ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Michal Repik’s second goal of the season wasn’t pretty, but it was good enoguh to give the Rochester Americans a win in a defensive struggle.
Repik scored a late power-play goal and Tyler Plante made 23 saves as the Americans picked up a 2-1 win over the Abbotsford Heat in American Hockey League action Tuesday night.
Repik received a pass from Clay Wilson and initially lost control of the puck, but then managed to get a bad-angled shot past Heat goaltender Matt Keetley.
“It was a shot and I just found the rebound, got control and just put it in the net,” Repik said. “Tonight we wanted to come out hard and find a way to win the game.”
After both teams combined for seven goals on Monday night, Tuesday was a much tighter affair with Keetley and Plante making rare starts for their respective teams.
“(Tyler) was awesome, he stopped a lot of chances they had and he was big for us,” Repik said. “Abbotsford was playing good defensively, it was hard to get pucks to the net and their goalie played good for them.”
Evgeny Dadanov opened the scoring for Rochester (4-4-1) in the first period as he slapped home a loose puck past Keetley.
Abbotsford (5-4-1) had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:25 midway through the first but failed to find the back of the net.
The Heat evened things at one with less than two minutes remaining in the second when Matt Keith beat a screened Plante with a wrist shot.
“Personally for me the way I played last night–that was embarrassing,” Keith said. “We didn’t get the start we wanted, but I think the last 40 we played the way we wanted to.
“Tough way to lose on the penalty kill there.”
Rochester went 1-for-2 with the man advantage while Abbotsford failed to connect on their two opportunities.
Keetley made 16 saves for his first regulation loss of the season.