STOCKTON, Calif. – Behind two goals from Glenn Gawdin, a multi-point effort from Matthew Phillips and 29 saves from Adam Werner, the Stockton Heat (22-6-2-1) defeated the Tucson Roadrunners (12-13-2-1) by a 4-1 final Saturday at Stockton Arena.
With the win, the Heat improved to 9-0-0-0 on the year following losses.
Stockton jumped on top just past the five-minute mark of the first period, Ryan Olsen’s first goal of the season, and built the lead to two as Phillips buried a loose puck in the paint past the midway point of the frame for a 2-0 edge after 20 minutes.
The teams played to a draw for most of the second, a stalemate that Glenn Gawdin ended by banging a rebound past Josef Korenar from the side of the goal to push the lead to three. Each side then added a goal in the third, Cameron Hebig ending the shutout bid with 5:03 to go and Gawdin potting his second of the game with an empty-netter.
- Ryan Olsen’s goal was his first point with Stockton. Mark Simpson notched his first assist of the year on the goal.
- Matthew Phillips extended his hot streak to five consecutive games with at least a point, goals in four of the last five. He is up to 30 points on the year.
- Glenn Gawdin’s first goal was his team-leading fourth PPG of the season. Emilio Pettersen’s assist was his first point of the season on the man-advantage.
- The team scoring first has won all seven games of the season series between Stockton and Tucson.
- The Heat are now 9-0-0-0 on the year following losses on the year, outscoring opponents 37-16 in those games.
- Stockton is now 12-1-2-0 at home this season.
STK PP – 1-for-1
STK PK – 3-for-4
First – Matthew Phillips (1g,1a)
Second – Adam Werner (29 svs)
Third – Glenn Gawdin (2g)
W – Adam Werner (29 saves on 30 shots faced)
L – Josef Korenar (28 saves on 31 shots faced)
The Heat continue their home stand Wednesday at 6:30 against the San Diego Gulls.