Heat netminder Leland Irving (3-2-0) thwarted all 13 of the Wolves shots on the way to handing Chicago (3-2-0-0) its first blanking of the season.
“We were real flat and had no physicality tonight and they are a young gun, hardworking team,” said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. “I guess this has been coming after we were able to come back in two straight games. We can’t let them outwork us.”
Abbotsford (3-2-0-1) took a 1-0 lead, 11:58 into the first period. Right wing Jon Rheault cranked a shot straight down the slot that slipped between Wolves netminder Edward Pasquale’s legs and into the back of the net.
Left wing Cam Cunning knocked home a power-play marker for the Heat with 4:06 remaining in the second period to put the visitors on top, 2-0. Defenseman T.J. Brodie fed a pass to Cunning, who was parked at the top of the crease and flipped a quick shot past Pasquale.
Center Matt Keith added a second power-play strike for the Heat at 16:21 of the third frame when he drove in on Pasquale and slipped a shot glove side to round out scoring at 3-0.
Pasquale (3-1-0) posted 20 saves for the Wolves in his first professional loss.
The Wolves hit the road this weekend for a matchup with the Rockford IceHogs at the Rockford MetroCentre on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Abbotsford 1 1 1 -- 3
Chicago 0 0 0 -- 0
First Period---1, Abbotsford, Rheault 1 (Patterson), 11:58. Penalties---Kulda, Chicago (tripping), 5:56; Pelech, Abbotsford (boarding), 10:19; Postma, Chicago (tripping), 11:55; Valabik, Chicago (tripping), 17:57.
Second Period---2, Abbotsford, Cunning 3 (Brodie, Seabrook), 15:54 pp. Penalties---Armstrong, Abbotsford (tripping), 2:41; Kulda, Chicago (tripping), 14:11.
Third Period---3, Keith 4 (Cunning, Seabrook), 16:21 pp. Penalties---Rheault, Abbotsford (high-sticking), 0:09; Kulda, Chicago (slashing), 15:41.
Shots on goal---Abbotsford: 9-6-8--23. Chicago: 6-5-2--13. Power plays---Abbotsford: 2-5. Chicago: 0-3. Goalies---Abbotsford, Irving (13-13). Chicago, Pasquale (20-23). A---2,712. Referee---Jarrod Ragusin. Linesmen---Aaron Mills and Dan Dineen.