December 6, 2017 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Stockton Heat
HEAT WIN THIRD-STRAIGHT WITH 5-2 WIN OVER CONDORS.
Stockton, Calif. - The Heat remained perfect against their rival, the Bakersfield Condors, improving their record to 5-0-0-0 with a 5-2 win at Stockton Arena. Garnet Hathaway became the first Heat skater to reach the 10-goal plateau, scoring just 1:27 into the game, and while the Condors responded, the Heat would get it back at the tail end of the first with Ryan Lomberg's first goal of the season, off Tanner Glass' first point with the Heat. Colby Robak would put the Heat up a pair of goals off a terrific one-time blast in the second period, but the Condors would cut the deficit to one with a goal toward the end of the second. Despite Bakersfield's onslaught of shots in the third, the Heat would record a power-play goal thanks to Andrew Mangiapane, restoring their two-goal advantage and Morgan Klimchuk sealed the win with the empty net goal.
HEAT GOAL: F Garnet Hathaway (10) scramble for the puck in front of the net pops the puck out to the slot, which is wristed past the right post and in (Mangiapane, Findlay assists), 1:27
Bakersfield Goal: F Brian Ferlin (1) shot from left circle goes off goaltender and knocked into the net on the rebound (Rattie, Downing assists), 11:11
HEAT GOAL: F Ryan Lomberg (1) battle near the blueline is won by the Heat and thrown toward the net, picked up by forward and wristed over the goalie's glove hand (Glass, Andersson assists), 14:58
Shots: STK - 14 | BAK - 8
HEAT GOAL: D Colby Robak (1) three-on-one rush finds defenseman jumping into right circle and blasting the one-timer past the netminder's outstretched glove (Poirier, Hrivik assists), 10:36
Bakersfield Goal: F Josh Currie (3) puck bounces around in the high slot before a turnaround shot from is put on net, which glances off goaltender and in (O'Brien, Mantha assists), (PP) 18:40
Shots: STK - 5 | BAK - 13
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (8) shot from point is deflected past goaltender underneath blocker hand (Goloubef, Findlay assists), (PP), 11:08
HEAT GOAL: F Morgan Klimchuk (7) skates puck from center ice to the goal mouth before easing puck in empty net (Poirier, Wotherspoon assists), (EN) 17:37
Shots: STK - 5 | BAK - 16
W: Jon Gillies (37 shots, 35 saves)
L: Nick Ellis (23 shots, 19 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Andrew Mangiapane (1 goal, 1 assist) 2- Jon Gillies (35 saves) 3- Colby Robak (Game Winning Goal)
Final Shots: STK - 24 | BAK - 37
Power Plays: STK - 1/5 | BAK - 1/3
Garnet Hathaway (1 goal) has points in three-straight games (3-2-5) and is the first Heat skater to reach 10 goals on the season
Hathaway's 10 goals are now tied for second in the American Hockey League (only six players with 10 or more goals)
Colby Robak (1 goal) scores his first goal as a member of the Heat and has points in back-to-back games (1-2-3)
Robak scores his first game winning goal since October 14, 2012 against the Houston Aeros
Emile Poirier (2 assists) has points/assists in back-to-back games (0-5-5). All five of Poirier's assists this weekend were primary assists
Poirier's 5 assists in the last two games is tied for the most points he's scored in back-to-back games in his career, going back to April 4 and 7, 2015 with the Adirondack Flames (1-4-5)
Marek Hrivik (1 assist) has points/assists in three-straight games (1-4-5)
Morgan Klimchuk (1 goal) has goals/points in three-straight games (3-1-4)
Stockton faced their first penalty shot of the season with Jon Gillies stopping Ryan Hamilton's shot attempt with his right pad
It's the third ever time the Heat have faced a penalty shot with all three resulting in no goal (11/7/15 - Michael Mersch (ONT) vs. Kent Simpson) (11/12/16 - Joe Whitney (SA) vs. Rittich)
Andrew Mangiapane (1 goal, 1 assist) records his seventh multi-point game of the season
Mangiapane's 21 points are tied for second in the American Hockey League
Brett Findlay (2 assists) records his second multi-point game of the season
Stockton is now 5-0-0-0 against the Condors this season and 15-13-1-0 all-time against the club
The Heat have scored power-play goals in seven of their last eight games, going 8 for 35 (22.9%)
Stockton is now 6-0-0-0 when outshot by opponents this season
The Heat have scored first in 13 of 15 games this season and are 10-3-0-0 when scoring the game's first goal
"It was huge, it was a big confidence booster as well. We found a way to win both nights and tonight, guys paid the price to win, there were some big blocks and Johnny [Gillies] made some big saves. The power play got us a big goal and it was an overall good effort." - Colby Robak on the 4-2 victory over Bakersfield
"It was a great play all around, and I saw [Hrivik] move it up to Poirier and he has such good vision and with Klimchuk driving the net, that opened up the far side for me. Being a defenseman, I closed my eyes and hoped for the best." - Robak on his first goal of the year.
"It was huge. We play them quite a few times and it is a pretty big chunk of our schedule so every game we play against them it is a big two-points up for grabs, so we are really happy about this weekend." - Ryan Lomberg on the importance of sweeping Bakersfield.
"It felt like a bit of a weight was lifted off me, which was nice. I've got to give credit to my linemates, Pelly and [Tanner Glass] worked so hard to get that puck back and Glass found me right in front when I was all by myself so it was a beautiful play." - Lomberg crediting his linemates following his first goal of the season.
"In this building, we try and make teams play on their heels and when you are able to score early you can accomplish that. Now our challenge with this heavy road schedule, we have to find a way to win on the road." - Coach Ryan Huska on scoring early.
"We are fortunate, I think we have the two best goalies in the American Hockey League, and they both give us a chance to win each night and that is a huge bonus for our group at home. When you go on the road there are times that you will be on your heels and we have the goaltenders to help us weather the storm." - Huska believes Gillies and Rittich are the top two goalies in the league.