1. HOME POINTS PILING UP: Despite the OT loss the Heat do extend their home point streak to eight games to start the season. Six wins, an OT loss and a ‘breakaway competition’ loss have seen the Fraser Valley outfit earn 14 of a possible 16 points to start the season. The Heat might not have gotten any points on Friday night if not for a clutch goal from Dustin Sylvester at 18:15 of the third to tie the game. Joe Piskula then made a whale of a play to spot Paul Byron on the doorstep with less than a dozen seconds remaining, but he couldn’t convert what could have been the late winner. No matter the outcome, it was a thrilling weekend for fans of all stripes, affiliations and colours in the Fraser Valley!
2. KILL SWITCH: The Barons’ Taylor Hall snapped a perfect home streak of penalty killing that had lasted the first seven games of the 2012-13 slate. The Heat remain the top killers in the league having erased 44 of 46 man-advantages, and you knew they would not be perfect on home ice forever; the second goal from Hall in four AHL contests nearly stood as the winner. The Oilers’ first overall pick from the 2010 Draft (not unlike his three highly touted teammates) was much better tonight, and actually looked like a legit NHLer, earning third star honours in the process.
3. MASKED MATCH-UP: Yann Danis and Danny Taylor were the deserving top two stars of the game allowing just two goals on a combined 65 shots in regulation. Taylor had jaws dropping with his robbery on Eberle in the second period, while Danis kept a hard-charging Heat team at bay in the third period until the 18:15 of the frame, when he was finally bested.