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STOCKTON HEAT SPECIAL TEAMS LEAD WAY IN SHOOTOUT WIN OVER TUCSON

STOCKTON, Calif. – Three goals on the power play fueled the Stockton Heat to a dramatic win over first-place Tucson by a 4-3 final in a shootout Saturday night in front of 4,241 fans at Stockton Arena.

Stockton, which held Tucson to 1-for-5 with the extra skater, got the better of the special teams battle starting from the opening puck drop, the Heat killing a pair of early penalties before Rob Hamilton’s slap shot from the point on the man-advantage gave the home team the early lead. Adam Ruzicka then continued his scoring run, now a five-game point streak, with a power play goal of his own for a 2-0 edge through one period. After the Roadrunners cut into the cushion early in the second, it was again the power play unit that answered as Zac Leslie picked a corner to produce a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes. The Roadrunners mounted their rally in the third, scoring back-to-back goals in 61 seconds midway through the frame to draw even and push the game to extra time, where after a scoreless overtime period Austin Czarnik and Justin Kirkland scored in the shootout to clinch the win. The contest was Stockton’s first win over Tucson on the year and brings the Heat to within three points of first place in the Pacific Division.

GOALIES

W: Artyom Zagidulin (28 shots, 25 saves)

SOL: Tyler Parks (8 shots, 8 saves)

ND: Ivan Prosvetov (17 shots, 14 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Justin Kirkland (SO G), Second – Rob Hamilton (1g,1a), Third – Glenn Gawdin (2a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 26, TUC – 28

Power Plays: STK – 3-6, TUC – 1-5

Matthew Phillips made his return to the Heat lineup following recovery from a lower body injury, his first game since December 28 at Bakersfield.

Rob Hamilton’s goal to open the scoring was his third of the season and first on the power play.

Adam Ruzicka extended his scoring streak to five games with his power play goal, now with two goals and four assists in five games.

Glenn Gawdin snapped his five-game scoreless skid with two points on the night, a pair of assists in the first period.

Alan Quine extended his scoring streak to nine games (5g,8a) with an assist. Byron Froese’s streak ends at eight games (6g,8a).

Austin Czarnik has points in five of Stockton’s last six games.

– The shootout was Artyom Zagidulin’s first penalty shots faced this season.

– The game was the third time Stockton has scored three or more power play goals in a game this season, the second time the Heat have accomplished that feat in five games against Tucson.

UP NEXT

The Heat conclude the holiday weekend home stand Monday at 1 p.m. against the San Diego Gulls.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

TUULOLA, RUZICKA POST MULTI-POINT EFFORTS AS STOCKTON HEAT FALL TO ONTARIO

STOCKTON, Calif. – Despite strong efforts from rookie forwards Eetu Tuulola and Adam Ruzicka with a goal and assist apiece, the Stockton Heat could not hold serve on home ice as the club fell 6-3 Friday night to the Ontario Reign.

Stockton gave up the game’s first goal in the opening minute before Tuulola’s response less than four minutes later, but a three-straight scores from Ontario gave the visitors a lead that the Heat could not overcome. Stockton was able to make the game close with consecutive markers from Ruzicka and Alan Quine to draw back to within striking distance, but a Reign response from Bokondji Imama allowed Ontario to regain a multi-goal cushion midway through the third and Blaine Byron deposited his second goal of the night into an empty net for the 6-3 final score. The Heat will return to action Saturday against the Pacific Division-leading Tucson Roadrunners.

GOALIES

W: Matthew Villalta (38 shots, 35 saves)

L: Jon Gillies (29 shots, 24 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Blaine Byron (2g,1a), Second – Sheldon Rempal (1g,1a), Third – Eetu Tuulola (1g,1a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 38, ONT – 30

Power Plays: STK – 1-3, ONT – 0-0

Eetu Tuulola’s goal in the first period was his first marker since December 31, snapping a 14-game goal-less skid. He finished the game with two points, a goal and an assist.

Adam Ruzicka’s multi-point game extended his scoring streak to four games, now with a goal and four assists in that span.

Alan Quine pushed his scoring streak to eight games, totaling 12 points (5g,7a) in that span. His goal just 15 seconds into the third was the fastest score to start a period this season for the Heat.

Byron Froese notched an assist on Quine’s goal, pushing his scoring streak to eight games (6g,8a) as well.

– The team that scores the first goal is now 6-1-1-0 in the season series between Stockton and Ontario. The Reign have won four straight in the series.

– The Heat did not take a penalty on the night, the first time all season Stockton has kept a clean sheet for penalties.

UP NEXT

The Heat continue the busy home weekend with a Saturday tilt at 6 p.m. against the Tucson Roadrunners on Safety/Law Enforcement Appreciation Night before concluding the home stand Monday at 1 p.m. against the San Diego Gulls.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT ERASE EARLY DEFICIT IN WEDNESDAY WIN

STOCKTON, Calif. – After falling behind 2-0 early in the second period, the Stockton Heat rallied to score the final four goals of the game en route to a 4-2 win Wednesday night over the Bakersfield Condors. The Heat used a dominant third period to complete the comeback, outshooting the Condors 13-3 and outscoring the visiting club 3-0 over the game’s final 20 minutes.

Brad Malone paced the Condors attack with a pair of goals in the game’s first 21 minutes, but the momentum shifted when Adam Ruzicka put away his own rebound 15:16 into the middle frame. Stockton then set the tone for the third early in the final period, Byron Froese beating Stuart Skinner just 29 seconds in to draw even. The tie lasted into the game’s final nine minutes, when Luke Philp redirected an Alan Quine feed to go ahead 3-2, and Ryan Lomberg then tacked on the exclamation point in the final second with an empty netter. With the win, Stockton completes its four-game home stand with a 3-1 record.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (21 shots, 19 saves) 

L: Stuart Skinner (39 shots, 36 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Alan Quine (2a), Second – Luke Philp (1g), Third – Brad Malone (2g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 40, BAK – 21

Power Plays: STK – 2-3, BAK – 2-4

Ryan Lomberg returned to the lineup for the first time since November 30, ending a 12-game absence from game action, and he found the back of the net to seal the 4-3 win.

Brad Malone’s power play goal for Bakersfield in the first period snapped a streak of 23 consecutive kills for Stockton on home ice.

– Stockton allowed two power play goals in a game for the fourth time in 33 games this season, the third time in eight games against Bakersfield.

Alan Quine extended his scoring streak to four games with an assist on Adam Ruzicka’s second period power play goal and now has 11 points (4g,7a) over the Heat’s last six games. He has eight multi-point games this season.

– Defenseman Corey Schueneman has seven points (1g,6a) and three multi-point games in Stockton’s last six games.

– Stockton is now 7-0 on the year following regulation losses and has outscored opponents 34-15 in those games.

– The Heat are now 5-2-0-1 on the year against Bakersfield.

UP NEXT

Stockton will hit the road for a pair of Pacific Division contests this weekend, Saturday and Sunday matinees at San Jose, and will return home on Wednesday against the San Diego Gulls at 7 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

Stockton HEAT EARN 3-2 WIN SATURDAY OVER SAN JOSE

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