In two games this past week, Stockton Heat forward Kenny Agostino pushed himself to 12 goals and 27 points on the year with a pair of two-point efforts.
Last Wednesday, the 23-year-old assisted on both goals scored in Stockton's 2-1 overtime victory over the Ontario Reign.
He collected the primary assist on Derek Grant's opening goal in the first period and then was part of a tic-tac-toe passing play between himself, Grant, and Aaron Johnson that resulted in the game-winning goal just 30 seconds into extra time.
Both tallies were power play goals.
"We’ve been putting in a lot more work on it in practice lately and coach Dominic Pittis has done a good job of letting us make plays that are available, rather than scripting too much. Tonight we had great execution by our group," Agostino said afterwards when asked about the team's success with the extra man.
Agostino followed that performance up with a two-goal outing against the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday evening.
His first goal, coming at the 0:54 mark of the second period, came after he fired a wrist shot above Condors netminder Eetu Laurikainen's shoulder.
Agostino then scored the Heat's fourth goal of the night with 26 seconds left in regulation when his pass attempt ended up going off the goaltender and into the back of the net.
"The first one was a good defensive play by [Derek Grant] who got the puck to [Emile Poirier]. Emile made a nice direct pass to me in stride and I was able to put it over the goalie’s shoulder. The second one I just tried to make a pass to Derek – I knew he was gunning for the hat trick, but it ended up getting off the defender’s skate and going in," Agostino stated after Saturday's win.
The Heat, who have won seven straight games at home and now sit fourth in the Pacific Division, are on their All-Star break and will resume play on Feb. 5 when they visit the San Diego Gulls.
"It feels good to go on a little run like this, especially going into a break. That being said, it’s important to not get big-headed over this break and come back strong in San Diego," Agostino stated.