Before a crowd of 6,543 fans, the Heat scored four goals in the first period alone. Players credited fans with providing an electric atmosphere.
The team’s first-ever at-home goal was scored by center Derek Grant.
“It’s always exciting for us to come into a new city and new rink with a lot of energy,” Grant said. “We fed off that crowd early and it showed on the scoreboard. Scoring the first goal is a good feeling. I think the crowd was a big part of the game tonight.”
Rookie goaltender Jon Gillies posted a 19 saves in his first career pro start.
The Heat next hit the ice in Stockton at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15 when they take on the San Jose Barracuda.