There are 13 games on the schedule for this evening in the American Hockey League, including a 7:00 P.M. CST match-up of the Abbotsford Heat and San Antonio Rampage, who currently hold the second and 15th spots in the Western Conference, respectively.
Heat on Fire
- Abbotsford has gone 11-2-1-2 so far this season, winning seven of the team’s last nine games. This puts the team at second in the Western Conference with 25 points, just one shy of the Charlotte Checkers for the lead. The Heat have won 78.1 percent of their games, the best in the league. Having allowed just 27 goals, the Heat also lead the league in that statistic.
- Abbotsford last faced off against the Texas Stars Friday evening, defeating the Stars by a score of 1-0 in overtime. Defenseman Chris Breen scored his second goal of the season, assisted by Sven Baertschi, and goaltender Danny Taylor stopped all 19 shots faced to give Abbotsford the win.
Rampage Looking to Break a Streak
- The Rampage are currently on a six-game losing streak, dating back to November 10. The team’s last win came on November 4, a 2-0 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons. The team is 4-9-0-2 with 10 points in 15 games this season, placing them at the bottom of the league.
- San Antonio’s last game was Friday evening, against the Houston Aeros. Scott Timmins scored the lone goal for San Antonio, his second in as many games. Jacob Markstrom had 24 saves in 59:07 in the loss.
- This is the first time the Heat and Rampage face each other this season. They’ll play again on December 4 and 5, both games in Abbotsford, before returning once again to San Antonio on March 17.
- The Heat and Rampage faced each other six times last season, splitting the season series. Abbotsford won the first game, a 4-0 decision in San Antonio in which Krys Kolanos scored twice. Shortly after that, San Antonio picked off a 5-0 win in Abbotsford, with five different players getting a goal each. Just two days later, teams returned to action in Abbotsford, with the Rampage winning once again – this time by a score of 3-1.
- Abbotsford took a 5-0 victory in January in San Antonio, before San Antonio broke the series streak of the teams being unable to win at home against each other later in January. The Rampage won 2-1. Finally, Abbotsford took the final game of the season series, a 3-1 win in San Antonio in March.
• GOALS: ABB – Roman Horak (10), SA – Jon Rheault (5)
• ASSISTS: ABB – Ben Walter (10), SA – Drew Shore (8)
• POINTS: ABB – Sven Baertschi (15), SA – Jon Rheault, Drew Score (11)
• PLUS/MINUS: ABB – Chris Breen (+11), SA – Eric Selleck, Michael Caruso (+2)
• PENALTY MINUTES: ABB – Joe Piskula (28), SA – Eric Selleck (39)