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Keetley, Jaffray help Heat win fourth straight, 4-2 over Texas Stars

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Keetley, Jaffray help Heat win fourth straight, 4-2 over Texas Stars

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Matt Keetley made 32 saves and Jason Jaffray scored a goal and added an assist as the Abbotsford Heat matched a season-high four-game win streak Saturday night with a 4-2 victory over the Texas Stars in American Hockey League action.

Riley Armstrong's third-period power-play goal stood as the winner when he finished a perfectly executed give-and-go with Jaffray finding the back of the net for his eighth of the season.

"We wanted to establish ourselves as a better home team," said Colin Stuart, who picked up two helpers in the win. "We haven't been great at home; we also haven't had an extended home stand.

"That's what we set out to do this weekend and to accomplish it is a huge step in the right direction."

For the second consecutive night the Heat opened the scoring when Brett Sutter put home the rebound off a Gord Baldwin point shot 21 seconds in.

The score remained 1-0 in Abbotsford's favour until early in the second when Travis Morin broke away from Keith Seabrook, short-handed, and beat Heat starter Keetley low glove-side to tie things at one.

Then, in the span of 23-seconds during the second period, each team exchanged goals to tie it.

Abbotsford took a brief 2-1 lead when Mikael Backlund finished off a nice passing play by Peter Vandermeer.

But Mathieu Tousignant tied things up when he put home a bouncing puck in front of Keetley.

"This is a hard team to play against and we made a couple errors and they capitalized," said Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan. "Once again our power play (0-for-5) didn't help."

Abbotsford picked up the insurance marker short-handed, late in the third, when Jaffray completed the 2-on-1 feed from Stuart for his 14th of the season.

"Our top players were real good for us," said Heat head coach Jim Playfair. "Last night the leadership closed the door and had a meeting about what we wanted to accomplish tonight and I think it shows you the maturity of the group."

Keetley picked up his second consecutive home-ice win improving his season record to 8-4-1-1. Matt Climie made 35 saves in his second straight loss to the Heat.

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Keetley, Jaffray help Heat win fourth straight, 4-2 over Texas Stars