1. HORAK-ULES: Roman Horak continues to look like a world beater this season re-capturing the AHL lead in goal scoring with a three goals on the night – to put him at ten snipes through just nine games played. Horak continues to be ‘lasting thought’ material from Heat games this season, which wasn’t something that was expected after a mixed-bag with the Heat in the Spring after playing 61 NHL games with the Flames. This kind of play will get him right back to Calgary, if that whole lockout thing… You know.
2. PP STRIKES TWICE: After an ‘oh-fer’ stretch over four games, the Heat power play was clutch on Friday night, and instrumental in the club’s jump into top spot in the Western Conference. With just 2.8 seconds remaining in the first period, Horak’s first of the night on the man-advantage sent the home team to recess tied at one, which they didn’t deserve to be at that point – outshot 13-4 through 20 minutes. Later in the win, after 1:12 of 5-on-3 time expired (ruh-roh!), the Heat DID get a two-goal lead, converting on Mark Fraser’s ‘less-than-sportsmanlike-behaviour’ infraction.
3. LAMB LAYS A LICKIN’: Brady Lamb nearly sent Greg McKegg into orbit in the second with a highlight reel hip-check that drew a rise from the boisterous crowd of 4,655 at the AESC. The large walk-up crowd apparently like old-school hip-checks as much as $2 beers and $1 hot-dogs. That bodes well for the Minnesota-Duluth product who hails from Calgary. Side Note – Lamb is a sneaky dark-horse for Movember… if you’re looking for a strong rookie performance.