After missing a couple of weeks with an upper body injury, forward Drew Shore returned to the Stockton Heat's lineup last Wednesday looking no worse for wear.
The 24-year-old had an immediate impact in his first game since Dec. 20, picking up two points in a 4-3 overtime setback to the San Jose Barracuda.
He set up Kenny Agostino perfectly on a two-on-one, waiting patiently for the defender commit to a shot before sliding it over for Agostino to one-time into the back of the net and put the Heat up 2-0 in the first period.
In the second period, he passed the puck off to Derek Grant behind the net and the forward's shot went off the goaltender and into the net.
Shore was credited with one shot and was a plus-two in the overtime loss.
On Friday, the Heat visited the Ontario Reign and Shore scored the lone goal in a 6-1 loss at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. His back-door tap-in was deemed a good goal and pulled the Heat within two in the second period but that was all the offence Stockton could muster.
“It was a really quick play where [Turner Elson] just put it on net and I got a stick on it behind the goalie and the net went off right after it. It was a weird play and I thought we were going to gain some momentum off of it, but it was a tough night," Shore said afterwards.
Shore is now riding a four-game point streak in which he has two goals and six points. The Denver, CO product is fourth in team scoring with four goals and 18 points through 24 skates.
The Flames acquired Shore from the Florida Panthers on Jan. 9, 2015 in exchange for Corban Knight. He was the Panthers' second round pick (44th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.