STOCKTON, Calif. – Behind a team-record 49 saves from Tyler Parsons, the Stockton Heat held off the visiting Texas Stars en route to a 4-2 win Saturday night at Stockton Arena. Parsons’ play had a big role in the penalty kill and its spectacular effort, the shorthanded unit going 6-for-6 against the Stars’ power play, which came into the game tied for first in the AHL at 25.5 percent on the year. On the other end of the ice, Alan Quine maintained his strong play offensively with yet another goal, giving the Heat a 1-0 lead and prompting the teddy bear toss. Later in the first frame, Glenn Gawdin doubled the lead with a redirection that beat Philippe Desrosiers to put Stockton up 2-0 entering the first intermission. The Stars got one back in the second but the Heat were sure to push the advantage back to a multi-goal cushion, Dillon Dube scoring off a faceoff midway through the third to reclaim the two goal edge. Texas got back within one just 31 seconds later, but the Heat were able to weather the storm and eventually get a game-winning goal from Rinat Valiev en route to the win.
SCORING AND PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Tyler Parsons (51 shots, 49 saves)
L: Philippe Desrosiers (21 shots, 18 saves)
Three Stars: First – Tyler Parsons (49 saves), Second – Glenn Gawdin (1g,1a), Third – Colin Markison (1g,1a)
Final Shots: STK – 22, TEX – 51
Power Plays: STK – 0-2, TEX – 0-6
– Tyler Parsons made a career-best 49 saves in the game, a Heat team record. The previous mark was set on Dec. 17, 2016 by Jon Gillies, 48 at San Diego.
– Alan Quine once again started the scoring, his second-straight game with the opening goal. The forward now has seven goals in Stockton’s last six games, including a streak of three-straight finding the back of the net.
– Stockton scored first for the second-straight game after snapping a skid of nine straight in which they conceded the 1-0 edge.
– Glenn Gawdin’s goal later in the first was his ninth tally of the season and snapped a three-game scoreless skid. He was later credited with an assist for Dillon Dube’s third-period goal, Gawdin’s third multi-point game of the season and first since Jan. 9 against San Diego.
– Dillon Dube pushed Stockton ahead 3-1 with a goal off a faceoff, sneaking the rubber past Phillippe Desrosiers. It’s the second-straight game that Dube has lit the lamp.
– Rinat Valiev scored his first goal of the season with the empty-netter.
– The Heat snapped a three-game losing streak and have now won back-to-back home games.
The Heat return to action with a Monday afternoon game against Colorado – a 1 p.m. puck drop on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that features a Mayor Michael Tubbs bobblehead giveaway.