Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Greg Nemisz Scores in Overtime as Heat Sink Admirals 3-2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Greg Nemisz Scores in Overtime as Heat Sink Admirals 3-2

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Nemisz scores in OT as Heat beat Admirals


ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Turner Elson put up a lot of points in junior, but it was his first professional goal that ignited the Abbotsford Heat Friday night.

Elson scored with 4.6 seconds to go in the second period to even the score against the Milwaukee Admirals, contributing to the Heat's 3-2 overtime victory in American Hockey League action.

"It was obviously the turning point of the game," said Abbotsford head coach Troy Ward. "If we go down after two, it's a different game. It certainly gave us some momentum and gave our young kids some energy in the locker room. We went into the third with a different mindset after that."

Brett Olson flipped the puck ahead and Elson jumped around Admirals' defender Anthony Bitetto to one-hand the puck past goalie Magnus Hellberg.

"I tried to get past the defenceman and I saw the goalie wasn't going out for it, and I got my stick on it and chipped it over his foot there," said Elson, who played three games over two seasons for the Heat on a tryout basis.

"The first goal as a pro, it's been a long time waiting," said the former Red Deer Rebel. "You dream of getting your first goal as a pro -- maybe not as greasy as mine, but they all count in the end."

Greg Nemisz scored the winner at 1:58 of overtime.

Corban Knight, who had two assists, rushed down the wing and found Nemisz standing in front. He redirected it past Hellberg for his first of the season.

"It wasn't pretty but we got a big goal at the end there," said Heat alternate captain Carter Bancks. "That's how you win hockey games."

Ben Hanowski also scored for Abbotsford (2-1-0) in the club's home opener.

Reto Berra stopped 24 shots in the victory.

"Both goalies, I thought, stole the show," said Ward. "They both made outstanding saves and took some pucks away from guys that maybe they thought they could squeeze by. …

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