SAN JOSE, Calif. – With multi-point efforts from Jakob Pelletier, Matthew Phillips and Juuso Valimaki, the Stockton Heat (33-9-4-1) erased a pair of two-goal, third-period deficits en route to a 6-5 shootout win over the San Jose Barracuda (18-28-2-1) Friday at the SAP Center.
A scoreless first period played out before an explosive second that saw the teams trade goals throughout, with the Barracuda taking a 3-2 lead into the second intermission. Joachim Blichfeld lit the lamp 2:07 into the second stanza before Emilio Pettersen responded 27 seconds later to tie the game at one. Evan Weinger then pushed the home team ahead once again at the 4:53 mark, but the lead was short lived as Pelletier found the back of the net 1:12 later.
Artemi Kniazev put San Jose ahead by a pair with his goals late in the second and early in the third, but Mark Simpson responded with a score to put Stockton back within striking distance at the 5:24 mark. The Barracuda added to their lead less than a minute later, John Leonard restoring the two-goal edge before Walker Duehr countered with a lamp-lighter of his own. Phillips then played hero late in regulation, banging home a loose puck with just 1:39 remaining to push the game to overtime.
After a scoreless 3-on-3 set, Stockton stole the extra point with a 4-for-6 performance in the shootout, goals from Justin Kirkland, Glenn Gawdin, Connor Zary and Johannes Kinnvall, respectively, to seal the win in the six-round battle.
- Emilio Pettersen pushed his scoring streak to three games with his second period goal, his second profession three-game point run and first since early March of the 2020-21 season.
- Jakob Pelletier’s 20th goal of the season made him the fourth Heat rookie to hit the 20-goal mark all-time, joining Mark Jankowski (27), Andrew Mangiapane (20) and Spencer Foo (20), and he’s one of two AHL rookies with 20 or more goals on the campaign (Alexander Holtz, Utica – 21).
- Mark Simpson notched his second multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist, both coming in the past month.
- Walker Duehr extended his goal-scoring streak to three games with his third period goal.
- Stockton has won five of six games decided in shootouts this season.
- The Heat have won eight consecutive games against San Jose at the SAP Center.
STK PP – 0-for-3
STK PK – 1-for-4
First – Artemi Kniazev (2g,1a)
Second – John Leonard (1g,2a)
Third – Jakob Pelletier (1g,1a)
W – Adam Werner (20 saves on 25 shots faced, 3 saves on 6 shootout attempts)
SOL – Zachary Emond (33 saves on 38 shots faced, 2 saves on 6 shootout attempts)
The Heat and Barracuda wrap their home-and-home Saturday at Stockton Arena, a 6 p.m. puck drop.