Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat continued their winning ways at home with a 2-1 overtime victory against the Ontario Reign Friday night at Stockton Arena. It would be Matt Bailey’s first goal of the season that sent the Stockton fans home happy after a tightly contested game that saw Brandon Bollig also score in his first game back off a two-game suspension. Defensively, the Heat were boosted by another solid performance from their goaltender David Rittich, who stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced, while the Heat were once again perfect on the penalty kill, killing off each of Ontario’s three power plays. With the win the Heat finish off their five-game homestead with a 4-1-0 mark and are currently 6-1-1 at Stockton Arena to start the season. The Heat will now head to Bakersfield tomorrow night to take on the Condors to start a four-game road trip for Stockton.
Ontario Goal: F Justin Auger (4) broken play off the faceoff finds a poke that goes right into the low slot for an easy goal (Sutter, Amadio assisted), 14:50
HEAT GOAL: F Brandon Bollig (3) pass in the right corner feeds a man in the high slot, who rips one top left corner, sending the water bottle flying (Lomberg, Bailey assisted), 19:55
Shots: STK – 6 | ONT – 8
Shots: STK – 13 | ONT – 12
Shots: STK – 12 | ONT – 5
HEAT GOAL: F Matt Bailey (1) breakaway on net creates a save on the left post, rebound is chipped into the net over the right pad of the goaltender (Klimchuk, Wotherspoon assisted), 1:02
Shots: STK – 3 | ONT – 1
W: David Rittich (26 shots, 25 saves)
L: Jack Campbell (34 shots, 32 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Matt Bailey (1 goal, 1 assist) 2- David Rittich (25 saves) 3- Brandon Bollig (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 34 | ONT -26
Power Plays: STK – 0/5 | ONT – 0/3
Tyler Wotherspoon (1 assist) now has at least one point in back-to-back games
Matt Bailey (1 goal, 1 assist) earns his first multi-point game of the season.
Stockton finishes their five-game homestead with a 4-1-0 record
Mark Jankowski has his point streak snapped at seven games (2 goals, 6 assists)
“It was a good win for the boys. An overtime win at home – there’s really nothing better than that. We kept it simple tonight and knew it would be a tight game. It feels good to come away with the win.” – Kenney Morrison with his thoughts on tonight’s win.
“It was a fortunate circumstance for me just being in the right spot and then my two linemates were absolutely buzzing in on the forecheck. [Ryan] Lomberg made a great pass to the middle and I had enough space to let one go. It was probably a little bit of luck, but it’s nice to get the guys going at the end of the first there.” – Brandon Bollig on his goal that tied the game late in the first.
“[Morgan Klimchuk] is a real fast skater and took off, I passed one right to him and he made a nice move on the goalie, but just couldn’t quite get it past his pad. I came in and was lucky enough to get a stick on it and it went up and over. It was good to see it go in.” – Matt Bailey on his game-winning goal in overtime.
“Obviously you want to win every game, but I think you have more incentive to win at home in front of your fans. It’s just important to get as many wins as possible and it’s nice to get a couple in a row at home.” – Bailey on the Heat’s success at home to start the season.
“It’s a big win for us. We tried to prepare our guys that they may have to win this one 2-1 because these games against Ontario are hard. They’re a tight-checking team and it was good we found the way to win tonight.”- Head Coach Ryan Huska with his thoughts on tonight’s win.
“Our penalty kill was very good tonight. [Ontario] has the best power play in the league for a reason. They move the puck around. They shoot it well and I thought our guys did a good job in particular on the four-minute penalty in the first period.” – Coach Huska on the play of the Heat’a penalty kill tonight.
“We like the building. We have a good group of fans that come watch us play. I think sometime when we need a lift or some emotion into the game, they’re always there to give it to us. Now we have to go on the road and win some games. We have to find ways to win on the road. That’s one thing that’s going to dictate where we end up this year.” – Coach Huska on moving forward on a the upcoming four-game road swing.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Charlotte Checkers
November 30 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive a Tyler Wotherspoon bookmark
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.