AGD: Still Unbeaten in Reg

Kent Wilson
October 27 2012 02:31PM

Time: 4:30 pm MST

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

Broadcast: Abbotsforheat.com, Teamradio.ca

It was a rough start for the Heat last. The Monsters outshot them 17-3 and took a 2-1 lead heading into the second period (although thigns could ahve been much worse). Abbotsford reeled things in in the second by outshooting the Monsters 11-6 and scoring the only goal to tie the game. The Heat carried that momentum into the third with Brodie, Horak and Olson scoring three goals on nine shots to ice the victory.

Abby had a rough start to the Chicago game I viewed last Saturday as well, generally running around their own end and looking overmatched. Like last night, they managed to turn things around in the second and grab the "W". That said, it's a habit the club should look to erase as soon as possible - getting grossly outshot and outplayed for a third of every game isn't a good long-term strategy for success.

On the good side of things, Roman Horak scored twice more and now has six goals in just five games (to go with zero assists). TJ Brodie also scored a bueaty for his first of the season and now has a point-per-game average in the early going.

Abbotsford is one of only three teams in the AHL who have yet to be beaten in regulation, and the only Western Conference team without a number in the "L" column. A win tonight would put them on top of the AHL's standings.

Line-up

Brett Olson got in the rotation last night and had quite the night, scoring one goal and two assists. He'll no doubt be back in action again this evening as a result. Brady Lamb was also activated, but had a much harder time of things, ending the night -2 and from what I've heard struggled all over the place. He will likely find himself back in the pressbox, meaning Joe Piskula will be back in.

  • Baertschi - Walter - Sylvester
  • Street - Olson - Ruesegger
  • Horak - Reinhart - Kolanos
  • Eddy - Laing - Bancks

  • Brodie - Piskula
  • Breen - McCarthy
  • McKelvie - Callahan

  • Irving

Akim Aliu was sacrificed to the "AHL veteran" rule yesterday, so there's a chance he gets back in on one of the lower lines. Leland Irving dressed as the back-up yesterday, so there's a good chance he'll get his first start of the season tonight.

The Opponent

I assume not much with change for Lake Erie today, aside from Pickard getting the start instead of Aittokallio, who obviously struggled giving up 5 goals on 23 shots.

  • Van Der Gulik - Agozzino - Walker
  • Malone - Olver - Thomas
  • Lerg - Carey - Heard
  • Bordeleau - Sgarbossa - Thomas

  • Pock - Barrie
  • Elliot - Stollery
  • Gaunce - Goers

  • Pickard

Our old friend VDG assisted on two of the Monsters goals last night, so I moved him up the rotation in the line-up.

Sum It Up

The Monsters pushed hard last night, but were thwarted by strong goaltending out of Danny Taylor and some less than impressive puck stopping at their end of the ice. The Heat escaped a dismal first period and still haven't been scored on during the PK, but will have to be better out of the gate if they expect to grab another victory this afternoon.

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#1 jeremywilhelm
October 27 2012, 04:16PM
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Interesting to see OKC is only .500 with Eberle and RNH playing on the team. You gotta think those two are playing just for fun in the AHL, I would be.

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#3 thymebalm
October 27 2012, 06:26PM
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1. ABB Kolanos, (2) (Horak, Baertschi), 19:24

Another one to end the period. That's the trio right now.

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#4 Baalzamon
October 27 2012, 06:39PM
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good to see Horak finally lining up at his natural position (even if it is at the expense of Walter, who is a very good AHL player).

Now if only Providence could figure that out with Jankowski...

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#5 Baalzamon
October 27 2012, 06:42PM
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on another note, is Baertschi capable of having a single point night?

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#8 schevvy
October 27 2012, 08:14PM
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Off to a shootout they go

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#9 schevvy
October 27 2012, 08:24PM
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Abby loses in shootout. Horak scores in shootout but two lake Erie shooters score.

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#11 Baalzamon
October 27 2012, 08:30PM
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somehow, Calvin Pickard is named 3rd star in spite of making just 17 saves. No love for Baertschi's 2 assists?

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#12 SmellOfVictory
October 27 2012, 09:15PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Is he playing wing? I had not heard that.

Some times happens with young players because center is a harder position to play, particularly in the d-zone.

He was previously on Reinhart's wing most of the time, IIRC.

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#13 Baalzamon
October 27 2012, 10:55PM
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@SmellOfVictory

talking about Jankowski bro.

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#14 SmellOfVictory
October 28 2012, 12:49AM
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Whoops, need to l2read

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