Heat defenceman Joe Piskula boxes out Philippe Cornet of the OKC Barons on Saturday at the AESC as goalie Joni Ortio tries to cover up a rebound.

Brule’s OT strike lifts Barons past Heat

Gilbert Brule's overtime goal lifted the Oklahoma City Barons to a 4-3 victory over the Abbotsford Heat on Saturday evening.

Gilbert Brule’s power-play goal at 2:53 of overtime lifted the Oklahoma City Barons to a 4-3 victory over the Abbotsford Heat on Saturday evening.

With Heat defenceman Chris Breen banished to the penalty box for holding the stick, Brule – a former member of the Vancouver Giants – one-timed a feed from Ryan Keller past Heat goalie Joni Ortio.

Brule’s OT tally enabled the Barons (8-2-0-1) to sweep the two-game set with the Heat (7-4-1-0) at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. In the process, OKC leapfrogged Abbotsford for second place in the AHL’s West Division.

The Heat had raced out to a 2-0 lead on Saturday, as Ben Walter and Greg Nemisz scored before the game was five minutes old.

But the Barons battled back to even terms before the first period was over, thanks to goals from Philippe Cornet and Josh Green.

In the middle frame, Green and Nemisz each notched their second of the game to round out the regulation-time scoring.

Barons forward Linus Omark registered three assists, while Heat winger Krys Kolanos, with an assist on Walter’s goal, extended his point streak to five games since making his Heat debut last week.

Ortio, making his first start of the season in place of workhorse Leland Irving, stopped 21 of 25 shots, while his OKC counterpart David LeNeveu turned aside 19 of 22.

The Heat now embark on a seven-game road trip, their longest of the season, beginning Thursday against the Houston Aeros. All seven games are against West Division foes.

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