San Diego, Calif. – Despite another marvelous performance from goaltender Jon Gillies, the Stockton Heat drop a Halloween night contest in San Diego 3-2 to the Gulls when San Diego’s Max Friberg scored in the dying moments of the third to seal the victory for the home team. Gillies stopped 33 of the 36 shots he faced, while Austin Carroll’s first pro goal and Oliver Kylington’s second pro goal provided the offense. Unfortunately, a late turnover led to the goal that sealed the deal and the Heat will leave San Diego down 0-1-1 in the season series against the Gulls. The Heat will return to the friendly confines of Stockton Arena next weekend when they take on the Bakersfield Condors on back-to-back nights and help raise awareness for breast cancer during Hot Pink I on November 6th and 7th.
HEAT GOAL: F Austin Carroll (1) rebound is slid underneath the goaltender after crashing the net (Riley assist), 4:32
San Diego goal: F Antoine Laganiere (3) one-timer from the slot is put through traffic past the goaltender (Ryan, Bailey assists), 11:35
Shots: STK – 11 | SD – 8
Shots: STK – 11 | SD – 16
HEAT GOAL: D Oliver Kylington (2) shot from the top of the far side faceoff circle goes top shelf over the goaltender’s glove hand (Johnson, Poirier assists), 1:19 (PP)
San Diego goal: F Nick Ritchie (6) shot from just outside the slot is put past the goaltender’s outstretched pad (Sgarbossa, Mueller assists), 2:52 (PP)
San Diego goal: F Max Friberg (3) turnover leads to a rush and a shot that is deposited into the net past the goaltender (Sgarbossa assists), 17:35 (SH)
Shots: STK – 14 | SD – 12
W: Matt Hackett (36 shots, 34 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (36 shots, 33 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Max Friberg (game-winning goal) 2- Austin Carroll (1-0-1) 3- Antoine Laganiere (1-0-1)
Final Shots: STK – 36 | SD – 36
Power Plays: STK – 1/4 | SD – 1/3
Austin Carroll scores his first pro goal and his first pro point
Oliver Kylington scores his second goal as a pro
Jon Gillies stops 33 of 36 shots in a losing effort
Aaron Johnson (0-1-1) now has an assist and at least one point in back-to-back games
Blair Riley (0-1-1) scores his first point as a member of the Heat
“I just got the puck down low and saw an opportunity to take it to the net. I just made a power move, jammed it once and got my own rebound. It felt great to get that first one out of the way and move on from that one. Obviously would have been nice to get the win, but it was good to get that one out of the way.” – Austin Carroll on scoring his first pro goal.
“It’s frustrating battling all game long in a close game and in the end just falling a bit short. We have to stick with what we know and what we do best, getting pucks to the net and getting down low. We can take a few good things from these games and build off of that.” – Carroll on what the team can take away from this weekend’s games in San Diego.
“Going into the third period it’s a 2-2 game and a tie game on the road. That’s a good battle and I think we’re a strong third period team. We expect to win in those situations. We had one unlucky play that led to a breakaway and those things happen. I think other than that we were really pushing them. Just a bad timing goal and that’s what happens.” – Garnet Hathaway on the unfortunate goal that was ultimately the game-winner.
“Guys stood up this weekend and we know that’s how we can play. I think we’re going to use that physicality moving forward and we’re going to be the tougher team on the ice from now on. That’s how we’re going to win games.” – Hathaway on the team playing two tough games this weekend.
“Unfortunately, we made a mistake at a poor time in the game tonight and those are tough to give up. We played well once again, though. We had some chances that we weren’t able to finish and unfortunately the special teams game went to them once again. That’s the reason they come out of this weekend with three more points in the standings than we did.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on his thoughts on tonight’s 3-2 loss.
“We win as a team and we lose as a team. There’s four guys on the ice when that mistake is made and you can’t pin it on one player. There’s a few different guys that made some judgment errors on that play. There isn’t just one guy responsible for that.” – Coach Huska on the turnover that led to the game-winning goal.
“We have to bear down and start capitalizing on the chances we get. We’re generating opportunities, but not converting on them. We have to put some more time in with our special teams. Our special teams is one thing that allowed us to have some success up to this point, but this weekend we didn’t really have much from either. We played some really good hockey this weekend, we just have to capitalize on those opportunities.” – Coach Huska on what he’ll focus on leading up to Hot Pink I next weekend.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Bakersfield Condors
November 6 @ Stockton Arena
Hot Pink I – First 500 women 18 & over receive a pink Heat cap
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.