CHICAGO 3, ABBOTSFORD 2
Matt Anderson broke a 2-2 tie with 1:38 to play in regulation, and goaltender Peter Mannino preserved the win with 22 saves as Chicago improved to 14-2-0-1 in its last 17 games with a 3-2 road win over Abbotsford on Thursday.
The teams will square off for a rematch on Friday night at the Abbotsford Sports & Entertainment Centre.
Brett Sterling tallied a power play goal – his 27th marker of the season – to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead early in the second period, but Heat defenseman Staffan Kronwall tied it up with a power play strike of his own 3:39 into the second frame.
Anderson’s late game-winner was assisted by Stapleton and Joey Crabb and made a winner of Mannino, who improved to 14-3-0 (1.78, .942) on the season.
Abbotsford’s season-high winless skid extended to six games (0-5-1-0).