After losing the first three games of the season series, the Abbotsford Heat made sure there wasn’t going to be a sweep.
The Heat scored three times in the 3rd period, including two shorthanded goals, as Abbotsford embarassed the Admirals 4-2 Saturday night.
Actually, the Admirals embarassed themselves.
It was just a 1-0 lead for the Heat entering the 3rd period, but in a 2:58 span, they stretched it a four goal lead, capitalizing on Admiral turnovers.
Matt Keith scored unassisted after a Blum turnover right in front of Mark Dekanich. Then while Gord Baldwin was serving an interference penalty, the Heat got shorthanded markers from Carter Bancks and Gaelan Patterson, the latter a gift from Andreas Thuresson.
The Admirals did get on the board with a pair of late goals — Matt Halischuk was able to come up with the puck after a scramble in the slot, and his shot beat Heat goaltender JP Lamoureux over his shoulder. And then with Dekanich pulled for an extra attacker, Steve Begin was credited with his first of the year, after deflecting an Aaron Johnson shot from the point.
So who is this Lamoureux guy? He was just called up on Thursday as Leland Irving has been fighting an injury. He played for North Dakota for four years, played 31 games for the Portland Pirates last year, and started this season with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. His stat line in four games in Utah: 2-1-1, 3.49 GAA, .880 S%. He played much better tonight.
His best save came on a Jamie Lundmark penalty shot. Lundmark was awarded the shot after a Heat defensemen played a broken stick towards Lundmark while the Admirals were on a power play towards the end of the first period. The goalie bit on Lundmark’s move, and Lundmark did a good job elevating the puck, but Lamoureux’s glove went back the opposite way of his body to rob Jamie, and preserve what was a 1-0 Heat lead.
The Ads were outshot 16-5 in the second period, but finally started to show some life in the last four minutes of the frame. An Andreas Thuresson shot hit metal. Chris Mueller quasi-breakaway chance was thwarted by Lamoureux.
And it all just fell apart in the first five minutes of the 3rd period.
Dekanich can’t be faulted really for any of the goals he allowed, as they were all either deflections, or plays where he was kind of hung out to dry. This was his first loss of the season.
Want something positive about the game? The Admirals killed off all 5 Heat power plays, including two stretches of 5×3 time.
– Lines started the same as last night, but lines and defensive pairings all got shuffled as the game went on.
– Blum shoots a lot from the point…but it seems like the majority of them go wide of the net…especially on the power play.
– One guy who is sad to see the season series end is Matt Halischuk. All four of his goals have come against the Heat.
– Chet Pickard? Didn’t play tonight, and it’s just as well…Cincy loses 7-3 to Wheeling.
– And finally, we’ll end with a report on Linus Klasen’s debut with the Predators tonight. I’m going to phone in the discussion part of the recap, and turn it over to Seth Lake, who writes for ontheforecheck.com .
As expected after seeing quotes from Coach Trotz following the morning skate that indicated Klasen (and all other callups) would be viewed as a 20th skater, Linus saw limited ice time tonight, finishing with 6:22 TOI and a minus-1 rating.
After looking tenative in the opening period, Klasen saw just one shift in the second period as the Predators started to dominate even-strength play and Trotz rolled the 11 skaters he was more familiar with. Klasen saw more ice in the third period and showed off his skill on a rush up the left wing boards toe dragging around a defender to the middle of the ice and snapping off a shot that was deflected in front.
On the downside, Klasen overpersued on the backcheck and didn’t recover back to his point before Patrick Eaves fired a slap shot past Rinne from just above the left faceoff circle. But beyond that I thought Klasen showed improvement throughout the night learning on the fly.
Regardless of the status of Tootoo’s upper body injury, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Klasen stay with the Predators the next few days as they prepare for the start of their West Coast swing.