SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Stockton Heat erased a third-period deficit for the fourth-straight game, but for the third time in that span the Heat left with a loss as late goals from San Jose propelled the Barracuda to a 4-2 win Saturday at the SAP Center. Stockton got its scoring from Anthony Peluso, his third marker of the season, and Spencer Foo, his 12th, but ultimately fell short in a game in which the Heat never led. Stockton battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in the contest, but the game-winning goal from Cavan Fitzgerald near the midway point of the final frame pushed the home team ahead for good. The loss drops Stockton to 1-9 on the year against the Pacific Division-leading Barracuda.
SCORING AND PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Antoine Bibeau (30 shots, 28 saves)
L: Tyler Parsons (31 shots, 28 saves)
Three Stars: First – Cavan Fitzgerald (1g,1a), Second – Evan Weinger (1g), Third – Kyle Wood (1g)
Final Shots: STK – 30, SJ – 32
Power Plays: STK – 1-2, SJ – 1-1
– Anthony Peluso tied the game at one apiece in the second period with his third goal of the season, his first since Jan. 4, first point since Jan. 9.
– Tyler Parsons recorded an assist on Spencer Foo’s game-tying goal in the third. It was Parsons’ second pro assist, first in the AHL, and Foo’s second goal in Stockton’s last four games.
– The contest was the fourth-straight game the Heat tied the game when trailing in the third, the third time that the game wound up in the loss column.
– Stockton is now 1-9 on the year against San Jose. The Barracuda have taken seven straight against Stockton, the last six by a margin of one or two goals.
The Heat hit the road for a pair of games at Colorado next weekend. The next game at Stockton Arena will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 – Safety Night and Law Enforcement Appreciation.