Five minutes away from elimination, the Stockton Heat roared back and defeated San Jose, 5-3, in Game 4 of their Pacific Division semifinal series at Stockton Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The winner-take-all Game 5 will be Tuesday evening in San Jose (7 p.m. PT).
Rookie Andrew Mangiapane tied the game with 5:05 left in regulation, scoring his first goal of the series after a 20-goal showing during the regular season.
Linden Vey then buried the winner with 2:56 to play, and added an empty-netter for his second two-goal game of the series.
Hunter Shinkaruk and Garnet Hathaway registered a goal and an assist each for the Heat, who have 14 goals in the last three games after being shut out in the series opener. David Rittich (2-1) made 34 saves for the win.
Troy Grosenick (2-2) stopped 28 of 32 shots in the loss.
Pacific Division Semifinals – Series “G” (best-of-5)
P1-San Jose Barracuda vs. P4-Stockton Heat
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – SAN JOSE 4, Stockton 0
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 23 – Stockton 6, SAN JOSE 4
Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 28 – San Jose 5, STOCKTON 3
Game 4 – Sun., Apr. 30 – STOCKTON 5, San Jose 3
Game 5 – Tue., May 2 – Stockton at San Jose, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern