Walter’s late goal lifts Heat past IceHogs

A late goal from Ben Walter lifted the Abbotsford Heat to a 2-1 victory over the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday.

Heat defenceman Jordan Henry battles with Rockford IceHogs forward Jeremy Morin on Saturday.

Heat defenceman Jordan Henry battles with Rockford IceHogs forward Jeremy Morin on Saturday.

A late goal from Ben Walter lifted the Abbotsford Heat to a 2-1 victory over the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday.

With 1:20 remaining in the third period, Walter banged home a rebound off a Krys Kolanos shot past IceHogs goalie Carter Hutton to give the Heat their second win in two nights on the road.

Abbotsford (15-8-1-0) put together a terrific performance on the penalty kill on Saturday, snuffing all seven of Rockford’s man-advantage opportunities.

The final penalty kill came late in the third period, as Dustin Sylvester went off for hooking at the 15:30 mark, and directly preceded Walter’s game-winner.

Kolanos, on the power play, and Rockford’s Brett McLean exchanged first-period goals less than two minutes apart, and it became a goaltending duel from that point on. Hutton stopped 22 of 24 shots is the loss, while Heat keeper Leland Irving made 28 saves for his AHL-best 15th victory of the season.

The Heat wrap up the road trip with a Sunday matinee against the Chicago Wolves, the Vancouver Canucks’ affiliate.