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Greg Nemisz scores in overtime as Heat sink Admirals 3-2

Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 12:55 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Greg Nemisz scores in overtime as Heat sink Admirals 3-2

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Corban Knight scored in overtime and assisted on another goal as the Abbotsford Heat beat the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 in American Hockey League action Friday.

With his team on the power play, Knight rushed up the right wing and centred the puck towards Greg Nemisz at the net, but the attempted pass went in off an Admiral defender and in for his second of the season.

Turner Elson and Ben Hanowski also scored for Abbotsford (2-1-0) in the club's home opener.

Reto Berra stopped 24 shots in the victory.

Patrick Cehlin had a goal and an assist for the Admirals in their season opener, while Taylor Beck also scored for Milwaukee, while Magnus Hellberg made 28 saves.

After a scoreless first period, the visitors drew first blood while short-handed.

Austin Watson stole the puck from Abbotsford's Chad Billins behind the net and centred for Cehlin, who slid a backhand around Berra's poke check attempt at 6:45.

Elson scored a highlight-reel goal to tie the game up with just 4.6 seconds to go in the second. Brett Olson flipped the puck ahead and Elson, jumped around Admirals' defender Anthony Bitetto to one-hand the puck past Hellberg.

The Heat took their first lead of the game at 13:11 of the third when Hanowski went top shelf from in close.

He began the play by hounding a Milwaukee defenceman into giving the puck away to Knight, who found Josh Jooris down low. Jooris quickly tapped it across to Hanowski for his third of the season.

The Admirals tied the game a little more than two minutes later. After a point shot bounced off a few bodies in front, the puck squirted right to Beck, who lifted it over the sprawling netminder for his first goal of the season.

However, Beck got called for a tripping penalty in overtime and the Heat took advantage.

Abbotsford finished 1-for-7 with the man advantage, while Milwaukee was 0-for-4.

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