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Heat Force Game Seven

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

2010 Calder Cup Playoffs: First Round
Series Tied At Three
Game 1 04/15 Heat 3, Amerks 2
Game 2 04/17 Amerks 4, Heat 1
Game 3 04/19 Amerks 8, Heat 4
Game 4 04/21 Amerks 6, Heat 1
Game 5 04/23 Heat 3, Amerks 1
Game 6 04/25 Heat 5, Amerks 1
Game 7 04/27 7:05pm @Amerks
* - if necessary
And there will be a game seven.

That's because, the Abbotsford Heat refused to go quietly into the off-season and earned their second straight victory Sunday to tie the series at three after being down 3-1. Winning 3-1 on Friday, Abbotsford scored the game's first three goals Sunday on their way to a 5-1 victory.

The Heat actually scored three quick goals midway through the first period in chasing starting netminder Tyler Plante.

Jason Jaffray got the visitors on the board at the 9:09 mark as the winger beat Plante after pouncing on a rebound. Jon Rheault gave them a 2-0 lead 41 seconds later when he skated past Keaton Ellerby and wristed it past Plante. He then beat Plante with 8:42 left in the first, or 2:09 after the first Heat goal.

Down 3-0 midway through the second, Rochester attempted a comeback. They got on the scoreboard with a powerplay goal at the 8:25 mark as Jamie Johnson slammed home a rebound. Mike York and Jason Garrison picked up the assists.

But it was not to be.

David Van der Gulik scored for the second time in two games on a Heat power play right off a face-off with 2:09 left in the second. Then Rheault finished off his hat trick 7:26 into the third for his fifth of the series.

The Amerks and Heat will play Game 7 on Tuesday at Blue Cross Arena.

NOTES: It was only the second time this series that Shawn Matthias was held without a point (Game 1)...Rochester's power play has been a huge reason they are going to a Game 7. The power play unit is first in the playoffs, scoring on 33.3% of their opportunities. That comes after a 1-4 effort Sunday night...Abbotsford has scored first in five of the six games this series.

1 2 3 F Scoring
Abbotsford 3 1 1 5 1. ABB Jaffray (1) (Van der Gulik, Backlund), 9:09
1. ABB Rheault (3) (Sutter), 9:50
1. ABB Rheault (4) (Backlund, Sutter), 11:18
2. RCH Johnson (2) (York, Garrison), 8:25 (PP)
2. ABB Van der Gulik (2), 17:51 (PP)
3. ABB Rheault (5) (Sutter), 7:26
Rochester 0 1 0 1

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The Abbotsford Heat defeated the Rochester Americans 5-1 at The Blue Cross Arena in Game 6 of their first-round best-of-seven North Division semifinals. The Amerks and Heat are now locked 3-3 and Abbotsford forces a game seven to determine who will be moving on to the next round of the playoffs.
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