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1. EASY STREET: Ben Street’s three-point night led the way to a weekend split for Heat. After outshooting the Americans 50-30 in a tough loss on Friday, Street’s two goals saw the home team get their groove back on home ice. Street is the AHL’s leader in shots (139) and put seven on target on Saturday night. The third-year pro benefited from playing with speedster Paul Byron, who set up the Coquitlam product’s second goal of the night with a great move past T.J. Brennan and around the back of the Americans’ net.
2. PAPA TAYLOR: Danny Taylor won his first start as a father, allowing just a single goal on 18 shots. Danny was set to start the December 30th game in Chicago, but got the call to hustle home as wife Danielle was set to give birth. In the first few hours of 2013 they became parents with the birth of son Hudson. Taylor has now won back-to-back games allowing just three goals over the stretch. Taylor is now just one win back of Brust’s team-leading eight victories on the season.
3. STOUT POSTURE: The Heat allowed just 18 shots against in the win, and remain the toughest club to score on in the AHL. Enemies have scored just 2.18 goals per game this season, a testament to the club’s attention to detail, and play without the puck. After allowing two power play goals against last night in a loss, the Heat negated all four Rochester advantages, their first perfect night of penalty killing against the Americans this season.