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NHL experience comes up huge for Heat in win against Monsters

Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 12:55 AM The Canadian Press

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Corban Knight scored to put Abbotsford ahead for good in the Heat's 4-2 win over the Lake Erie Monsters in American Hockey League action Friday.

Knight's second-period goal gave Abbotsford (4-3-1) a 3-1 lead and the team hung on to pick up their fifth point in three home games this season.

Chad Billins added insurance in the third period, while Ben Street and Carter Bancks also scored for the Heat and Reto Berra made 22 saves.

Bryan Lerg and Joey Hishon scored for Lake Erie (3-4-0), while Sami Aittokallio stopped 28 shots.

The Heat the opened the scoring at 14:44. Max Reinhart made a no-look behind-the-back pass from behind the net to Street, who converted his own rebound for his first goal in his debut AHL game this year.

Abbotsford continued to press and had a pair of chances to score on their first power play. Derek Smith, playing his first professional game since April 1, hit the post with his point shot and then Paul Byron was robbed by the Aitokallio's pad stack.

The Monsters tied it just 69 seconds into second period while on the power play. Andrew Agozzino took advantage of Smith being caught deep in the Lake Erie zone and sent Hishon in alone to score top corner with a pretty backhand shot on Berra.

However, the Heat regained the lead at 5:25. Byron's initial shot was stopped, but Ben Hanowski rushed in to chip the puck up and Bancks was there at the side of the net to knock the puck out of the air and into the net for his first of the year.

Knight scored at 15:54 to give them their first two-goal lead at Abbotsford this season. He took a centring feed from Greg Nemisz and backhanded it between Aittokallio's legs, giving him two goals on the campaign.

However, the visitors cut the deficit in half only 61 seconds into the third period. Brad Malone centred for Lerg, who quickly wristed it top shelf for his team-leading fifth of the season.

The Heat caught a break a few minutes later when a goalmouth scramble resulted in a power play with Michael Sgarbossa off for roughing.

Billins picked up his fourth of the season on the ensuing power play with a one-timer slapshot from the point, restoring the two-goal cushion.

Abbotsford finished 1 for 3 on the power play, while Lake Erie was 1 for 5.

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