Krys Kolanos continued his hot start to the season, notching two goals and an assist in the Abbotsford Heat’s 5-3 road win over the Houston Aeros on Thursday evening.
Kolanos now has 13 points in just six games with the Heat, who improved to 8-4-1.
Abbotsford jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an unassisted strike from Kolanos at 18:37 of the first, then extended that lead in the second period when the Aeros were handed back-to-back unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
First it was Kolanos guiding a back-hander through a crowd to make it 2-0, then Greg Nemisz tapped in a puck that Quintin Laing took away from the Houston goalie Matt Hackett behind the cage. With his sixth of the season, Nemisz extended his point streak to five games – he has four goals and three assists over that span.
David McIntyre got the Aeros on the board late in the second period, but Abbotsford’s Jon Rheault restored the three-goal cushion early in the third.
Kris Foucault and Casey Wellman tallied to draw Houston back to within a goal, but Rheault scored his second of the game into an empty net to seal the win.
Heat goalie Leland Irving picked up the win, stopping 29 of 32 shots.
• Defenceman John Negrin, recalled from the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies on Wednesday, made his season debut for the Heat on Thursday, and posted a +1 rating.
• The Heat continue the road trip against the Texas Stars on Friday and Saturday.