Heat Lose 5-1 in Grand RapidsDecember 21, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) Abbotsford Heat
Petr Mrazek held a shutout bid into the final five minutes of the game, and Riley Sheahan scored twice as the Heat fell to the Griffins for the first time in three years in Grand Rapids.
The Griffins scored first on a three-on-two rush at 14:09 of the second period. Joakim Andersson's eighth goal of the season was set-up by Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, giving the home team a 1-0 lead.
At 18:16 of the second period the Griffins went ahead 2-0 on Riley Sheahan's fifth goal of his rookie season. Francis Pare and Tomas Jurco drew assists on the goal. The Griffins took a two goal lead into the second intermission.
Danny Taylor replaced starter Barry Brust in goal for the Heat at the beginning of the third period. Francis Pare scored on the Griffins' first power play of the third. Pare's eleventh goal of the season was assisted by Landon Ferraro and Adam Almquist. Riley Sheahan scored his second goal of the night at 16:04 of the third period, putting the Griffins ahead 4-0.
Nick Tuzzolino broke Petr Mrazek's shutout bid at 16:48 with his first goal of the season in just his second game with the Heat since being recalled from Utah (ECHL). Paul Byron and Krys Kolanos drew assists on the lone Heat goal.
The Griffins scored a late empty net goal to secure their first victory on home ice against the Heat since October of 2009.
Barry Brust made his eleventh start of the season and stopped 14 of 16 shots through 40 minutes. Petr Mrazek made 29 saves to earn the win. The Heat outshot the Griffins 30-27 in the game.
The Heat lost the special teams battle with the Griffins who scored twice on six power play opportunities. The Heat failed to score on their two man-advantages.
The Heat play their final pre-holiday game tomorrow night at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford at 5:05 PM PST. Watch the Heat resume play after Christmas against the Chicago Wolves (AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks) on December 29th at 5:00 PM PST on Sportsnet One.
The Heat return home to play the Rochester Americans (AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres) on January 4th and 5th, and will play eight straight home games in January, including games against the Chicago Wolves on January 11th and 12th. For tickets please call 1-877-452-HEAT(4328) or visit us online at www.AbbotsfordHeat.com.
American Hockey League Stories from December 21, 2012
- Heat Lose 5-1 in Grand Rapids - Abbotsford Heat
- Admirals Take Down Rockford 2-1 - Milwaukee Admirals
- Crunch Edged by Phantoms in Shootout - Syracuse Crunch
- Crunch Burned by Heeter - Adirondack Phantoms
- Mrazek and Griffins Cool off Heat - Grand Rapids Griffins
- Monarchs Harpooned at Home - Manchester Monarchs
- Amerks Top B-Sens in High Scoring Affair - Rochester Americans
- Special Teams and Goaltending Key in Admirals Victory - Norfolk Admirals
- IceCaps Freeze Bulldogs 2-1 - Hamilton Bulldogs
- Dekanich solid as IceCaps edge Bulldogs - St. John's IceCaps
- Nilstorp, Stars Blank Barons 3-0 - Texas Stars
- B-Sens Fall to Amerks in Shootout, 6-5 - Binghamton Senators
- Marlies Defeat Rampage 4-1 on Record Night for Ryan Hamilton - Toronto Marlies
- Matsumoto Plays Role of Grinch in Providence with Late Game-Winner - Worcester Sharks
- Win Streak Snapped in Loss to Checkers - Peoria Rivermen
- P-Bruins Fall to Sharks - Providence Bruins
- Checkers Extend Point Streak - Charlotte Checkers
- Devils Late Goal Not Enough - Albany Devils
- Rampage Outshoot Marlies, But Drop 4-1 Decision at Toronto - San Antonio Rampage
- Whale Make Most of Shots in 5-2 Victory - Connecticut Whale
- Sound Tigers Provide Tickets to Newtown Residents Free of Charge this Week - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- TSN Radio 690 and SiriusXM to Continue Coverage of Hamilton Bulldogs - Hamilton Bulldogs
- B-Sens Weekly - Binghamton Senators
- Whitfield, Laing Named Playing Captains for 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic - AHL
- SiriusXM NHL Network to Air Another Texas Stars Broadcast - Texas Stars
- SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Adds More AHL Games to Broadcast Schedule - AHL
- Hamilton Bulldogs Sign Cody Wild to PTO - Hamilton Bulldogs
- Second Straight Night of Last-Minute Winning for Monsters - Lake Erie Monsters
- Classic Comeback Ends with Shootout Loss - Charlotte Checkers
- McKenna Stops 50 in Shootout Win - Peoria Rivermen
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.