Ben Street leads Abbotsford Heat past Rochester Americans 3-1, becomes Abbotsford's scoring leader
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Ben Street scored twice and added an assist in the Abbotsford Heat's 3-1 defeat over the Rochester Americans Saturday night in American Hockey League action.
With the three-point night Street took over sole possession of the Heat's scoring lead with 25.
Tyler Ruegsegger also scored for Abbotsford (17-10-7), while stay-at-home defenceman Joe Callahan had two assists. Danny Taylor made 17 saves for the win as the Heat snapped a three-game losing skid.
Nick Tarnasky scored for Rochester (17-13-3), while David Leggio stopped 28 shots.
The Americans struck first at the 6:47 mark of the first. After Taylor turned away shots by Kevin Sundher and T.J. Brennan, Tarnasky batted the rebound out of the air and through the legs of the Heat goalie for his sixth of the season.
Rochester had a four-minute power play, compliments of Paul Byron's double minor, but couldn't muster many opportunities.
Street tied the game with 30.4 seconds to go in the first. He took a nifty drop pass from T.J. Brodie and ripped a hard wrist shot over the blocker of Leggio for his eight of the season and his team-leading 23rd point.
Abbotsford took advantage of Luke Adam's misfortune at 11:12 while the Rochester forward was without his stick. The Heat cycled the puck around the zone like a power play and after Callahan's initial point shot and Street's rebound attempt were stopped, Ruegsegger raced in to bury the loose puck for just his second goal of the season.
Street doubled the lead at 3:23 of the third, taking a pass from Byron at the hash marks and quickly sliding the puck under Leggio's pad.
Taylor wasn't tested often but when called upon he did his part in the win. After a failed Heat power play, Brennan came down on a two-on-one and unleashed a wicked wrist shot that Taylor stretched to snag from the air. With less than two minutes he made a big save off Brian Flynn's one-timer in front, keeping his club up by two.
With 5:50 to go Sven Baertschi was hooked on a breakaway by Mark Pysyk and was awarded a penalty shot but failed to convert the opportunity, keeping Rochester's hopes alive.