HEAT @ GRIFFINS (AHL AFFILIATE OF THE DETROIT RED WINGS)
Friday will mark the first meeting of the season between the Heat and the Griffins. Grand Rapids currently holds the number one position in the Western Conference, leading the Heat by three points. In the past five seasons, the teams have split their games 4-4 when playing on the Griffins home ice, with the Heat holding an all time the edge at 9-6-1-0 between the teams.
The Griffins currently lead the Midwest Division and the Western Conference with a 25-10-1-2 record and 53 points. They are a tough bunch to score against, as they have allowed the fewest goals against in the Conference at 89. The Griffins are also potent offensively with 131 goals for, good for second in the AHL behind Texas.
Up front, Cory Emmerton is riding a four game point streak with five points (2-3-5) and is third in team scoring with 10 goals and 18 assists. In goal, Tom McCollum has been stellar for the Griffins recording 15 wins and a 0.923 save percentage.
2013-14 Heat head to head stats vs. Rockford IceHogs:
11/20/13- ABB 4 RKF 2 @ BMO Harris Bank Center
Individual leaders in season series:
ABB: Billins: 3 points in 1 GP (0-3-3), Ferland: 2 points in 1 GP (1-1-2), Hanowski: 2 points in 1 GP (1-1-2), MacDonald: 1 GP (1-0-0-0, 28/30 saves)
RKF: LeBlanc: 2 points in 1 GP (1-1-2), Svedberg: 1 point in 1 GP (1-0-0), T. Broadhurst: 1 point in 1 GP (0-1-1), Simpson: 1 GP (0-1-0-0, 24/27 saves)
2013-14 Heat head to head stats vs. Grand Rapids Griffins:
01/17/14 will be first meeting this season
NEWS & NOTES
After this current six-game road trip, the Heat will return home and host the Utica Comets on January 24th and 25th at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.
Troy G. Ward attained his 100th career win as the Head Coach of the Heat in their 3-2 overtime win over the Rampage on Saturday. Ward is in his third season as head Coach and has a record of 100-70-8-12.
The Calgary Flames announced on January 11th, that they have recalled Ben Street from the Abbotsford Heat. Street leads the Heat in scoring with 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in 31 games. The 2014 AHL All-Star made the Flames out of training camp and played in eight games picking up one assist. He suited up on Monday night for the Flames in their 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
On Monday, the Heat announced that forward Evan Trupp has been loaned to the Heat from the Alaska Aces. Trupp, a native of Anchorage, AK, has played in 33 games with the Aces this season and has recorded 30 points (10-20-30). In his last five games, Trupp has registered seven points (2-5-7).
The Heat are tied for first place in road wins in the entire AHL with 13.
The Voice of your Abbotsford Heat 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.