wolves (AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks) 3-2 in the first of two games this weekend at the Allstate Arena.
Krys Kolanos recorded his second straight multi-point game, Danny Taylor earned his first win since November 23rd and the Heat snapped a three game losing streak in front of 10,833 fans.
The Heat outshot the Wolves 8-4 in the first period and killed one minute and 21 seconds of a Wolves’ two-man advantage to keep the game scoreless through 20 minutes.
Ben Street opened the scoring for the Heat at 9:25 of the second period. Brett Olson and TJ Brodie earned assists on the play. Kolanos scored his third goal in two games 1:55 later to give the Heat a 2-0 lead. Joe Piskula and Ben Walter picked up assists on the goal.
Darren Archibald scored for the Wolves at 16:01 of the second period, with Zack Kassian and Jordan Schroeder recording assists on Archibald’s sixth goal of the season. The Heat led 2-1 through 40 minutes of play.
The Wolves tied the game at 11:54 of the third period when Zach Miskovic recorded his second of the season. Jordan Schroeder and Brad Hunt drew assists on the goal. Immediately after the goal Heat Head Coach Troy G. Ward called a timeout and the Heat responded 24 seconds later with the game-winning goal. Kolanos earned his second point of the night, assisting on Paul Byron’s fourth goal of the season. Chris Breen drew the other assist on the play.
Taylor started his second straight game, stopping 25 of 27 shots in the victory. The Heat and Wolves both recorded 27 shots on the night.
The Heat penalty kill negated both Wolves man advantages, and the Heat failed to score on their only power play opportunity.
The Heat and Wolves play again at 1:00 PM PST Sunday before Abbotsford closes 2012 in Peoria with their third game in three days. The Heat’s final game of this current road trip is played at 4:05 PST on New Year’s Eve from the Carver Arena in Peoria.