Cedar Park, Tex. – In yet another wild affair in the Lone Star State, the Stockton Heat earn an important point in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Texas Stars Saturday night. Andrew Mangiapane scored his 15th goal on the season late in the third period to force overtime, following a six-goal second period that saw both teams trade a trio of goals in a span of less than 10 minutes of game time. Unfortunately for the Heat, Gemel Smith would contribute three helpers and score the winner in the shootout to lead Texas to victory. The two teams will square off for the final time this season Tuesday night right back at the H-E-B Center.
Texas goal: F Matej Stransky (22) slap pass from the top of the nearside faceoff circle is redirected in the slot through traffic and beats the goaltender glove side (Morin, Ebert assists), 9:55 (PP)
Shots: STK – 5 | TEX – 5
HEAT GOAL: D Oliver Kylington (5) shot from the high slot goes off the bar and in past the goaltender blocker side (Lomberg, Klimchuk assists), 2:25
Texas goal: D Matt Mangene (7) one-timer from the slot beats the downed goaltender and goes into the net (McMurtry, Smith assists), 4:28
HEAT GOAL: D Tyler Wotherspoon (6) one-timer from the nearside faceoff dot goes high glove past the goaltender (Kylington, Klimchuk assists), 7:39 (PP)
Texas goal: F Mike McMurtry (7) shot from the slot beats the goaltender and goes into the net (Smith, Mangene assists), 8:25
HEAT GOAL: F Mike Angelidis (6) rebound on the doorstep off a shot from the point is tucked into the net past the goaltender’s outstretched pad (Ollas Mattsson, Devane assists), 8:54
Texas goal: F Brandon DeFazio (20) shot from the slot off a centering pass beats the goaltender high glove side (Smith assist), 11:44
Shots: STK – 13 | TEX – 12
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (15) rebound is put back over the downed goaltender during a scramble in front of the crease (Jankowski, Hathaway assists), 14:46
Shots: STK – 6 | TEX – 13
Shots: STK – 2 | TEX – 5
STK – Linden Vey – missed
TEX – Ethan Werek – goal
STK – Andrew Mangiapane – goal
TEX – Denis Gurianov – missed
STK – Mark Jankowski – goal
TEX – Travis Morin – goal
STK – Hunter Shinkaruk – missed
TEX – Brandon DeFazio – missed
STK – Morgan Klimchuk – missed
TEX – Cole Ully – missed
STK – Mike Kostka – missed
TEX – Gemel Smith – goal
W: Justin Peters (26 shots, 22 saves)
L: David Rittich (35 shots, 31 saves)
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Three Stars: 1- Gemel Smith (3 assists) 2- Mike McMurtry (1 goal, 1 assist) 3- Brandon DeFazio (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 26 | TEX – 36
Power Plays: STK – 1/5 | TEX – 1/8
Oliver Kylington (1 goal, 1 assist) played in his 100th AHL game and now has points in back-to-back games (1 goal, 3 assists)
Kylington also earns his 4th multi-point game on the season
Mark Jankowski (1 assist) extends his point streak to six games (3 goals, 4 assists)
Tyler Wotherspoon (1 goal) is now on a four-game point streak (2 goals, 2 assists)
Garnet Hathaway (1 assist) now has at least one point in back-to-back games (1 goal, 1 assist)
Morgan Klimchuk (2 assists) now has at least one point in back-to-back games (1 goal, 2 assists)
Klimchuk earns his 7th multi-point game of the year
Adam Ollas Mattsson (1 assist) earns his first career AHL point
The Heat match their team all-time long road point streak (3)
For the 9th time this season, a Heat game lasted past regulation and for the third time it went to a shootout; Stockton is now 1-2 in shootouts this season
“I was proud of our guys for a lot of that game. We gifted them three goals and that’s the one part we’re maybe a little frustrated with, but again we showed resiliency coming back. Unfortunately, we just didn’t get the goal or save we needed to win it in the shootout.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska with his overall thoughts on tonight’s game.
“I think we’ve been comfortable in that area for much of this season. We went through that rough stretch when I thought we were a little fragile, but I don’t think there’s a game where we feel we’re out of it. We have some guys that put the puck in the net, but we don’t want to put ourselves in a situation where we have to score five every night to win.” – Coach Huska on the team’s ability to play from behind once again to earn the point.
“I think it’s important for the guys to have their day tomorrow to get some rest after working in these two games. We’ll have an up-tempo practice Monday to get their legs under them again and make sure we’re sharp with our details and our discipline come Tuesday.” – Coach Huska on the focus moving into Tuesday’s rubber match.
“I had the puck on my stick and fresh legs, so I just tried to get the defender off me and got a lane in the middle. I was fortunate to make a good shot and it got through.” – Oliver Kylington on his goal in the second.
“I’ve learned a lot about how the game works in North America. I take all the things I’ve learned with me and it’s helping me grow my confidence on the ice. I just try to do my job and make the hard plays to continue to improve.” – Kylington on playing in his 100th AHL game tonight.
“Coming back in the last two games like we have is really good for the group. Obviously, you want to win the game in the end, but I think it’s a positive sign to comeback like that. We have a strong mentality and we know we can battle back in those situations. At the same time, we need a better start so we don’t have to play from behind like that.” – Kylington on battling back on back-to-back games.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Diego Gulls
April 5 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive a Andrew Mangiapane Photo Card
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.