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STOCKTON, Calif. – For the first time this season the Stockton Heat were held to fewer than a pair of goals, only Alan Quine finding the back of the net in the first period as the Heat fell 2-1 Saturday night to the Ontario Reign.

Stockton peppered Matthew Villalta with 31 shots, including 12 in the final frame, but were unable to beat the netminder over the game’s final 46 minutes. The teams played to a stalemate on special teams, each side going scoreless on the man-advantage, and the Reign were able to take advantage of a pair of goals in the second as Mikey Eyssimont and Brett Sutter lit the lamp for the decisive 2-1 edge. The result ends Stockton’s five-game home point streak, the club’s longest since the 2016-17 season.


W: Matthew Villalta (31 shots, 30 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (21 shots, 19 saves)


Three Stars: First – Brett Sutter (1g, gwg), Second – Mikey Eyssimont (1g), Third – Alan Quine (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 31, ONT – 21

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, ONT – 0-2

– The game was the first time all season that Stockton scored fewer than two goals.

– The loss snapped Stockton’s five-game home point streak, coming exactly a month after the Heat’s last home loss December 4, also against Ontario.

Alan Quine notched his seventh goal of the season and has a point in three straight games (1g,2a). 

– With an assist on Quine’s goal, Buddy Robinson has a three-game point streak (2g,1a) and has six points (3g,3a) in Stockton’s last five games.

Austin Czarnik’s six-game goal-scoring streak, which had been the longest in the AHL, has come to a close.


Stockton will conclude its four-game home stand Wednesday against Bakersfield, a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations


STOCKTON, Calif. – Four Heat players notched multi-point efforts as the Stockton Heat rattled off three unanswered goals to seize a 6-3 win Friday night over the Ontario Reign. Led by Luke Philp and Byron Froese with a goal and assist each, the Heat pulled away from a 3-3 tie in the second period to extend the club’s point streak to five games at Stockton Arena.

Austin Czarnik opened the scoring 4:43 into the game, running his goal-scoring streak up to an AHL-best six games, before Ontario countered midway through the frame to draw even through 20 minutes. A six-goal second period saw the Heat and Reign punch and counter-punch, Rinat Valiev lighting the lamp before a Jaret Anderson-Dolan answer, then Buddy Robinson score before Sean Durzi found the back of the net. It was all Heat from there with three consecutive strikes, from Froese, Philp and Adam Ruzicka, for the Friday night win.


W: Jon Gillies (30 shots, 27 saves)

L: Cal Petersen (37 shots, 31 saves)


Three Stars: First – Luke Philp (1g,1a), Second – Byron Froese (1g,1a), Third – Glenn Gawdin (2a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 37, ONT – 30

Power Plays: STK – 2-4, ONT – 0-3

Austin Czarnik’s power play goal in the first period extended his goal-scoring streak to six games, the longest active run in the AHL and longest goal streak of the season for Stockton.

Rinat Valiev recorded his first goal of the season, his last goal coming April 7 of the 2018-19 campaign at Manitoba.

Buddy Robinson’s goal gives him a marker in back-to-back games, and he’s found the net in three of Stockton’s last four.

Byron Froese reached double-digit goals for the season with his second period finish.

Luke Philp added to his impressive run since November 11th, depositing his 14th goal over Stockton’s last 19 games – most in the AHL in that span.

– With a pair of assists in the game, Glenn Gawdin extended his point streak to five games (3g,7a).

Corey Schueneman recorded his second multi-point effort of the season, each coming in the team’s last four games.

– The Heat have recorded at least a point in five consecutive home games, the longest such streak for Stockton since Feb. 26 through March 12, 2017. 


The Heat and Reign will close out their weekend set Saturday at 6 p.m. at Stockton Arena.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations


STOCKTON, Calif. – Behind a 29-save shutout from Jon Gillies and a three-goal third period, the Stockton Heat closed out 2019 in style with a 4-0 win over San Jose Tuesday at Stockton Arena. The sixth win of the season over the Barracuda, Stockton got on top early as Glenn Gawdin took a lengthy feed from Rob Hamilton and found the back of the net to break a stalemate just shy of the halfway point of the opening frame. After a scoreless second that saw Stockton kill three penalties, a Buddy Robinson shorthanded goal just 31 seconds into the third opened the floodgates, the first of three tallies for the home side in a span of just 4:43 to seize complete control of the game at 4-0. The Heat finished the night a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill en route to Gillies’ shutout, the first for the Heat since January 17, 2018, also against San Jose. The Heat will return to action this weekend with a pair of divisional games against the Ontario Reign.


