Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat force overtime thanks to a Mason Raymond power-play goal late in the third, but ultimately a penalty in overtime leads to a Texas Stars power-play goal of their own, giving Texas the 3-2 overtime win Saturday night at Stockton Arena. Raymond’s marker was his second power-play goal in as many games, while Bill Arnold added a goal of his own in the first 90 seconds of the third, but Texas Maxime Lagace proved difficult to solve and the Heat only could come away with one point. The Stockton Heat will now hit the ice for a week of practice before finishing their four-game homestand against the Iowa Wild Friday night.
Texas goal: F Derek Hulak (14) shot from just inside the nearside faceoff dot on a rush beats the goaltender high over the shoulder (Backman, Dowling assists), 11:58
Shots: STK – 13 | TX – 6
Shots: STK – 17 | TX – 12
HEAT GOAL: F Bill Arnold (8) shot from the slot beats the goaltender through traffic on the blocker side (Raymond, Wotherspoon assists), 1:10
Texas goal: F Derek Hulak (15) centering pass from the farside corner leads to a shot over the goaltender’s outstretched blocker (Ranford, Dowling assists), 10:43
HEAT GOAL: F Mason Raymond (6) rebound just to the nearside of the net is chipped home off a shot from the high slot (Shinkaruk, Morrison assists), 15:14 (PP)
Shots: STK – 13 | TX – 6
Texas goal: F Brendan Ranford (17) shot from the slot gets through traffic and beats the goaltender on the blocker side (Backman, Dowling assists), 1:14 (PP)
Shots: STK – 0 | TX – 2
W: Maxime Lagace (43 shots, 41 saves)
L: Kevin Poulin (26 shots, 23 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Brendan Ranford (1 goal, 1 assist) 2- Maxime Lagace (43 shots, 41 saves) 3- Derek Hulak (2 goals)
Final Shots: STK – 43 | TX – 26
Power Plays: STK – 1/4 | TX – 1/3
Mason Raymond (1 goal, 1 assist) earns his fourth multi-point game of the season and now has at least one point in back-to-back games (2 goals, 1 assist)
Bill Arnold (1 goal) scores his eighth goal on the season in his 100th AHL game
The Stockton Heat finish their season series with the Texas Stars with a record of 4-1-1-0
“I just sort of put it off the glass and [Mason Raymond] made a nice play at the goal line to put it in. We’ve been working on that play in practice lately and fortunately we got a goal on it.” – Kenney Morrison on Raymond’s late power-play goal that he earned an assist on.
“The two points are on our minds every single game. The playoffs are right around the corner and we’re in a position where we have to win to make it. We need those two points every night.” – Morrison on earning three our of a possible four points against Texas this weekend.
“[Mason Raymond] made a nice play driving wide and [Kenney Morrison] drove the net and opened up some good space for me. I didn’t quite get all of it, but put the puck on net and good things happen. It was nice to get that one.” – Bill Arnold on his third period goal that tied the game at one.
“It was a pretty good weekend overall. We would have loved to get the win tonight and started a little streak, but we have to take the positives from this weekend and learn from them. We have to get rolling here and take it one game at a time going into next weekend.” – Arnold earning three points in the standings this weekend.
“I thought we played really well tonight. These are the nights where as a player you’re not happy you lose the game, but you can leave the building knowing that you put everything out there. Yes, you’re not happy with the loss, but we did play the right way and I thought there were a lot of positives for us to take from tonight’s game.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska with his overall thoughts of tonight’s game.
“The outright wins is what we need, but this was a good weekend for us in regards to how we played. That’s important for us moving forward.” – Coach Huska on the weekend as a whole and earning three points.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Iowa Wild
March 18 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans age 12 & under receive an Aaron Johnson bobblehead
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.