LOVELAND, Colo. – A fast start and two-goal lead after the first period was not enough as the Colorado Eagles rattled off four-straight to snag a 4-2 win over Stockton Friday night at the Budweiser Events Center. Stockton’s goals came from Dillon Dube and Spencer Foo, extending their impressive scoring runs of late – Dube’s to points in seven of the last eight, Foo hitting the score sheet in four of the last five. The home team scored within the first minute of the second frame, opening the door for a comeback, and then the difference came on special teams the rest of the way as a power play goal sandwiched by a pair of shorthanded markers pushed the Eagles to the 4-2 win, their first regulation win over Stockton this season. The clubs will meet once again Saturday in Loveland to close out the weekend slate.
SCORING AND PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Pavel Francouz (23 shots, 21 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (26 shots, 23 saves)
Three Stars: First – Michael Joly (2g), Second – Andrew Agozzino (2g), Third – Logan O’Connor (1a)
Final Shots: STK – 23, COL – 27
Power Plays: STK – 0-6, COL – 1-4
– The game was the first time that Stockton did not earn at least one point in a meeting with Colorado, having entered tonight’s game 3-0-0-1 against the Eagles on the year.
– Dillon Dube’s goal to start the game’s scoring gives him points in seven of the last eight games (4g,4a).
– Juuso Valimaki recorded an assist on Dube’s marker, giving the blue-liner points in three of four AHL games.
– Spencer Foo has now registered a point in three-straight games and in four of the last five after his first-period tally. He has three goals and an assist in that span.
– Colorado scored a pair of shorthanded goals in the contest, the first to tie the game at two apiece in the second period and the second to ice the game into an empty net late in the third. The Eagles have four goals on the PK in three games against Stockton in Loveland.
– Stockton is now 10-4-3-0 when scoring first this season.
– The Heat have lost three straight in regulation for the first time this season.
The Heat and Eagles meet once again Saturday in Loveland to close out their weekend series. Stockton has a Wednesday date with Ontario before returning home on Saturday, Feb. 16 to start another two-game set with the Eagles. The Sunday game (Feb. 17) will begin Hockey Week Across America festivities in Stockton.