Heat Report: 01.03.13
HEAT HEAD HOME FOR FOUR GAMES
After a three-game road swing through Ontario, the Abbotsford Heat are back at home for the next couple of weeks as they host the Grand Rapids Griffins (Apr. 5 & 6) and the Toronto Marlies (Apr. 12 & 14).
The Griffins have had the Heat's number this season, winning the first two games of the season series and outscoring Abbotsford 6-1 in the process. However, Grand Rapids has struggled a bit offensively in recent games, scoring just one goal in two of their last three outings. Meanwhile, the Heat have picked up their offensive production, registering 14 goals in their last four games.
Abbotsford has faired well against Toronto in 2012-13, going 4-1-1 in the first six games of their eight-game season series.
The Heat close out the 2012-13 season in Oklahoma City with a pair of games that could determine whether or not either team makes the playoffs. Abbotsford is currently two points behind the Barons, who are eighth in the Western Conference.
WALTER LEADING THE PACK
Ben Walter has a seven-point cushion in the Abbotsford Heat scoring race with 43 points in 62 games. Ben Street trails him with 36 in 64 games while Krys Kolanos rounds out the top three with 34 points in 47 contests.
In terms of points-per-game, Flames prospect Sven Baertschi leads the way with a 0.83 average. The winger has scored 10 goals and 25 points in 30 games with the Heat this year. He has three points in his last two games and seven points since being reassigned to Abbotsford.
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Abbotsford has been getting quite a bit of offence from their young forwards as of late and it has paid off. Contributions from Baertschi, Max Reinhart and Roman Horak have led to the Heat picking up points in four of their last six games.
Baertschi has notched five points (three goals, two assists) in his last five games and has only been held off the scoresheet once in that span - a 5-3 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Mar. 27.
Reinhart had a slow start to the 2012-13 season but has really come on late in the year. He has registered five points (three goals, two assists) and has fired 19 shots on net in his last six games.
Horak leads the Heat in goals scored this season with 16 on the year and is fourth in points with 30 in 59 games. He is riding a four-game point streak in which he has scored two goals, one being a game-winner, and two assists.
SEIGO ADDING OFFENCE FROM THE BACK-END
On Mar. 22, the Heat signed blueliner Steven Seigo to an amateur tryout contract after the Edenwold, SK product finished his collegiate career at Michigan Tech. The 22 year-old has played three games with Abbotsford and has two assists in that span. Both helpers came against the Hamilton Bulldogs last week.
Seigo posted 19 goals and 75 points in 150 games with Michigan Tech. Prior to joining the Huskies in the 2009-10 campaign, he played three seasons with the Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL).
AROUND THE 'A
On Monday, Canucks Sports & Entertainment announced they had agreed to purchase the Peoria Rivermen franchise from the St. Louis Blues. The transaction is subject to AHL approval.
"This is an exciting opportunity for the Canucks," said Canucks Sports & Entertainment Owner and Chairman, Francesco Aquilini in a statement on the Canucks website. "The purchase of the Peoria franchise allows us to take an important step and assume full control of our minor league development program."