Stockton Heat forward Derek Grant continues to generate offence at a torrid pace, netting two goals and six points in two games this past week while extending his point streak to seven games.
On Wednesday, the Heat took on the San Antonio Rampage at the Stockton Arena and Grant registered a goal and two points in the 6-2 victory. He scored the game's first goal when he was able to capitalize on a rebound at 7:29 of the first period. He also collected an assist on Kenny Agostino's goal, which was the result of a tic-tac-toe play mid-way through the second period.
Afterwards, he deflected the praise sent his way and credited his linemates for his recent success.
"I think it’s getting good bounces and playing with good guys. I’m playing with Kenny Agostino and Emile Poirier right now and they’re tremendously skilled guys," he told StocktonHeat.com. "They make things really easy for me and I can say the same things about the guys I was playing with before. I just try to get to open areas and the puck just seems to find me lately."
Grant missed Saturday's game due to illness but looked no worse for wear on Sunday, when he rattled off a career-high four points in a 7-4 win over the Iowa Wild at the Wells Fargo Arena. He had one goal and three assists in the victory, giving him 28 points in 24 games this year.
The Abbotsford, BC native first point came in the second period, when he set up defenceman Dustin Stevenson's first goal of the year on a delayed penalty call early in the second period. Later on in the stanza, he scored the Heat's fourth goal of the night when he was able to beat netminder Leland Irving on a partial breakaway.
His final two assists came in the third period. He had the secondary assist on Emile Poirier's goal at 17:41 and set up Turner Elson for an empty-net goal with 21 seconds left in the game.
"[Derek Grant] led us the way we need him to tonight," head coach Ryan Huska said afterwards. "He was hard on the puck and tough on his faceoffs. We asked him this morning how he was feeling and he said much better after a night’s sleep. We were happy to have him back in the lineup for sure. Derek’s an important player for our team and I thought he did an excellent job tonight."
Grant will represent the Heat at the 2016 AHL All-Star Weekend later this month. It will be his first appearance at the annual event.