1. WINDY CITY SPLIT: A 3-2 result on both Saturday (ABB) and Sunday (CHI) keeps the season series tight between the Wolves and the Heat. Abbotsford has five of a possible ten points, while the Wolves have six. The Heat got up 2-0 early on Sunday afternoon, but watched Chicago work their way out of a hole via two power play goals and a four-on-four strike. The Heat only put 16 shots on rookie net-minder Joe Cannata who let in the first two pucks put on net. The Heat mustered just two shots in the first period an five in the third. That said, two posts didn’t count as shots.
2. ROMAN’S SNIPE: A day after Brett Olson was stymied on a short-handed breakaway, Roman Horak found the net on a partial rush while the Heat were down a man. Horak has a team leading fourteen goals on the season and is tied for seventh in the AHL after scoring his first ‘shortie’ of the season. Horak also nearly had his 15th of the season when he one-timed the puck through Joe Cannata’s legs, but *clang* off-the-post-and-out went the puck.
3. 12-17-8 PRODUCING: For the second straight game Paul Byron bulged the twine. Byron has points in three of his last four while line-mate Krys Kolanos has now scored three goals and added two helpers in his last three games. Ben Walter has an assist in each of the last four games for the club. If Coach Ward can keep this line running and another trio can get hot, the New Year could be quite fruitful.