SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Stockton Heat showcased their resilience in the final game before the All-Star Break, erasing a pair of third-period deficits before Kerby Rychel scored the game-winner with just one tick remaining in overtime for a 4-3 win Saturday in San Antonio. The win snapped a 12-game home ice win streak for the Rampage that dated back to December 8. Rychel finished the night with two points, one of two Heat skaters with multi-point efforts as he was joined by linemate Andrew Mangiapane, who had a goal and an assist on the night. The Heat got a big boost from their penalty kill, which went 6-for-7 against San Antonio including a perfect 4-for-4 in the first period, which featured a pair of 5-on-3 power plays for the home team. Jon Gillies was stout between the pipes, turning away 27 of 30 shots faced in the road win.
SCORING AND PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Jon Gillies (30 shots, 27 saves)
OTL: Jared Coreau (31 shots, 27 saves)
Three Stars: First – Kerby Rychel (2g), Second – Jordan Kyrou (1g,1a), Third – Samuel Blais (1g,1a)
Final Shots: STK – 31, SA – 30
Power Plays: STK – 1-4, SA – 1-7
– The Heat penalty kill came up big in the first period, going 4-for-4 including a pair of successful kills on San Antonio 5-on-3 power plays. Stockton finished the night 6-for-7 on the PK.
– Stockton’s first goal came courtesy of Kerby Rychel, assists from Josh Healey and Andrew Mangiapane.
– Rychel’s overtime game-winner was his second of the year and finished off his second multi-goal game of the season.
– Mangiapane scored a goal to tie the game at two in the third with 5:47 remaining in regulation with a blistering one-timer from the slot. It was his sixth multi-point game of the season with Stockton.
– Buddy Robinson claimed the game-tying goal with just 1:14 left, his second-straight game with a goal.
– Stockton is now 10-3-3-0 when scoring first.
– The Heat are now 5-4 in games decided in OT.
Stockton returns to home ice following the All-Star Break on Friday, Feb. 1 as the team plays host to the San Jose Barracuda, the front end of a home-and-home with the divisional foe.