Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat began their five-game homestand with a 6-1 win over the San Diego Gulls thanks in no small part to Linden Vey and Oliver Kylington, each of whom tallied three points in the win. All in all, Stockton had six different goal scorers, as the Heat spread the wealth in their victory. Offensively, the Heat have now scored 13 combined goals against the Gulls this season and have continued their offensive scoring spree from a road trip that featured 15 goals in just three games. Defensively, the Heat put in a strong effort where they locked down the last 40 minutes of the game and didn’t allow San Diego to score in the second and third periods. The win snapped Stockton’s five-game losing streak on Pink Weekend and the Heat will look to continue their positive trend tomorrow, as they face the Gulls once again to finish off Hot Pink 2.
HEAT GOAL: D Kenney Morrison (1) dekes around a few opponents before passing it through the crease for a shot into the open net (Vey, Kylington assists), 7:39
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (3) point blank shot from the glove side of the crease gets stopped and the rebound is tapped in and beats the goaltender on the blocker side (Shinkaruk, Kylington assists), 13:02 (PP)
San Diego Goal: F Emerson Etem (1) shot from the point is redirected on net and beats the goaltender on the high glove side (Montour, Theodore assists), 14:43 (PP)
Shots: STK – 9 | SD – 5
HEAT GOAL: F Emile Poirier (2) initial two on two break ends up on the left side of the crease, blind shot hits off a defenseman and goes into the net past the left pad of the goaltender (Klimchuk assist), 5:46
HEAT GOAL: F Matt Frattin (2) four on two break ends up in the corner boards, pass goes through the crease and the shot from the left of crease goes through the goaltender’s five hole and just goes over the line (Vey, Shinkaruk assist), 9:26
HEAT GOAL: F Brandon Bollig (2) turnover in the attacking zone creates a shot from the high slot that beats the goaltender’s glove side (Angelidis assist), 19:17
Shots: STK – 13 | SD – 7
HEAT GOAL: F Linden Vey (3) shot from the point is blocked and then the blocked shot is then turned into point blank shot on net, he follows his own rebound and tucks it into the net (Kylington assist), 2:10
Shots: STK – 10 | SD – 11
W: Jon Gillies (24 shots, 23 saved)
L: Dustin Tokarski (22 shots, 17 saved)
Matt Hackett (11 shots, 10 saved)
Three Stars: 1. Linden Vey (1 goal, 2 assists) 2. Oliver Kylington (3 assists) 3. Matt Frattin (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 32 | SD – 23
Power Plays: STK – 1/7 | SD – 1/9
Oliver Kylington (3 assists) has back-to-back games with a point, and first multi-point game of the year and set a career high with three points in a game.
Morgan Klimchuk (1 assist) has back-to-back games with a point
Mark Jankowski (1 goal) four game point streak
Emile Poirier (1 goal) two consecutive games with a point
Linden Vey (1 goal, 2 assists) three game point streak, second multi-point game of the year, first three point game of the season
Hunter Shinkaruk (2 assists) has back-to-back games with a point, and his third multi-point game of the season
The teams combined for a total of 89 penalty minutes and 27 total infractions
The Heat have now opened the season with points in all four games at home this season.
In Heat history, San Diego set a record for most penalty minutes taken with 65 minutes total.
The most goals scored in a Stockton pink game.
Largest winning margin on Stockton pink ice since November 5th, 2010 when the Thunder beat Bakersfield (ECHL) 7-0
The overall record for Stockton pink games is now at 15-6-1-2
“It was good. We got off to a good start. The last couple of games on the road we had the same thing, good start and ended up giving it back and it was good to play a good 60 minutes and stick through it and play well in our own end.” – Linden Vey on the Heat holding onto the early lead they built.
“I thought we played really well defensively. Obviously, we have a young team and we’re still learning and to come home and be able to keep the lead the whole game was a huge thing for us and we’re going to keep growing as the year goes on.” – Vey on the defense shutting the game down late.
“The penalty kill was huge for us. That’s one thing that we emphasize. That’s special teams and we have to take control of that to win games, and tonight we did.” – Garnet Hathaway on the play of the Heat’s penalty kill.
“Every line rolls for us. I think every line had a goal tonight and that’s what it takes. We’re not one line. We get everyone going and we keep building on momentum and I think that’s the biggest thing.” – Hathaway on the offensive performance of late from the Heat.
“We had a really good practice with the penalty kill this Wednesday and we worked on small details and stuff to improve. Tonight we showed that. We killed a lot of good penalties tonight and won because of it.” – Oliver Kylington on the play of the penalty kill.
“We said in the locker room we need to play well going into the last 20 [minutes] and don’t give away the lead like we’ve done in the past. Just play well, play our game, play fast and I think we did that.” – Kylington on the focus going into the third up 5-1.
“We were really pleased with the way we played. I thought we cleaned a lot of our defensive zone play up and I thought we made some changes over the week that I think our players did a good job picking up, so it was a good night for us.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on his overall feelings of tonight’s game.
“Our guys know what it’s all about. We are very well informed on what this weekend is and what it does for our community here. The importance of it, and the money our franchise has been able to donate to the local economy in regards to breast cancer issues and cancer issues in general. I think it wasn’t something missed by our players heading into this weekend.” – Coach Huska on how the Heat handled the emotions of Hot Pink 2 heading into the game.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Diego Gulls
November 5 @ Stockton Arena
First 750 ladies 18 years and older receive a Pink Hockey Puck
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.