San Jose, Calif. – The goaltending tandem of David Rittich and Jon Gillies combined to stop 52 of the 54 shots the San Jose Barracuda threw their way, but unfortunately for the Stockton Heat their season came to an end with a 2-1 overtime loss Tuesday night in Game 5 at the SAP Center. Rittich stopped all 15 shots he faced in the opening frame, before Gillies came in to start the second and proceeded to stop 37 of the 39 shots he saw, including a single-period record for these 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs of 23 stops in the middle stanza. Veteran forward Jamie Devane lit the lamp in the second to put the Heat up 1-0, but that would be the only time, as Troy Grosenick and the Barracuda scored once in the third and again in overtime to seal their spot in the second round.
Pacific Division Semifinals
Game 1 – Stockton at San Jose – L 0-4
Game 2 – Stockton at San Jose – W 6-4
Game 3 – Stockton vs. San Jose – L 3-5
Game 4 – Stockton vs. San Jose – W 5-3
Game 5 – Stockton at San Jose – OTL 1-2
San Jose wins 3-2
Shots: STK – 9 | SJ – 15
HEAT GOAL: F Jamie Devane (1) shot from the doorstep beats the goaltender glove side off a pass from below the goal line (Kulak, Angelidis assists), 10:38
Shots: STK – 4 | SJ – 23
San Jose goal: F Timo Meier (2) shot on the rush from the nearside faceoff circle beats the goaltender cross-cage blocker side (unassisted), 9:47
Shots: STK – 10 | SJ – 10
San Jose goal: F Ryan Carpenter (4) 2-on-1 chance leads to a shot from the slot that beats the goaltender glove side (Goodrow assist), 8:52
Shots: STK – 5 | SJ – 6
W: Troy Grosenick (28 shots, 27 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (39 shots, 37 saves)
David Rittich (15 shots, 15 saves) replaced by Gillies at the start of the second period
Three Stars: 1- Ryan Carpenter (1 goal) 2- Timo Meier (1 goal) 3- Jon Gillies (39 shots, 37 saves)
Final Shots: STK – 28 | SJ – 54
Power Plays: STK – 0/2 | SJ – 0/5
Jamie Devane (1 goal) scores his first career AHL playoff goal
Jon Gillies (39 shots, 37 saves) earns an AHL playoff career-high in saves (37) and his 23 stops in the second is the most in a single period by any goaltender in this year’s Calder Cup Playoffs so far
Brett Kulak (1 assist) finishes the playoffs on a four-game point and assist streak (4 assists)
Linden Vey led all Heat players in playoff goals (4)
Mark Jankowski and Brett Kulak tied for the team-lead in playoff assists (4)
Vey (4 goals, 1 assist) and Jankowski (1 goal, 4 assists) tied for the team-lead in playoff points
David Rittich led the Heat with two wins, a 2.88 goal-against-average and a .917 save-percentage
Calgary’s top affiliate is now 2-3 all-time in decisive games
The Heat finished third in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs with a 95.5% success rate on the penalty kill (22/23)
“The puck hopped over the defenseman’s stick and that put us in a bad position there and there was a race to puck and their guy had the edge and he slid it over and [Ryan Carpenter] made a great play and shot it in. Obviously, on a power play it’s a tough way to end it. This feeling hurts, but you have to take the positives from this season like the way we got into the playoffs and build on it into the summer.” – Mark Jankowski on San Jose’s overtime goal.
“I thought for the whole overtime period, we had control and we were pressing and we had a lot of opportunities. We had a lot of time in their zone and that led to their penalty and we were very confident on the bench and they got a lucky bounce to end it.” – Jankowski on the way he felt his team played in the overtime period.
“In the overtime, we had the opportunities. We were dictating the play. When you get a power play and you lose on a shorthanded goal it’s a tough way to lose. I think our guys competed and fought until the very end and that’s overtime, you never know what’s going to happen. Any bounce can change things and they got a bounce and they won.” – Mike Angelidis on the overtime period as a whole.
“I think we’ve got two great goaltenders. Jon [Gillies] is a huge prospect for Calgary and [David Rittich] has been unbelievable for us in the playoffs and he was our guy and he was playing really well. I have a lot of respect for what Jon did. He came in there and took a lot of shots, and that’s the kind of guy he is, he carries himself so well. A lot of credit goes to both our goaltenders tonight.” – Angelidis on the play of both goaltenders.
“It was very tough being off the ice for six-seven months last season. Personally, I thought I could’ve played a lot better in front of net during the season. But at the end of the day, I’m very fortunate to have a partner as good as [David Rittich]. When I was struggling, he was able to come in and we didn’t skip a beat.” – Jon Gillies on his year as a whole.
“I thought both of the goaltenders tonight were excellent, you don’t want to be in a situation where you have to use both of them, especially in a game like this but [David Rittich] was excellent to start with and [Jon Gillies] did an excellent job preparing for a situation just like this. He came in and he was ready to go. The one strength we knew we had with this group was our goaltending, and both guys gave us an opportunity to win.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the play of both goaltenders
“In every year, you try to raise the level of your group and you try to get your culture to a point where the expectation is winning all the time and last year we weren’t able to accomplish that like we wanted. I think this year we were able to get some of our younger players developed and at the same time we found our way into the playoffs and I think we were a dangerous team to play against. I think know it’s important for us to recognize the importance of expectation. We expect to be a playoff team every year, no matter what our lineup looks like, no matter how young, how old we are, and I think we’ve raised our bar for our expectation for what we want here in Stockton.” – Coach Huska on this year’s group.