1. MARK IT ZERO: For the third consecutive start Barry Brust hung a zero on a visitor at the AESC. In fact, the Manitoban puck-stopper has only allowed a single goal this season on 105 shots, and hasn’t allowed a goal against in 231 minutes and 41 seconds. Brust was busy early in this contest, but seems allergic to rebounds or anything above a resting heart-rate these days. The million dollar question remains ‘Who will Coach Ward start next game’. The Heat have three shutouts in their last four games and have allowed 20 goals in 13 games.
2. MONSTER MASH: After sweeping the four game season series with Lake Erie last season, the Heat have now taken seven of a possible eight points from their North Division rivals this season. Rookie Brett Olson has been at his best against the Cleveland club, scoring two goals and adding three assists through four contests. After arriving in Abbotsford on a training camp tryout following four years at Michigan Tech (WCHA), I’m sure the 25-year-old wouldn’t mind facing the Monsters 76-times this season if it were possible, he had the winner tonight.
3. BREEN’S BINGO: 6’7″, 230 pound rear-guard Chris Breen had a gorgeous snipe that served as a late-game insurance policy. Krys Kolanos spotted the big-man at the left point, where he slid down to the left face-off dot and beat the Lake Erie net-minder high glove. Breen, a slow starter in season’s past, is now a team leading and AHL best plus-12 this season after getting a ‘+2′ in Wednesday’s tenth home game of the season. No slow start here.