John Stevens and the Abbotsford Canucks posted a 3-2 win over the Henderson Silver Knights on Friday (Dec. 16). (Abbotsford Canucks photo)

John Stevens and the Abbotsford Canucks posted a 3-2 win over the Henderson Silver Knights on Friday (Dec. 16). (Abbotsford Canucks photo)

Abbotsford Canucks post 3-2 win over Henderson Silver Knights

Abbotsford has now won seven of their last eight games and rank fourth in the Pacific Division

The Abbotsford Canucks strong play continued on Friday (Dec. 16) with a 3-2 win over the Henderson Silver Knights in Nevada.

Abbotsford has now won seven of their last eight games and have lost just once in December.

Kyle Rau scored the lone goal of the first period, after being set up by Justin Dowling at 19:11 of the first period. Canucks goalie Arturs Silovs was also tested with some dangerous chances but Abbotsford had the 9-8 shots edge after 20 minutes.

The second period was all Abbotsford, as Linus Karlsson scored his seventh by deflecting a shot by Noah Juulsen at 8:22 and captain Chase Wouters tallied at 14:35 to make it 3-0. Henderson goalie Michael Hutchinson came up with some big saves in the middle frame and that play was rewarded at 19:17 when Silver Knights forward Pavel Dorofeyev got his team on the board.

Abbotsford outshot Henderson 12-7 in the second period.

The Silver Knights made a push in the third and made it a one-goal game when Patrick Guay scored his first career American Hockey League goal at 12:34. They continued pressuring but Silovs held the fort down and Abbotsford earned the 3-2 win. Henderson outshot Abbotsford 7-5 in the third.

Karlsson was the lone Canuck to record a multi-point game and the rookie now has 19 points in 24 games. Defenceman Christian Wolanin again got on the scoresheet with an assist and he has now recorded 29 points in 24 games. Vasily Podkolzin led all Canucks with four shots on goal.

Silovs picked up his ninth win this season and stopped 20 shots.

Abbotsford’s record improves to 14-8-1-1 and they leapfrogged the Ontario Reign to move into fourth place in the Pacific Division with the win.

The two teams meet again in Henderson tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon at 3 p.m. Abbotsford returns home to host the San Jose Barracuda on Tuesday (Dec. 20).

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