The Eagles take advantage of the big second period to blow up Stockton, 5-1
November 27, 2021
LOVELAND, CO. – Colorado forward Sampo Ranta scored two goals, while goaltender Justus Annunen blocked 35 of 36 shots he faced as the Eagles beat the Stockton Heat 5-1 on Saturday. Forward Ryan Wagner and defender Justin Barron also generated performances on multiple points with one goal and one assist each. The victory also secured three of four possible points in the Eagles standings in the two games against the first Heat.
A choppy first period saw Stockton lead the Eagles 8-6, as Colorado finished the first 20 minutes 0-1 on the power play, while the Heat went 0-2 on the man advantage. . As the horn sounded to complete the first frame, the two teams headed for the still scoreless intermission.
Things would start to open up in the second half, as Wagner crossed the circle on the left wing before breaking a wrist that would beat Stockton goalkeeper Adam Werner to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead at 9:09 am half-time. .
The lead was growing as Barron pushed his way through the slot and lit the torch to put Colorado in the lead 2-0 with 56 seconds left in the period. Less than a minute later, Ranta would benefit from a 2-on-1 run with a wrist shot from the left wing circle that would elude Werner and take the Eagles’ lead to 3-0 at 7:57 p.m. second. stanza.
Still in the lead 3-0 early in the third period, Colorado would see the Heat come to a halt when forward Martin Pospisil buried a shot from the right wing circle to reduce the deficit to 3-1 to just 4: 48 of the last 20 minutes of regulation.
The Eagles would invoke a response minutes later when Ranta passed Stockton’s defense and lifted a backhand from the top of the crease into the back of the net to bring the score to 4-1 Colorado with 11:51 remaining in the contest. .
Forward Andreas Wingerli added punctuation to the afternoon when he deflected a shot from the blue line past Werner to take the Eagles’ advantage to 5-1 at 13:35 of the third period.
The Heat outscored Colorado 36-22 in the game, as the Eagles went 0 for 2 on the power play and 5 for 5 on the penalty kill. Werner suffered the loss in goal, allowing five goals on 22 shots.
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