San Diego, Calif. – The Stockton Heat receive multi-point efforts from Kenney Morrison and Matt Frattin, while Morgan Klimchuk retakes the team-lead in goals with his 11th on the season, but the San Diego Gulls were able to score three goals in the third period to down the Heat 5-3 Wednesday night in San Diego. Mark Jankowski also scored in the contest, sharing the Heat’s top spot in goals briefly before Klimchuk netted his goal less than four minutes later. However, a pair of power-play goals, as well as a late shorthanded marker led the Gulls past the Heat for the first time in regulation this season. The Heat now hold a 6-1-0-1 record against San Diego, as Stockton now looks ahead to Friday’s meeting with the rival Condors in Bakersfield.
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (10) shot from the point off the faceoff is redirected in traffic and gets past the goaltender (Morrison, Frattin assists), 3:48
HEAT GOAL: F Morgan Klimchuk (11) 2-on-1 rush leads to a shot that beats the goaltender on the short side and into the net (Bailey assist), 7:12
San Diego goal: F Greger Hanson (1) shot from the point is tipped at the top of the crease and beats the goaltender (Montour, Thompson assists), 15:59 (PP)
Shots: STK – 7 | SD – 15
HEAT GOAL: F Matt Frattin (10) shot on the rush from the nearside faceoff circle beats the goaltender high short side (Morrison assist), 9:02
San Diego goal: D Brandon Montour (8) scramble in front of the net ends with the puck being batted down behind the goaltender and into the net (Hanson, Tarnasky assists), 13:34
Shots: STK – 6 | SD – 12
San Diego goal: F Corey Tropp (8) broken play leads to a shot from right on the doorstep that beats the goaltender (Kossila assist), 0:28 (PP)
San Diego goal: F Ryan Garbutt (2) odd-man rush leads to a forehand-backhand move in the slot that is put past the goaltender five-hole and into the net (Samuels-Thomas assist), 16:01 (SH)
San Diego goal: F Kalle Kossila (7) 2-on-1 rush leads to a shot that beats the goaltender high glove side (Megna, Tropp assists), 18:49
Shots: STK – 9 | SD – 11
W: Kevin Boyle (22 shots, 19 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (38 shots, 33 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Brandon Montour (1 goal, 1 assist) 2- Greger Hanson (1 goal, 1 assist) 3- Matt Frattin (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 22 | SD – 38
Power Plays: STK – 0/3 | SD – 2/9
Mark Jankowski (1 goal) and Matt Frattin (1 goal, 1 assist) now share second place on the team in goals (10)
Frattin also has at least one point in back-to-back games (2 goals, 1 goal)
Morgan Klimchuk (1 goal) remains atop the team’s rankings in goals (11)
Kenney Morrison (2 assists) earns his first multi-point game of the season
The Heat fall for the first time in regulation to San Diego this season (6-1-0-1)
The Heat drop just their second contest when leading after two periods (14-2-2-0)
“We brought those calls on ourselves. We need to hold ourselves accountable. You’re not going to win games taking nine penalties every night. We need to be more disciplined than that. If you get a penalty playing hard, you can’t complain about that, but we have to take away those stick penalties.” – Kenney Morrison on the Heat taking too many penalties tonight.
“Centerman won a nice faceoff and the wing was able to chip it back to me. I just was able to get it past the first guy and [Mark Jankowski] made a great tip for the goal.” – Morrison on the first goal of the game.
“Our focus is on Friday. We need to play as a team and move the puck. When you let the puck do the work it makes the game a bit easier on us.” – Morrison on the focus heading into back-to-back games starting Friday in Bakersfield before finishing the road trip Saturday in San Jose.
“You would hope that the guys in the room would correct it, but we don’t seem to be understanding that. We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot and take that many minor penalties in the game.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the penalty troubles recently for the Heat.
“[San Diego] was the much better team all night. I don’t think our effort tonight was anywhere near what we’re capable of. It was a game that we had an opportunity to win, but we just didn’t play the right way tonight.” – Coach Huska with his overall thoughts on tonight’s game.
“We had so many turnovers tonight. For our team to have success, we can’t turn the puck over like that. We found that out the hard way tonight. That’s one area we have to correct and that’s about taking care of your teammates more than anything. If you don’t take care of the puck, you’re asking for trouble and it got us tonight.” – Coach Huska on what specifically he saw that the team needs to fix heading into Friday in Bakersfield.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Bakersfield Condors
January 20 @ Stockton Arena
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.