BRITISH COLUMBIA
02/05/2014 12:36 EST | Updated 04/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Olivier Roy makes 24 saves in debut as Abbotsford rolls over Charlotte 7-1

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Abbotsford goaltender Olivier Roy stopped all but one shot Tuesday night in his club debut, but the Heat forwards decided to put on an offensive clinic for good measure.

Roy made 24 saves as Abbotsford beat the Charlotte Checkers 7-1. He was making his first start with the Heat and was seven minutes away from his first career American Hockey League shutout.

While Roy does have 33 games of AHL experience on his resume, watching his newest team seem to score at will is something he said he won't soon forget.

"The way they played was amazing — it was really pretty to watch from my net," said Roy. "I was really impressed with the game they played. It was really exciting. The first game with a new team is always a little bit of nerves and excitement. I couldn't ask for a better result."

The 22-year-old was acquired by the Calgary Flames from the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 8, but was immediately assigned to their ECHL affiliate Alaska before his call up when Joey MacDonald suffered a concussion last week.

When Joni Ortio was recalled to the Flames on Sunday to replace the injured Kari Ramo, Roy got his chance to start.

"I was happy for him to get a win and get a fresh start in an organization," said Heat head coach Troy Ward. "He's been real patient up in Alaska. Now he comes down and gets his moment in the sun."

Though the Heat led 4-0 by the game's 13-minute mark, Roy had to make a few early saves.

Roy made a big save just shy of the eight-minute mark while the Checkers were killing a penalty. Chris Terry cut to the front of the net from the corner and tried to wrap the puck around Roy's right pad, but the 2009 fifth-round choice stretched out his leg to cover the far post, keeping his team up by one.

"He did a nice job," said Ward. "We did a nice job allowing him to see the puck, because they had a couple good pushes. On the other end of that, we didn't move people out at times and he made some critical saves at early junctures, and made it look fairly easy, by the way."

Corban Knight had a goal and two assists to lead the way offensively. Max Reinhart and Markus Granlund had a goal and an assist, while Josh Jooris, Blair Jones, Ben Street and Carter Bancks also scored for Abbotsford (29-14-4).

"I think there's a lot of chemistry on the top three lines right now, and you know what, the fourth line as well because they're producing," said Reinhart. "Our D-men are doing a good job of moving the puck up, everyone seems to be on the same page. A big part of it is the chemistry that everyone's got with each other right now."

The Heat have now won three straight and are 4-0-2 in their past six games. With the win they moved into a tie for first in the Western Conference with Grand Rapids.

John Muse allowed four first-period goals on just 12 shots before Mike Murphy relieved him, making 24 saves for Charlotte (22-20-1).

Philippe Cornet scored the lone Checkers goal.

"We didn't come out prepared, and when you come out against a good team like that, they make you pay," said Checkers forward Greg Nemisz, playing his first game in Abbotsford since a trade last month.

The Heat opened the scoring at 4:29 of the first. Jooris finished off a great Heat possession, one-timing a pass from Corey Locke in the high slot off the post and in, beating Muse glove side. It's the third straight game Jooris has scored.

Reinhart scored at 8:54 on the power play to make it 2-0. Granlund fed it to Knight, who quickly found Reinhart backdoor for the one-timer.

The Heat chased Muse from the crease with two goals in 28 seconds. First, Jones one-timed Derek Smith's set up from the left face-off dot on the power play. Then Bancks collected Lane MacDermid's rebound before backhanding it home.

Granlund scored another power-play goal, taking a loose puck in the slot and whipping one past Murphy at 8:17 of the third to give him his team-leading 20th goal of the season.

Two minutes later Knight deflected Smith's point shot past Murphy to make it 6-0.

Cornet broke Roy's shutout bid with seven minutes to go after he one-timed Victor Rask's centring feed just inside the post.

Street scored his 18th of the season, one-timing Brett Olson's set up at 14:54 to restore the six-goal cushion.

NOTES: Joey MacDonald has yet to skate since suffering a concussion Jan. 25, but has begun riding the stationary bike. ... The Heat have signed Thomas Heemskerk to a contract to backup Roy until MacDonald returns.