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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE CANCELS REMAINDER OF 2019-20 SEASON

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 AHL regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis:

“After a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.

The League’s operational focus has turned toward actively preparing for the 2020-21 season. We are very grateful to the National Hockey League and its teams for their support and leadership in navigating through the challenges faced over the past two months.

The AHL continues to place paramount importance on the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans and all of their families, and we all look forward to returning to our arenas in 2020-21.”

The AHL’s standings – sorted by points percentage – and statistics as of March 12, 2020, are considered final and official, and will serve as the basis for determining league awards for the 2019-20 season.

Press Release Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

Sacramento Kings Statement On NBA Suspending Season

Sacramento, Calif. – Today, the Sacramento Kings released the following statement:

“The health and safety of our fans, employees, players, partners and community has always been, and will always be, our top priority. While we are disappointed the season has been suspended, we fully support the NBA’s decision to postpone games. We will continue to stay in contact with the league, local, state and federal health authorities and medical experts as we closely monitor this public health crisis. During this period of increased focus on public health because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we ask that everyone continue to practice healthy habits as outlined by the CDC. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our fans and community as we face this unprecedented situation together.” 

The Kings also announced that tickets already purchased for a postponed game will be honored when the game is rescheduled. If games are not played or played in an empty-arena, fans will have the option to receive a credit for a future game or a refund. Fans can visit StocktonKings.com where ticket and future schedule information will be announced.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Kings Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT DROP TUESDAY TILT, 7-4, TO SAN JOSE

STOCKTON, Calif. – Buddy Robinson netted a pair of goals and Martin Pospisil recorded his second multi-point game, but the Stockton Heat dropped a wild Tuesday contest by a 7-4 final score to the San Jose Barracuda at Stockton Arena. Robinson lit the lamp with his first score of the game just 46 seconds into the action and the home team owned a 2-1 edge after the first as Martin Pospisil netted his third pro goal, second-straight game lighting the lamp, in the final minute of the first to break a tie.

A back-and-forth second period featured six goals, two for the Heat from Robinson and Byron Froese, and four for the Barracuda who seized a 5-4 edge through two. San Jose then put the game away late in the third with a pair of strikes in a 13-second span. It was the first win in 10 tries for San Jose over Stockton this season.

GOALIES

W: Josef Korenar (26 shots, 22 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (19 shots, 16 saves)

ND: Jon Gillies (12 shots, 8 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Lukas Radil (2g,1a), Second – Danil Yurtaykin (1g,2a), Third – Buddy Robinson (2g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 26, SJ – 31

Power Plays: STK – 1-3, SJ – 0-3

Martin Pospisil (1g,1a) recorded his second professional multi-point game (last Feb. 21 vs. Tucson). He has goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his pro career.

Adam Ruzicka has an assist on all three of Pospisil’s goals.

Buddy Robinson recorded his second multi-goal of the season, first since October 26 against Bakersfield.

Byron Froese netted his 19th goal of the season, tying him with Luke Philp for the team lead.

Rob Hamilton recorded his third multi-point game of the season.

– The Heat are now 9-1-0-0 on the year against the Barracuda.

UP NEXT

The Heat will host the second-place Colorado Eagles for a pair of contests this weekend at Stockton Arena, including Green Night presented by Covanta Energy on Saturday at 6 p.m. followed by a Sunday, 5 p.m. showdown.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT’S TUULOLA NOTCHES MULTI-POINT EFFORT IN SHOOTOUT LOSS

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Stockton finished the weekend with three of a possible four points against Bakersfield after dropping a 4-3 shootout decision Saturday at Mechanics Bank Arena. Eetu Tuulola notched his second-straight multi-point effort for the Heat and Martin Pospisil potted his second professional goal, but the Condors were able to come from behind in their winning effort to snap a 10-game losing streak. Heat captain Byron Froese reached the 40-point mark for the season with an assist on Austin Czarnik’s tally to put Stockton ahead 1-0 early, the third time in four years that Froese has reached that mark.

A back-and-forth affair, the Condors scored the next two before Pospisil and Tuulola scored, respectively, to give Stockton a 3-2 edge. Jake Kulevich’s marker with just over 12 seconds left in the second tied the game at three, a score that lasted through the final horn of regulation. Following a scoreless overtime period, both netminders were strong in the shootout with Artyom Zagidulin turning away three of four shots faced and Shane Starrett stopping all four.

