STOCKTON, Calif. – Three-point efforts from Dillon Dube and Mike McMurtry helped lift the Stockton Heat to a thrilling 5-2 win over Colorado Saturday night at Stockton Arena. A wild game that featured 100 combined penalty minutes was rarely close on the scoreboard, the Heat jumping out to a 3-0 lead with goals from McMurtry, Rinat Valiev and Dube, with Scott Sabourin grabbing a pair of assists as Stockton built its lead. The teams then traded goals in the third period, Colorado scoring and Stockton answering two times in the final frame. The Heat ran up a lengthy rap sheet in the contest, a season-high 56 penalty minutes, while Colorado was sentenced with 44 of its own in the game. The Heat are now 5-1-0-1 on the year against the Eagles heading into tomorrow’s rematch.
SCORING AND PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Jon Gillies (29 shots, 27 saves)
L: Pavel Francouz (24 shots, 19 saves)
Three Stars: First – Dillon Dube (2g,1a), Second – Mike McMurtry (1g,2a), Third – Jon Gillies (27 svs)
Final Shots: STK – 24, COL – 29
Power Plays: STK – 0-4, COL – 1-5
– Mike McMurtry scored just 3:12 into the game, his first point in eight games dating back to December. An assist on McMurtry’s goal went to Scott Sabourin, his first point in five games.
– Both McMurtry and Sabourin registered their first multipoint efforts of the season, the former with a goal and two assists and the latter with a pair of helpers.
– The Heat have led at the end of the first period in three consecutive games against the Eagles, two 2-0 leads last weekend and tonight’s 1-0 edge.
– Rinat Valiev’s goal in the second period gives him two points (1g,1a) in two games since returning to Stockton from Calgary. He had 12 points in his first 36 games of the season.
– Dillon Dube pushed Stockton ahead 3-0 with a goal in the second period and went on to add another goal and assist to bring his total to eight points (4g,4a) in four games against Colorado.
– Josh Healey’s assist on Dube’s goal was his first point since the end of the All-Star Break, snapping a skid of five games without hitting the score sheet.
– Brett Pollock scored to push Stockton to a 5-2 lead, his first goal since Dec. 31 against San Jose.
– The teams combined for 100 penalty minutes in the game, setting Heat season highs for PIMs (56) and PIMs by an opponent (44). The previous highs were 43 and 31, respectively.
The Heat will begin Hockey Week Across America festivities in Stockton tomorrow with a 5 p.m. puck drop against the Eagles.