1. SHOOTOUT STINGER: Three of four points is something for the Heat to be proud of on the two-game divisional roadie, but the shootout loss had to sting. Six shooters for the visitors were all denied by David Leggio in the shootout, while Barry Brust stopped the first five Rochester efforts of the contest, before the sixth ended the game. Curious that it was T.J. Brennan who won the game, as 38 seconds into sudden-death four-on-four play he turned on the goal-light with a rocket from the left circle that sent the building into a frenzy. The ‘goal’ was reviewed and deemed to not have gone in (crossbar, not back bar) which led to the shootout.
2. BYRON’S BLUE CROSS BINGOS: Paul Byron seems to get up for his old mates in Rochester. While the QMJHL grad never played in Rochester, he was Buffalo property before being traded to the Flames two summers ago and played his AHL hockey with the previous Sabres affiliate in Portland. Byron has two of his three goals this season in Blue Cross Arena against his old NHL club’s AHL crew.
3. SWEET FEAT FOR PETE: Heat Equipment Manager Peter Bureaux reached the 1,000 (regular season) game milestone in Rochester tonight. Coincidentally Bureaux, who is in his second season in Abbotsford, spent five seasons with the Amerks and enjoyed a homecoming of sorts, as he got to celebrate 1,000 hard working game-days in pro hockey with all kinds of friends in attendance. Bureaux will be honoured at Friday’s ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ game in Abbotsford.