Stockton, Calif. – Mark Jankowski reclaims the team-lead in goals with his 14th in the season, but the Stockton Heat could not come away with both points as they fall to the Bakersfield Condors 2-1 in overtime Saturday night at Stockton Arena. Jankowski’s marker tied the game in the third and helped earn the Heat the point, but Jonas Gustavsson and his 28 stops between the pipes led the way for Bakersfield to collect their second win over the Heat in as many nights. The Stockton Heat now look ahead to a week of practice before heading off to Charlotte to take on the Checkers for a double-header starting next Friday.
Bakersfield goal: F Scott Allen (7) shot from the high-slot gets through traffic and beats the goaltender high glove side (Simpson assist), 15:55 (PP)
Shots: STK – 6 | BAK – 7
Shots: STK – 12 | BAK – 7
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (14) scramble in the slot leads to a shot that gets through traffic and beats the goaltender low (Shinkaruk, Klimchuk assists), 10:35
Shots: STK – 11 | BAK – 8
Bakersfield goal: F Josh Currie (9) broken play in the slot leads to a rebound that is put back past the goaltender and into the net (Hamilton, Fayne assists), 3:41
Shots: STK – 0 | BAK – 4
W: Jonas Gustavsson (29 shots, 28 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (26 shots, 24 saves)
Three Stars: 1 – Josh Currie (1 goal) 2 – Mark Jankowski (1 goal) 3 – Jonas Gustavsson (29 shots, 28 saves)
Final Shots: STK – 29 | BAK – 26
Power Plays: STK – 0/1 | BAK – 1/1
Mark Jankowski (1 goal) reclaims the team-lead in goals (14)
Morgan Klimchuk (1 assist) now has at least one point in back-to-back games (1 goal, 1 assist)
Hunter Shinkaruk (1 assist) now has at least one point in back-to-back games (2 assists)
The Heat are now winless in their last six games (0-5-1-0)
Rasmus Andersson left the game in the third period and did not return; Coach Huska had not yet spoken to the trainer about his status
“That goal is huge for us. In the second and third, things were starting to turn our way. We didn’t have the start that we wanted in the first, but I think our work ethic really picked up and we wore them down. We knew it was going to be a greasy one, just getting a puck to the net and getting it in. It felt like a big weight off the shoulders to get that one, but obviously we have to keep pushing and get the next one after that. We can’t get satisfied with only one point.” – Mark Jankowski on tonight’s overall effort and his goal in the third period.
“I think we have to get our confidence back up. In the first half of the year, when we were playing well, we played with a little bit of swagger and I think we’ve lost that recently and have to regain it. To do that, we have to get back to the fundamentals of getting pucks deep and working their defense. We’ve been doing that to an extent in the past few games, but have to keep doing it and stay relentless. We know we’re going to break out of this with our work ethic.” – Jankowski on the team’s performance of late.
“Moving forward, we just have to keep it simple, I think. We have a lot of young guys and sometimes it’s frustrating when it’s not going the way you want it to, but if we keep it simple, the puck and bounces are going to begin to go our way.” – Tyler Wotherspoon on the team working out of the slump.
“We defended really well. [Bakersfield] got a few chances just using their speed on the rush and bad puck luck and stuff like that. You can’t really do more than what we did tonight defensively. I think that guys were blocking shots all over the place and that overtime goal is just kind of the way our season and this stretch has been going right now. It hops over a stick and takes a bad bounce off me and it bounces right to the guy. It is what it is and I think we just need to move on and have a big game on Friday.” – Jon Gillies on the defensive play in front of him tonight.
“We’ve had some good performances lately. We’re just snake bit a little right now and the only recipe for that is to sticking with things and putting your nose to the grindstone a little bit more. The checking side of our game is getting better and that side of the game is really important right now when you’re not scoring because your margin of error is so small. We need players to find their way again. You look at Mark Jankowski’s line tonight, [with Morgan Klimchuk and Hunter Shinkaruk] I think that they worked and they were around it for most of the night, but we need a few other guys that are going to generate offensive for us as well.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on how the team needs to get out of the slump.
“You earn your puck luck. We’re in a stretch right now where the bounces are going to turn, if you want to call it that. I liked the way we battled for the most part. 80% of our group left everything on the ice tonight. There were a few guys you want a little bit more out of, for sure. If you stay with it, and you continue, as I said to check and take pride in how you’re defending, it’s going to take care of the other end. It will happen, these guys know how to score. It will come back.” – Coach Huska on how the results will begin to come.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Jose Barracuda
February 17 @ Stockton Arena
Covanta Easy Being Green
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.