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1. WELCOME BACK WALTER: Ben Walter returned to the fold after three games missed due to an upper body injury, and provided two assists on the three Heat goals. Walter set up Max Reinhart for the first of the game, and then combined with Roman Horak on the power play in the late stages to put the club ahead again, after watching the Marlies tie the game with a pair in the third. Working with Reinhart and Horak, Walter was a welcome addition to the forward corps missing six bodies to injuries.
2. HORAK BACK ON TRACK: Roman Horak is now up to 13 goals on the season with this third in the last five games. Horak scored ten goals in the first nine games of the season, then went goal-less for nine straight. Nice to see Horak back in the goal column of late. On the game winner, Horak ran over Dylan Yeo as he attempted to clear the puck on the penalty kill. Walter cut off the clearance and ripped a shot on net that was stopped, but Horak on the rebound was not. Nice sequence!
3. TOUGH TWO POINTS: The win in Toronto was just the second of the season by a visiting team in Ricoh Coliseum in ten games. For the Heat, who won Game 1 of their playoff series against Toronto last Spring in Ricoh, it was the first regular season win in Toronto since October of 2010 a stretch of six games without a win. The Heat now move six points clear of the Marlies and hold top spot in the AHL with 33 points in 23 games.