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Blair Jones, Markus Granlund keep Heat hot in 2-1 win over Rampage

Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 12:45 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blair Jones, Markus Granlund keep Heat hot in 2-1 win over Rampage

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Blair Jones scored the winning goal in the Abbotsford Heat's 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday in American Hockey League action.

Jones now has four goals in his past three games. Markus Granlund also scored for Abbotsford (8-4-1) and has three goals in his past four games.

Joni Ortio made 23 saves, picking up his fourth-straight win since Reto Berra was called up by the Calgary Flames. The Heat were coming off a 3-0-0 Eastern road trip.

John Lee scored for San Antonio (4-6-0), who had a two-game win streak snapped. Michael Houser stopped 23 shots.

Abbotsford got a two-man advantage with less than two minutes to go in the first.

Corban Knight's one-timer slap shot from the point was deflected by Grandlund over Houser's shoulder, giving him two goals on the year.

Mark Cundari thought he had made it 2-0 two minutes into the second, but his goal was immediately waved off because a Heat player pushed a Rampage defender into the goaltender.

The Rampage tied the game at 14:02 of the second. Lee's wrist shot from the point found its way through two sets of legs, giving the defenceman his first on the year. That came in his third game this season after scoring just once in 50 games in his rookie campaign.

Houser came up big for his team five minutes into the third period, first stopping Ben Street on a breakaway and then getting a toe on Max Reinhart's shot from the slot, to keep the game tied 1-1.

Not to be outdone, Ortio made a pair of athletic saves around the eight minute mark, including a toe save on Vincent Trocheck from the slot.

Jones scored his goal at 13:28 while the Heat had another two-man advantage. Tyler Wotherspoon teed up a one-timer slap shot for Jones, who beat Houser top corner for his fourth of the season.

The game featured four five-on-three power plays — three for the Heat — and 20 total infractions whistled. Abbotsford went 2 for 8, while the Rampage were 0 for 7 on the power play.

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