Heat Post-Game: Heat break season win record against the Condors
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The Bakersfield Condors were back in town for a weekday series against the Heat starting on Monday night. This was the Heat’s second and final Monday game on the season as it was originally meant to be played on Dec. 1. Covid-19 delays pushed this game back and it made sense to host Bakersfield on Monday before they were set to play them again on Wednesday evening. This game was a solid outing for the Heat after a busy weekend of hockey and resulted in a 3-1 win for the home team.
The shutout that wasn’t
Dustin Wolf was a large piece of Monday’s success. He was almost lights out between the pipes stopping 30/31 Bakersfield shots. The one goal that did go in came at 18:04 in the third period. Wolf was just under two minutes away from his first professional shutout. It’s hard to believe he hasn’t done this for Stockton yet as he was a shutout machine with the Everett Silvertips. Wolf had nine shutouts in his 2019-20 season and seven in his 2018-19 season with the Silvertips.
Wolf got beat on a point-blank shot right up the middle of the ice and you can see the disappointment in his reaction knowing this wouldn’t cost him the game but cost him another distinction in the AHL. However, knowing his skillset, it is only a matter of time.
With this win, the Heat have officially broken their team record for wins in a single season. Expect that number to go up with 18 games to go in the regular season. They are now three points away from clinching a playoff spot and that can be achieved as early as this Wednesday. Here’s how this win came to be.
It started and ended with Jakob Pelletier. Pelletier scored the first goal of the night late into the first period at 17:24. His power play goal was assisted by Justin Kirkland and Johannes Kinnvall. He crashed the net and put away a juicy rebound.
The next goal was another tally late in the period, this time in the second. Eetu Tuulola continues his hot scoring streak and put away a shot on a partial break.
Tuulola has now scored in three out of the last four games and has hit a career-high 11 goals in a single season.
In the third period, Bakersfield snuck in the last couple of minutes of regulation. We’ve already talked about that one but the one we haven’t talked about is Pelletier’s insurance goal scored at 18:46, just a mere 42 seconds after the Condors lit the lamp. Pelletier fought through some Condor traffic and took a shot from the whole other end of the ice and scored on the empty net. Kevin Gravel picked up the assist. Time ran out and that was the end of the Monday night action with the Heat winning 3-1 despite being down 31-28 in shots.
More from where that came from
If you’ve enjoyed the AHL version of the Battle of Alberta there won’t be much of a wait before you can catch it live again. Bakersfield is hitting the ice once again at Stockton Arena at 7:30 pm (MT) this Wednesday. The possibility of clinching a playoff spot against the Edmonton Oilers affiliate might just be the icing on the cake for the Stockton Heat.
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