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1. SOUND EFFORT, WRONG RESULT: The Heat earn a point to finish the post-holiday segment of the schedule with three points in as many games, but the loss could have very easily been a win with the number of chances created. Mike McKenna was named the game’s first star as he stopped 33 of 34 Heat shots in regulation, but in overtime Barry Brust and the penalty-killers were superb, erasing a full 2 minute 4-on-3 advantage for the home team to force a shootout. Brust made seven overtime stops, 29 in regulation, and three on five shootout attempts.
2. SPECIAL ‘K’ STREAKING: Krys Kolanos scored his fourth power play goal of the season and his fourth goal in the last four games to go with a pair of assists over his points streak. Now at nine, Kolanos isn’t exactly closing in on Roman Horak (who has 14 goals), but the way he scores in bunches I’m not sure anybody would be surprised if he led the team in tallies by the All-Star break if he can keep things going.
3. WAGONS WESTWARD: The Heat will travel back to Chicago tonight and fly back to the ‘Wet Coast’ tomorrow bright and early with a busy home slate awaiting. January sees eight straight home games for the Heat between January 4th and 20th. The Heat are 10-3-2-1 at the AESC this season and are coming off a 2-1 shootout win over the Texas Stars in their last home action.