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Flames top Chops in shootout

March 29, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Abbotsford Heat News Release

The Flames earned a crucial 3-2 shootout win over Iowa on Sunday evening at Wells Fargo Arena. David Van der Gulik and Kyle Greentree supplied the regulation offense while Leland Irving turned aside 21 shots in earning his 20th win of 2008-09. With the victory, the rookie netminder tied franchise records for goaltender wins in a season and all-time goaltender victories.

Quad City's David Van der Gulik scored the only goal of the opening frame when he tipped home a Brad Farynuk point shot at 11:39 of the period. It was Van der Gulik's 17th goal of the season, and it put Quad City in front 1-0 after 20 minutes.

The Flames extended their lead to 2-0 when Kyle Greentree scored shorthanded at 5:40 of the second period. Greentree tipped the puck past Iowa's Petri Kontiola, recovered the loose biscuit and charged the front of the Iowa net. Greentree beat Iowa netminder David LeNeveu for his 36th goal of the year, and his first shorthanded tally. The Flames skated scoreless through the remainder of the period and carried a 2-0 lead into the third period.

Iowa scored twice in the third period to force the extra session. Petri Kontiola scored his 18th goal on a feed from T.J. Trevelyan at 7:01 of the final period. Trevelyan netted a shorthanded goal with just 2:40 left in regulation to tie the game at two. After skating scoreless through the remainder of regulation and the five minute overtime, the teams headed to a shootout. Both of the Flames first two shooters scored as Kris Chucko and David Van der Gulik converted. After Matt Beleskey scored in the bottom of the second round to pull the Chops to within a single goal, the goaltenders denied all third and fourth round shooters. Kyle Greentree converted in the top of the fifth round to secure the win for Quad City.

The Flames visit Bleacher Bums on Monday at 6:00 p.m. for another edition of The Budweiser Flames Forum. Scott Allen, Brandon Farynuk, Brandon Roach and Justin Bowers will join host Aaron Roof. Fans in attendance will have a chance to win prizes from the Flames and Budweiser. The show can also be heard on 93.9 FM WYEC.

The Flames are home three times this week. On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Admirals visit the i wireless Center for the final time. The Chicago Wolves come calling on Friday, and Peoria comes to the Quad Cities on Saturday. All games start at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for all three contests are available now at the i wireless Center Box Office, via phone at 1-800-745-3000 or on-line at ticketmaster.com.

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