Heat captain Quintin Laing chases down his Houston Aeros counterpart

Heat captain Quintin Laing chases down his Houston Aeros counterpart

Kolanos, Rheault score twice apiece in win over Aeros

Krys Kolanos continued his hot start, notching two goals and an assist in the Abbotsford Heat's 5-3 win over the Houston Aeros on Thursday.

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.

ICE CHIPS:

• 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.