Bakersfield, Calif. – Led again by a solid effort between the pipes from David Rittich, the Stockton Heat blank the Bakersfield Condors 2-0 Saturday night at Rabobank Arena. Rittich stopped all 30 shots he faced to earn his team-leading second shutout of the season, while also registering his third-straight win in the process. The Czech goaltender received support from both Oliver Kylington and Daniel Pribyl, each of whom tallied a goal to help push the Heat to 8-3-1-0 on the season. The Stockton Heat will now look to continue their four-game road trip, as they make their way to Ontario for a midweek clash against the Reign Wednesday night.
Shots: STK – 7 | BAK – 13
HEAT GOAL: D Oliver Kylington (2) shot from the point off the faceoff win goes through traffic in front of the net and beats the goaltender (Angelidis assist), 9:57
Shots: STK – 14 | BAK – 10
HEAT GOAL: F Daniel Pribyl (3) shot from the far side faceoff circle is redirected in traffic and stuffed into the net from the far side of the crease (Lomberg, Andersson assists), 11:06
Shots: STK – 7 | BAK – 7
W: David Rittich (30 shots, 30 saves)
L: Laurent Brossoit (28 shots, 26 saves)
Three Stars: 1- David Rittich (30-save shutout) 2- Oliver Kylington (1 goal) 3- Daniel Pribyl (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 28 | BAK – 30
Power Plays: STK – 0/2 | BAK – 0/3
David Rittich (30-save shutout) earns his second shutout of the season and moves into a tie for the all-time team-lead in shutouts with two
Rittich becomes the second-fastest goaltender in Heat team-history to earn two career shutouts (Jon Gillies in three games) and he also joins Joni Ortio and Kevin Poulin as the only Heat goaltenders to earn wins in three-straight games
Ryan Lomberg (1 assist) now has at least one point in back-to-back games (2 assists)
“[David Rittich] was great tonight, especially in the first period. [Bakersfield] had a lot of chances and he held us in it. After we scored the first goal he just improved and stayed hot all game.” – Daniel Pribyl on the play of David Rittich tonight.
“I’m not sure how [Ryan Lomberg] got the puck through to me, but it came to me in front there and I just tried to put it on net. Fortunately, it went in.” – Pribyl on his goal that put the Heat up 2-0.
“The win means more to me than the shutout. I feel good because my team played really well in front of me tonight. The guys made it simple for me and allowed me to see the puck all night.” – David Rittich with his thoughts on tonight’s win.
“In the first period [David Rittich] was the difference. [Bakersfield] had a lot of pressure on us and we expected that to happen, but our goaltender came to play tonight. That was the real big key for us tonight.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the play of his goaltender tonight.
“Our schedule the last 24 hours was a great test for our guys and I thought our leadership group did a really good job of preparing our team to play. They’re the voices in the dressing room when our coaching staff isn’t in the room and Mike Angelidis does an excellent job with this group. Tyler Wotherspoon and Matt Frattin have each done a great job as well.” – Coach Huska on the quick turnaround and his leaders stepping up to help prepare the team for tonight’s game.
“It’s hard for goaltenders to stop the puck if they don’t see it and I thought we did a real good job of getting bodies in front of [Laurent Brossoit] and made it difficult for him to make that save. It was a big goal for us at that time of the game.” – Coach Huska on Oliver Kylington’s eventual game-winning goal in the second.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Charlotte Checkers
November 30 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive a Tyler Wotherspoon bookmark
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.