ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Michael Ferland's first two professional goals lifted the Abbotsford Heat to a 4-3 over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday in American Hockey League action.
Ferland scored the go-ahead goal with six minutes to play in the game, breaking down the left wing and putting a wrist shot short side on Drew MacIntyre.
Ferland also scored near the end of the first period, the third of three Heat goals within two minutes.
Paul Byron had a goal and an assist and Michael Granlund also scored for Abbotsford (10-4-1), who have now won six straight games and sit atop the Western Conference. Blair Jones and Ben Street had two assists apiece.
Joni Ortio made 24 saves extending his personal win streak to five games.
Josh Leivo had a goal and an assist for the visiting Marlies (6-4-1). Petter Granberg and Stefan Legein also scored for Toronto and Drew MacIntyre stopped 30 shots in the losing effort.
The Marlies opened the scoring at 3:33 of the first period. Leivo broke down the left wing and wristed a shot past Ortio for his second of the season.
The Heat took control of the game with three goals in the final three minutes of the first.
Granlund tied the game at 17:31 of the first. He took a feed from Chad Billins and wristed a shot from the face-off circle with Greg Nemisz providing traffic.
The Heat actually had a goal waved off when Granlund tried to glove a rebound down but it went in the net before he could get some wood on it.
At 18:39 Byron converted a rebound from a Ben Street shot.
Then, at 19:28, Ferland took a feed from Street in front and put it around MacIntyre's pad.
However, the Marlies would cut the deficit in half just 35 seconds into the second period. Granberg converted a pass from Spencer Abbott, picking the corner, glove side, for his first of the season.
Brett Olson had a flurry of opportunities with three minutes to go to put the Heat back up by two, but MacIntyre made key stops.
Legein tied the game with 89 seconds to play in the middle frame. He took a pass from Trevor Smith and snapped a shot by Ortio for his third of the year in just his fifth game.
The Heat had the better chances in the third period, outshooting the Marlies 14-8, before Ferland finally put the Heat ahead for good with his late goal.
The two clubs face each other again Sunday.