GOALIES

W: Shane Starrett (31 shots, 28 saves; 4 SOA, 4 SOSvs)

SOL: Artyom Zagidulin (36 shots, 33 saves; 4 SOA, 3 SOSvs)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Kirill Maksimov (so g), Second – Jake Kulevich (1g), Third – Colby Cave (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 31, BAK – 37

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, BAK – 1-2

– Byron Froese reached the 40-point mark for the third time in four seasons, registering his 40th point on an assist on the game’s opening goal by Austin Czarnik.

– The marker for Czarnik was his second in as many nights and 16th on the year.

Martin Pospisil potted his second professional goal, with Adam Ruzicka collecting an assist on each.

Eetu Tuulola has goals and multi-point efforts in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

Matt Marcinew made his Stockton debut in the game.

– The Heat earned three of a possible four points against the Condors over the weekend.

UP NEXT

The Heat return home for a Tuesday tilt with San Jose, the first of three games next week at Stockton Arena.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT RALLY FOR 3-2 WIN OVER CONDORS

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Heat erased a two-goal, first-period deficit en route to a 3-2, come-from-behind victory Friday over the Bakersfield Condors at Stockton Arena. After conceding twice in the game’s first frame, the Heat got the comeback started early in the second with Austin Czarnik’s marker just 1:11 into the period, then Luke Philp knotted the game at two with his team-leading 19th goal of the campaign. Tied deep into the third, Eetu Tuulola recorded his third game-winning goal of the season, second against Bakersfield, by potting a loose puck on a two-man advantage to seal the victory.

Stockton had the upper hand in the special teams battle, cashing in twice on the power play while holding Bakersfield scoreless in its lone trip to the man-advantage. With the win, the Heat improve to 7-2-0-1 on the year against the Condors and clinch the season series over Bakersfield.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (25 shots, 23 saves)

L: Stuart Skinner (24 shots, 21 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Eetu Tuulola (1g, gwg), Second – Josh Currie (2g), Third – Austin Czarnik (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 24, BAK – 25

Power Plays: STK – 2-4, BAK – 0-1

Austin Czarnik became the sixth member of the Heat to reach 15 goals on the season with his marker in the second period. It was his first point since February 22, snapping just his second two-game dry spell.

Luke Philp’s goal to tie the game at two was his team-leading 19th marker of the season.

Glenn Gawdin moved into a tie with Alan Quine for the team lead with 46 points on the season.

Eetu Tuulola recorded his third game-winning goal of the season, second against Bakersfield.

Byron Froese is now one point short of notching his third 40-point season in four years.

– Stockton is now 7-2-0-1 on the year against Bakersfield, clinching the season series.

UP NEXT

The Heat will head to Bakersfield for a Saturday night rematch against the Condors, then will return home for a Tuesday tilt with San Jose, the first of three games next week at Stockton Arena.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT SHUT OUT SATURDAY AGAINST IOWA

STOCKTON, Calif. – Iowa netminder Kaapo Kahkonen turned away all 35 shots faced from the Stockton Heat, including 27 over the first 40 minutes, en route to a 2-0 win for the Wild Saturday night at Stockton Arena. The contest was the first time this season that the Heat had been kept off the board and came nearly a full year since the club’s last shutout at home on March 2, 2019. Both Iowa goals came in a span of just 17 seconds in the second period, Mike Liambas and Connor Dewar finding the back of the net, respectively, in the short span. Both teams went scoreless on the power play, the Heat 0-for-4 and Iowa 0-for-5 on the night.

Stockton will return to action on Friday at home, the front end of a home-and-home against divisional foe Bakersfield.

GOALIES

W: Kaapo Kahkonen (35 shots, 35 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (28 shots, 26 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Kaapo Kahkonen (35 sv SO), Second – Mike Liambas (gwg), Third – Josh Atkinson (2a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 35, IA – 28

Power Plays: STK – 0-4, IA – 0-5

– Both Iowa goals came in a span of just 17 seconds in the second period.

– Stockton had not been shut out since April 6, 2019 at Manitoba.

