Marlies pull away for 6-4 win over Heat

Heat forward Max Reinhart puts pressure on Toronto Marlies forward Sam Carrick during Sunday
Heat forward Max Reinhart puts pressure on Toronto Marlies forward Sam Carrick during Sunday's game at Ricoh Coliseum.
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The Abbotsford Heat went goal-for-goal with the Toronto Marlies during a wild second period on Sunday afternoon, but in the finale of a six-game road trip, they ran out of gas in the third.

The Marlies got goals from Josh Leivo and Carter Ashton in the final frame to pull away for a 6-4 victory in a game that was televised nationally on Sportsnet 360.

Abbotsford and Toronto both started slow offensively, and were locked in a scoreless tie at the first intermission. But the goals came fast and furious in the second.

After Marlies defenceman T.J. Brennan opened the scoring on the power play at 3:15 of the middle frame, the Heat reeled off three of their own in a span of three minutes and 13 seconds.

Max Reinhart hammered home a one-timer on a two-man advantage, and Brett Olson followed with another quick power-play goal. Ben Street notched an even-strength marker to cap the spurt.

But less than two minutes later, the Marlies were back on even terms via goals from Jamie Devane and Greg McKegg, and a tally from Tyler Biggs later in the frame pushed Toronto back out in front 4-3.

But Heat defenceman Shane O'Brien levelled the score once again, popping in a rebound with five seconds left in the period.

Abbotsford, playing its third game in three nights, had a nice push to start the final frame, but the Marlies steadied themselves and surged ahead thanks to Leivo and Ashton.

The Heat (37-25-7) return home for a pair of games vs. the Rockford IceHogs on Friday and Saturday (7 p.m. both nights, Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre).


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