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Heat to play Griffins in AHL playoffs

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According to the Abbotsford Heat website, the Abbotsford Heat will play the Grand Rapids Griffins in the first round of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup playoffs starting Friday evening in southwestern British Columbia. The Heat, which are the affiliate of the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames, will be hosting the first two games of the best out of five series at the Abbotsford Centre.

The Heat finished the regular season seeded fifth in the Western Conference. They had a record of 43 wins, 25 losses and eight losses in extra time for 94 points. Five of the losses came in overtime and three of the losses came in a shootout.

The Griffins, which are affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League, were seeded fourth in the Western Conference. They had a record of 46 wins, 23 losses and seven losses in extra time for 99 points. Two of the losses came in overtime and five of the losses came in a shootout.

The Heat were led in scoring by Max Reinhart, the Flames' first pick, 64th overall in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft. According to the Calgary Sun, Max Reinhart set an Abbotsford Flames record for most points in one regular season with 63. Max Reinhart is the son of former Calgary Flame Paul Reinhart.

Game of the best of five series will go as mentioned on Friday, with game two of the series on Saturday in Abbotsford. The next three games of the series will then be in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Game three will be Wednesday night, game four will be next Friday and game five will be next Saturday. The final two games of the series are if necessary.

The games in Abbotsford will start at 8:00 p.m. Calgary time with the games in Grand Rapids starting at 5:00 p.m. Calgary time. In other Heat news, the Heat are refunding season tickets that were sold for next year. Earlier this month, the Calgary Flames announced they will not be returning to Abbotsford next season.

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