– Stockton’s last home shutout came on March 2, 2019 against the San Diego Gulls.

– The Heat finish the season 0-3-1-0 against the Iowa Wild.

– The game was Stockton’s first-ever Leap Day game.

UP NEXT

The Heat return to action next weekend with a home-and-home Friday and Saturday against the Bakersfield Condors, in Stockton then at Bakersfield, respectively. Friday’s puck drop will be at 7 p.m. at Stockton Arena. 

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT FALL FRIDAY AGAINST SAN DIEGO GULLS

STOCKTON, Calif. – Luke Philp lit the lamp for the 18th time this season to reach a tie for the team lead in goals and Eetu Tuulola potted his first-career shorthanded marker, but the Stockton Heat dropped Friday’s contest against San Diego by a 4-2 final score at Stockton Arena. The Heat got on the board first with Philp’s power play goal coming on the heels of three-straight kills for Stockton in the opening minutes, but San Diego rattled off three unanswered to seize a two-goal cushion heading into the final frame. Tuulola’s strike came just 29 seconds into the third, but the Heat were unable to find the equalizer and then San Diego found the empty net for the 4-2 final. Stockton, which entered the contest tops in the AHL on the penalty kill, conceded twice to a Gulls squad that had been 1-for-28 on the year against Stockton entering today’s game.

The Heat will next play their final contest outside of the Pacific Division of the year on Saturday as they play host to the Iowa Wild.

GOALIES

W: Anthony Stolarz (26 shots, 24 saves)

L: Jon Gillies (31 shots, 28 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Chris Mueller (1g,1a), Second – Isac Lundestrom (2a), Third – Luke Philp (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 26, SD – 32

Power Plays: STK – 1-4, SD – 2-9

Luke Philp’s power play goal brought him to a tie with Byron Froese for the team lead at 18 on the season.

– San Diego’s power play goal in the second period snapped a skid of 16-straight chances on the man-advantage against Stockton that started on January 15.

– The contest was just the third time this season that the Heat have conceded multiple power play goals at home, sixth overall in 51 games. The Gulls entered the game 1-for-28 on the year against the Heat on the man-advantage.

Eetu Tuulola’s shorthanded marker at the start of the third was his first-career shorthanded point.

– The Heat are now 19-4-2-2 on the year when scoring first.

UP NEXT

The Heat become the Lodi Crushers tomorrow night as the club plays host to the Iowa Wild at 6 p.m. The game will feature a pregame wine tasting and specialty jerseys available for auction.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

SALT LAKE GETS REVENGE IN REMATCH OVER STOCKTON KINGS, 128-99

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings (21-17), the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, fell to the Salt Lake City Stars (25-12), the NBA G League of the Utah Jazz, 128-99, in a rematch from Monday night’s game, when Stockton defeated Salt Lake 140-110. Salt Lake forward Jarrell Brantley had a game-high 24 points. 

Stockton struggled to score in the first quarter, shooting .463 percent from the field and .267 percent from three-point range. Salt Lake saw as much as a 16-point lead, with just under two minutes remaining in the first half. Salt Lake kept their lead at 60-48 over Stockton to go into the second half. Salt Lake dominated inside, scoring 36 of their 60 points from inside the paint and outrebounding Stockton 25-14. 

Stockton guard Cody Demps scored 11 of his 23 points in the first half, shooting 4-of-6 from the field. 

Stockton was able to cut Salt Lake’s lead down to 10 points in the third quarter, but Salt Lake would only grow their lead going into the fourth quarter leading Stockton 87-70. In the fourth quarter, Salt Lake outscored Stockton 41-29, keeping a 20+ lead for most of the quarter. 

Salt Lake saw seven players in double figures. Brantley led Salt Lake in scoring with 24 points and 9 rebounds, including seven from the defensive end. Forward Miye Oni finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. 

Stockton was led by Demps with 23 points. Guard Kyle Guy added 20 points, seven assists and two rebounds. Center Eric Mika finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. 

