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Heat Report: 04.11.13

Mike Cadarette breaks down the Heat's three-game road swing

Monday, 04.11.2013 / 10:02 AM / Future Watch
By Mike Cadarette

NUMBERS ON THE BOARD

The Abbotsford Heat are on a roll thanks to an outstanding week of games against the Utica Comets and Hamilton Bulldogs that saw them come away with a flawless 3-0 record.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Heat overcame an early two goal deficit to defeat the Comets 5-4 in overtime.

After an uneasy start from Reto Berra who allowed three goals on just nine shots, freshly called up Joni Ortio held his own in a relief appearance. Down 3-1 at the first intermission, Mark Cundari, Chad Billins and Markus Granlund helped their squad come back from the deficit.

In the extra frame, Corban Knight played hero as he potted his fourth of the season from Blair Jones and Billins to claim victory for the Heat.

In Friday's rematch against the Comets, the Heat continued their success with a 4-3 win.

Spearheaded by an impressive two-goal performance from Max Reinhart as well as two assists from Knight, the Heat looked to be in control of the game. Unfortunately, Benn Ferriero answered with a tying goal in the third period.

As the game looked to be headed to overtime for the second time in as many nights, Jones got on the board with just 4:35 remaining in the game to seal the win.

The Heat capped off their three game road swing on Saturday with a trip to Hamilton to face the Bulldogs and were able to prevail 3-2 in the shootout.

Jones continued his scoring ways after he led the Heat from a two-goal hole with two goals of his own in the second period.

Knotted up at 2-2 at the end of regulation, the Heat headed to the shootout where they were a perfect three-for-three thanks to Granlund, Knight and Jones. Meanwhile, Ortio held down the fort as he thwarted 35 of the 37 shots he faced.

The red hot Heat hope to extend their three game winning streak at home on Tuesday and Wednesday evening against the San Antonio Rampage followed by a weekend set against the Toronto Marlies on Saturday and Sunday.

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK

First Star - Blair Jones was a scoring machine in the Heat's three game road trip. The agitating centreman collected three goals and an assist as well as a shootout marker in the three games. No doubt, Jones played a large part in his team's perfect week. He now has seven points in seven games.

Second Star - Corban Knight displayed why he's the leading scorer for the Abbotsford Heat. Knight picked up a game-winning goal, three assists and a shootout goal in the trip east. The 23-year-old rookie now has four goals and 11 points in his first 12 professional games.

Third Star - Joni Ortio was a bastion in net for the Heat all week. In two starts and a relief appearance, the Finnish backstop posted a 2.08 goals against average, a 0.930 save percentage and three wins. With Reto Berra now in Calgary, Ortio has made a strong statement with his play that he's ready to take over the Heat's crease duties.

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