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Max Reinhart scores twice, Heat beat Barons

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The Canadian Press
12/28/2013 12:44:30 AM
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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Max Reinhart scored twice and added an assist to lead the Abbotsford Heat to a 5-1 win over the Oklahoma City Barons in American Hockey League action Friday night.

Reinhart had two second-period goals, while Corban Knight, Ben Hanowski and Josh Jooris each recorded a goal and an assist each.

Ben Street chipped in with four helpers and Joni Ortio made 32 saves.

Abbotsford (22-9-2) has now won consecutive games after losing three-straight. The Heat have 46 points, tied with Grand Rapids atop the Western Conference.

C.J. Stretch scored for Oklahoma City (11-16-5), which is now just 1-5-1 in their past seven games.

Richard Bachman made 14 stops, while Chet Pickard mopped up with seven saves through the final 28 minutes.

The Heat got on the board at 4:04 of the first, just moments after they had a goal waved off due to goaltender interference.

Hanowski executed a perfect power forward move, driving wide past two defenders, cut to the net and roofed the puck to give him 11 goals on the year.

The Heat made it 2-0 on a power play at 9:42. Bachman made a great stop off Hanowski's one-timer attempt in the slot but Knight was at the side of the net to bury the rebound for his eighth of the season.

The Barons looked poised to get on the board with six minutes to go in the first with an odd-man rush. But Ortio sprawled to stop Stretch's one-timer, one of 11 saves in the opening frame.

The Heat built on their lead just 64 seconds into the second. Reinhart began the play with a great stretch pass to Jooris at the Barons' blue-line. Jooris fed it down low to Street, who found Reinhart at the face-off dot. The Vancouver native beat Bachman shortside, top corner, for his sixth of the year.

Reinhart scored his second of the game at 12:16. After Street sent in him on a breakaway, he faked a slapshot before beating Bachman five-hole.

The Barons got on the board with a power-play goal at 6:10 of the third — the first shot of the period by either team. After the Heat failed to clear the puck, Andrew Miller quickly centred for Stretch who picked up his sixth of the season.

Ortio shut the door from that point on, stopping the last 10 shots he faced, plus getting a little help when Miller hit the post on a late power play.

Jooris rounded out the scoring, deking to his backhand to beat Pickard after getting a nifty feed from Reinhart at 16:33.

The two teams face each other again Saturday night.

Abbotsford Heat (Photo: TSN)

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