The Stockton Heat, collectively, have struggled to generate offence lately. Chances have been there, sure, but they couldn't seem to capitalize on Grade-A scoring opportunities.
They broke out of that slump this past weekend, thanks in part to the efforts of Flames' prospect Markus Granlund.
The Finnish forward racked up four points in two games in Texas, scoring two goals and two assists in the Lone Star State. With eight points on the year, he now leads the Heat in scoring.
On Friday, Granlund potted a pair of goals in a 5-4 shootout setback to the San Antonio Rampage. Both goals drew the Heat even with the Rampage; his first marker came early in the second period, when the Rampage held a 2-1 lead, while his second tally came on the power play in the third period and knotted things up at 2. Granlund had five shots in the game.
The 22-year-old followed up his two-goal performance with two helpers in Stockton's 5-3 win over the Texas Stars on Saturday. He assisted on Garnet Hathaway's opening tally in the first period and then collected the lone assist on Austin Carroll's goal just under five minutes later. He had five shots in the Heat's final game of the week.
The Heat are back in action on Wednesday when they host the San Diego Gulls at the Stockton Arena. It's Markus Granlund photo night in Stockton -- fitting, given his recent play.