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  1. Ortio named to 2013-14 AHL All-Rookie Team CALGARY, AB -- Abbotsford Heat goaltender Joni Ortio has been named to the American Hockey League’s 2013-14 All-Rookie Team. In his first full season of hockey in North America, Ortio has helped fuel Abbotsford’s return to the Calder Cup Playoffs after compiling a 24-8-0 record in 34 appearances. The 22-year-old’s 24 wins places him sixth overall among goaltenders while his 2.37 goals against average is eight-best. Ortio's .924 save percentage was also third overall among goalies. Coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities vote on the award. Previous goaltenders to receive the honour include current NHLers J.S Giguere, Cam Ward, Jaroslav Halak, Jimmy Howard and Eddie Lack. Ortio also marked the 2013-14 campaign with his National Hockey League debut, posting a 4-4-0 record with a 2.51 goals against average and .891 save percentage in nine appearances. The native of Turku, FIN was originally drafted by the Flames in the sixth round (No. 171) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
  2. Ortio with the 1st star of the game in last nights 2-1 OT Heat win stopping 43/44 shots. He's 4th in GAA at 2.21, and Tied for 1st in Save % at 0.928 I couldn't be happier seeing him back with the Heat, I'm beyond excited for the Heat's play-off push.
  3. In their first NCAA Tournament game, Calgary Flames prospects Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies came up big for the Providence College Friars. Jankowski, who was the Flames 2012 first round pick, scored the game-winner at the 3:37 mark of the first period and the Friars added three more goals in the second stanza, collecting a 4-0 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Gillies made 37 saves in the victory. The Flames 2012 third round pick is now 19-8-5 this season with four shutouts to his name. His GAA sits at 2.13 and he has a .931 save percentage through 33 games. Providence will move on to face Union on Saturday in the East Regional final. It was Providence's first NCAA Tournament victory since 1991
  4. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAH, Been waiting for this to happen, slowly the Heat will start to get reinforcements.
  5. If Ortio is not getting majority starts in the NHL he should be sent down to get into the play-off mindset Troy Ward is instilling in the Heat team right now. With the recent/upcoming returns of players, some kids should be sent down here soon aswell. With that being said Ortio IS getting majority starts, so he should stay. There's only 13 games left, the Heat is about to receive some much need reinforcements so I highly doubt they will lose a playoff spot, home advantage most likely, but they can get past that.
  6. He's been destroying it in the AHL, and yes I understand its not the NHL, but compared to Berra its embarrassing the numbers he's put up. As People1 said If Ramo is only going to stick around to be a starter he needs to beat out Ortio for next year, and if he cant handle being a back-up and fighting for the starter position well than cya later. I assume Ortio goes back to the AHL to finish off the season/play-offs after Ramo gets back, with Jmac backing up Ramo.
  7. Ramo will be traded away just like Berra was, Ramo is not our future, The fact Ortio is outplaying them at 22 is beyond me, He even got his 2nd assist last night. I don't see Ramo lasting long here. And if he does its as a back-up.
  8. Seems hes gone already, Heat signed Aaron Dell again from the Utah Grizzlies HEAT SIGN GOALTENDER AARON DELL March 8, 2014 - 1:03 PM Abbotsford, BC - The Abbotsford Heat announced today that they have signed goaltender Aaron Dell. Dell, a native of Airdrie, Alberta has played in two games with the Heat this season registering a 0-1-0 record with a 1.39 GAA and a .929 save percentage. He made his first start in a Heat uniform on February 23rd, 2014 against Chicago in a 2-0 loss. In 23 games with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) this season, Dell has registered a 15-6-0 record with a 2.10 GAA and a .920 save percentage. AARON DELL – GOALTENDER BORN: Airdrie, Alberta DATE: May, 4 1989 HEIGHT: 6’0’ WEIGHT: 209 lbs. SHOOTS: Left
  9. I agree with this, And i'm glad everyone is finnaly getting to see Ortio for the beast that he is, I knew he was going to push past Ramo/Berra so I never really paid any attention to them. It would kill me if Ortio only stayed up to play every 4 to 5 games, this kid needs in the net period. It doesnt matter if its on the Heat or the Flames, He needs to be starting. He said before in a interview with the Heat awhile back, that he performs better in those big games(play-offs, ect) That poise and confidence this kid has does not falter. I'm really looking forward to watching him and the Heat make a deep push, once this flames season is over alot of kids are heading back to the Heat for the play-offs, and we couldnt ask for much more.
  10. Saturday night Jmac was in net not Roy. I wish Ortio was down with the Heat aswell, They seem abit off without some of their key members. But with the possibility of NHL games right now, hes going to be learning alot more for the time being. Then when Ramo is back from injury, Ortio will go back down to the heat, and help with them with the rest of the season and the play-offs, If I lived closer I would be getting some play-off tickets.
  11. 1st people want to blame berra for most of his loses and get a better goalie, and now that we have Ortio that is just plain outplaying berra(AHL), You guys are wanting to ride berra. Ortio is above the curve on all of our goalies, but he's still only 22, He needs game time not sitting on the bench time. If Ortio doesnt see a game, I hardly see this as a positive, Sure he gets to sit in net for practice's and such, But as every hockey player as ever said, practices are not game speed whether you want to try and emulate that or not. Ortio wants to be with the flames so do alot of the Heat players, But if they're not going to get ice time, its a waste of time being up.
