Power play lifts Heat to 2-1 win over Stars
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Krys Kolanos and Ben Walter scored power-play goals 2:27 apart in the first period as the Abbotsford Heat held off the Texas Stars for a 2-1 win in American Hockey League action Friday night.
Abbotsford (31-21-5) went 2-for-4 with the man advantage and moved past the idle Chicago Wolves into fourth in the Western Conference.
Angelo Esposito scored the goal for Texas (24-28-4), also on the power play. The Stars are last in the Western Conference.
Danny Taylor made 22 saves for his second consecutive victory while Andrew Raycroft stopped 27 shots in the loss.
Kolanos came out from behind the net and wired the puck over the shoulder of Raycroft for his 19th of the year at 2:33. It was the Calgary native’s first game since being reassigned to the Heat by the Flames.
Walter and Ryan Howse worked a give-and-go down low that ended with Walter’s 12th of the season at 5:00. After going pointless in his first 21 professional games Howse now has four points in seven games.
The Stars got on the board on their first power play of the game. Esposito took a feed from Travis Morin, walked in towards the net picked the top right corner on Taylor at 7:32.
About a minute into the second period Morin raised his arms in celebration when thought he had tied it, but his wrist shot from the face-off dot ricocheted off the goaltender’s arm and then off the iron and stayed out.
The Heat held the Stars to just five shots in the third period and is 5-1-2 in their last eight games.
The two teams meet again Sunday afternoon at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.