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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 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

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

PHILP FINISHES COMEBACK BID AS STOCKTON HEAT EARN OT WIN WEDNESDAY

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Stockton Heat erased a two-goal, third-period deficit in a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory Wednesday night to improve to 9-0-0-0 on the year against San Jose. Byron Froese scored twice in the win while Alan Quine claimed the game-tying goal with 1:25 remaining and then Luke Philp lit the lamp 1:25 into overtime to steal the win.

The Heat jumped out to the early lead with Froese notching his first score of the contest just 9:09 into game action, but San Jose rattled off three unanswered over a 12-minute span from late in the first through the middle of the second. More than 21 minutes elapsed before Froese’s second strike got the comeback bid started, then Quine and Philp were able to finish it off. Stockton was outshot by a 41-18 margin in the contest, but netminder Jon Gillies came up big with 38 saves in the win.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (41 shots, 38 saves)

OTL: Josef Korenar (18 shots, 14 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Luke Philp (1g), Second – Byron Froese (2g), Third – Lean Bergmann (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 18, SJ – 41

Power Plays: STK – 1-4, SJ – 0-5

Byron Froese’s pair of goals extended his scoring streak to seven games (6g,6a) and gives him a team-leading 18 goals on the season.

Austin Czarnik pushed his scoring streak to four games with an assist on Froese’s second goal.

Alan Quine extended his scoring streak to seven games (4g,7a) with the game-tying goal late in the third.

– San Jose hit the three-goal mark against Stockton for the first time this season.

Luke Philp’s game-winner was his fourth of the season, tops for the Heat.

– Stockton improves to 9-0-0-0 on the year against the Barracuda and have limited San Jose to just 2-for-45 on the power play in the season series.

UP NEXT

The Heat return home for a three-games-in-four-days sprint starting Friday at 7 p.m. against the Ontario Reign.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT TOPPED BY WILD SUNDAY, 7-4

DES MOINES, Iowa – In a game of runs, the Stockton Heat could not overcome a three-goal hole as the Iowa Wild hung on for a 7-4 win Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena. The Heat jumped out to a 2-0 run as Byron Froese and Alan Quine each lit the lamp, but Iowa rattled off five unanswered over the next nine minutes for a commanding 5-2 lead early in the second.

The Heat showed their mettle with a pair of goals from Rinat Valiev and Luke Philp over a span of just 49 seconds later in the middle frame, but a shorthanded tally from Iowa’s J.T. Brown, his third point of the evening, put a halt to the visitors’ run before the second intermission. Brown (1g,2a) was joined by Gerald Mayhew (2g,2a), whose empty-netter was the lone goal of the third, to lead the attack for Iowa, while Froese, Quine and Austin Czarnik all posted two points in the game for Stockton.

GOALIES

W: Mat Robson (29 shots, 25 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (15 shots, 11 saves)

ND: Jon Gillies (17 shots, 15 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – J.T. Brown (1g,2a), Second – Gerald Mayhew (2g,2a), Third – Brennan Menell (1g,1a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 29, IA – 33

Power Plays: STK – 1-5, IA – 2-3

Byron Froese (4g,6a) and Alan Quine (3g,7a) extended their respective scoring streaks to six games with a goal and assist each in the first period.

Austin Czarnik recorded a pair of assists in the game’s opening frame, giving him points in three straight (4g,2a).

Luke Philp and Froese each netted their 16th goal of the season, respectively, tying them with Buddy Robinson for Stockton’s team lead.

Rinat Valiev’s goal was his second of the season, last lighting the lamp on January 3.

– The Heat dropped both games despite scoring first on the weekend after entering with a record of 16-1-2-2 in such games.

UP NEXT

The Heat will head to San Jose for a Wednesday tilt against the Barracuda before returning home for a three-games-in-four-days sprint at Stockton Arena starting Friday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT DROP WEEKEND OPENER AT IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa – Austin Czarnik and Byron Froese each maintained their hot hands on the offensive end, but the Heat could not contain the Iowa Wild as Stockton fell 5-2 Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. The visiting team jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as a Czarnik slap shot found the back of the net, but a three-goal rally in the second around Froese’s 15th goal of the season gave Iowa a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes.

The Wild then seized control of the contest with a marker early in the third as Sam Anas, who finished the night with five points (2g,3a), provided the insurance goal and empty netter in the final frame. The AHL’s leading goal-scorer Gerald Mayhew (2g,1a) and netminder Kaapo Kahkonen (36 saves) also made strong contributions for Iowa en route to the win. The teams will face off once again on Sunday, a 1 p.m. PST puck drop in Des Moines.

GOALIES

W: Kaapo Kahkonen (38 shots, 36 saves)

L: Jon Gillies (31 shots, 27 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Sam Anas (2g,3a), Second – Gerald Mayhew (2g,1a), Third – Kaapo Kahkonen (36 svs)

Shots On Goal: STK – 38, IA – 32

Power Plays: STK – 1-3, IA – 2-4

Austin Czarnik pushed his goal total to four over the last two games with his first period marker.

Byron Froese netted his 15th of the season to tie the game in the second period. With Froese’s tally, Stockton became the first team in the AHL this season to have four skaters hit the 15-goal mark.

– Froese’s scoring streak is now at six games (3g,5a). Alan Quine (2g,6a) also hit the six-game mark for his scoring streak with an assist.

Gerald Mayhew’s power play goal at the end of the second period snapped a streak of 31-straight kills for Stockton.

– The Heat are now 16-2-2-2 when scoring first on the year.

– The game was the first time in the all-time series that Stockton was held without a point, now 5-1-2-0 in eight meetings.

UP NEXT

Stockton and Iowa wrap up their weekend set Sunday, a 1 p.m. PST puck drop. The Heat will then head to San Jose for a Wednesday tilt against the Barracuda.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

CZARNIK LEADS STOCKTON HEAT TO 4-1 WIN OVER CONDORS

STOCKTON, Calif. – Led by a pair of goals from Austin Czarnik, the Stockton Heat used a big second period to overcome an early hole and win the club’s first game back from the All-Star break by a 4-1 final over Bakersfield.

Both of Czarnik’s markers came in the second period as Stockton turned a 1-0 deficit into a two-goal advantage through 40 minutes, with Alex Gallant punctuating the frame with an insurance goal just 13 seconds after Czarnik’s second score of the frame. Luke Philp then pushed Stockton’s lead to three with his 16th goal of the season late in the third, pulling the rookie into a tie with Buddy Robinson for the Heat team lead for the campaign. Stockton will hit the road for the next three games before returning home on Friday, February 14 against the Ontario Reign.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (33 shots, 32 saves)

L: Shane Starrett (37 shots, 33 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Austin Czarnik (2g), Second – Jon Gillies (32 svs), Third – Alex Gallant (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 37, BAK – 33

Power Plays: STK – 1-3, BAK – 0-2

Austin Czarnik registered his 10th and 11th goals of the season, coming in his 18th game. The game was his second multi-goal effort of the season (last on January 12).

Byron Froese’s helper on Czarnik’s first strike extended his scoring streak to four games, with two goals and four assists in that span.

–  Alex Gallant’s goal to put Stockton ahead 3-1 came just 13 seconds after Czarnik’s second strike. It was his first point against Bakersfield in his six games played against the Condors this season.

Luke Philp pulled into a tie with Buddy Robinson for Stockton’s team lead with 16 goals on the season after lighting the lamp in the third.

– The Condors have scored first in four of Stockton’s six wins over Bakersfield.

UP NEXT

The Heat hit the road for three-straight games before returning home on Friday, February 14 to play host to the Ontario Reign at 7 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations