BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Alan Quine snapped a seven-game goalless skid but the Stockton Heat fell on a quiet night on the offensive end by a 4-1 final to the Bakersfield Condors, the home team capitalizing with two empty net goals to produce the lopsided score. All three goals scored with goalies in both nets came in a span of just 2:17 midway through the second period, the Condors striking first before Quine’s answer at 10:25 of the middle frame. The tie did not last long as Josh Currie continued to be a thorn in Stockton’s side as he has been all season, beating Tyler Parsons from in tight for a 2-1 lead, an edge that the Condors did not lose. Bakersfield got a big boost from its penalty kill in the contest, holding Stockton scoreless on five power play opportunities, four of which came in the game’s opening period of play.
SCORING AND PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Shane Starrett (20 shots, 19 saves)
L: Tyler Parsons (27 shots, 25 saves)
Three Stars: First – Cooper Marody (1g,1a), Josh Currie (2g), Tyler Benson (2a)
Final Shots: STK – 20, BAK – 29
Power Plays: STK – 0-5, BAK – 1-1
– The game was Tyler Graovac’s 300th in the AHL.
– Alan Quine’s goal in the second period snapped a seven-game goalless streak while pushing his current scoring streak to three games (1g,2a) and a point in four of the last five (1g,3a).
– Rinat Valiev registered an assist on Quine’s marker, giving the defenseman a point in his first game since returning to Stockton from a stint in Calgary.
– The Heat were held scoreless on five power plays in the game, four of which came in the first period.
– Stockton is now 0-4-1-0 at Rabobank Arena and 1-5-2-0 overall against Bakersfield this season.
The Heat return home on Saturday, Feb. 16 to start a two-game set with the Eagles. Saturday’s game is Safety Night and Law Enforcement Appreciation, with all fans receiving a BBQ apron courtesy of ABC10 TV. The Sunday game (Feb. 17) will begin Hockey Week Across America festivities in Stockton.