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Heat move into first place in AHL Western Conference with 2-1 win over Barons

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Danny Taylor made 32 saves and the Abbotsford Heat moved into top spot in the American Hockey League's Western Conference with a 2-1 win over the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday.

Taylor has allowed just 25 goals against in 14 appearances with the Heat since being acquired in early December.

Jon Rheault scored the deciding goal in the third period for Abbotsford (24-11-3). Justing Dowling also scored, while Jordan Henry assisted on both goals.

Dylan Yeo replied for the Barons (23-11-5) while Yann Danis made 13 saves.

The Heat have 51 points in 38 games. The Barons and the Houston Aeros also have 51 points in the hotly contested West Division, but have each played one more game.

The Heat grabbed a first-period lead on Dowling's first goal of the season at the 16:29 mark. Dowling, playing his first full professional season with the Heat, redirected Henry's point shot past Danis.

The Barons tie the game as Yeo's shot appeared to glance off Rheault's skate and into the net.

Rheault scored the winner at 7:33 of the third .Henry left the puck for Ben Walter who cut behind his own net, went end-to-end, and fed the puck to Rheault who buried his 15th of the season.

The Heat penalty kill was tested all night, and was a perfect 5-for-5, but no kill was bigger that the last power play awarded to the Barons with 2:24 remaining in regulation. The Barons pulled Danis looking to equalize but the Heat kept the puck out of the net and hung on for their second win of their current five-game road trip.

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