ABBOTSFORD, BC -- It was a back-and-forth affair between the Abbotsford Heat and the Oklahoma City Barons on Sunday but it was the Barons who skated away triumphantly, topping the Heat 5-4 in a shootout.
Heat goaltender Doug Carr, who recently wrapped up his collegiate career at UMass Lowell, made 22 saves in his first AHL start. Abbotsford recently signed the Hanover, MA native to an AHL contract.
The Heat kicked things off with a power play goal from Brett Olson at the 10:45 mark of the first period. He and Sven Baertschi crowed the crease and after Derek Smith's rebound bounced in front of the blue paint, Olson snagged the puck and wired it into the back of the net.
The second-year pro now has 17 goals on the year and sits sixth in the Heat scoring race with 43 points through 72 games.
The Barons tied the game up in the second period when Austin Fyten slipped a shot past Carr but Abbotsford was able to grab the lead a few minutes later. Brett Kulak scored his first professional goal at 7:44.
Ben Street gave the home team a 3-1 lead at 14:31 but Oklahoma City pulled within a goal near the end of the middle frame when former Flames prospect Roman Horak converted on the power play.
Fyten made it 3-3 early in the third stanza but Max Reinhart replied with a goal while the Heat had the man advantage. The Heat held onto their 4-3 lead until Curtis Hamilton hammered a shot past Carr at 17:53, sending the game to extra time.
In the shootout, Blair Jones scored the Heat's lone marker while the Barons received goals from C.J. Stretch and Anton Lander.
The Heat head out on the road to close out the regular season, playing a pair of games against the San Antonio Rampage on Apr. 17 and 18 and then a single game against the Texas Stars on Apr. 19.
1. Ben Hanowski
2. Ben Street
3. Brett Kulak