STOCKTON, Calif. – For the second-straight game Stockton was able to overcome a late rally by its opponent, Rob Hamilton lighting the lamp with 44 seconds remaining in overtime to beat San Diego by a 3-2 final Monday afternoon at Stockton Arena. The Heat jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game as Corey Schueneman scored shorthanded late in the first and John McCarron potted his first of the season early in the third, but a pair of goals from the Gulls pushed the game to overtime and allowed San Diego to steal a point in the matinee. Alan Quine pushed his scoring streak to 10 games with an assist on Hamilton’s game-winner, joining an exclusive group of Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane as Heat players to reach double-digit point streaks. The teams will face off once again Wednesday at Pechanga Arena as the Heat begin a three-game road swing.
SCORING & PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Artyom Zagidulin (36 shots, 34 saves)
OTL: Anthony Stolarz (35 shots, 32 saves)
Three Stars: First – Artyom Zagidulin (34 svs), Second – Corey Schueneman (1g), Third – Rob Hamilton (1g)
Shots On Goal: STK – 35, SD – 36
Power Plays: STK – 0-1, SD – 0-5
– Corey Schueneman’s shorthanded goal to open the scoring was his second score of the season and first since December 27, his first-career shorthanded point. Rinat Valiev recorded his first shorthanded point of the season with an assist.
– John McCarron’s insurance marker in the third was his first of the season and fourth-career AHL goal, all coming with the Heat. He skated in his second game of the season Monday after joining Stockton on a PTO prior to the weekend.
– Austin Czarnik now has at least a point in six of Stockton’s last seven games after registering an assist on McCarron’s goal.
– Rob Hamilton extended his scoring streak to four games (2g,3a) with the overtime winner.
– Alan Quine’s scoring streak reached 10 games (5g,9a) with his assist on Hamilton’s overtime winner.
– The Heat are 5-1-0-1 on the year against San Diego, 3-1-0-0 on home ice.
– Stockton killed all 10 opponent power plays over the past two games.
The Heat will hit the road for the next three games, starting Wednesday at San Diego then a pair of games over the weekend at Tucson. Stockton’s next home game is Friday, February 28 against the Gulls – a 7 p.m. puck drop.