San Antonio, Tex. – The Stockton Heat closeout their five-game road trip through the Lone Star State with a 5-3 win over the San Antonio Rampage Saturday night at the AT&T Center. Morgan Klimchuk led the way for Stockton with his three-point night, including two goals, while Mikkel Aagaard, Austin Carroll and Mike Kostka all contributed a pair of points as well. Not to be outdone, goaltender Jon Gillies stopped 35 of the 38 shots thrown in his direction to backstop the Heat to the win. The Heat complete their Texas trip with a 4-0-0-1 record and now will return home to the friendly confines of Stockton Arena to face the San Diego Gulls Wednesday night at 7:00PM.
With wins over San Antonio and Ontario respectively, the playoff picture in the Pacific remains the same with Stockton and Bakersfield locked in a virtual tie for the fourth and final spot. However, Bakersfield does still own the tiebreaker over the Heat, meaning the Condors stay in the final spot after Saturday’s games. Also, with the loss to Stockton, the San Antonio Rampage have officially been mathematically eliminated from the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.
|Rank||Team||GP||GR||W||L||OTL||SOL||ROW||Current Pts||Current PCT||PCT with W||PCT with OT/SOL||PCT with L|
|1||x- *San Jose||61||7||40||14||2||5||38||87||0.713||0.718||0.710||0.702|
|2||x- *San Diego||61||7||39||17||3||2||35||83||0.680||0.685||0.677||0.669|
*In progress at time of sending
HEAT GOAL: F Mikkel Aagaard (3) shot from the nearside faceoff circle beats the goaltender high short side (Klimchuk, Kostka assists), 6:21
San Antonio goal: F Colin Smith (10) puck is tucked past the downed goaltender on the glove side and goes into the net (Bourque assist), 7:34 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Morgan Klimchuk (18) rebound in the slot is put back through traffic in front of the net past the goaltender on the blocker side (Aagaard, Carroll assists), 16:29
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (17) puck is tucked between the goaltender and the post on the rebound and goes into the net (Jankowski, Kostka assists), 19:59 (PP)
Shots: STK – 10 | SA – 14
San Antonio goal: F Colin Smith (11) rebound just to the side of the net is buried off the goaltender and across the goal line from the bad angle (Bourque, Grimaldi assists), 5:55
San Antonio goal: D Gus Young (1) shot from the top of the far side faceoff circle makes its way through traffic and gets past the goaltender on the glove side (Boikov, Belzile assists), 8:39
HEAT GOAL: F Morgan Klimchuk (19) tic-tac-toe passing play leads to a backdoor tap in past the goaltender’s blocker side (Carroll, Kylington assists), 11:31
HEAT GOAL: F Ryan Lomberg (10) one-timer from the slot gets past the screening defender and goes into the net (Shinkaruk, Vey assists), 11:56
Shots: STK – 6 | SA – 16
Shots: STK – 5 | SA – 8
W: Jon Gillies (38 shots, 35 saves)
L: Spencer Martin (11 shots, 9 saves)
Joe Cannata (10 shots, 7 saves) replaced by Martin to start the second period
Three Stars: 1- Morgan Klimchuk (2 goals, 1 assist) 2- Colin Smith (2 goals) 3- Mikkel Aagaard (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 21 | SA – 38
Power Plays: STK – 1/4 | SA – 1/6
Morgan Klimchuk (2 goals, 1 assist) extends his point streak to five games (5 goals, 3 assists)
Mark Jankowski (1 assist) extends his team record-long point streak to nine games (4 goals, 6 assists)
Ryan Lomberg (1 goal) pushes his point streak to four games (2 goals, 2 assists)
Hunter Shinkaruk (1 assist) is now on a three-game point streak (2 goals, 3 assists)
Linden Vey (1 assist) is now on a three-game point streak (3 assists)
Austin Carroll (2 assists) earns his first multi-point game of the season
Mikkel Aagaard (1 goal, 1 assist) earns second his multi-point game of the season
Mike Kostka (2 assists) earns his third multi-point game of the season
Jon Gillies (38 shots, 35 saves) has now collected wins in three-straight starts
The Heat have now won five-straight games when Gillies starts
Stockton finishes their Texas road trip with points in all five games (4-0-0-1)
The Heat now have eight players with double-digit goals on the season – Jankowski(26), Klimchuk(19), Frattin(18), Mangiapane(17), Vey(15), Shinkaruk(10), Bollig(10), Lomberg(10)
Stockton improves to 7-2-0-1 all-time against San Antonio and 16-3-1-2 all-time in the state of Texas
“I felt like we needed something to maybe get the boys going. That might have had something to do with it, but I think we all were thinking we needed to get our feet going. We regrouped after the first and came out playing our game in the second.” – Kayle Doetzel on his fight in the first period.
“Even when [San Antonio] scored their two goals in the third to tie it we were pretty calm and confident on the bench. We knew we were playing well and we ended up getting those two goals back later in the second. From that point it was all about keeping the foot on the peddle and we did a good job of that.” – Doetzel on the mindset when San Antonio tied the game in the second.
“You see the standings and we know where we’re at – we know every game is huge right now. Everyone came on this road trip expecting to take as many points as we can. I felt like obviously we did a pretty good job.” – Doetzel on the road trip as a whole.
“We have really good chemistry with each other and we know what our roles are. We did a good job of staying on top of [San Antonio’s] guys. That’s what we’ve been focusing on in the last two games and tonight it paid off for us.” – Mikkel Aagaard on the success his line with Austin Carroll and Morgan Klimchuk saw tonight.
“We really kept it simple tonight. We were stopping on pucks, regrouping well and causing turnovers – that’s honestly where most of our goals started. We put good pressure on and took it to the net. Fortunately we were able to get a couple in.” – Morgan Klimchuk on the success of he and his line tonight.
“You want to win your games on the road, but the ones at home are the ones that you absolutely need. They’re going to be really important games in front of our fans and we’re really excited to get back.” – Klimchuk on the focus now heading into the final stretch with five of the last six games on home ice.
“It was almost a reversal of last night. [San Antonio] came out hard tonight, but when we scored that first goal it can be a little wind out of the sail. It was big for us to get the two quick goals after giving up the 3-1 lead in the second too. That allowed us to get that win.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska with his thoughts on the key to tonight’s win.
“We were in a situation where we had to find a way to win some games and winning on the road is never an easy thing. These were really big games for us and now we have an opportunity to go home for the majority of the remainder of the season and try to do some damage at home to put ourselves in the playoffs.” – Coach Huska on the success during this road trip.
“If we lose that game in a blowout fashion like it was looking, then I think we maybe are on our heels and not feeling good about ourselves. For us to come back the way we did brought some renewed life and emotion back into our group. I think it did help carry us through.” – Coach Huska on the comeback win over Texas that started the five-game road trip carrying the Heat through the trip as a whole.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Diego Gulls
April 5 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive an Andrew Mangiapane Photo Card
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.