TUCSON, Ariz. – Justin Kirkland found the back of the net for the second consecutive game but the Stockton Heat (19-4-2-1) fell by a 2-1 final score Tuesday against the Tucson Roadrunners (11-9-2-0) at the Tucson Convention Center.
Both of the Roadrunners’ goals came on the power play, snapping Stockton’s streak of perfection while down a skater at 35.
Victor Soderstrom netted the first score of the contest, finding the back of the net on the home team’s first shot to take a 1-0 lead just 1:29 into game action. Stockton battled back in the second, Kirkland knotting the game at the 4:37 mark of the second stanza, the forward collecting a loose puck in the slot and firing a backhand top shelf for the tie. The decisive score came 6:44 into the final frame, Jan Jenik lighting the lamp on the man-advantage.
Netminder Dustin Wolf made 22 saves on 24 shots faced but was outdueled by Tucson’s Ivan Prosvetov, who turned away 30 of 31 pucks on the night.
- Eetu Tuulola skated in his 100th AHL game.
- The game-opening goal from Tucson was the first power play goal conceded by the Heat since December 3, snapping a 35-kill streak that spanned more than a month.
- Justin Kirkland’s goal to tie the game in the second gives him a lamp-lighter in back-to-back contests. He found the back of the net in three straight from October 16 through 23.
- Stockton’s point streak with Dustin Wolf starting comes to a close at 19 games (17-0-2-0), the netminder’s first regulation loss since his AHL debut on February 21, 2021.
- The Heat are now 0-1-1-1 against Tucson on the front end of back-to-backs, but have won each of the back ends entering Wednesday’s game.
STK PP – 0-for-4
STK PK – 3-for-5
First – Jan Jenik (1g,1a)
Second – Victor Soderstrom (1g,1a)
Third – Ivan Prosvetov (30 svs)
W – Ivan Prosvetov (30 saves on 31 shots faced)
L – Dustin Wolf (22 saves on 24 shots faced)
The Heat and Roadrunners conclude their two-game set Wednesday, a 5:30 p.m. PST puck drop. Stockton will then continue their road trip Friday at San Diego.