ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Sean Sullivan scored the overtime winner for the second straight night as the San Antonio Rampage beat the Abbotsford Heat 2-1 in AHL action Saturday.
The teams played an extra period for the second game in a row, and Sullivan struck at 2:01 to deny the Heat (0-2-0) their first-ever AHL victory. He ripped a point shot by Abbotsford netminder Leland Irving, who was screened on the play.
“Just right place at the right time I guess,” said Sullivan. “Just get the puck to the net and let the guys do the rest – I just wound up and took the slapper.”
The goal came on the heels of a questionable slashing penalty on Riley Armstrong of the Heat just 16 seconds earlier.
“I think it was more of a reaction thing,” Abbotsford’s Jason Jaffray said in reaction to the overtime penalty. “With (the referee), I think he just saw the stick knocked out of his hand – he wasn’t watching the play entirely, he was more trying to get out of the way.”
Sullivan said the win was especially satisfying since it came on the tail end of a back-to-back in Abbotsford.
“It’s tough, back-to-backs always are,” Sullivan said. “We tried to get our legs moving early and I think we did a fairly good job of that.”
After a scoreless opening period, Kevin Porter got the Rampage on the board with a power-play goal, beating a screened Irving from the point.
Jaffray, who was recently re-assigned to Abbotsford by the Calgary Flames, evened things up in the second period when he out-skated Rampage defenceman Shaun Heshka and beat San Antonio goaltender Josh Tordjman low glove side.
“I kind of surprised myself that I got as much room as I did,” said Jaffray. “I have to give Heshka a hard time, he’s one of my good buddies. I don’t exactly have the best breakaway speed in the league, but it seemed to work.”
Tordjman made 22 saves to earn the win for San Antonio.
Irving stopped 32 shots in a losing cause for Abbotsford.