ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Tyler Ruegsegger broke a third-period tie Sunday to lead the Abbotsford Heat to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League.
Ruegsegger took an outlet pass from Mark Cundari, skated across the blue-line and beat goalie Drew MacIntyre from the high slot, using a Marlies defenceman as a screen at 10:30. That gave him goals in three straight games and 11 on the season.
Carter Rowney and Quintin Laing, into an empty net, also scored for Abbotsford (34-30-10), which was eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday but just swept the weekend set with Toronto.
Barry Brust stopped 21 shots in the win, taking over for Danny Taylor in the second after he left the game with a left leg injury sustained when he was knocked over by Toronto's Greg McKegg.
Brad Ross had the only goal for Toronto (40-23-9). The Marlies fell to six points back of Texas for first in the Western Conference with just four games remaining.
MacIntyre had 26 saves.
The first period saw just six shots apiece and the Heat had a two-man advantage to begin the second period and but failed to register a shot on goal.
Toronto looked to have opened the scoring at 7:43 when the puck was pushed past Taylor after he was barrelled over by McKegg. The goal was eventually waved off and McKegg went penalized for goaltender interference on Taylor, who was injured on the play and was replaced by Brust.
The Marlies eventually opened the scoring at 14:31 just as a Heat penalty expired. Ross took a feed from Dylan Yeo and beat Brust five-hole. It gave Ross, who had just finished serving a 10-minute misconduct, eight goals on the season.
The Heat tied the game just 11 seconds later when Rowney scored his first AHL goal. The Sexsmith, Alta., native took a pass from Krys Kolanos and snapped a shot past MacIntyre.
MacIntyre's best save of the game came with less than three minutes to go in the second. He made the initial save at the side of the net before robbing Heat captain Quintin Laing point blank.
After failing to get anything going on an early third-period power play, the Marlies got the period's first good scoring chance. Morgan Reilly centred for Will Acton but Brust calmly got across to steer it aside. Then, as the puck came back around to Acton at the face-off dot he missed the net with Brust badly out of position.
Brust then barred the door, stopping all Toronto attempts, including two late power plays.
Laing added the empty netter with 10.1 seconds to go shorthanded.