STOCKTON, Calif. – Connor Mackey registered a Gordie Howe hat trick while Glenn Gawdin netted a pair of goals and Dustin Wolf made 36 saves as the Stockton Heat (13-2-2-0) completed a weekend sweep of the San Diego Gulls (8-8-1-0) with a 3-2 win Saturday at Stockton Arena.
Mackey notched his goal, assist and fight all in the opening frame, with an assist on Gawdin’s game-opening goal on the power play, then scored on a deflection to put a puck past Eriksson Ek for a shorthanded marker all in the game’s opening 20 minutes. The scores were sandwiched around a lamp-lighter from San Diego’s Hunter Drew, a shorthanded tally, to give Stockton a 2-1 edge through 20.
The teams then played to a scoreless stalemate until Gawdin’s empty-netter with 1:43 to go in the contest, which proved to be the game-winner as Brayden Tracey snuck one past Wolf in the final minute to produce the 3-2 final score.
The Heat went 8-for-8 on the penalty kill on the night, completing the weekend 16-for-17 against San Diego.
- Connor Mackey completed his Gordie Howe hat trick in the first period of play, getting an assist on Glenn Gawdin’s goal, then a fight at 8:33 of the opening frame and a goal with 3:38 to go in the first period. It was Stockton’s first Gordie Howe Hat Trick since Martin Pospisil’s on February 26, 2021 against Toronto.
- Mackey finished the weekend with five points and three goals against the Gulls in the two-game set.
- Juuso Valimaki had two assists on the night, giving him three points through two games with the Heat this season.
- Jakob Pelletier has found his way onto the score sheet in nine of the last 10 games, totaling 11 points and five goals in that span. He notched a shorthanded assist in the win.
- Dustin Wolf has led the Heat to at least a point in 13 consecutive starts, now 11-0-2-0 in that span, dating back to last season.
STK PP – 1-for-6
STK PK – 8-for-8
First – Connor Mackey (1g, 1a)
Second – Dustin Wolf (36 svs)
Third – Glenn Gawdin (2g)
W – Dustin Wolf (36 saves on 38 shots faced)
L – Olle Eriksson Ek (25 saves on 27 shots faced)
The Heat wrap their brief home stand with a Tuesday tilt against San Jose at 6:30 p.m. before heading to Tucson for a pair against the Roadrunners.