W: Jon Gillies (29 shots, 29 saves)

L: Josef Korenar (26 shots, 22 saves)


Three Stars: First – Jon Gillies (29 svs), Second – Glenn Gawdin (1g,1a), Third – Buddy Robinson (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 26, SJ – 29

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, SJ – 0-7

Jon Gillies recorded his eighth-career shutout, Stockton’s first shutout since January 17, 2018, which also came against San Jose. Gillies was also in net that night for the Heat and stopped 32 shots.

Glenn Gawdin’s first-period goal extended his scoring streak to four games (3g,5a), and his two-point night (1g,1a) brought his season total to nine points (2g,7a) in six games against San Jose.

Buddy Robinson’s shorthanded goal 31 seconds into the third extended Stockton’s lead to two. It was his second SHG of the season, his first since opening night on October 4.

Austin Czarnik extended his goal-scoring streak to five games, longest in the AHL, with his third period marker. He has at least a point in six consecutive games played, now at five goals and four assists in that span.

Eetu Tuulola’s marker was his first since November 27 and snapped a seven-game scoreless skid.

– The Heat are now 6-0 on the year against San Jose.

– The win was head coach Cail MacLean’s 50th with the Heat.


Stockton will host the Ontario Reign in a pair of Pacific Division bouts this weekend at Stockton Arena, Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations


SAN JOSE, Calif. – Alan Quine’s hat trick and six-point outburst highlighted Stockton’s 8-1 thrashing of the San Jose Barracuda in the team’s first game back from the holiday break Friday afternoon at the SAP Center. The forward was one of seven Heat skaters to register a multi-point game, including Glenn Gawdin’s career-best four-point (1g,3a) performance and Zac Leslie’s four-assist effort, among others. The Heat led 1-0 after a tight first period, but a five-goal onslaught in the second allowed Stockton to seize complete control heading into the final frame.

A total of six Stockton players lit the lamp in the contest, including Quine, Matthew Phillips, Gawdin, Austin Czarnik, Corey Schueneman and Buddy Robinson. With the win, the Heat are now 5-0 on the year against San Jose and have matched the most victories over the Barracuda for a season in team history. The Heat will look to push their point streak to eight games as they close out the current three-game road sprint Saturday evening at Bakersfield.


W: Jon Gillies (26 shots, 25 saves)

L: Josef Korenar (12 shots, 8 saves)

ND: Andrew Shortridge (7 shots, 3 saves)


Three Stars: First – Alan Quine (3g,3a), Second – Glenn Gawdin (1g,3a), Third – Zac Leslie (4a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 19, SJ – 26

Power Plays: STK – 0-0, SJ – 1-3

Alan Quine recorded his fourth hat trick since the start of the 2018-19 season and first of the campaign as he doubled his season goal total Friday with three in the game. It was Stockton’s second hat trick of the season, and first since Oliver Kylington netted three at Tucson on November 9. Quine’s six-point night was the first by a player in the AHL this season.

– The Heat notched eight even-strength goals in the game, the most in team history.

– Stockton’s five-goal second period matched its best offensive output in a frame this season, tying the first period of November 27’s 8-5 win over Ontario. 

– Seven Heat players recorded multi-point efforts in the game.

Glenn Gawdin notched a career-best four points (1g,3a).

Zac Leslie’s four assists were the most by a Heat player this season.

Austin Czarnik has a four-game point streak, totaling seven points (3g,4a) in that time.

– The Heat are now 5-0 on the year against San Jose and have matched their most-ever wins in a season against the Barracuda.

Corey Schueneman’s goal was his first of the season and second of his career.


The Heat will close out their three-game road sprint at Bakersfield Saturday before returning home for a New Year’s Eve contest.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relatons


SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Behind multi-point nights from Austin Czarnik and Zac Leslie and goals from Glenn Gawdin and Matthew Phillips, the Stockton Heat were able to overcome an early 2-0 deficit to salvage a point in a 4-3 shootout loss Saturday night at San Diego.

