ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – After a night of frustration with the man advantage, the Abbotsford Heat finally clicked on the power play in overtime.
Keith Seabrook one-timed a T.J Brodie feed past Chicago starter Peter Mannino for his third of the season at 2:09 of the extra period Friday as the Heat downed the Wolves 4-3 in American Hockey League play.
“(Bryan) Cameron battled good and got the puck off the draw when (Greg Nemisz) won it off the draw there—we were moving the puck around good,” said Seabrook, whose team ended the night 1-for-7 with the man advantage. “Brodie made a great pass back to me and I was able to put it in under his blocker there.”
The first period was all Abbotsford (15-11-3) as the Heat outshot Chicago 13-2 and opened up a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Logan MacMillan and Matt Pelech.
MacMillan got things going near the seven-minute mark as he beat Mannino with a wrist shot.
Pelech doubled the lead as he was hit with a pass by Joe Piskula while stepping out of the penalty box and went in all alone, beating Mannino low glove side for his second of the season.
“Chicago’s got a lot of skill and they really pushed us in the third period,” said Pelech. “They got some goals, they got some hard-nosed goals going to the net.
“It’s not the way you want to win, when you’re up by two goals, but the most important thing is we pulled it together.”
Spencer Machacek got Chicago (13-14-2) on the board in the second, cutting into the Heat’s on a Wolves power play.
Less than three minutes later Nemisz restored the Heat’s two-goal lead as his wrist shot from the faceoff dot beat Mannino high blocker-side for his seventh of the season.
Nigel Dawes made it 3-2 just over a minute into the third, picking up the rebound off the end boards and squeezing it past Irving to get the Wolves to within one.
Dawes’ second of the night tied things 3-3 late in the third. Irving made the initial save off of Machacek, but could not get back in position for the rebound.
“Obviously when you have a tough start like we did, we only had two shots in the first, I think that speaks enough about our start,” Dawes said. “It’s good to come back and get one point, but you’re not going to win too many games when you take that many penalties.”
Mannino made 32 saves in the loss while Irving made 13 saves for his league-leading 14th of the season.