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Stockton Sunday: Stumbling into 2017

The Heat struggled in some big games this weekend



The Heat have entered 2017 on a low note following a 5-4 overtime loss on New Year’s Eve to the Ontario Reign. The loss extended Stockton’s losing streak to five games as they fall into fourth in the Pacific Division.

It’s safe to say they’re missing Oliver Kylington as the Heat have allowed at least four goals in each loss.

Last Week’s Games

Wednesday: Tuscon Roadrunners (Arizona) 4 @ Stockton Heat 1

Things started well for the Heat as Ryan Lomberg gave them the lead in the first period, but three second period Tuscon goals in 3:55 gave the a lead that they would never give up to soundly beat the Heat 4-1. Jon Gillies made 23 saves on 27 shots in the loss.

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Friday: Ontario Reign (Los Angeles) 4 @ Stockton Heat 1

The Heat fell behind a goal in the first period and by another in the second before they managed to cut the lead to 2-1 with a Brandon Bollig goal in the third. However two late goals by Ontario would seal them the victory. David Rittich made 24 saves on 27 shots.

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Saturday: Stockton Heat 4 @ Ontario Reign 5 (OT)

This time around the Heat would lead for much of the game, including a 4-2 lead in the third period but was squandered away. The tying goal came with only 3:56 remaining, followed by the Reign finding the winning goal in 3-on-3. Andrew Mangiapane had two goals, Mark Jankowski had a goal and two assists, and Brett Kulak scored his first of the year in the loss. Jon Gillies had 33 saves on 38 shots.

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This Week’s Games

Friday: Tuscon Roadrunners @ Stockton Heat

Saturday: Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville) @ Stockton Heat

Roster Moves:

Leading Scorers

Goals: 10 – Morgan Klimchuk, 9 – Andrew Mangiapane

Assists: 15 – Rasmus Andersson, Linden Vey, Mark Jankowski, 13 – Andrew Mangiapane

Points: 23 – Linden Vey, Mark Jankowski 22 – Andrew Mangiapane

Stockton’s record falls to 16-9-4 in the season although they still sit fairly comfortably in a Western Conference playoff spot at this point in the season. We’ll see you next Sunday to recap their two games as they hopefully break this losing streak!

by Michael MacGillivray