With Saturday’s result, the Heat head into the holiday break on a six-game point streak, 4-0-1-1 in that span. The Gulls jumped out to a 2-0 edge in the game’s first 13 minutes, but a Gawdin goal late in the second put Stockton on the board and turned momentum heading into the final frame. The Heat then claimed the next two goals, Phillips and Czarnik finding the back of the net, but Jack Kopacka, who earned first star honors with two goals and an assist, lit the lamp with just 5:04 left in regulation to force the game to overtime and an eventual shootout, where the Gulls netted a pair and held Stockton scoreless to secure the win. The game snapped a six-game win streak for the Heat at Pechanga Arena as well as six-straight wins for Stockton over San Diego. The Heat will return to action on Friday with a matinee contest against San Jose at the SAP Center.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations


STOCKTON, Calif. – Justin Kirkland found the back of the next with 3.7 seconds remaining in regulation, helping the Stockton Heat steal a point in a 4-3 overtime setback Wednesday night at Stockton Arena.

Luke Philp led the offensive attack for Stockton, netting a pair in the tight struggle to push his torrid run to 13 goals in the Heat’s last 14 contests. The rookie put the Heat ahead early but Iowa responded just 54 seconds later, Dmitry Sokolov’s first of two scores in the second frame to give the Wild the edge heading into the third. After Philp tied the game at two apiece, Sam Anas put the Wild ahead 3-2 until Kirkland’s late marker. Kyle Bauman then played hero 2:08 into overtime, giving the Wild their first win at Stockton Arena. The Heat have now recorded a point in five-straight games and six of their last seven overall.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations


STOCKTON, Calif. – Jon Gillies made a season-best 47 saves, one shy of his career high, and Matthew Phillips potted a pair of goals as the Stockton Heat completed a weekend sweep of the San Jose Barracuda with a 5-2 win Sunday night at Stockton Arena. A game in which Stockton never trailed, the Heat jumped out to 2-0 and 3-1 leads with goals from Phillips, Buddy Robinson and Justin Kirkland before Alex Gallant delivered the dagger less than five minutes into the third to blow the game open.

Gillies was as strong start-to-finish as he was busy, the Heat allowing a season-high 49 shots on goal, and he was particularly sharp with 21 stops in the first to give Stockton a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. With the win, the Heat improve to 4-0 on the year against San Jose with at least a point in their last six contests against the Barracuda. 

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations


SAN JOSE, Calif. – Stockton Heat’s special teams came up clutch with a pair of late kills, including a 5-on-3 chance, as the Heat hung on to win by a 3-2 final score Saturday afternoon against the San Jose Barracuda at the SAP Center. Luke Philp got the scoring started, a power play marker to extend his goal streak to five games, the lone score of the first period.

After the Barracuda drew even in the second, Matthew Phillips lit the lamp in his first game back since the first NHL call-up of his young career, extending his point streak to six games, and then Adam Ruzicka found the back of the net in what proved to be the game-winner 7:05 into the third period for a two-goal edge before a late Barracuda score to draw within striking distance. The victory improves Stockton to 3-0 on the year against San Jose, a hat trick of 3-2 wins, and the contest was the Heat’s first road win against the Barracuda since October 21 of last season, snapping a five-game losing skid at the SAP Center. The Heat have now won six of their last seven road games, the first time in team history that the club has accomplished that feat.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations


ONTARIO, Calif. – Austin Czarnik found the back of the net 2:15 into overtime, lifting the Stockton Heat to a 3-2 win Wednesday night in Ontario. The game-winning goal came following a big save by Jon Gillies, who capped a strong, 26-save night by turning away a breakaway early in the extra five-minute period.

Stockton never trailed in the game but had to overcome a resilient Reign group, Ontario tying the game at a goal apiece just 61 seconds after Stockton jumped on top with Alex Gallant’s first marker of the season and then knotting the game at two after just three minutes following the Heat’s second goal, coming from Luke Philp. The Heat tallied a season-best 40 shots on goal in the contest and improved to 10-2-0-1 in road games for the season.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations


STOCKTON, Calif. – Matthew Phillips and Glenn Gawdin each registered three points on the night and Luke Philp netted a pair of goals as the Stockton Heat overwhelmed Bakersfield by a 7-3 final Saturday night at Stockton Arena.

The Heat jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, scores from Philp and Buddy Robinson, the latter’s team-leading 11th of the campaign. The Condors countered with two before the horn, but a 3-1 split in the second period with Stockton goals from Philp, Justin Kirkland and Alan Quine provided the Heat with breathing room heading into the game’s final frame. Phillips and Gawdin then punctuated the win, lighting the lamp in the final frame to produce the 7-3 final. The win was the first victory for the home team in the season series between Stockton and Bakersfield, with the Heat owning a 4-1-0-1 lead on the year.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations