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Reinhart has three points, Granlund scores winner as Heat edge Griffins 3-1

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 10:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Reinhart has three points, Granlund scores winner as Heat edge Griffins 3-1

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Markus Granlund's second-period goal held up as the winner as the Abbotsford Heat edged the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-2 in American Hockey League action on Saturday.

Max Reinhart had a goal and two assists, and Carter Bancks added a short-handed goal for Abbotsford (26-14-2), who was shutout 3-0 by the Griffins on Friday night.

Nathan Paetsch and Xavier Ouellet scored for the Midwest division-leading Griffins (27-11-3).

Abbotsford goaltender Joni Ortio stopped 34 shots for the win. His Grand Rapids counterpart, Tom McCollum, made 33 saves.

The Heat were 0 for 3 on the power play while the Griffins scored once on three chances with the man advantage.

Bancks opened the scoring with his second goal of the season off a pass from Reinhart at 10:46, but Grand Rapids responded less than a minute later with Paetsch's power-play goal.

Reinhart made it 2-1 for the Heat at 14:55 of the first period.

Ouellet scored his fourth of the season at 4:59 of the second to tie the game, but Granlund sealed the victory for Abbotsford with his 16th of the year less than three minutes later.

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