Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat battle back from down two goals, but ultimately fall to the San Jose Barracuda 5-3 in game 3 of their Pacific Division Semifinals series Friday night at Stockton Arena. After falling behind by two early, Heat captain Mike Angelidis sparked the comeback with his power-play goal in the second, before Brandon Bollig buried his first of this year’s playoff season less than two minutes later to draw the score even. Despite a goal from Mike Kostka in the waning minutes of the third, a pair of San Jose goals that preluded the veteran defenseman’s tally would swing the game and the final score in the Barracuda’s favor. Stockton and San Jose will now look to a game 4 Sunday evening at 4:00PM at Stockton Arena with the Heat needing the win to stay alive.
Pacific Division Semifinals
Game 1 – Stockton at San Jose – L 0-4
Game 2 – Stockton at San Jose – W 6-4
Game 3 – Stockton vs. San Jose – L 3-5
Game 4 – Stockton vs. San Jose – Sunday, April 30 at 4:00PM
Game 5* – Stockton at San Jose – Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00PM
San Jose goal: F Barclay Goodrow (1) backdoor shot beats the goaltender blocker side off a pass across the goalmouth (Carpenter, DeSimone assists), 3:49
San Jose goal: F Daniel O’Regan (1) shot from the high slot is redirected past the goaltender and into the net (Bergman, Mueller assists), 19:44
Shots: STK – 8 | SJ – 10
HEAT GOAL: F Mike Angelidis (1) rebound on the doorstep is put past the downed goaltender (Mangiapane, Jankowski assists), 11:48 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Brandon Bollig (1) rebound in the slot is shot past the goaltender in traffic and into the net (Kulak, Devane assists), 13:16
Shots: STK – 12 | SJ – 13
San Jose goal: F Ryan Carpenter (3) point shot through traffic leads to a rebound that is put back past the goaltender in front (Heed, McCarthy assists), 15:17
San Jose goal: F Timo Meier (1) 2-on-1 break leads to a shot that beats the goaltender five-hole and goes into the net (Chartier assist), 16:43
HEAT GOAL: D Mike Kostka (1) shot from the point gets through traffic and gets past the screened goaltender (unassisted), 19:32 (PP)
San Jose goal: F Buddy Robinson (2) shot from the blueline on the rush goes past the defender and into the empty net (McCarthy, O’Regan assists), 19:45 (EN)
Shots: STK – 13 | SJ – 10
W: Troy Grosenick (33 shots, 30 saves)
L: David Rittich (32 shots, 28 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Ryan Carpenter (1 goal, 1 assist) 2- Mike Angelidis (1 goal) 3- Troy Grosenick (33 shots, 30 saves)
Final Shots: STK – 33 | SJ – 33
Power Plays: STK – 2/7 | SJ – 0/3
Mark Jankowski (1 assist) now has at least one point and assist in back-to-back games (1 goal, 3 assists)
Mike Angelidis (1 goal) has at least one point in back-to-back games (1 goal, 1 assist)
Angelidis also scored his first AHL playoff goal since 5/11/13 with the Syracuse Crunch
Brett Kulak (1 assist) has at least one point and assist in back-to-back games (2 assists)
Mike Kostka (1 goal) now has at least one point in back-to-back games (1 goal, 1 assist)
Andrew Mangiapane (1 assist) now has at least one point and assist in back-to-back games (2 assists)
Brandon Bollig (1 goal) scores his first career AHL playoff goal
Jamie Devane (1 assist) earns his first career AHL playoff point
“Obviously, we’re proud of the way we pushed back. You go down 2-0 to a team that’s that good, that game can go one of two ways at that point and I think down the stretch we definitely showed some push back. We showed that we have that in us and we just have a really good character room. It’s something that we take pride in. Maybe we could have gotten off to a better start, but I don’t think we played that poorly. We just had to clean up a few little areas. The second period, we showed our push back and in the third, it was a toss up.” – Mike Kostka on battling back in the second period.
“I think trying to find a way to get the puck through. If we have to drive it to the net, we have to drive it into the net. Use simple shots and just going to the net. It’s playoff hockey, everyone’s playing their best, everyone’s playing good defense, you have to get pucks to the net and traffic in front. You have to have guys around to pay the price.” – Mike Angelidis on what it’s going to take to get the offense going.
“I think you play desperate. You’re not playing conservative in the playoffs. You have to play hard, but you never sell the ship before a win or goal. We have to go out there and give it everything we’ve got. We’re fighting for our lives now and it’s a do-or-die situation for us, so I think we have to play a hard fought game and shoot pucks, go to the net and see where it goes from there.” – Angelidis on going into a must-win game on Sunday.
“I thought we were a little too fancy in the first period where we were overpassing at times instead of shooting. I liked good portions of our game here tonight. I thought it was a good hockey game until [San Jose] scored their third goal. I felt that we were coming as the game when the game was tied at 2-2 but they found a way to get the important goal.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the game as a whole.
“We had our looks, we had our chances late even when they scored that third goal, we came right back and had that great chance in front and their goaltender made a great save. The only thing we want to make better the next time we go out is making sure we’re not making things more complicated than they need to be whether that’s moving the puck quicker or shooting when you have that option. I think if we can build on it, we can send this series back to San Jose and that’s what our challenge is now.” – Coach Huska on what they have to do to send the series to a game five in San Jose.
“Our team always plays it’s best when we’re in a tough spot and we are right now. We’re facing elimination and the good thing for us is that Sunday’s in our building where we can look to get some momentum back and then look forward to take it back to San Jose.” – Coach Huska on what he is looking for from his team on Sunday.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Jose Barracuda
Pacific Division Semifinals – Game 4
April 30 @ Stockton Arena
Fans receive a Heat Rally Towel courtesy of Stockton Metropolitan Airport
Doors @ 3:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 4:00 p.m.