ABBOTSFORD, BC -- The Abbotsford Heat fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings) 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC). The Heat sits in second in the West Division with a 33-17-4-2 record and 72 points.
Max Reinhart scored two goals, tallying five points (3-2-4) in his last five games. Sven Baertschi earned two points on the night (1-1-2).
The Heat took the early lead with a power play goal by Baertschi at 6:11 in the first period. Baertschi’s goal was assisted by Ben Street and Corey Locke. The Griffins tied up the game at 16:44, with a goal from Teemu Pulkkinen. The first period ended with the Griffins outshooting the Heat 12-11.
Pulkkinen scored his second goal of the night at 3:49 in the second period. Reinhart responded with a goal at 16:09, assisted by Brett Olson and Ben Hanowski. The Griffins quickly rallied with a goal at 19:40, by Calle Jarnkrok, giving Grand Rapids the 3-2 lead.
Reinhart scored the lone goal of the third period at 16:07, assisted by Baertschi and Kane Lafranchise pushing the game into overtime. Both teams’ remained scoreless in the overtime.
Baertschi put one past Peter Mrazek in the fourth round, while the next two shooters were unsuccessful. In the fifth round, Brennan Evans scored to keep the shootout alive.The goalies stopped the next five shooters,until Griffins defenceman, Gleason Fournier found the back of the net in the eighth round.
Abbotsford was one for three on the power play and killed off two of the three man advantages for the Griffins.
Olivier Roy made 34 of 37 saves while Mrazek stopped 31 out of 34 shots.
The Heat will take on the Grand Rapids Griffins again on Saturday night at the AESC. For tickets please call 1-877-452-HEAT (4328) or visit us online at www.abbotsfordheat.com.