– Get the first one and they’ll come in bunches. It’s an old cliché, but it accurately describes Abbotsford Heat rookie Bryan Cameron
’s play of late.
Cameron picked up the shootout winner in last Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Houston Aeros.
Since then the 21-year-old has three goals and an assist.
Cameron picked up his first pro goal in the Heat’s win over the Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins farm club) last Friday. The following night the Brampton, ON native added a goal and an assist in Adirondack.
The former OHL sniper extended his point streak to three games on Sunday as he opened the scoring in Providence.
Week in Review
The Heat continued their winning ways on the road stringing together a season-high five wins in a row before having it snapped on Sunday night in a shootout loss.
Abbotsford got things started on the right foot last Friday night in Providence. After going down 1-0 early, the Heat responded with four straight goals, thanks to Andrew Carroll, Cameron, Greg Nemisz and Quintin Laing.
Matt Keith added his eighth of the season into an empty net as the Heat defeated the Bruins 5-2.
The following night the Heat doubled up the Adirondack Phantoms 4-2. Jon Rheault, J.D. Watt, Cameron and Lance Bouma
all found the back of the net for Abbotsford as Leland Irving
picked up his fifth straight win making 19 saves.
The win streak was snapped in Providence as the Heat losst 5-4, in a shootout, Sunday night. Cameron, Keith, Josh Meyers and T.J. Brodie all had goals for the Heat while J.P. Lamoureux was saddled with the loss.
With their 11-6-0-2, Abbotsford currently leads the North Division by three-points over their playoff rival Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Heat are just a point back of San Antonio for the Western Conference lead.
Three’s a crowd
Sunday’s loss in Providence could be Lamoureux’s last start for a while as the Heat re-assigned the goaltender to Utah of the ECHL on Monday.
The 26-year-old had two starts with the Heat during his call-up posting a 1-0-1 record to go along with his 2.89 G.A.A. and .895 save percentage.
With Lamoureux re-assigned, the Heat have Irving and Matt Keetley challenging one another for the number one spot in Abbotsford.
Irving seems to have found his groove of late. The Swan Hills, AB native is currently riding a 5-0-0 streak along with an impressive 1.66 G.A.A and a .930 save percentage this month.
The 22-year-old currently leads the entire AHL with 10 wins and three shootout wins.
Keetley’s last start was a loss at home to San Antonio earlier this month. The Nov. 5 loss was the last time the 24-year-old was in Abbotsford’s line-up as he’s been relegated to watching from the press box ever since. Special Teams
In the midst of their road trip, the Heat have managed to improve on their penalty kill as well. Abbotsford currently ranks 28th overall with 76.5 per cent efficiency; however, in their past three games the Heat have managed to kill off 7-of-9 opponent chances.
Meanwhile, their power play, which ranks 28th as well, continues to struggle as Abbotsford has just one goal on 11 chances in their past three games. The Heat power play is currently clicking at a 12.3 per cent rate. By the Numbers
7-0-0-2 – Record when leading after two periods
3-1-0-0 – versus the North Division
7 – Goals allowed by Heat goaltenders in 22 attempts in shootouts
27 – Abbotsford, who was easily the most penalized team last season, now rank near the bottom of the leagueInjury UpdateMitch Wahl
– lower bodyCarter Bancks
– shoulder (day-to-day)
Cam Cunning – shoulder
John Negrin – knee
Matt Pelech – shoulder
Kris Chucko – concussionRyley Grantham
- ankleLook Ahead
Abbotsford wraps-up their five-game, 10-day road trip this Friday and Saturday in Peoria (AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues).
The Heat then have five days off before hosting the Manitoba Moose (AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks) next weekend.
Author: Dhiren Mahiban