The Abbotsford Heat are giving their fans plenty to cheer about these days.
After two exciting sell-out games at the AESC on the weekend - when the Heat beat the high profile Oklahoma City Barons 4-0 on Friday, and then lost 2-1 in overtime on Saturday - the Heat shut out the Lake Erie Monsters 3-0 at home Tuesday night.
The win extends the Heat's home point streak to nine games and moves them into top spot in the Western Conference.
"You have to give the whole team credit. [Lake Erie is] a good skating team, probably the best we might face all year," said head coach Troy Ward.
The Heat faced the Monsters again last night but details were not available by press deadline.
Krys Kolanos became the all-time leading goal scorer in Heat history recording his 34th goal in just 55 games.
"He played extremely hard. One of his better skating games [so far]," said Ward.
"Anytime you have passion in a game, something positive in going to happen. He was dialed in from the get-go. He's a result-oriented player; he likes to shoot the puck."
Kolanos opened the scoring in second period, Sven Baertschi added an empty-net goal at 18:52 of the third, and less than a minute later Quintin Laing added another empty-netter.
Netminder Barry Brust earned his second shutout in three starts this season, stopping 29 shots and has now gone 171:41 without allowing a goal. The Heat out shot the Monsters 39 - 29.
In the weekend series against the OKC Barons, the Heat limited the highly-touted quartet of Oiler prospects Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz to one point each and zero five-on-five goals over the two games.
The Heat out-scored the Barons 5-2 overall with Ben Street (1-2-3), Dustin Sylvester (1-1-2), Ben Walter (1-1-2) and T.J. Brodie (0-2-2) leading the way.
The Heat are off to their best start in franchise history, leading the Western Conference in winning percentage and fewest goals allowed.
The Heat special teams continue to excel; the power play ranks No. 2 and the penalty kill is No. 1 in the AHL (scoring three shorthanded goals with only two power play goals allowed).
The Heat are now set to hit the road for a five-game road trip.
"We're going to go through the grind for the first time this year," said Ward of their heavy schedule over the next two weeks.
The Heat will return to the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre on Nov. 30 to take on the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens affiliate) for a "Legends of Hockey" night honouring former Montreal Canadien Yvan Cournoyer.
Puck drops at 7 p.m.