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Hogs take two in a row from Heat, spoil Abbotsford's home opening weekend

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ToddReicher

Saturday night's game had the makings of a revenge game for the Heat. The previous night, the Heat were shut out at home in their season opener and were distracted from their game late in the third when penalties and fists started flying. Abbotsford would also try to solve Alec Richards, who earned his second start in as many nights for the 'Hogs.

The first period was a defensive game as only 13 shots took place, and no one found the back of the net.

Revenge did not look well for the Heat at the start of the second as Jeremy Morin lit the lamp for his third goal of the young season while Rockford was on their second powerplay of the night.

What would happen next would come as a shock to the 'Hogs, as Abbotsford tallied three goals in a matter of 51 seconds. Center John Armstrong scored the first goal, while ex-IceHog Matt Keith tallied the next goal (his third of the year), and Keith Seabrook (brother of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook) tallied the third goal, which was on a powerplay.

Shaken, but not stirred, Richards remained in the game.

Rockford would answer six minutes later with their second powerplay goal of the night when Jeff Taffe found the mesh for his second time of the season.

The 'Hogs would convert their third powerplay of the night seven minutes into the third when veteran Ryan Potulny tagged his second goal of the season, knotting the score at three.

After a five minute overtime, and no winner decided, the game went to a shootout.

Abbotsford gained the edge in the first two rounds as Keith and Bryce Cameron converted on their shots, while Morin scored on his attempt for the 'Hogs.

Down, but not out, the 'Hogs converted on two of their next three rounds as Ivan Vishnevskiy and Brandon Pirri converted on their attempts. Richards stoned the three remaining Heat shooters, giving Rockford a 4-3 shootout victory.

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