Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat finished up their opening home stand earning their fifth point of the year but falling in overtime to Tucson by a final score of 2-1. The two teams both remained scoreless after the first period, but Stockton dominated the second period in the shot categories with a 19-4 advantage. That period would provide Stockton’s lone goal of the game that came from Brandon Bollig’s shot off a blocked shot. In the third period, the Roadrunners would tie the game thanks to a goal from Craig Cunningham. With the teams tied at one after three, a three-on-three contest would decide things in overtime and Tuscon’s lone shot of the period by Brendan Perlini would end up being the game-winner as the Heat were defeated 2-1. Stockton will now start their first road trip of the season on Wednesday when the team visits the San Diego Gulls.
Shots: STK — 7 | TUC — 9
HEAT GOAL: F Brandon Bollig (1) blocked shot from the point gets deflected in front of the crease, puck gets tucked in past the goaltender’s blocker side into the net (Lomberg, Robak assists), 8:38
Shots: STK — 19 | TUC — 4
Tuscon Goal: F Craig Cunningham (3) pass from the corner boards finds the high slot, drags the puck and fires into the top corner of the net on the goaltender’s glove side (Selleck, Wood assists), 5:08
Shots: STK — 15 | TUC — 16
Tuscon Goal: F Brendan Perlini (1) on rush creates a shot from just past the blue line that beats the goaltender on the glove side (Wood, MacInnis assists), 3:19
Shots: STK — 3 | TUC — 1
W: Marek Langhamer (44 shots, 43 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (30 shots, 28 saves)
Three Stars: 1. Brendan Perlini 2. Brendan Bollig 3. Jon Gillies
Final Shots: STK — 44 | TUC — 30
Power Plays: STK — 0/5 | TUC — 0/5
Colby Robak (1 assist) is now on a three- game point streak (3 assists)
Brandon Bollig (1 goal) scores his first AHL goal since 1/5/13 at TOR while playing with the Rockford IceHogs
The Stockton Heat have earned points in three-straight to begin the season
“It was a great play by my linemates – really a hardworking shift. We’re out there to create energy and that’s what we did. A good hardworking shift there and it just happened to be sitting right there for me in the slot and I was lucky enough to put it in.” – Brandon Bollig on his first goal with the Heat this season.
“I think we did play well defensively. I thought there were a couple times we could have tightened things up, but overall I thought we played well. A couple bounces go our way in the offensive zone and I think we start the season 3-0.” – Bollig on how he thought the Heat played tonight.
“I think some of it is bad luck and I think some of it is that we didn’t put enough traffic in front of their net. At this level if the goalie sees it, he’s probably going to stop it, so I think moving forward we have to get more men in front of the goalie’s eyes.” – Mark Jankowski on only converting a single goal on 41 shots.
“It’s going to be good for our team to get on the road. Those trips are good for the guys to bond and I think it’s going to be good for us to get a trip like that this early in the year.” – Jankowski on heading on a three-game road trip next.
“The one thing we have to do better next time is put a few more bodies in front. The goal we did score was a second opportunity. We had our chances tonight and [Mark Langhamer] made some great saves, but we have to do a better job of getting bodies in front.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on what he thought the key was in tonight’s loss.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Diego Gulls
November 4 @ Stockton Arena
Hot Pink: Pink WaterBottle to the first 750 ladies 18-years-olds & over
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.