Ontario, Calif. – The Stockton Heat continue their strong play on the penalty kill, blanking their sixth-straight opponent when down a man, but the Heat fall to the Ontario Reign 3-1 Wednesday night in Ontario. Brandon Bollig provided the offensive spark in the opening period with his fourth goal on the season, but that would be all the offense the Heat would receive, as they were limited to just 18 shots on goal in the game. The Stockton Heat will now look forward to a trip to the desert for a pair of games against the Tucson Roadrunners, beginning Saturday night at Tucson Arena.
HEAT GOAL: F Brandon Bollig (4) shot from the top of the far side faceoff circle is deflected in the high slot before the rebound off the goaltender’s pad is backhanded into the net (Poirier, Klimchuk assists), 11:32 (PP)
Ontario goal: F Mike Amadio (3) shot from the slot gets through traffic and beats the goaltender low (Backman assist), 15:27
Shots: STK – 5 | ONT – 10
Ontario goal: F Jonny Brodzinski (4) shot from the nearside half wall gets through traffic and beats the goaltender on the blocker side (Mersch, Lintuniemi assist), 5:58
Shots: STK – 6 | ONT – 8
Ontario goal: F Andrew Crescenzi (4) shot on the odd-man rush goes into the empty net (Brodzinski assist), 18:43 (EN)
Shots: STK – 7 | ONT – 9
W: Jack Campbell (18 shots, 17 saves)
L: David Rittich (26 shots, 24 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Jonny Brodzinski (1 goal, 1 assist) 2- Andrew Crescenzi (1 goal) 3- Mike Amadio (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 18 | ONT – 27
Power Plays: STK – 1/6 | ONT – 0/4
Brandon Bollig (1 goal) is now tied for the second-most goals this season on the Heat with four
Morgan Klimchuk (1 assist) is now tied for the team-lead in points with 12
The Stockton Heat have now gone six-straight games without allowing a power-play goal and have successfully killed off their last 29 penalties
David Rittich (26 shots, 24 saves) sees his three-game winning streak come to an end
The Stockton Heat see their three-game winning streak come to an end
“[David Rittich] was great and kept us in the game all night. He made every save he should have made. We know we can’t win if we only score one goal. We have to be better offensively.” – Rasmus Andersson on the play of David Rittich between the pipes tonight.
“We had the mindset of trying to shoot early and [Morgan Klimchuk] actually said right before that draw that he was going to shoot it as soon as he got it. That’s exactly what he did and [Emile] Poirier got a nice tip on it towards the net. Luckily for me I was sitting on the doorstep and I was able to get my stick on it.” – Brandon Bollig on his goal.
“I thought [Ontario] played well defensively as they usually do. We have to do a better job of getting inside – on that team in particular. These are the nights where you have to find a way to get that extra goal and a lot of times it comes from a power play or a gritty shift. We need to have more bodies in front and tonight we didn’t have enough of that.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska with his feelings of tonight’s game.
“[Morgan Klimchuk] was arguably our best player tonight. He competed on both sides of the puck and that’s what you want to continue to see him do. What makes him a special player is his ability to play away from the puck, but he continues to build confidence offensively and it’s nice to see.” – Coach Huska on the play of Morgan Klimchuk.
“We have to play with speed. I don’t think we were fast enough through the neutral zone tonight. I don’t think tonight we were quick enough through the neutral zone especially.” – Coach Huska on what he felt was the key tonight.
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.