Last weekend the Abbotsford Heat won two major games against Grand Rapids in an effort to keep their playoff hopes alive. The two victories allowed them to leap-frog over Toronto, seating Abbotsford four points back of the final playoff spot, with a game in hand. With just a handful of games remaining, it is yet to be determined whether the Heat will see some spring hockey. While a playoff berth is a long shot, the Heat are still in the fight.
Last year the Heat finished dead last in the league, recording a dismal record of 38-32-4-6, recording only 186 goals for. This year has been a very different story – 35 games in, the Heat have a record of 22-10-3-0 and are on pace to record 216 goals for. The result is that the Heat are sitting just three points out of first place in the league, poised to make their first ever appearance in the playoffs.
It seems Roman Horak can do no wrong these days. On Friday night, the sophomore forward led his team to a 4-2 win over their division rival the Toronto Marlies, scoring a natural hat trick in the process.
Anyone who grew up with a brother or sister has seen first-hand the competitive nature of sibling rivalry, and how healthy competition can push athletes to perform at higher levels.
The Abbotsford Heat’s road schedule this season could be described as tough, trying, or even hectic, but I believe the most accurate term is unfair.
The Abbotsford Heat finished their six-game road trip on a positive note, defeating the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-2 in Michigan.
Every team faces injuries during the course of a grueling 76 game AHL season. It’s the nature of the game. But during a season when the NHL is locked down, AHL teams face a deepening pool of roster depth. Not that they’d complain, of course, but the newly discovered depth could create roster dilemmas for coaches across the league.
The Abbotsford Heat came out of a weekend series against the Oklahoma City Barons with a single point out of a possible four.
The young stars of the Edmonton Oilers were in Abbotsford on Friday night, but they weren’t shining in front of a sold out AESC. The Heat were able to pull off a 4-0 shutout win against the Oklahoma City Barons – a team that boasts the likes of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Justin Schultz.
There comes a point in a hockey player’s career when he has to come to terms with his role on a team. Whether it’s a former star player accepting a minimized role on the team’s bottom six forwards or a defenceman who sits in the press box more than he suits up for games, players have to realize that whatever’s best for the team’s overall success has to be taken into consideration when management makes decisions.