Heat centre Max Reinhart blasted a shot past Jonathan Hazen (9) and goalie Jacob Markstrom of the San Antonio Rampage on this play. It was Reinhart's first goal of the season

Heat centre Max Reinhart blasted a shot past Jonathan Hazen (9) and goalie Jacob Markstrom of the San Antonio Rampage on this play. It was Reinhart's first goal of the season

Reinhart snaps scoring slump, but Heat fall to Rampage in OT

As losses go, there were plenty of encouraging signs in the Abbotsford Heat's 3-2 overtime defeat to the San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday.

As losses go, there were plenty of positive signs in the Abbotsford Heat’s 3-2 overtime defeat to the San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday evening.

After a slow start, the Heat’s dominance in the second and third periods was comprehensive. They out-shot the Rampage 25-5 over the final 40 minutes of regulation, and only the sparkling play of San Antonio goalie Jacob Markstrom denied them the win.

The game also represented a breakthrough for Heat rookie centre Max Reinhart – he snapped an extended scoring drought with his first goal of the campaign.

Reinhart’s tally at 10:37 of the middle frame knotted the score 2-2, but that was the last puck the Heat would slip past Markstrom. San Antonio defenceman Jason DeSantis ended matters 35 seconds into OT, tapping a cross-ice feed from Drew Shore past Abbotsford keeper Barry Brust.

“We were counterpunching in the first seven to 10 minutes, and the rest of the game, we took it to them,” Heat head coach Troy Ward noted. “That’s the type of game, whether in the National Hockey League or the American Hockey League, you’re just hoping as a coach they don’t get the one shot.

“I’m real happy with our play. We didn’t win, but I don’t coach the scoreboard, so it doesn’t really matter. At the end of the day, you’ve got to be proud of your kids and how they behaved.”

Goals by San Antonio’s Casey Wellman and Greg Rallo sandwiched Roman Horak’s team-leading 12th of the season as the Rampage claimed a 2-1 lead after the first period.

Midway through the second, Reinhart made his presence felt, hammering a one-timed slap shot from the left faceoff dot, off a feed from Horak, past Markstrom.

“That’s the longest I’ve ever gone without a goal, and it’s the tightest I’ve ever hugged somebody after giving me an assist,” said Reinhart, who had mustered just two assists over his first 19 games this season. “I struggled with my confidence throughout the start of this year, and I’d say it’s a massive relief just to get one.”

Reinhart, considered one of the better forward prospects in the Calgary Flames system, made a memorable pro debut with the Heat last season. He scored twice against the Toronto Marlies in his first regular-season game after his WHL campaign with the Kootenay Ice wrapped up, and he went on to notch a goal and an assist in four playoff starts.

The Heat’s depth up front during the NHL lockout has limited his role this year, though – he’s spent much of the season centring the fourth line, though he has seen regular power-play duty.

“Half my battle is fighting to get ice this year,” he analyzed.

“I think it’s a lot to do with just having a lot of good players who have earned their opportunity in front of me. Being the young guy, you’ve got to be patient.

“Obviously I don’t like to see some teammates go down to injury to get my opportunity, but now that I’ve got an opportunity, I’ve got to keep going – just playing my hardest and creating that offence.”

Ward’s lone quibble with his team’s play on Tuesday was its power-play performance. Horak cashed in on the team’s first man-advantage opportunity of the night, but they went 0-for-4 after that.

“You have to create quality scoring chances and you have to get shots to the net, and we didn’t do that very well,” Ward said. “I thought that was the difference.”

ICE CHIPS:

• The Heat (13-3-5) and the Rampage (7-11-3) clash again on Wednesday night (7 p.m., Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre).

• Heat forwards Sven Baertschi (concussion/whiplash symptoms) and Ben Walter (undisclosed) sat out their second straight games on Tuesday. They were both injured late in Abbotsford’s 5-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs last Friday.

Just Posted

The intersection of Blueridge Drive and Blue Jay Street is one of three intersections in Abbotsford approved for traffic lights this year. (Google Street View)
Traffic signals approved at 3 Abbotsford intersections

Projects part of $1.45M in road upgrades around community

An apartment building and townhouse project has been proposed at 2236 McCallum Rd. in Abbotsford. The development was given third reading by city council on June 14. (City of Abbotsford)
Apartment-and-townhouse project planned on McCallum Road in Abbotsford

Development across from old hospital site consists of 174 suites and 10 townhouses

Adam Hobbs went missing from a Langley work site on Monday, June 14 and may have gone to Vancouver. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Family, RCMP seek Abbotsford man missing from Langley job site

Adam Hobbs lives in Abbotsford and is a minor hockey referee

Police were on scene Monday afternoon (June 14) in the area of George Ferguson Way and Ware Street. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Police called out after reports of possible home invasion in Abbotsford

Incident on Monday afternoon at George Ferugson Way and Ware Street

Migrating sockeye in the Fraser River August 7, 2007. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
First Nations, commercial, and recreational harvesters join forces to save Fraser River fish

‘We have to work together to rebuild these stocks while there is still time,’ says delegate

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
VIDEO: Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

Cover of the 32-page Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers, created and compiled by Jeska Slater.
New ‘Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers’ seeks to ‘uplift and amplify’ voices

32-page guide launched Tuesday by Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)

West Coast Duty Free president Gary Holowaychuk stands next to empty shelves inside his store on Tuesday (June 15). (Aaron Hinks photo)
Revenue down 97% at Surrey duty free as owner waits for U.S. border to reopen

Products approaching best before dates had to be donated, others destroyed

St. Joseph's Mission site is located about six kilometres from Williams Lake First Nation. (Photo submitted)
Williams Lake First Nation to search residential school site for unmarked graves

St. Joseph’s Mission Indian Residential School operated from 1886 to 1981

Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lotto Max jackpot goes unclaimed again

42 of the 64 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million were won, the majority were sold in Ontario

FILE - This July 6, 2017 file photo shows prescription drugs in a glass flask at the state crime lab in Taylorsville, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Contaminants in generic drugs may cause long-term harm to DNA: B.C. researcher

Scientist says findings suggest high volume overseas facilities require strict regulation

Restaurant patrons enjoy the weather on a patio in Vancouver, B.C., on April 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Labour shortages, closed borders major obstacles to B.C. restaurant, tourism restarts

Industry expert says it won’t start to recover until international travellers can visit

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read