Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Abbotsford Heat's Patience Pays off in 6-2 Victory over Iowa Wild

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Abbotsford Heat's Patience Pays off in 6-2 Victory over Iowa Wild

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Heat's patience pays off in 6-2 victory


ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Even on an off night, the Abbotsford Heat showed the patience and skill required to sit atop the American Hockey League's standings.

The Heat gave up an early goal but battled back and took over the game in Wednesday's 6-2 defeat of the Iowa Wild.

Abbotsford trailed 1-0 and 2-1 until the Heat scored twice in 15 seconds.

"We really had some bad breakdowns," said Heat head coach Troy Ward. "I thought, 'Is this one of those nights where it's a typical midweek game?' We don't play a lot of those in Abbotsford, and it was like, 'Here we go, it's a 6-5 shootout' but then we settled in a little bit.

"The critical juncture for me was we scored that third goal. Once we got up 3-2, we kind of relaxed a little bit and we settled in and I thought we played a little bit better defensively."

Greg Nemisz scored that goal. The Calgary Flames' 2008 first round pick was playing in his 200th career AHL game.

"It's something to be proud of," said Nemisz of the milestone. "It's not easy to play 200 professional games."

The 23-year-old has 81 points in that span, to go with his one assist in 15 NHL games.

"Nemo is still forefront in the organization's mind," said Ward. "If you look at all the players who have donned the Heat jersey and played the 200 games, he's one of the most consistent performers. He obviously stubbed his toe last year -- he was coming off an injury at the start of the year and he just didn't have a real good year.

"But so far, I think he's gotten out of the gates parallel to his first two years, where he got right around 30 points. We're happy with that, we're still developing and working on parts of his game that are still coming."

Ben Street scored twice, picking up his team-high 16th goal of the season, giving November's AHL player of the month 23 points in his last 15 games.

Markus Granlund had a goal and an assist for Abbotsford (20-6-2), giving him a 10-game point streak in which he has 13 points. Brett Olson had a goal and two assists.

Michael Ferland also scored, Corban Knight and Kane Lafranchise had two assists apiece, while Joni Ortio made 22 saves. …

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