Abbotsford Heat goaltender Danny Taylor is off to the Calgary Flames on a one-year, two-way contract after regular starter Miikka Kiprusoff suffered a lower-body injury in a 4-1 win over Detroit. Taylor's deal is worth $525,000 US. He spent the last two seasons with the Heat.
Taylor is second in the AHL this season with a 1.77 goals-against average and fourth overall with a .930 save percentage.
Kiprusoff, who left Tuesday's game after the second period, is listed as day to day.
Backup goalie Leland Irving (who was also in net for the Heat during the players lockout) stopped all six shots he faced in the third period against the Red Wings. Taylor was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the seventh round (No. 221 overall) of the 2004 NHL entry draft.
Heat downed by Rochester
The Abbotsford Heat were defeated by the Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres affiliate) 6-2 in the second game of a midweek series at the AESC on Wednesday. One day after beating the Ameriks 3-2 in the second annual School Day Game, the Heat allowed four unanswered goals in the final 25 minutes to lose their seventh home game in regulation this season. Ben Street and Tyler Rueg-segger each scored goals in the loss, while Barry Brust made 24 saves on 30 shots.
The Americans scored at 5: 43, just eight seconds after the Heat killed off two simultaneous minor penalties. The Heat tied the game 1-1 on Ben Street's 12th goal of the season at 15: 41 of the first. Joe Callahan and Krys Kolanos each drew an assist. The Americans scored just 39 seconds into the second with a four-on-four goal. The Heat tied the game 2-2 on Brady Lamb's second goal of the season at 7: 23 of the period. Lamb's goal was set up by Tyler Ruegsegger. That was it for the Heat scoring who outshot the Americans 40-30.
The win moves the Americans within two points of the division-leading Heat, with Rochester holding three games in hand. Results from last weekend games weren't available by press deadline.