The Abbotsford Heat rolled to their 12th win in 13 games

The Abbotsford Heat rolled to their 12th win in 13 games

Ortio picks up first AHL shutout as Heat blank Wild

Joni Ortio's first career AHL shutout was the latest highlight for the Abbotsford Heat as they continued to sizzle on Saturday evening.

Joni Ortio‘s first career AHL shutout was the latest highlight for the Abbotsford Heat as they continued to sizzle on Saturday evening.

The Finnish netminder turned aside all 25 shots the Iowa Wild sent his way, backstopping the Heat to a 4-0 road victory.

It was Abbotsford’s 12th win in 13 games, and boosted their AHL-leading point total to 33, on the strength of a 16-5-1 record.

Paul Byron paced the offence with his second straight multi-point outing, notching a goal and two assists, while Corban Knight, Brady Lamb and Markus Granlund also scored.

Ortio boasts a perfect 9-0 record this season to go with a 2.26 goals against average (12th in the league) and a .928 save percentage (tied for sixth).

Tough guy Lane MacDermid, acquired from the Dallas Stars organization by the Calgary Flames on Friday, made his debut with the Heat and skated on the fourth line with Carter Bancks and Josh Jooris.

The Heat wrap up their seven-game road trip with a rematch vs. the Wild on Sunday. They return home next week for Friday-Saturday games vs. the Utica Comets, the Vancouver Canucks’ affiliate.

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