Stockton rallies for 3-2 overtime win over Eagles
Dec 17 2021
STOCKTON, CA. –The Stockton Heat scored three unanswered goals, including a pair on the power play, to defeat the Colorado Eagles 3-2 in overtime on Friday. Eagles forwards Cal Burke and Dalton Smith each found the back of the net in loss. Heat defenseman Andy Welinski scored the game-winning goal with just seven seconds left in the extra session as Colorado desperately tried to kill a 4-on-3 power play.
The Eagles got off to a good start when Burke curled up behind the Heat’s net and passed the puck past Stockton goalie Dustin Wolf to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead just 1:35 into the game.
The lead widened as Smith skated to the low lunge and shot a backhand to the back of the net to put Colorado in the lead 2-0 at 6:09 off first frame. The Eagles then outscored the Heat 14-9 during the period and headed for intermission still in the lead, 2-0.
Stockton pushed back in the second period edging Colorado 13-7. The Heat would also take a bite out of the Eagles’ lead when forward Eetu Tuulola sent a shot from the right wing circle into the back of the net on the power play to reduce the deficit to 2-1 at 5:50 pm the middle frame.
Still in the lead 2-1 after 40 minutes of play, Colorado saw its advantage disappear when defenseman Ilya Solovyov buried a wrist from the left wing circle to tie the score at 2-2 with 9:28 to play. the end of the match.
With 60 minutes unable to determine a winner, the game would switch to 3-on-3 overtime, sudden death. After Eagles defenseman Charle-Edouard D’Astous was cautioned for a four-minute minor double for a high stick at 2:05 into overtime, Colorado would be forced to take a 4-to-3 shorthanded penalty for the game. duration.
The match winner materialized when Welinski found a rebound above the crease and knocked it down in front of Eagles goalie Justus Annunen to give the Heat the 3-2 victory with just seven seconds left in overtime.
Annunen suffered the loss in overtime, allowing three goals on 35 shots, while Wolfe claimed his 13th place in the league.e victory of the season, making 26 saves on 28 shots. Colorado was 0 for 3 on the power play, while Stockton was 2 for 6 on the power play.
The Eagles will return to action on their trip to face the Stockton Heat on Saturday, December 18e at 7:00 p.m. MT at Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif. Tickets for all regular season games are on sale now and start at just $ 19. You can find more information on ticket packages, theme tickets, and promotional nights by visiting ColoradoEagles.com or calling the box office at (970) 686-7468.