A 2-1 overtime loss in Game 5 has ended the Stockton Heat's season.
San Jose Barracuda forward Ryan Carpenter scored the game-winner at 8:52 in the extra frame, wrapping up the five-game first round series.
"I thought for the whole overtime period, we had control and we were pressing and we had a lot of opportunities. We had a lot of time in their zone and that led to their penalty and we were very confident on the bench and they got a lucky bounce to end it," Mark Jankowski told StocktonHeat.com.
Goaltenders David Rittich and Jon Gillies combined for 52 saves in the setback. Rittich stopped all 15 shots he faced before he was relieved by Gillies, who was credited with 37 saves, in the second period.
"I thought both of the goaltenders tonight were excellent," head coach Ryan Huska stated. "You don't want to be in a situation where you have to use both of them, especially in a game like this but [David Rittich] was excellent to start with and [Jon Gillies] did an excellent job preparing for a situation just like this. He came in and he was ready to go. The one strength we knew we had with this group was our goaltending, and both guys gave us an opportunity to win."
Jamie Devane scored the Heat's lone goal on Tuesday, coming at the 10:38 mark of the second period. Taking a pass from Brett Kulak, he snapped a shot past San Jose netminder Troy Grosenick's glove while he was perched on the doorstep.
Timo Meier tied the game in the third period, beating Gillies off a 2-on-1 rush. The unassisted marker came at 9:47.
San Jose's overtime goal came while the Heat were on the power play. On a 2-on-1 opportunity, Carpenter beat Gillies' glove side with a shot from the slot.
"The puck hopped over the defenceman's stick and that put us in a bad position there and there was a race to puck and their guy had the edge and he slid it over and [Ryan Carpenter] made a great play and shot it in," Jankowski recounted. "Obviously, on a power play it's a tough way to end it. This feeling hurts, but you have to take the positives from this season like the way we got into the playoffs and build on it into the summer."