Heat goalie Leland Irving held his ground at the goalpost in Friday’s win over Houston.

Heat goalie Leland Irving held his ground at the goalpost in Friday’s win over Houston.

Heat snap losing streak, split weekend set vs. Houston

Special teams told the tale for the Abbotsford Heat in their weekend series with the Houston Aeros.

Special teams told the tale for the Abbotsford Heat in their weekend series with the Houston Aeros.

On Friday, two power-play goals early in the third period from Ben Walter helped the Heat rally for a 4-2 victory at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.

The hosts had trailed 2-1 heading into the final frame, with Andy Bohmbach supplying the Heat goal. But Walter’s man-advantage snipes, combined with a solid 1-for-7 performance on the penalty kill and an empty-net goal from Brett Olson, helped Abbotsford snap its seven-game losing streak.

But on Saturday, the Aeros got their power play in gear – they lit up the Heat to the tune of three goals on six man-advantage chances en route to a 5-1 win. Johan Larsson scored twice for Houston, while Greg Nemisz mustered the lone Abby tally.

“I thought we played a pretty good game on Saturday in a lot of ways, we just didn’t win the special teams war,” Heat head coach Troy Ward said. “The chances were in our favour, I thought we carried the play at different times in the game, as we do most weekends five-on-five. But if our special teams play is a little off . . . it’s difficult for us.”

The Heat (27-23-8) now embark on their longest road trip of the season – a seven-game jaunt beginning Tuesday at the Hamilton Bulldogs.