Stockton, Calif. – Despite staging a furious comeback in the middle frame, the Stockton Heat fell to the San Jose Barracuda by a score of 5-4 at Stockton Arena. After falling behind 3-0 after the first period, the Heat tied their record for most goals in one period by scoring four goals in the second period. It was Rasmus Andersson who got the scoring started by tipping in a shot from Matt Frattin and shortly after, Mark Jankowski would score to bring the Heat to within one. The Heat would tie the game at 4-4 thanks to goals by Matt Frattin and Hunter Shinkaruk which occurred in a span of 1:52. Unfortunately, San Jose’s Joakim Ryan would add a goal late in the 2nd period and the Heat were unable to tie things up in the third period. The Heat will now have a quick turnaround, as they face the Bakersfield Condors Saturday night at Stockton Arena.
San Jose Goal: F Nikita Jevpalovs (9) Shot from the from the faceoff circle is tipped passed the goaltender (O’Regan, Meier assists), 3:59
San Jose Goal: D Patrick McNally (3) shot through traffic from the mid-slot beats the goaltender on the glove side (Goodrow, Bergman assists), 11:26 (PP)
San Jose Goal: F Nikita Jevpalovs (10) shot from the mid-slot beats the goaltender off a 2 on 1 break (O’Regan assist), 18:21
Shots: STK – 12 | SJ – 9
HEAT GOAL: D Rasmus Andersson (3) shot through traffic from the point beats the goaltender on the blocker side (Frattin, Aagaard assists), 1:32
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (16) quick shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle beats the goaltender five hole (Klimchuk, Shinkaruk assists), 3:48
San Jose Goal: F Timo Meier (10) rebound off a shot from the point is redirected and beats the goaltender’s five hole (Ryan, Heed assists), 7:32 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Matt Frattin (12) shot in front of the crease gets redirected in off a pass from the side of the net (Mangiapane, Jankowski assists), 8:52 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Hunter Shinkaruk (8) wrap around beats the goaltender five hole (Carroll, Pribyl assists), 10:44
San Jose Goal: D Joakim Ryan (7) shot through traffic beats the goaltender five hole (Carpenter, McCarthy assists), 19:38
Shots: STK – 9 | SJ – 10
Shots: STK – 9 | SJ – 7
W: Mantas Armalis (30 shots, 26 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (26 shots, 21 saves)
Three Stars: 1. Nikita Jevpalovs (2 goals) 2. Mark Jankowski (1 goal, 1 assist)3. Hunter Shinkaruk (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 30 | SJ – 26
Power Plays: STK – 1/4 | SJ – 2/4
Mark Jankowski (1 goal, 1 assist) had his 7th multi-point game of the season which gives him the team lead
Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane (1 assist) are now tied for the team-lead in power-play points (11)
Hunter Shinkaruk (1 goal, 1 assist) had his 5th multi-point game of the season
Matt Frattin (1 goal, 1 assist) had his 6th multi-point of the season
Matt Frattin snapped a 7 game goal-less streak
Hunter Shinkaruk snapped a 14 game goal-less streak
Mikkel Aagaard (1 assist) earned a point in his first game back in Stockton since being recalled
Tonight’s game is the Heat’s first one-goal loss at home this season
Stockton scored their first power play goal since January 21st
With the Heat’s four goals in the second period, this is the most they’ve scored in the 2nd period and ties the season high for goals in one period with the other instance being vs San Diego on 12/3
Mike Angelidis left the game with an undisclosed injury. Coach Huska is awaiting word from the trainers.
“We’re a pretty offensive team that has a lot of fire power up front. For a couple guys to get a couple goals is refreshing for everybody, but the end result is that we have to play a complete game. You go down 3-0, that’s tough to come back from but I thought we fought hard in the second.” – Matt Fratin on the team’s offensive outburst in the second period.
“Obviously, it’s higher speed and better players [in the AHL], but everyone on my line helped me out today and the coaches have been really good setting me up and showing me the differences on what we do here compared to down there, so it was easy to feel comfortable.” – Mikkel Aagard on his recent recall to the Stockton Heat and how he felt in tonight’s game.
“I didn’t even see it. I still don’t know if it hit me or not. At the time, I thought I was slashed, but everybody kept telling me that I tipped it, so I wasn’t sure if it was the slash or the puck, but it was nice to get the one goal that kind of got us going. I think that helped turn things around.” – Rasmus Andersson on his goal tonight.
“Obviously, it was a big period by us. It was too bad we didn’t get the win because in the second and third period we were way better than [San Jose]. We just have to refuel our batteries here and get ready for tomorrow because I think this could be our turning point right here.” – Andersson on carrying the confidence from tonight’s second period.
“It was nice to see us score some goals. It’s been a long time since we’ve scored more than one goal in a game, but moral victories at this stage [of the season]aren’t really worth all that much right now. I think it was good for a lot of guys to find the back of the net and realize and recognize that we can do that more often.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on his team’s four-goal second period.
“I thought our guys responded pretty well, even after the first period. It’s something that when you think of the stretch that we’re in right now, to have a response being down 3-0, I’m proud of them right now. It’s not an easy thing to do when you’re not feeling good about your game and I thought our guys did a good job responding.” – Coach Huska on the team’s comeback.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Bakersfield Condors
February 18 @ Stockton Arena
Covanta Easy Being Green: Tote bag to the first 750 adults and teens 13 years old & over
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.