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Third-period rally falls short against Laval

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 /

Mark Simpson and Adam Ruzicka found the back of the net in a third period push, but the Stockton Heat (9-11-1-0) dropped Sunday's contest against the Laval Rocket (17-4-1-1) by a 4-2 final score at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

The teams played to a scoreless draw in the first period before the Rocket jumped on top in the second, Rafael Harvey-Pinard scoring on the powerplay 6:20 into the frame for a 1-0 lead.

The cushion grew to three early in the third with Yannick Veilleux and Ryan Poehling scoring in the first 4:05 of the final period before Simpson's marker cut the deficit to two. Ruzicka then trimmed the gap to just one score in the final minute before an empty-netter produced the 4-2 final.

Garret Sparks made 34 saves on 37 shots faced in the game. 



  • Mark Simpson netted his fourth goal of the season and first since March 8. 
  • Alex Gallant recorded his first assist of the season on Simpson's score.
  • Simpson's goal snapped a Laval shutout streak of more than 110 minutes against Stockton.
  • Adam Ruzicka's goal was his team-leading ninth of the season.
  • C.J. Lerby recorded his first professional multi-point game with two assists.
  • Garret Sparks made 34 saves in the game, his second-highest tally of the season.



STK PP - 0-for-0
STK PK - 2-for-3



First - Jordan Weal (2 assists)
Second - Rafael Harvey-Pinard (2 goals, 1 assist)
Third - Ryan Poehling (1 goal, 1 assist)



W - Michael McNiven (16 saves on 18 shots faced)
L - Garret Sparks (34 saves on 37 shots faced)



The Heat close out their seven-game road trip with a Tuesday contest at Laval, a 5 p.m. puck drop at the Bell Centre.

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