ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Bryan Cameron scored the game-winner as the Abbotsford Heat edged the Houston Aeros 3-2 in a shootout for the second consecutive night in American Hockey league play Tuesday.
Cameron faked a shot and then beat Houston starter Anton Khudobin low glove-side.
“I was just trying to get him moving, open up his legs. I saw (Jon) Rheault do it there so I just tried to copy that,” said Cameron. “He opened up his legs again so I figured I’d just slide it through there.”
The Heat played catch-up in the third period for the second night in a row as Logan MacMillan and Chris Breen each picked up their first goals of the season.
“Last night we kind of needed to give our heads a shake, we had a real slow start,” said MacMillan. “We’ve got a lot of character, a lot of young guys who just go out there and do their thing.
“We’re capable of coming back, but we’d rather not fall behind like that.”
MacMillan got Abbotsford to within one as he re-directed a Josh Meyers point shot past Khudobin.
The Heat tied things 2-2 on a long shot from Breen who beat Khudobin from centre ice. The puck took an odd bounce near the face-off circle to the goaltender’s right and beat him stick-side.
“I just got the red line and coaches have said if we don’t have a play to just throw it on net and I did that as hard as I could,” said Breen. “I just got a lucky bounce and it went over his pad.”
The power play was once again key for the Aeros who scored twice with the man advantage.
Houston took the early lead as Jarod Palmer beat Heat starter Leland Irving five-hole near the mid-way mark of the first.
The Aeros doubled their lead with just over two minutes remaining in the second when Robbie Earl let go a wrist shot from the high slot beating Irving just under his glove.
“It happens, you just got to respond and keep on going,” said Earl. “(The third) is something we just got to work on when we have the lead and that’s what we’re going to address this week.”
The crowd of 2,200 at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre thought Greg Nemisz had the overtime winner as he one-timed a feed from T.J. Brodie, but his shot hit the side of the net.
Irving made 27 saves for his eighth win of the season while Khudobin made 37 saves in a losing cause.