TORONTO, ON – Forwards Luke Philp and Emilio Pettersen lit the lamp for the Stockton Heat (9-9-1-0) in the final regular season meeting against the Toronto Marlies (10-8-0-1), but a four-goal third period helped the home team take a 5-2 decision Wednesday at the Coca-Cola Coliseum.
The teams battled to a scoreless first, with Garret Sparks stopping all 11 shots that came his way and Joseph Woll answering the call 12 times in the first 20 minutes.
The Heat opened the scoring near the midway point of the second, Philp netting his team-leading eighth of the campaign after collecting a loose puck in front and firing it past Woll for a 1-0 edge. Toronto countered as Kalle Kossila evened the footing with less than five minutes to go in the frame, pulling to a tie at the second intermission.
The Marlies got the better of the scoring in the final frame, lighting the lamp four times – one on the power play and one into an empty net – while Pettersen was the lone goal scorer for Stockton as Toronto pulled away late.
With the result, Stockton and Toronto conclude the regular season series with 4-4.
– Noah King made his professional debut in the game.
– Luke Philp’s goal in the second period was his eighth of the season, tying him with Adam Ruzicka for the team lead.
– Emilio Pettersen snapped an eight-game goalless streak with his score in the third period.
– Stockton and Toronto split the season series evenly at four games a side.
STK PP – 0-1
STK PK – 2-4
First – Kenny Agostino (1 goal, 1 assist)
Second – Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2 assists)
Third – Nic Petan (1 goal)
W – Joseph Woll (22 saves on 24 shots faced)
L – Garret Sparks (26 saves on 30 shots faced)
The Heat wrap up their road trip with three games against the Laval Rocket, starting Friday, April 2 at 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT.