Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat score three unanswered goals in the third period in game 4 Sunday evening to take a 5-3 win over the San Jose Barracuda and force a deciding game 5 at the SAP Center Tuesday night. Heading into the third period tied 2-2, San Jose struck early to go ahead by one; however, Andrew Mangiapane buried the tying goal with five minutes left in the third and Linden Vey followed with a goal of his own as the scoreboard tilted into Stockton’s favor with just three minutes left. An empty netter from Vey would seal the win and book the Heat’s trip back to the Bay for a deciding game 5 this coming Tuesday at the SAP Center. Heat fans not traveling to watch game 5 in person can attend our Game 5 Watch Party at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel free of charge Tuesday night starting at 6:00PM. Fans will be able to watch the game with some terrific food and drink options at the hotel’s restaurant, the Delta Bistro, which will be offering a family pizza special (a two-topping pizza, a pitcher of soda and a salad for four people for $24.99), plus various raffle prizes and much more.
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 – W 5-3
Game 5 – Stockton at San Jose – Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00PM
San Jose goal: F Daniel O’Regan (2) shot from the nearside faceoff circle beats the goaltender and goes into the net (Labanc, DeSimone assists), 0:58
Shots: STK – 6 | SJ – 10
HEAT GOAL: F Hunter Shinkaruk (2) backdoor tap-in gets past the goaltender’s outstretched blocker (Vey, Frattin assists), 6:21
HEAT GOAL: F Garnet Hathaway (2) puck sneaks underneath the goaltender and is poked in on the goal line (Kylington, Jankowski assists), 7:55
San Jose goal: F Buddy Robinson (3) puck is centered from the nearside corner and is redirected through the goaltender from the slot (DeSimone, Chartier assists), 17:55
Shots: STK – 16 | SJ – 14
San Jose goal: D Tim Heed (2) one-timer from the point gets through traffic and beats the goaltender high glove side (Meier, Chartier assists), 4:38
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (1) scramble in front leads to the puck being chipped past the goaltender’s blocker side and into the net (Kulak, Hathaway assists), 14:55
HEAT GOAL: F Linden Vey (3) backhand shot at the farside post is put short side up and over the goaltender’s shoulder (Shinkaruk, Kostka assists), 17:04
HEAT GOAL: F Linden Vey (4) shot from the blueline goes into the empty net (unassisted), 18:38 (EN)
Shots: STK – 11 | SJ – 13
W: David Rittich (37 shots, 34 saves)
L: Troy Grosenick (32 shots, 28 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Linden Vey (2 goals, 1 assist) 2- Andrew Mangiapane (1 goal) 3- Garnet Hathaway (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 33 | SJ – 37
Power Plays: STK – 0/2 | SJ – 0/3
Linden Vey (2 goals, 1 assist) scores his first game-winning goal of the series and earns his second multi-goal game of the series
Garnet Hathaway (1 goal, 1 assist) earns his second multi-point game of the series
Mark Jankowski (1 assist) is now on a three-game point and assist streak (1 goal, 4 assists)
Brett Kulak (1 assist) is now on a three-game point and assist streak (3 assists)
Mike Kostka (1 assist) is now on a three-game point streak (1 goal, 2 assists)
Andrew Mangiapane (1 goal) is now on a three-game point streak (1 goal, 2 assists)
Hunter Shinkaruk (1 goal, 1 assist) earns his first multi-point game of the series
Oliver Kylington (1 assist) earns his first career AHL playoff point
Stockton is now 2-0-0 on Sundays this postseason; 7-1-0 in Sunday games at Stockton Arena during the regular and postseason combined
“It was a wild game. They got off to a good start and they had us on our heels, but we’ve pretty much done what we’ve done down the stretch. We just stuck with it, grinded away and found a way to win at home.” – Linden Vey with his thoughts of the game.
“I’ve played with [Hunter] Shinkaruk quite a bit over the course of the season. He always seems like he wants to wrap it and it ended up going back door. The puck popped out and I ended up sneaking it in.” – Vey on his game-winning goal.
“At times, it’s frustrating. I thought from the second period on, we carried the play and started taking it to them. For them to get a goal like that early [in the third], it’s a little bit tough, but we stuck with it. It shows you’re a good team when you can keep coming back and win games like that.” – Vey on going down to begin the third.
“Win or go home, that was the story tonight. We feel comfortable obviously going there. We had a big win there last time we were there and we can’t afford to keep going down in games. We have to make sure we’re ready right away.” – Vey on preparation for game five on Tuesday.
“We were in a close race to even make the playoffs and we came out of that. We have a great group of guys and we just have so much belief in the system and what we’re doing.” – Andrew Mangiapane on the team’s identity of never quitting.
“We’re a thorn in the side, for sure, and we’ve been that way for a while. There’s a real strong belief in our group. Even when we got ourselves down in the third period, our bench didn’t change at all. There’s 100% belief that we were going to win the game. It may have been a little more stressful than we would’ve liked, but we got the job done and that’s what’s important. That’s what we needed to do. Find a way to get the game in San Jose. We have one more game to look forward to and we have to find a way to win on the road now.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the team’s never quit attitude.
“At this time of the year, you’re not winning unless your best players are your best players and I think throughout this series, we’ve seen that. It’s hard for a younger guy not to compete or commit to our uncomfortable areas that we ask our guys to do every game. If a guy like Mike Angelidis is doing it, you can’t not do it. And that’s the great thing about our leadership group. Those guys are playing hard and they’re playing the right way and it’s making sure everyone else is following them. It’s important and it’s allowing us to stay in this series and give us a chance in game five.” – Coach Huska on the young players feeding off the veteran leadership group.
“16 times now we’ve seen this team, there won’t be a lot of secrets. There’s not much that we have to try to bring to our player’s attention in regards to something new. I think it’s just shoring up some small areas and making sure we’re committed to playing the way we expect our group to play. I know our guys are going to be up for it. I think our leadership group are going to make sure it happens.” – Coach Huska on game five preparation.
STOCKTON HEAT at San Jose Barracuda
Pacific Division Semifinals – Game 5
May 2 @ SAP Center
Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.