The Abbotsford Heat were shut out 1-0 by the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings) Saturday after beating the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche) 4-1 the night before in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Heat fell behind late in the first period, and couldn't equalize the game despite outshooting the Griffins 2610 in the final 40 minutes.
Danny Taylor started for the third straight game for the Heat and made 22 saves on 23 shots, also denying Chad Billins on a penalty shot in the first period. The Heat were outshot 12-6 in the first period but finished the game with a 32-23 edge in shots.
On Friday against the Monsters, Ben Street, Max Reinhart and Brady Lamb each had a multipoint night for the Heat. Taylor made 23 saves in net to help the Heat move a point ahead of the Monsters for top spot in the North Division.
The Heat took a 1-0 lead just 4: 37 into the game with a five-on-three power play goal from Street assisted by Reinhart and Brett Carson.
The Heat extended their lead to 2-0 in the second period on Tyler Ruegsegger's fifth goal of the season. Lamb and Street drew assists on the even strength goal before Paul Byron made it 3-0 for the Heat with his sixth goal of the season in the third. Reinhart and Lamb earned assists giving Lamb his first multi-point game as a professional.
The Heat are back home for a back-to-back series against the Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres affiliate) today and Wednesday.
Tuesday (today) is the annual 'School Day Game,' where more than 5,000 students will be in attendance for a 10: 30 a.m. puck drop.
Tickets are $10 for any seat in the building for Tuesday's game. The Heat will also meet the Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday and Sunday at the AESC.