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Comets can't keep up with Jones as Heat win second straight
Blair Jones's goal with 4:35 left in the third period lifted the Abbotsford Heat to a 4-3 road win over the Utica Comets on Friday evening.
Jones stole the puck from Comets defenceman Yann Sauve and beat goalie Joe Cannata with a glove-side shot on the ensuing breakaway as the Heat (6-4-1) celebrated their first back-to-back wins of the season. They also beat the Vancouver Canucks farm team at Utica Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday.
The Comets, meanwhile, fell to an AHL-worst 0-6-2.
Max Reinhart gave the Heat a 1-0 lead at 13:57 of the first period, but Zach Hamill drew the hosts even less than two minutes later and Henrik Tommernes staked the Comets to their first lead of the night with a second-period power-play marker.
Markus Granlund, with his second goal in as many games, scored on a five-on-three power play with 1:59 left in the middle stanza to knot the score.
After Reinhart and Benn Ferriero exchanged goals early in the third, Jones's late tally was the difference. Abbotsford out-shot the Comets 17-11 in the final frame.
Joni Ortio turned aside 27 of 30 shots to earn his second straight win for the Heat, while his Utica counterpart Cannata stopped 30 of 34 shots.
• After the game, the Calgary Flames announced they had recalled Heat defenceman Chad Billins. Billins, who did not dress on Friday, led the Heat with five goals, including four on the power play.
• The Heat wrap up their three-game road trip on Saturday at the Hamilton Bulldogs (4 p.m. Pacific time, CIVL 101.7 FM).