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.

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.

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