Stockton is back home on Sunday, March 1, to host the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 2 p.m. The Kings will then head south for back-to-back games. On Tuesday, March 3, they will face the Agua Caliente Clippers at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, March 4, they will visit the South Bay Lakers for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats to host Annual Preseason Party This Sunday

Free event features the launch of 2020 single game tickets sales and remaining seats for the March 22 Exhibition Game with the San Francisco Giants

West Sacramento, Calif. – The 2020 Sacramento River Cats season kicks off this Sunday, March 1, with the annual Preseason Party at Sutter Health Park. This free event will run from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and features free hot dogs, Round Table Pizza, soda and Merlino’s, and the opening of the Tri Counties Bank Ticket Office for single game ticket sales.

Attendees at this year’s event can enjoy a scavenger hunt throughout the ballpark, a sneak peek at the River Cats’ clubhouse, live music in the Knee Deep Alley, and opportunities to take photos with the 2019 Pacific Coast League and Triple-A National Championship trophies. Another exciting feature of this year’s Preseason Party is batting practice on the field. Fans of all ages will have an opportunity to take batting practice for a donation to the River Cats Foundation (weather permitting). There will also be free activities for kids, including arts and crafts, and demonstrations from Mad Science.

Tickets to the March 22 Exhibition Game between the River Cats and San Francisco Giants are currently only available at rivercats.com as part of the Best of Sutter Health Park 3-Pack (through Saturday, February 29), but a limited number of seats will be available at Sunday’s Preseason Party.

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets for the 2020 season of River Cats baseball. The Tri Counties Bank Ticket Office will open at 1:00 p.m. and fans are encouraged to secure seats early for premium games like Opening Night (April 14), Independence Day Eve (July 3), Star Wars Night (July 18), and all giveaway dates to avoid lines and ticket shortages. A full promotions and giveaways schedule for the 2020 season is now available at rivercats.com/promotions. All promotions and dates are subject to change.

Those in attendance can also gear up at the On Deck Shop during the annual kick-off event. The store is stocked with a wide variety of the newest River Cats and Giants gear, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and novelty items. There will also be plenty of items commemorating the 2019 River Cats National Championship team.

Season ticket memberships and special ticket packages are available by calling the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or emailing tickets@rivercats.com.

Following the Sacramento River Cats’ Exhibition Game with the San Francisco Giants on March 22, the club’s PCL and Triple-A title-defense will officially begin on Thursday, April 9 in Reno, with Opening Night at Sutter Health Park coming on Tuesday, April 14 against the Tacoma Rainiers.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

STOCKTON KINGS SOAR PAST SALT LAKE CITY STARS, 140-110

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings (21-16), the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, beat the Salt Lake City Stars (24-12), the NBA G League of the Utah Jazz, by a score of 140-110. Stockton forward DaQuan Jefferies had a game-high 33 points.

The game began with both teams in a back and forth battle, with the first quarter ending with Salt Lake leading 26-25. In the second quarter, Stockton shot seven-of-12 (.583 percent) from beyond the arch. Jefferies did not miss a shot the entire quarter going five-of-five from the field and two-of-two from three-point range, scoring 12 of his 33 points.

In the first half, Jefferies and center Robert Franks each scored 17 points, scoring 34 of Stockton’s 60 points. Stockton led going into the second half, 60-53.

In the third quarter, Stockton guard Kyle Guy scored 16 points, shooting four-of-five from the field and three-of-four from beyond the arch helping Stockton outscore Salt Lake 40-29 in the quarter. Stockton shot .706 percent from the field, and .700 percent from three-point range while Salt Lake struggled shooting .407 percent from the field and .250 from three-point range. Guy’s three-point jump shot near the half-court mark at the buzzer gave put Stockton ahead 100-82. 

Stockton extended the lead in the fourth quarter, seeing their biggest lead at the four-minute mark, ahead by 32 points. Stockton would keep their strong lead and beat the Stars with a final score of 140-110.

Salt Lake guard Justin Wright-Foreman led the Stars in scoring with 22 points. 

Stockton saw five players in double-figures. Jefferies led the game with 33 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Guy finished the game with 30 points and five assists. Franks added a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds.  

Salt Lake City returns on Wednesday, February 26, for Stockton’s second annual Education Day game at 10 a.m. All students in attendance will receive a free educational workbook from the Stockton Kings. Stockton is home again on Sunday, March 1, to host the Rio Grande Vipers at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at StocktonKings.com/Tickets.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations