Heat forward Greg Nemisz puts the clamps on Chris VandeVelde of the OKC Barons.

Heat forward Greg Nemisz puts the clamps on Chris VandeVelde of the OKC Barons.

Desbiens snaps scoring slump as Heat topple Barons

The Abbotsford Heat, and Guillaume Desbiens in particular, staged a breakthrough against the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday.

The Abbotsford Heat as a whole, and Guillaume Desbiens in particular, staged a breakthrough against the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday evening.

The Heat knocked off the Barons for the first time in four tries this season, skating to a 4-2 triumph at the Cox Convention Centre. Along the way, Desbiens snapped an epic goal-scoring slump – he scored his first of the season in the third period, and it stood as the game-winner.

The Heat improved to 5-1-0-0 on their current road trip, and moved into a tie with OKC atop both the West Division and the Western Conference. Both teams have 25 points.

After a scoreless opening period, goals by Greg Nemisz and Clay Wilson staked the Heat to a 2-0 lead in the second. But the Barons rallied to knot the score before the period was up, on goals by Hunter Tremblay and Chris VandeVelde.

At 3:25 of the third period, Desbiens took a pass from Dustin Sylvester and ripped a high shot past Barons goalie Yann Danis. It marked the ex-Vancouver Canuck’s first goal in 18 games this season.

Jon Rheault, with his ninth of the season, salted the game away with an empty-netter with 34 seconds left. Rheault also picked up two assists on the night to continue his red-hot November, during which he’s racked up 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in nine games.

The Heat wrap up the trip on Sunday, when they visit the Houston Aeros.

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