Charlotte, NC – Mark Jankowski nets his 15th goal of the season, while Jon Gillies stops 32 of the 35 shots he faces, but the Stockton Heat give up three unanswered goals and fall to the Charlotte Checkers 3-1 Friday night. Unfortunately for the Heat, Michael Leighton and the Checkers slammed the door after Jankowski put the Heat up one and pushes the Heat’s winless streak to seven games. Both teams will meet right back at Bojangles’ Coliseum Saturday night for their final meeting of the 2016-17 season.
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (15) toe drag around a defender at the goal line leads to a shot from the slot in traffic that beats the goaltender high glove (Aulie, Doetzel assists), 15:22
Shots: STK – 12 | CHA – 12
Charlotte goal: D Dennis Robertson (2) shot from the point makes its way through traffic and beats the screened goaltender on the glove side (Dwyer assist), 13:29
Charlotte goal: F Phil Di Giuseppe (9) shot from the slot on the rush beats the goaltender and goes into the net (Wallmark, Zykov assists), 19:10
Shots: STK – 8 | CHA – 8
Charlotte goal: F Patrick Brown (9) shot from below the goal line bounces off the back of the goaltender and into the net (Miller, Lowe assists), 15:48
Shots: STK – 7 | CHA – 15
W: Michael Leighton (27 shots, 26 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (35 shots, 32 saves)
Three Stars: 1 – Michael Leighton (27 shots, 26 saves) 2 – Phil Di Giuseppe (1 goal) 3 – Dennis Robertson (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 27 | CHA – 35
Power Plays: STK – 0/4 | CHA – 0/3
Mark Jankowski (1 goal) extends his team-lead in goals with his 15th on the season
Jankowski now has at least one point in back-to-back games (2 goals)
Morgan Klimchuk played in his 100th career AHL game
Kayle Doetzel (1 assist) earns his second-career point and his first since 12/28 vs. TUC
Stockton is now winless in their last seven games (0-6-1-0)
“I thought our first two periods were good. We gave up that late goal in the second period and I don’t think we had the necessary push back to start the third. Those are the situations where I think we have to really dig in. I think we started the third period on our heels and it stayed that way.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska with his overall thoughts on tonight’s game.
“I thought we stepped up in the neutral zone when we shouldn’t have, and we lost a guy coming back through the neutral zone to give up that chance.” – Coach Huska on what he saw happen on Charlotte’s second goal.
“He played well and gave us a chance for sure. I thought the third period he was one guy that tried to put his foot down and say ‘not tonight’ and that’s what we need from more guys. So the sun shines in the morning and we’re right back at it tomorrow. We have to make sure that we’re ready to play.” – Coach Huska on the play of goaltender Jon Gillies tonight.
“It was a good play by Keith [Aulie] at the point to find [Hunter Shinkaruk] and I behind the net. Shinkaruk took a guy with him to the front of the net and [Morgan Klimchuk] opened a lane for me to get to the front of the net and I just ripped it.” – Mark Jankowski on his goal in the first.
“Last year was a bit of an adjustment, but I’m pretty happy with how things are going right now. I’m happy with where my game is at, but it’s hard to focus on yourself when the team is struggling like this. I’m just trying to do whatever I can to get the boys back going like we were at the beginning of the year.” – Morgan Klimchuk on playing his 100th AHL game.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Jose Barracuda
February 17 @ Stockton Arena
Covanta Easy Being Green presented by Port of Stockton
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.