Abbotsford, BC – The Abbotsford Heat were defeated 6-2 by the Rochester Americans (AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres) in the second game of a midweek series at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre (AESC).
One day after beating the Americans 3-2 in the second annual School Day Game, the Heat allowed four unanswered goals in the final 25 minutes of play to lose their seventh home game in regulation this season. Ben Street and Brady Lamb each scored goals in the loss, while Barry Brust made 24 saves.
The Americans scored the opening goal of the game at 5:43. The goal came just eight seconds after the Heat killed off two simultaneous minor penalties, including 1 minute and 41 seconds of five-on-three power play time.
The Heat tied the game 1-1 on Ben Street’s twelfth goal of the season at 15:41 of the first period. Joe Callahan and Krys Kolanos each drew an assist on Street’s third goal in his last four games. The game remained tied 1-1 after 20 minutes.
The Americans took their second lead of the night just 39 seconds into the second period with a four-on-four goal. The Heat tied the game 2-2 on Brady Lamb’s second goal of the season at 7:23 of the period. Lamb’s goal was set up by Tyler Ruegsegger. The goal earned Lamb his third point of the month, after accumulating only two in the first four months of the season.
The Americans scored two more times in the final five minutes of the second period to take a 4-2 lead into the third, despite being outshot by a 26-21 margin through two periods.
The Americans scored two more five-on-five goals in the third period. The win moves the Americans within two points of the division-leading Heat, with Rochester holding three games-in-hand.
Barry Brust made 24 saves on 30 shots in his third home loss of the season. The Heat outshot the Americans 40-30 in the game.
The Heat scored on their first power play opportunity of the game, and finished one for four. The Abbotsford penalty kill erased eight-of-nine Rochester power plays. The top-ranked Heat penalty kill negated 18 of 19 Rochester power plays over the two games.
This weekend the Heat will host the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche) in another divisional two-game set, with games on Saturday night at 7:00pm and Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm.
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