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Weekend Preview: Games 72, 73 vs. Oklahoma City Barons

April 10, 2014 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Abbotsford Heat News Release

Friday, April 11th - 7:00 PM PST - Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre

Sunday, April 13th - 1:00 PM PST - Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre

Radio: CIVL RADIO 101.7FM

Streaming: TEAMRADIO.CA

Television: April 13th Live on Sportsnet 360 at 1:00 PM PST

*Pre-Game Show begins 15 minutes prior puck-drop

Abbotsford, B.C. - The Abbotsford Heat defeated the Rockford IceHogs in back to back games last weekend, sweeping the season series 4-0-0-0. Abbotsford scored 11 goals in the weekend set, and have scored 22 goals in their last four games overall.

The Heat will now close out their 2013-2014 home schedule against the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday and Sunday. Friday night is a 3-2-1 Brew, Dog 'n Pop night, and Sunday's game is fan appreciation night, with giveaways, contests and even a chance to win a car courtesy of The Honda Way.

The Heat have officially clinched a playoff spot and sit in fifth place in the Western Conference, five points out of fourth with five games remaining in the regular season. The Heat have an overall record of 39-25-5-2 and 85 points.

HEAT vs. BARONS (AHL AFFILIATE OF THE EDMONTON OILERS)

Abbotsford has the edge in the season series against the Barons so far, going 4-2-0-0 and winning four of the last five games. Abbotsford has scored 20 goals in those six games.

Oklahoma City currently sits in seventh place in the Western Conference with a 33-27-2-9 record and are two points up on 9th place Rockford with five games to play in the regular season. The team is currently on a hot streak, having earned points in their last six games with a record of 4-0-0-2. The Barons feature many British Columbia born players including Jujhar Khaira (Surrey, B.C.), Travis Ewanyk (North Vancouver, B.C.), Brad Hunt (Ridge Meadows, B.C.), and twins, Connor/Kellen Jones (Montrose, B.C.). Former Heat forward Roman Horak is having a fantastic season as he leads the Barons in scoring, with 50 points (21-29-50) in 61 games.

2013-14 Heat head to head stats vs. Oklahoma City Barons:

10/18/13 - ABB 3 OKC 4 @ Cox Convention Center

10/19/13 - ABB 2 OKC 1 @ Cox Convention Center SO

11/15/13 - ABB 5 OKC 4 @ Cox Convention Center

11/16/13 - ABB 1 OKC 4 @ Cox Convention Center

12/27/13 - OKC 1 ABB 5 @ Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre

12/28/13 - OKC 2 ABB 4 @ Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre

Individual leaders in season series (among active skaters):

ABB: Street: 9 points in 4 GP (3-6-9), Reinhart: 7 points in 6 GP (2-5-7), Knight: 4 points in 6 GP (2-2-4), Ortio: 3 GP (3-0-0-0, 88/95 saves)

OKC: Miller: 5 points in 6 GP (1-4-5), Stretch: 4 points in 6 GP (4-0-4), Horak: 3 points in 2 GP (0-3-3), Bachman: 4 GP (1-2-0-1, 105/117 saves)

NEWS & NOTES

The American Hockey League announced on Monday, that Abbotsford Heat left wing Sven Baertschi has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending April 6th, 2014. Baertschi collected three goals and four assists for seven points, along with a plus-7 rating, in two games last week.

On Wednesday, the American Hockey League announced that Heat goaltender Joni Ortio has been named to the 2013-2014 All-Rookie Team. Ortio has helped the Abbotsford Heat return to the Calder Cup Playoffs on the strength of a 24-8-0 record in 34 appearances. After winning his first nine decisions of the season, Ortio has gone on to rank sixth in the league in victories, third in save percentage (.924) and eighth in goals-against average (2.37). The 22-year-old native of Turku, Finland, was a 2009 draft choice by Calgary and made his NHL debut with the Flames this season, going 4-4-0 in nine appearances with the parent club.

Max Reinhart (57 points) is four points shy of tying the all-time single season points scoring record held by Krys Kolanos. In the 2011-2012 season, Kolanos set the record with 61 points in 47 games played. Reinhart is currently on a career best, seven game point streak, where he has recorded two goals and nine assists.

Brandon Astle will bring all live Heat action this week on 101.7 CIVL FM and on www.teamradio.ca. The pre-game show begins 15 minutes before puck drop.

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