TORONTO, ON -- The Abbotsford Heat saw their seven-game point streak snapped with a 5-0 loss to the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. Despite the loss, Abbotsford (10-2-1-2) remains in top spot in the North Division with 23 points.
Ryan Hamilton and Nazem Kadri each scored even strength goals in the first 40 minutes to put the Marlies up by two entering the third period. In the final period, the Marlies added three more goals by Nicholas Deschamps, Matt Frattin and Will Acton.
Leland Irving started for the second straight game, and had 19 saves on 24 shots. Ben Scrivens stopped all 24 Heat shots to earn the shutout. The Heat had not been shutout this season prior to Sunday’s contest.
The Heat power play finished without a goal on six opportunities, while the Marlies scored on one of their two man-advantages.
The Heat now travel to Texas for games against the Texas Stars, San Antonio Rampage and Houston Aeros next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Heat return to the AESC to play the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens) on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st. Friday’s game is “Legends of Hockey Night”, where the Heat will honour former Canadien Yvan Cournoyer. Fans will have an opportunity to have an item signed by the Hockey Hall of Fame inductee as part of the evening’s festivities. For tickets please call 1-877-452-HEAT(4328) or visit us online at www.AbbotsfordHeat.com.