Preview: Heat set to take on Admirals & IceHogs
ABBOTSFORD, BC -- The Abbotsford Heat’s franchise high nine game regular season winning streak came to an end on Saturday night in Oklahoma City. It was the first loss the Heat suffered since October 26th and just their third loss by more than one goal all season. Below are some of the numbers that stand out over the Heat’s fantastic win streak:
39-25 - The Heat outscored their opponents
14-5 - The Heat outscored their opponents in the third period
5 - Games were won in the third period
7 - Games were one goal victories
12/39 - The Heat success on the power play
7-0 - Joni Ortio’s record in between the pipes
0 - Losses on home ice (4 games)
5 - Straight wins on the road
HEAT @ ADMIRALS
Tuesday, November 19th - 6:00 MST - BMO Harris Bradley Center
Tuesday night will be the third of four meetings this season. The Admirals opened up the Heat’s home schedule with a doubleheader back on October 11th and 12th at the AESC and both games needed overtime. The Heat won 3-2 in overtime in the first game, but the Admirals won 2-1 in a shootout a night later.
Milwaukee is off to a great start to the season as they hold down the fifth spot in the Western Conference, with an 8-3-2-1 record and are 6-3-0-1 in their last 10 games. Most recently they are coming off of a 1-0 win on Saturday against Iowa with Scott Darling earning the shutout.
The Admirals are a defence-first type of team and have given up the fewest goals in the Western Conference at 37. Offensively, they are led in points by rookie forward Colton Sissons who has seven goals and six assists. Sissons scored the game winning goal against Iowa on Saturday for the Admirals in the first period.
2013-2014 Heat vs. Admirals season series:
10/11/13- ABB 3 MIL 2 @ Abbotsford Sports & Entertainment Centre OT
10/12/13- MIL 2 ABB 1 @ Abbotsford Sports & Entertainment Centre S/O
Heat vs. Admirals individual scoring leaders in season series:
ABB: F- Knight (0-2-2), F- Jooris (0-2-2), F- Hanowski (1-0-1), F- Elson (1-0-1) F- Nemisz (1-0-1)
MIL: F- Sissons (1-1-2), F- Beck (1-1-2), F- Cehlin (1-0-1)
HEAT @ ICEHOGS
Wednesday, November 20th - 6:00 MST - BMO Harris Bank Center
Wednesday night will be the first meeting of the season between the Heat and IceHogs. Rockford currently occupies the seventh spot in the Western Conference with a record of 9-8-1-0 and are coming off a 4-2 win on Saturday against San Antonio. Consistency has been an issue for the ‘Hogs of late as they have two wins in their last five games and four out of their last 10.
Defenceman Adam Clendening has been to the go to guy offensively as he leads the team in points with three goals and 13 assists. Up front, winger Jeremy Morin is tied for the team lead in goals with six and notched three points for the IceHogs last week after returning to Rockford on a two-week stint with the Chicago Blackhawks.
2012-13 Heat vs. IceHogs season series:
12/22/12- RFD 3 ABB 2 @ BMO Harris Bank Center
02/16/13- RFD 7 ABB 2 @ BMO Harris Bank Center
03/22/13- RFD 5 ABB 2 @ Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
03/23/13- ABB 4 RFD 3 @ Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre OT
2012-2013 Heat vs. IceHogs individual scoring leaders in season series (returning players):
ABB: F- Street (0-2-2), D- MacKenzie (0-2-2), F- Bancks (1-0-1), F- Nemisz (1-0-1)
RFD: F- Morin (0-4-4), F- Mills (1-1-2), D- Clendening (1-1-2), F- T.Broadhurst (0-2-2)
NEWS & NOTES
The remaining four games on the Heat’s current seven game road trip are all against teams in the Midwest Division.
Brandon Astle will bring all live Heat action this week on 101.7 CIVL FM and on www.teamradio.ca. The pre-game show begins 15 minutes before puck drop.