ABBOTSFORD, BC – The Abbotsford Heat scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Chicago Wolves 4-1 at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC) in front of a capacity crowd of 7,046 fans. The Heat earned three points in the two game series against the Wolves.
Sven Baertschi and Ben Walter each recorded two points in the third period to lead the Heat to a comeback win. Barry Brust stopped 25 of 26 shots in his first start of the season. The Heat have generated three wins and a shootout loss during the four-game home-stand.
The Wolves opened the scoring at 8:19 of the first period and outshot the Heat 11-8 through 20 minutes of play.
Carter Bancks tied the game 1-1 at 14:50 of the second period on his first goal of the season. Adam Estoclet earned his first point on the play with an assist. Bancks was named the third star of the game.
The Heat took their first lead of the night at 8:44 of the third period when Dustin Sylvester scored his second goal of the season on a goal-mouth scramble. Walter and Baertschi each picked up assists.
The Heat extended their lead to two at 12:44 of the third period when Baertschi one-timed a loose puck into the Chicago net. Walter and TJ Brodie drew assists on the play. Baertschi has three goals and three assists in the first four games of his AHL career and was named first star for the second time this season.
Roman Horak scored the Heat’s final goal of the night on the power play. Quintin Laing and Steve McCarthy assisted on the play. Horak has scored in all four games this season.
The Heat were one for three on the power-play and are six for sixteen so far this season. The Abbotsford penalty kill has yet to allow a goal against on thirteen chances.
The Heat are set to begin their first road trip of the season, playing the Lake Erie Monsters and Hamilton Bulldogs next weekend. The team then returns to the AESC to host the Toronto Marlies on November 1st and 2nd. Friday November 2nd , a LoonieToonie Dog 'N Brew game, will be Local Heroes Night. Fans will pay tribute to local emergency services personnel.