  12. The heat play 4 games this week, today/tomorrow vs the charlotte checkers and saturday/sunday against the texas stars. From that standpoint i'm kinda sad Ortio is up with the flames (Unless he gets a start and succeeds), with Jmac hurt that was alot of playing time for him this week. But on the flip side we get to see what oliver roy has in his bag of tricks. I just hope Ortio doesnt sit on the bench for the next 3 games with the flames.
  13. Eh your's just made me realize, there's others looking at the standings and thinking the same thing, Ive seen others say the same as you did. But luckily we dont have feaster anymore. So I doubt burke would blow up this team for a chance at the playoffs this/next year.
  14. The point is, do we want to be a bottom seed playoff team for a long time just because a goalie can carry us. Its the same crap as with iggy and kipper they could only carry us so far, its gonna end up monahan and xxx as goalie. Were going to achieve nothing in the playoffs, and get nothing in with that draft pick.(who knows we could be blessed and get someone) We cant just look at the standings and the goalies and be "if we had x here instead of berra we would be in the playoffs" Aiming for the playoffs at this time, and moving pieces to make it happen would set us back farther than most can imagine, Reminds me of what vancouver is going through, they're going to need to retool fast or its the bottom for them aswell here soon.
  15. People seem to think we should be in the playoffs with a better goalie. just another 8 game win streak and we'll be right in for a wild card spot. I bet they would love drafting 10-12 aswell. But in all reality, we should draft close to where we are now this year and the next, THEN you will see a playoff team that can hopefully contend on a yearly basis, Instead of sitting 15th~ every year for another decade. I'm glad Ortio is up with the flames right now, If he could get a start and possibly a win, It would be a huge confidence boost for him. But to keep him here for an extended amount of time would be bad. He needs to be starting, and with a winning team going into the playoffs. Hopefully Ramo is back soon, but hopefully not too soon, Ortio deserves atleast 1 start but that all depends on Hartley.
  16. I was just thinking if Ramo is actually out a game or two they need to call someone up, Ortio could get a look at the NHL here real quick, but if we go down 2 goalies 1 on each team, wont we be short 1 even with Olivier Roy being up.
  17. Yeah it was an awesome game to watch, Ortio seems like hes not afraid to drop the gloves, would be interesting to see a goalie fight with him in it. Just not against emery lol. Lets hope they come on strong again tonight, back to back with the bulldogs again.
  18. Ortio and the Heat just shut out the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-0, Jones with 2 goals in his first game since being sent down. I knew he would be a huge added spark for that team. Knight with a 3 point night (2G1A), and Granlund with 2 points (1G1A) Ortio also jumped a few goalies in the standings with that shutout.
  19. Goalie Jon Gillies (Providence College; Calgary Flames) made 23 saves in his first career start at the WJC. While he didn't need to be spectacular, Gillies made some key saves at key moments in the game. His shutout bid was denied by Czech defenseman Michal Plutnar, who ripped a shot home from between the circles with his team on the power play 5:47 into the third period. A huge giveaway on the PK from a player on team USA infront of the net ruined the shutout bid, but a good start from Gillies, they play again on saturday.
  20. Ortio and the Heat end their 3 game losing skid, with a 3-2 SO win, Ortio was solid in net didnt let a shooter get one past him in the shoot out. Granlund and Knight with the SO tallies.
  21. Gillies leads U.S. past Finland in WJC exhibition Providence College goalie Jon Gillies made 38 saves, including a penalty shot in the second period, to lead the United States National Junior Team to a 3-2 victory Sunday during a World Junior Championship exhibition match at Lindab Arena in Angelholm, Sweden. Gillies, a third-round (No. 75) pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Draft, served as the backup to John Gibson for the gold medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team at the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia. He is the likely starter for the U.S. at this year's event in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5. The United States begins defense of its gold medal against the Czech Republic on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET (NHLN-US, NHL.com). "Today is probably the type of game that we have to win, a 3-2 type game, with this team," said U.S. coach Don Lucia. "Jon Gillies did a good job in net. He needs to be our best player night in and night out. The guys that we need to score scored a couple goals tonight. We got pucks down below the goal line and started to grind things out, which is where we'll be at our best." Source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=24221&navid=nhl:topheads
  22. Not sure what happened last night but I read on the heats website: In the opening period, the Comets got on the board first on a goal from Kellan Lain at 14:55. Less than two minutes later, Patrick Mullen made it 2-0 Utica, which ended Joni Ortio’s night as Joey MacDonald came on relief. Shots on goal were 11-9 in favour of the Heat. Joey MacDonald was charged with the loss for the Abbotsford Heat as he turned away 17 of 18 shots while Joacim Eriksson picked up the win stopping 26 of 28 shots. the flu has been hitting the team, so could of been a bad game time decision to play him?
  23. Ortio was in net last night for the Heats 6-2 win over the Wilds Affiliate, He improves to 12-1. They play again tonight, Going to be interesting if they give the 2nd back to back to Ortio, or If they go back to Jmac.
  24. Joni Ortio was solid for the Heat as he picked up his 11th win of the season and was named the first star. Max Reinhart (1-1-2), Brett Olson (0-2-2), and Mark Cundari (1-1-2) led the way offensively with multi-point games, while Markus Granlund extended his point streak to nine games with a late goal. Abbotsford was two for three on the power play, and killed off five of six San Antonio power plays. This week the Heat will host the Iowa Wild (AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild) on Wednesday, December 11th and Thursday, December 12th.
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