Abbotsford Heat vs Lake Erie Monsters - November 14, 2012
Heat Hit the Road
The Heat are set to hit the road following tonight’s matchup for a five game road trip spanning North America. The squad will spend a total of 13 hours in the air travelling 6,400 km, plus 1,062 km by bus. When asked about the upcoming road trip, Head Coach Troy G. Ward said: “We’re going t¬o go through the grind for the first time this year, we’ll play Tuesday, play Wednesday, fly Thursday and play Friday. Travel all Friday night, have Saturday off, and play Sunday at three. Then we head to Texas.” The Heat will return to the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre on Friday, November 30th to take on the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens affiliate) for “Legends of Hockey” night honouring former Montreal Canadien Yvon Cournoyer.
Hot Home Point Streak
The Heat extended their home point streak to nine games on Tuesday night. So far this season they have earned 16 of a possible 18 points at the AESC, scoring 31 goals on home ice, while allowing just 11 against.
Rookie Brett Olson Playing With Poise
25-year-old Duluth, MN native Brett Olson was signed by the Heat on October 8th, 2012 following an impressive training camp. Olson has found a home on a line with Quintin Laing and Ben Street, and has proven himself as a dependable AHL forward thus far.
The rookie has recorded one goal and five assists in eleven games-played this season, and earned a regular spot in Head Coach Troy G. Ward’s lineup, despite the Heat carrying 18 forwards. Olson set two milestones on October 26th at Lake Erie, recording his first professional three point game, and scoring his first AHL goal in the Heat’s 5-3 victory. Olson earned second-star honours for his performance. When asked about Brett Olson’s play this season, Troy G. Ward said: “He is a really good faceoff guy, that’s first and foremost. And second of all, he’s got enough moxie and skill to him that he can make a lot of plays, as we’ve seen in a short amount of time. He’s responsible defensively, so he fits in well right with Quintin Laing and Ben Street on that line, and he’s really given us some good minutes, so we’re real lucky to have him and we’re real proud to have him.”
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