STOCKTON, Calif. – Behind a season-high four points from Buddy Robinson, a six-for-six effort on the penalty kill and a pair of power play goals, the Stockton Heat took a 5-3 win over the Iowa Wild Friday night at Stockton Arena. The Heat raced out to a 3-0 lead through the game’s first 32 minutes, a pair of Robinson goals sandwiched around Dillon Dube’s 15th of the season. Iowa seized momentum late in the second with a pair of strikes just 1:18 apart to trim the deficit to one, then tied the game with 4:02 left in the third as Nate Prosser found the back of the net. Stockton did not take long to answer on the other end, as Matthew Phillips scored less than two minutes later and Tyler Graovac punctuated the win with an empty netter. Jon Gillies was strong once again for the Heat, turning away 38 of 41 shots faced in the win.
SCORING AND PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Jon Gillies (41 shots, 38 saves)
L: Andrew Hammond (38 shots, 34 saves)
Three Stars: First – Buddy Robinson (2g,2a), Second – Jon Gillies (38 saves), Third – Matthew Phillips (1g)
Final Shots: STK – 38, IA – 41
Power Plays: STK – 2-6, IA – 0-6
– The contest was Josh Healey’s 100th professional game.
– The Heat recorded a pair of power play goals on the night, the club’s first multi-goal effort while on the man-advantage since February 17 against Colorado.
– Buddy Robinson recorded a season-high four points with a pair of goals and two assists on the night. It was his eighth multi-point game of the season, second with more than two points.
– Dillon Dube lit the lamp for the fifth time in the last six games with his power play goal to open play in the second.
– Glenn Gawdin registered a pair of assists, his fifth multi-point game of the season. It was his second multi-assist game.
– Mason Morelli made his Heat debut in the game after his ATO was announced Friday afternoon.
– Jon Gillies recorded his 12th-straight start for the Heat.
– The Heat have a point in all three meetings against Iowa this season.
The Heat and Wild close out their weekend series Sunday, a 5 p.m. puck drop at Stockton Arena.