ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Stockton Heat’s record-breaking season came to a close Tuesday with a 3-0 loss at Chicago, the Wolves taking the Western Conference Finals by a count of 4-2.
The teams played to a 0-0 stalemate through nearly two and a half periods of play, Ivan Lodnia breaking the seal with a score 8:35 into the final period. Andrew Poturalski then doubled the home team’s edge with 1:20 to play, finding the back of the net on a breakaway, and Josh Leivo capped the scoring with an empty-netter in the final minute.
Heat goalie Dustin Wolf was strong with 35 saves on 37 shots faced in the game, while Pyotr Kochetkov earned a shutout with 28 stops on 28 pucks that came his way.
- Chicago scored first in all six games of the series.
- The Heat finish the postseason with a record of 8-5. They were the 20th team in AHL history to force a sixth game after trailing 3-0 in a best-of-seven.
STK PP – 0-for-5
STK PK – 3-for-3
First – Pyotr Kochetkov (28 svs)
Second – Ivan Lodnia (1g)
Third – Andrew Poturalski (1g)
W – Pyotr Kochetkov (28 saves on 28 shots faced)
L – Dustin Wolf (35 saves on 37 shots faced)