STOCKTON, Calif. – For the second-straight game the Stockton Heat came up with a late goal to win, this time Curtis Lazar lighting the lamp with less than 54 seconds remaining to help lift the Heat to a 4-3 win over Iowa Sunday evening at Stockton Arena. John McCarron carried the load early for the home team, scoring his first two AHL goals within the game’s first 12:22, keeping the Heat tied with Iowa at two goals apiece after 20 minutes. The Wild claimed the lone goal of the second period, an edge that held until Rob Hamilton tied the game 5:29 into the third to draw even at three apiece. Lazar’s 18th goal of the season was the difference, the forward beating Kaapo Kahkonen, who had made 41 saves already in the game, to push the Heat past Iowa. The win allowed the Heat to complete a weekend sweep over the Wild and finish the season series against Iowa with a record of 3-0-1-0.
SCORING AND PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Jon Gillies (27 shots, 24 saves)
L: Kaapo Kahkonen (45 shots, 41 saves)
Three Stars: First – John McCarron (2g), Second – Curtis Lazar (1g), Third – Rob Hamilton (1g)
Final Shots: STK – 45, IA – 27
Power Plays: STK – 0-1, IA – 0-2
– John McCarron’s scores were the first goals of his AHL career, coming into today’s game with 24 AHL games to his credit.
– Adam Ollas Mattsson had a helper on each of McCarron’s goals, his third multi-point game of the season and his first points since February 24, also a two-assist game.
– Mason Morelli was credited with an assist on McCarron’s second goal, Morelli’s first-career AHL point.
– Rob Hamilton’s game-tying goal in the third period was his first score since February 20 against Ontario. He now has a point in three-straight games (1g,2a).
– Curtis Lazar notched his team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season in the win.
– Sebastian Vidmar made his Stockton debut in the game.
– Stockton finishes the season series against Iowa with a record of 3-0-1-0.
The Heat hit the road for the next two weeks before their final two home games of the regular season on Wednesday, April 10 against Ontario at 7 p.m. and Fan Appreciation Night on April 14 at 5 p.m. against Bakersfield.