Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Abbotsford Heat Score Three Power Play Goals in 4-2 Win over San Antonio Rampage

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Abbotsford Heat Score Three Power Play Goals in 4-2 Win over San Antonio Rampage

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Heat uses strong power play in 4-2 win


ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - The Abbotsford Heat continue to roll, even when not firing on all cylinders.

Despite giving up a third-period two-goal lead, failing to score at even strength, and taking too many penalties, the American Hockey League's first-place team battled to a 4-2 victory over the San Antonio Rampage Friday night.

Ben Street set up Max Reinhart's third-period power-play goal, which came just 38 seconds after a breakdown led to Vincent Trocheck's game-tying short-handed marker.

"You've got to respond when the other team scores," said the Heat's Ben Hanowski. "We always talk about with (head) coach (Troy) Ward, shifts after goals, for or against. We responded pretty big time there and Max made a great shot off a great pass."

Reinhart one-timed a perfect cross-ice pass from Street to beat Rampage goalie Jacob Markstrom high, glove side.

"I saw Reino on the back door," said Street. "It wasn't a great pass because he had to take it from his skate to his stick, but I got it over to him. The goalie, he's a big guy, so we talked a bunch before about trying to make him move a bunch and see how he does. Reino, to his credit, went skate to stick to top shelf. It was perfect. It was a big goal, because they were coming pretty hard."

Street also scored, giving the reigning AHL player of the month 20 points in his past 13 games. However, when Reinhart -- who recently was reassigned to the Heat by the Calgary Flames -- lit the red light, Street thought about what helped turn the momentum.

"The thing that was freshest in my mind was the absolute tongue-lashing we had just taken from our coach about how bad our power play was being. It was a one-way conversation."

Ward with a smirk: "I just told them I thought they were missing a good game. There wasn't a lot of good in that game. We'll just take the win and go. That said, our team found a way to win, so I have to give them credit for that. I give (Joni) Ortio a lot of credit."

Ortio made 29 saves in the win.

"The big thing is, it doesn't look that outstanding, but he just takes those pucks and deflects them away," said Street. …

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