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Heat Wave: Parsons returns, Phillips on fire

Stockton split this week’s games with a pair of Pacific opponents

After Tyler Parsons won his return last week, making 31 saves in a win over the Iowa Wild, he started both games this week.

Parsons was fantastic on Saturday, stopping 39 saves in a 3-2 come from behind win against the Tucson Roadrunners. The Heat found themselves down 2-0 just 26:31 into the game. That’s when Matthew Phillips came alive.

Phillips scored before the end of the period, bringing Stockton within one. He added another just 8 seconds into the third, before he and Curtis Lazar set up Buddy Robinson just over 2 minutes later, which was the eventual game winner.

Parsons also started the Monday game against the San Jose Barracuda, but was shelled for 6 goals on 31 shots, and pulled at 17:06 of the second period. Jon Gillies made 14 saves on 14 shots in relief. The Heat were in a back and forth affair all night, but found themselves down 6-3 to start the third period. Ryan Lomberg and Rob Hamilton added to the score in a fierce comeback attempt, but 6-5 ended up the final score.

Matthew Phillips had his second straight 3 point night (1G-2A). Hamilton, Curtis Lazar, and Kerby Rychel all recorded two points.

Despite the loss, Tyler Parsons is 2-1 since his 61 day absence from the Heat. After recording points in both games this week, Matthew Phillips extended his point streak to 6 games, and has 10 points in that span (4G-6A).

Heat Player of the Week: Matthew Phillips

Games: 2 (3 Goals, 3 Assists)

Up Next: Jan 4 vs Tucson Roadrunners

Record: 14-15-3, 6th Pacific

Team Leaders:

Kerby Rychel GP: 30 (15-12-27)

Curtis Lazar GP: 31 (11-14-25)

Tyler Graovac GP: 29 (11-13-24)