Baertschi's hot start continues as Heat best Rivermen

The Canadian Press
10/14/2012 1:11:34 AM
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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. -- Sven Baertschi and Dustin Sylvester each had a goal and an assist as the Abbotsford Heat defeated the Peoria Rivermen 6-2 on Saturday night in American Hockey League play.

Baertschi has four points in the first two games of the AHL season, following Abbotsford's 4-1 victory Friday in the season opener for both teams.

Lance Bouma, Roman Horak, Ben Walter, and Krys Kolanos also scored for the Heat (2-0-0), the Calgary Flames' farm team. T.J. Brodie had three assists while Ben Street added a pair of helpers.

Danny Taylor made his second-straight start, stopping 17 of 19 shots for the victory.

Anthony Peluso and Sergey Andronov had goals for Peoria (0-2-0), the St. Louis Blues' top affiliate. Jake Allen, who was pulled Friday night, stopped 27 shots Saturday, allowing 10 goals in his last five periods of play.

The Rivermen opened the scoring just shy of the game's two-minute mark.

Peluso rushed down the left wing and released a hard wristshot that handcuffed Taylor, giving him two goals already this year. He had just four all of last season.

Abbotsford scored soon after on a tic-tac-toe passing play. Brodie carried the puck across the blue-line, fed it to Street across the ice before the Coquitlam, B.C. native dropped it to Bouma for a one-timer that went to corner.

It was the first of the season for Bouma, who played 27 games for the Flames last season.

Peoria regained the lead at 9:10. Andronov's shot from a bad angle deflected off the glove of Taylor and in. David Shields and Jaden Schwartz picked up the assists on Andronov's first AHL goal. The 23-year-old 2009 third-rounder played the last four seasons in Kontinental Hockey League.

Walter tied the game again at 14:16, lifting a rebound of a Baertschi wrist shot over Allen's pads for his second of the young season.

The Heat took their first lead of the game on the power play at 18:37. Baertschi one-timed a pass from Brodie just under the bar. The puck was in and out before Allen reacted, giving Baertschi two goals on the year, with Sylvester also assisting.

Abbotsford increased the lead at 3:13 of the second frame. Horak pushed over the goaltender in his attempt to get out of the crease and while Allen scrambled to his feet Horak buried a centring feed from Brett Olson.

Eleven minutes into the second Peoria's Mark Cundari drew an interference penalty for his hit on Bouma that would prove costly as Abbotsford scored on the power play to increase the lead to three. Street fed a cross-ice pass to Sylvester, who one-timed it past a sprawling Allen for his first of the campaign.

A little more than a minute later Kolanos made it 6-2, dangling his way in tight before scoring his first of the season.

NOTES: Abbotsford's Walter was playing in his 500th career AHL game. He has amassed 413 points.

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