ABBOTSFORD 2, MANITOBA 1
David Van der Gulik broke a 1-1 tie with 6:09 left in regulation, and Abbotsford held on for a 2-1 win over Manitoba on Tuesday night, earning the Heat a split of the teams’ two-game midweek set at the Entertainment & Sports Centre.
It marked a key victory for the Heat, who snapped a five-game winless slide (0-4-1-0) and moved three points up on Manitoba for third place in the North Division.
Abbotsford now sits two points back of Rochester for second place and home-ice advantage in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Jon Rheault put the Heat on top with a power play goal late in the first period, but the Moose knotted it up midway through the second period on Marco Rosa’s team-leading 22nd goal of the season, also with the man advantage.