STOCKTON, CA – The Stockton Heat defeated the San Jose Barracuda in Game four by a score of 5-3 on Sunday night.
1st Period: Just 58 seconds into the game, Daniel O’Regan fired a shot past David Rittich, putting San Jose up 1-0 very early into the game. Before the game, the Heat players were emphasizing their start. Well, they did not have a good start at all. Three shots against, a two-on-one, and a goal against all occurred in the first minute; not an ideal way to open up a game at home. Shots after one period were 10-6 in favor of San Jose.
2nd Period: 6:21 into the second period, Hunter Shinkaruk tapped one home, tying the game up at 1-1. A little under two minutes later, Garnet Hathaway scores to give Stockton the lead. Two quick goals got all of the momentum going the Heat’s way for the majority of the period. But with 2:05 left in the second, Buddy Robinson tied things up, 2-2 after 40 minutes. After two periods, Stockton had the 16-14 shots on goal edge.
3rd Period: 4:38 into the third, Tim Heed fires a one-timer past Rittich putting San Jose ahead 3-2. Many chances came for both teams, but the goalies stood tall until Andrew Mangiapane scored from a scramble in front of the net with 5:05 left to tie it back up for Stockton. Around two minutes later, Linden Vey scored to give the Heat the late lead. A couple big saves from Rittich and an empty netter from Vey sealed game four for the Heat.
1 – Linden Vey (STK) – 2 goals, 1 assist
2 – Andrew Mangiapane (STK) – 1 goal
3 – Garnet Hathaway (STK) – 1 goal, 1 assist
-Shots on Goal: San Jose 37 – Stockton 33
-Power plays: San Jose 0/3 – Stockton 0/2
-Oliver Kylington (1 assist) earns his first career AHL playoff point
Player to Watch in Game Five:
Linden Vey: Coming off one of his best games of the season, Vey will hope to carry that momentum into game five. He scored the game-winning goal in game four and the goal that sealed it. Don’t be surprised if Vey has a little extra jump in his game on Tuesday Night.
Troy Grosenick (If he Starts): It wasn’t the best night for Grosenick, allowing four goals. Expect a big bounce back game for San Jose, but mainly Grosenick. He has proven to be one of the better goalies in the AHL, so he will most likely come out rock solid Tuesday. For the Heat to beat him, they need to throw a lot of pucks on net to generate rebounds.
“It was a wild game. They got off to a good start and they had us on our heels, but we’ve pretty much done what we’ve done down the stretch. We just stuck with it, grinded away and found a way to win at home.” – Linden Vey with his take on the game.
“We’re a thorn in the side, for sure, and we’ve been that way for a while. There’s a real strong belief in our group. Even when we got ourselves down in the third period, our bench didn’t change at all. There’s 100% belief that we were going to win the game. It may have been a little more stressful than we would’ve liked, but we got the job done and that’s what’s important. That’s what we needed to do. Find a way to get the game in San Jose. We have one more game to look forward to and we have to find a way to win on the road now.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the win.
Game 5 will be Tuesday night on May 2nd at the SAP Center. Puck Drop is set for 7:00 PM in San Jose.