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Heat edged by Griffins in double OT in Game 1

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

ABBOTSFORD, BC -- The Abbotsford Heat fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins 2-1 in the double overtime on Friday night at Abbotsford Centre.

The Heat trail the best-of-five series 1-0.

The Heat opened the scoring on a goal by Brett Olson, assisted by Sven Baertschi and Corban Knight at 11:44 of the first period.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Heat as the teams skated to a scoreless second period. The Heat outshot the Griffins 15-4 in the period.

In the later stages of the third period, the Griffins tied it up at 1-1 with a goal by Mattias Backman at 12:37, sending the game into overtime.

The first overtime period solved nothing as both teams went back and forth trading chances. The Heat outshot the Griffins 13 to 5 in the extra frame.

The game was finally solved late in the second overtime, when Griffins defenceman Ryan Sproul found the back of the net at 19:26.

The Heat went scoreless on six power play attempts in the game and killed off all four Griffins man advantages.

Joni Ortio, made 39 saves on 41 shots and settled for the loss. Petr Mrazek stopped 55 of the 56 shots he faced and was named the first star of the game.


1) Petr Mrazek

2) Joni Ortio

3) Ryan Sproul

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