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Taylor stops 25 as Abbotsford beats Charlotte 4-3 for North Division lead @NHL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Danny Taylor made 25 saves as the Abbotsford Heat beat the Charlotte Checkers 4-3 for their fifth straight American Hockey League victory Friday.

Ben Walter, Dustin Sylvester, Brett Carson and Brett Olson each scored for the Heat (22-12-7), who moved one point ahead of idle Toronto for the North Division lead.

Chris Terry scored twice for Charlotte (25-14-5), while Jared Staal chipped in with a single.

Down 4-1 in the third period, the Checkers tried for a quick rally with goals by Terry and Staal coming 21 seconds apart.

Charlotte goaltender Justin Peters finished with 17 saves.

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