SAN DIEGO, Calif. – After falling behind 4-2 in the second period, the Stockton Heat rattled off five unanswered goals, two shorthanded, en route to a 7-5 win over the San Diego Gulls Wednesday night at Pechanga Arena San Diego. Stockton was led by a foursome of multi-point efforts on the night, taking advantage of two-point outbursts from Dillon Dube, Ryan Lomberg, Spencer Foo and Michael Stone in the divisional win. The turning goal came from the stick of Lomberg, who lit the lamp at 7:24 of the second, the first of two goals on the night for him and first of three in the middle frame for Stockton as the Heat took a 5-4 edge into the second intermission. Tyler Graovac’s goal later in the second drew the Heat to even footing with four minutes remaining in the frame before Stockton was able to gain the upper hand. Despite the slow start, the Heat continued their impressive run offensively in San Diego, now with 19 in three games on Gulls ice on the year, as Stockton was able to come from behind to seize the win.
SCORING AND PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Jon Gillies (34 shots, 29 svs)
L: Jeff Glass (29 shots, 23 svs)
Three Stars: First – Dillon Dube (1g,1a), Second – Adam Cracknell (2g,1a), Third – Spencer Foo (2a)
Final Shots: STK – 30, SD – 34
Power Plays: STK – 0-5, SD – 4-8
– San Diego snapped a streak of 16-straight penalties killed by the Heat with goals on its first three power play opportunities of the night.
– John McCarron’s assist on Scott Sabourin’s goal to tie the game at two in the first period was his first-career AHL point. McCarron entered the game with 18 career AHL games played.
– Ryan Lomberg’s goal in the second period was his first in five games against San Diego this season. With his shorthanded goal in the third, he now has two, two-goal efforts in Stockton’s last four games.
– Michael Stone registered a pair of assists in his first game of a conditioning assignment with Stockton.
– The Heat have six shorthanded goals in their last six games played.
– Dillon Dube recorded his ninth multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist, bringing his season totals to 32 points in 29 AHL games.
– In three games between the Heat and Gulls in San Diego there have been a total of 32 goals scored, 19 by the Heat. Stockton won the first two games earlier in the season, 6-5 and 5-4, respectively.
– Rinat Valiev was the first Heat player on the year to go plus-5 in a game.
– Jon Gillies has won six of his last eight starts.
– The Heat are now 3-0 at San Diego this season.
The Heat play host to Bakersfield on Friday at 7 p.m. before turning around for a Sunday matinee at San Jose, a 3 p.m. puck drop.