Heat defenceman Mike Matczak battles in the corner with Charlotte Checkers forward Justin Shugg on Friday in Charlotte.

Heat defenceman Mike Matczak battles in the corner with Charlotte Checkers forward Justin Shugg on Friday in Charlotte.

Heat offence wakes up in win over Checkers

The Abbotsford Heat rode their most prolific offensive outburst in nearly two months to a 4-3 road win over the Charlotte Checkers.

The Abbotsford Heat rode their most prolific offensive outburst in nearly two months to a 4-3 road win over the Charlotte Checkers on Friday evening.

The Heat hadn’t scored as many as four goals since Nov. 30, when they beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-1 at home. But by the 10:51 mark of the second period, they’d already potted four against the Western Conference-leading Checkers.

Brett Carson and Dustin Sylvester staked Abbotsford to a 2-0 lead in the first period, before Chris Terry got Charlotte on the board. Carson has scored in all three games he’s played since joining the Heat last week.

Brett Olson and Ben Walter tallied in the second as the Heat took a 4-1 lead into the final frame. Terry and Jared Staal scored 21 seconds apart in the third to draw the hosts to within a goal, but goalie Danny Taylor slammed the door from that point on, winning for the sixth time in his last seven starts.

The victory boosted the Heat’s winning streak to five games. Abbotsford (22-12-7, 51 points) renews hostilities with the Checkers (25-14-5, 55 points) on Saturday morning in their last game before the all-star break.