Tucson, Ariz. – The Stockton Heat score three unanswered goals to storm back and defeat the Tucson Roadrunners 3-2 Saturday night in Tucson. A pair of AHL first goals from Mikkel Aagaard and Rasmus Andersson tied the game third, before Linden Vey netted the winner with less than two minutes left in the third to seal the win. Goaltender Jon Gillies also returned from a four-game absence due to an upper-body injury and put together a stellar first-game back, stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced – including a huge breakaway in the when the game was still tied in the third to keep the Heat within striking distance. The Stockton Heat and Tucson Roadrunners will be right back at it tomorrow afternoon, as the Heat complete their four-game road trip against the Roadrunners.
Tucson goal: F Brendan Perlini (9) shot from the far side faceoff circle is kicked out to the slot and the rebound is backhanded past the goaltender’s outstretched pad (Wood, McBain assists), 11:23 (PP)
Shots: STK – 8 | TUC – 13
Tucson goal: F Brendan Perlini (10) stretch pass through the neutral zone leads to a breakaway and a shot that beats the goaltender five-hole (Selleck, Wood assists), 4:44
HEAT GOAL: F Mikkel Aagaard (1) rebound off a shot from the nearside faceoff circle is stuff into the net underneath the goaltender (Vey, Kylington assists), 12:17 (PP)
Shots: STK – 13 | TUC – 8
HEAT GOAL: D Rasmus Andersson (1) shot from the far side faceoff circle on the odd-man rush goes top shelf short side over the goaltender’s glove (Devane, Bollig assists), 4:18
HEAT GOAL: F Linden Vey (4) shot from the bottom of the far side faceoff circle is chipped over the outstretched goaltender’s shoulder and into the net (Mangiapane, Wotherspoon assists), 18:02
Shots: STK – 8 | TUC – 6
W: Jon Gillies (27 shots, 25 saves)
L: Adin Hill (31 shots, 28 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Linden Vey (game-winning goal) 2- Brendan Perlini (2 goals) 3- Jon Gillies (27 shots, 25 saves)
Final Shots: STK – 29 | TUC – 27
Power Plays: STK – 1/3 | TUC – 1/5
Mikkel Aagaard (1 goal) and Rasmus Andersson (1 goal) each score their first AHL goals
Jon Gillies (27 shots, 25 saves) earned the win in his first game back from his upper-body injury
The Stockton Heat earn their first win this season against the Tucson Roadrunners
The Heat had their penalty killing streak snapped at 30-straight
“It was a clean breakout from the guys and I just tried to take the shot at an opening. I got it short side high and it was a nice feeling for sure. It’s always nice to get the first one out of the way.” – Rasmus Andersson on his first pro goal.
“We played a solid game tonight. We played as a team and we came away with the win – that’s most important part for us right now.” – Andersson with his overall thoughts on tonight’s win.
“It’s obviously tragic what happened and I really hope [Craig Cuningham] gets better soon. But for us we had to focus on us for this game. I was extremely impressed with how [Tucson] played tonight considering the circumstances.” – Andersson on playing through the emotions of the night.
“I’ve got to clean up some of my rebounds. I’m a guy that likes to catch a lot of those pucks and I had too many bouncing off my pads and glove tonight. I felt I settled down as the game went on, but I have to have that second goal even though it was a breakaway. The boys played really well in front of me and I thought as a team we really beared down in the final few minutes to seal the win.” – Jon Gillies on his performance in his first game back.
“[Tyler] Wotherspoon did a great job recovering and he pushed the guy wide to forced him to essentially run out of room. It was Wotherspoon’s effort getting back that made it an easier play for me in net.” – Gillies on his glove save off a Tucson breakaway in the third that kept the game tied.
“We defended well tonight. We had a few moments where [Tucson] was able to stretch the zone on us a bit, but for the most part we were pretty good in our own zone five-on-five tonight.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on his defensive team performance tonight.
“There are not too many games that [Kayle Doetzel] hasn’t been consistent for us. He’s come to play every night for us back there and has been sharp with his details all season long. The important thing is that he continues to get better as well and we’ve been very impressed so far.” – Coach Huska on the play of Kayle Doetzel tonight and this season.
“I thought [Jon Gillies] was excellent tonight. He’s always there to bail us out when we make mistakes more often than not and he gave us a chance to win tonight. It was good to have him back that’s for sure.” – Coach Huska on Jon Gillies’ performance in net.
“We’re happy with tonight, but we’ll find out what it says about us tomorrow. We need to come out and respond tomorrow night with the right compete level and get a second big win in this building.” – Coach Huska on moving forward for tomorrow’s game.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Charlotte Checkers
November 30 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive a Tyler Wotherspoon Bookmark
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.