AGD: Back at it vs SA

Kent Wilson
December 05 2012 04:29PM

 

Time: 8:00pm mst

Location: Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre

Broadcast: teamradio.ca, abbotsfordheat.com

Abbotsford will get a chance to avenge their 3-2 OTL this evening on the second night of a B2B versus the San Antonio Rampage. Despite outshooting the Western Conference's last placed team 26-6 in the final two periods + overtime, the resurgent Jacob Markstrom was able to hold his club in it long enough for Jason DeSantis to seal it in the extra frame.

It was a characteristic slow start that killed the Heat last night. They gave up 11 shots and two goals which was enough to get the Rampage to OT. Abbotsford has struggled a lot in opening periods this year for whatever reason (despite their great record) - the last time I checked, the club was being outshot in aggregate, but only because they were yielding so much rubber in the initial frame.

Still, the Heat's territorial dominance through the majority of the game shouldn't be overlooked, especially with guys like Sven Baertschi and Ben Walter on the shelf. The other bit of good news was a bit of break-out for the perpetually snake bitten Max Reinhart. Before last night, the kid had struggled greatly in the offensive zone and was mostly relegated to checking and 4th line duty by Troy Ward as a result. With a few of the scorers out of the line-up, Reinhart got a bit more opportunity and bit better linemates and made the most of it. He scored his first goal of the season, led the team with five shots on net and by the sounds of it looked dangerous all night.

Reinhart's ticket to the show won't be stamped with an impressive offensive stats line to be sure. That said. he needs to be at least relatively functional north of the redline in order to make the leap - just about everyone who isn't a goon who becomes a full-time NHLer up front is a .70 PPG guy or better in the AHL.

It will be interesting to see if he can build on that momentum tonight.

The Lineup

 

  • Olson - Street - Kolanos
  • Laing - Byron - Nemisz
  • Horak - Reinhart - Sylvester
  • Bancks - Estoclet - Ruesegger

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

  • Irving

Greg Nemisz also got a bit of a bump up the roster yesterday, but the move didn't seem to do much for him. Nemisz was held shotless by San Antonio (he and Adam Estoclet were the only two forwards not to get a puck on net) and has yet to manage a point in three outings.

It's still very early for Nemisz and he hasn't played for awhile, so some rust is natural. Still, he is suddenly battling for ice time and organizational priority with guys like Ben Street, Brett Olson, Roman Horak and Paul Byron. To say nothing of Sven Baertschi who has already passed him by. In addition, Troy Ward was apparently on the radio today saying they may have to determine just what role Nemisz is appropriate for at the pro level since he doesn't exactly seem to be scorer.

With Brust and Taylor each losing their last contest, tonight may be a rare Leland Irving sighting in net.

The Opposition

  • Rallo - Wellman - Howden
  • Wright - Shore - Rheault
  • Selleck - Timmins - Vaive
  • Deveaux - Gomes - McFarland

  • Robak - Yonkman
  • Petrovic - Strachan
  • DeSantis - Caruso

  • Markstrom

Not much more to say about the Rampage. As apparently evidenced last night, they give up shots and chances by the bushel full. Their front-end and back-end depth is suspect, but they do seem to have a pretty good goalie (now that Markstrom seems to pulled out his early season funk).

Sum it Up

The Heat certainly aren't 100%, but the Rampage remain a below average opponent. If Abbotsford can continue to double them up in shots tonight, there's a good chance things will end in their favor in regulation this time.

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#1 Craig
December 05 2012, 04:40PM
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You said Spurs twice Kent... Our heat are from Abbotsford not Miami!!

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#3 Baalzamon
December 05 2012, 07:32PM
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I'd say that Horak has already surpassed Nemisz as well, given that he's a year younger and has played ~4 times as many NHL games.

That said, I do still think Nemisz has some solid 3rd line upside as a defensive forward.. but the window is closing. And he really, really needs to work on that skating. Still.

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#6 Dimitri Filipovic
December 05 2012, 08:50PM
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I just got a ballot for tonight's 3-stars. I'm in a giving mood right now, so I'll let you, the Flames fans, choose them for tonight's game. Suggestions?

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#8 negrilcowboy
December 05 2012, 08:56PM
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sounds to me that nemisz is at the proverbial crossroads. his skating was always in question,even during his minor midget days in clarington. looks to me that playing on a powerhouse spits team may have inflated his value.

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#9 Ryan Pike
December 05 2012, 08:58PM
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All hail NHL Podium!

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#11 Dimitri Filipovic
December 05 2012, 09:13PM
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Thing that has stood out the most about Leland Irving is how small he is in the net. He's pretty much the exact opposite of his counterpart tonight, Jacob Markstrom.

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#14 SmellOfVictory
December 05 2012, 09:23PM
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Haha god, the pbp guy really has it in for Irving. "The EXCEPTIONALLY ineffective play of Irving", "the incredibly rusty Leland Irving", etc. I'm surprised he didn't accuse Irving of being a Communist or something.

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#15 negrilcowboy
December 05 2012, 09:24PM
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thank gawd matt stajan panned out, nemisz and irvin. too many flat tires picked in the first round. thanks dutter.

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#16 SmellOfVictory
December 05 2012, 09:29PM
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negrilcowboy wrote:

thank gawd matt stajan panned out, nemisz and irvin. too many flat tires picked in the first round. thanks dutter.

In fairness to Dutter, both guys were low firsts. The Flames would certainly be better off with a combo like Lucic and Carlson, but there were a lot of teams in those ranges who picked fairly unimpressive draftees as well.

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#17 negrilcowboy
December 05 2012, 09:41PM
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don"t buy that for a minute. dude, come on.

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#20 Dimitri Filipovic
December 05 2012, 10:05PM
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@Kent Wilson

He has not been tested at all tonight. A combination of a great job by the Rampage of keeping everything to the outside and the Heat repeatedly missing the net. He had one nice save where he stretched out to make a tough pad save. That's about it, though.

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#21 schevvy
December 05 2012, 10:21PM
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Thought I'd pass this along...went to the Oil Kings- Hurricanes game down in Lethy tonight. Brossoit gave up 4 goals on 20 shots before getting pulled. And a couple of goals were quite awful. Rough night for him.

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#22 negrilcowboy
December 05 2012, 10:30PM
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so long leland, best of luck.

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#23 Baalzamon
December 05 2012, 11:24PM
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@schevvy

apparently Jarry wasn't any better though

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#24 Ryan Pike
December 05 2012, 11:32PM
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Skipped the third period to mark papers. Sounds like I didn't miss a heck of a lot.

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#25 Ryan Pike
December 05 2012, 11:59PM
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Chris Butler played for HC Karlskrona earlier today (last night). They lost 4-0.

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#26 Dimitri Filipovic
December 06 2012, 12:02AM
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I put Leland Irving as the 1st star of this game. Just sayin'.

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#27 negrilcowboy
December 06 2012, 05:40AM
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the first star from the san antonio rampage leland irving, hat tick in a winning cause.

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