1. HISTORIC HAYDAR: The AHL’s All-Time Active Points Leader (yeah, I’m capitalizing that) showed exactly why he is where he is on Wednesday night, scoring twice, setting up the game’s only power play goal and scoring in the shootout. Haydar’s hockey brain is so impressive. He doesn’t win with speed, size or strength; he just always seems to be in the right spot.
2. WAHL ON THE BOARD: Mitch Wahl’s first of the season (in game #4) felt pretty huge when he scored it, as it cut the Chicago lead to 2-1 with just 1:20 to play in the second period. To that point Climie had been rock solid, and it seemed to inspire the Heat somewhat. Also, for Wahl, it’s a monkey off the back of a player that needed a goal in a big way in a league not named the ECHL – where he’s been very dangerous.
3. IRVING SETTLED: Leland Irving looked like the 90+ win goalie the Heat have seen for the first three years of the club’s existence, not the goalie who couldn’t earn starts this Fall. Irving seemed more composed and calm in a 36 save performance than he had been prior to Calgary Flames Training Camp in mid-January. Irving was yanked in his last two AHL starts, but was great on Wednesday night.