San Jose, Calif. – Rookie Tyler Parsons made his unofficial AHL debut in San Jose, stopping all 21 shots he faced in two periods of action, but the Heat would fall in overtime by a 2-1 final. The 20-year-old stood on his head, making 21 saves in his two-period shutout. With neither team able to generate any scoring chances in the first 20 minutes, the action picked up in the middle period, highlighted by a power-play goal for the Heat’s Mike McMurtry to put Stockton up 1-0. Despite Parson’s spectacular debut, Coach Ryan Huska stayed with his pregame plan and put in second year goalie Mason McDonald to start the third period, who allowed one goal to San Jose in the third which would force overtime. In overtime the Barracuda capitalized on a Heat turnover and finished off a 2-on-1 opportunity to win the game. The team will now shift focus to our Port Proud, Stockton Proud Home Opener presented by the Port of Stockton on Friday, October 6 vs. the Bakersfield Condors at 7:00 p.m.
Shots: STK – 4 | SJ – 3
HEAT GOAL: Mike McMurtry (1) puts home a rebound off a deflected shot from the point, (Foo, Ollas Mattsson assists) (PP), 9:00
Shots: STK – 13 | SJ– 18
Barracuda goal: Manuel Wiederer (1) puts back a rebound from the slot past the goaltender blocker side, (Bergman, Archambault assists), 1:05
Shots: STK – 8 | SJ – 11
Barracuda goal: Adam Helewka (1) skates in on a 2-on-1 and puts in a deke around the goalie, (Unassisted), 0:46
Shots: STK – 0 SJ – 2
W: Antoine Bibeau (25 shots, 24 saves)
L: Mason McDonald (13 Shots, 11 Saves)
ND: Tyler Parson (21 shots, 21 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Adam Helewka (1 goal) 2- Manuel Wiederer (1 goal) 3- Joel Lowry
Final Shots: STK – 25 | SJ – 34
Power Plays: STK – 1/4 | SJ – 0/4
The Heat go 1-0-1 in the preseason
“We fixed up on a couple things and we have a week now to look at the video to see what things to fix, but we are looking forward to the start.” – Emile Poirier on his team’s effort tonight.
“Preseason is fun, but now the real season starts which is always more fun. So we will prepare and it will be an exciting week.” – Emile Poirier on looking forward to the regular season.
“[Parsons] was very very good for us. Some of his saves were unbelievable in the second to keep us in it.” – Emile Poirier on rookie goalie Tyler Parsons.
“I felt good. Going in there and getting my feet under me. And to finally get a game in the NHL was pretty cool and definitely looking forward to possibly playing more games in the AHL even though I’m not sure where I will end up” – Tyler Parsons on his performance in net.
“We made a lot of breakout plays. We actually made some passes tonight, where we did not see a lot of that last night. We showed a lot more composure with the puck.” – Coach Huska on his team improving from last night
“This was a definite improvement from the game we played last night. A lot of times when you look at the result from the end of the night it is not a true indicator of how the game was played. We were much better here tonight than we were last night with both effort and execution.” – Coach Huska on his overall thoughts of the preseason
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Bakersfield Condors
October 6 @ Stockton Arena
Port Proud, Stockton Proud Home Opener presented by the Port of Stockton
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.
For tickets call 209.373.1500 // stocktonheat.com/homeopener2017