San Jose, Calif. – Stockton Heat goaltender Kevin Poulin returned to the crease Wednesday night in San Jose and had himself an impressive first-game back, but two unfortunate bounces allowed the San Jose Barracuda to come back and defeat the Heat 4-3 in the overtime period. It was Poulin’s first start since November 21st and he stopped 32 shots in the losing effort. Heat forward Morgan Klimchuk (1 goal) continued his hot streak at SAP Center, scoring a point for the third-straight game on the road in San Jose, while both Derek Grant and Kenny Agostino scored goals to extend their respective point streaks to four games each. The Stockton Heat will have to put this one in the rearview and focus on a tough matchup they have Friday night in Ontario against the first-place Reign – a team the Heat defeated 4-1 in their last meeting.
HEAT GOAL: F Morgan Klimchuk (2) rebound from the slot is buried into the empty net following a shot from the nearside faceoff circle (Agostino, Hamilton assists), 4:24
HEAT GOAL: F Kenny Agostino (7) takeaway in the neutral zone leads to a 2-on-1 and a patient pass to slot for the one-timer that goes past the goaltender (Shore assist), 19:11
Shots: STK – 12 | SJ – 10
San Jose goal: F John McCarthy (4) shot from the high slot goes through traffic and over the goaltender’s glove (Lerg, Bergman assists), 12:09
HEAT GOAL: F Derek Grant (15) shot from behind the cage goes off the goaltender and into the net (Shore, Lomberg assists), 13:53
Shots: STK – 14 | SJ – 7
San Jose goal: F Chris Tierney (1) shot from the slot goes through the goaltender’s five-hole and into the net (Langlois, Bergman assists), 2:01
San Jose goal: F Barclay Goodrow (13) shot from the nearside half-wall goes off a defender’s shaft and deflects over the goaltender’s shoulder and in (Haley, Stollery assists), 19:24 (PP)
Shots: STK – 9 | SJ – 16
San Jose goal: F Nikolay Goldobin (10) rebound on an odd-man rush leads to a shot over the goaltender’s blocker side shoulder and into the net (Langlois assist), 3:09
Shots: STK – 0 | SJ – 3
W: Alex Stalock (35 shots, 32 saves)
L: Kevin Poulin (36 shots, 32 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Nikolay Goldobin (1 goal) 2- Barclay Goodrow (1 goal) 3- Kenny Agostino (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 35 | SJ – 36
Power Plays: STK – 0/2 | SJ – 1/5
Kenny Agostino (1 goal, 1 assist) extends his point streak to four games (3 goals, 2 assists)
Derek Grant (1 goal) extends his point streak to four games (4 goals, 1 assist)
Freddie Hamilton (1 assist) is now on a three-game point streak (1 goal, 2 assists)
Drew Shore (2 assists) is now on a three-game point streak (1 goal, 4 assists)
Ryan Lomberg (1 assist) now has at least one point in back-to-back games
Bill Arnold has his three-game point streak snapped (2 goals, 4 assists)
“You don’t have a choice. We have to have a short memory. We played a pretty good game here tonight, but we have to be able to hold leads in this league. You can only control what we can control and we have to hold that lead.” – Kenny Agostino on his thoughts after tonight’s game.
“We’re on a nice run here as of late, so we can’t let this overtime loss discourage us at all. We have a lot of guys on streaks and doing what they’re supposed to do, so we need to just move forward.” – Agostino on moving past this loss.
“Personally I felt good. I got a good look at a couple shots and really felt pretty good the entire game.” – Kevin Poulin on being in net for the first time since November 21.
“[The San Jose Barracuda] really started crashing the net in the second period. They didn’t have much of anything going to that point and they wanted to change it up. Crashing the net always brings energy and it seemed to get them going.” – Poulin on San Jose bumping him a few times in the final periods.
“I liked our first two periods for sure and parts of the third period. The tying goal was an unfortunate bounce off our guy and once you’re in the 3-on-3 it’s just a track meet for the most part. Unfortunately we were on the wrong end.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on his overall take on tonight’s game.
“We have to just turn the page. Once we get to Ontario tomorrow, we’ll have some time to get a short practice in and get ourselves ready for Friday night.” – Coach Huska on turning the page for Friday’s game against the Reign.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Antonio Rampage
January 13 @ Stockton Arena
First 1,000 fans receive a Aaron Johnson oversized trading card
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.