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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

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

STOCKTON HEAT SNAP SKID WITH SHUTOUT WIN OVER EAGLES

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Heat put an emphatic end to a brief three-game skid with a 5-0 shutout win over the Colorado Eagles Monday afternoon at Stockton Arena.

Netminder Artyom Zagidulin made 18 saves in the contest, while Byron Froese potted a pair of goals and Buddy Robinson and Glenn Gawdin each accounted for a goal and an assist in the game. The Heat took the early edge in the matinee, Robinson lighting the lamp just 26 seconds into the contest, then doubled the lead to 2-0 through two periods with a goal from Byron Froese. Alex Gallant, Gawdin then punctuated the win with goals in the final frame. The contest was Zagidulin’s second shutout over the last 10 days and Stockton’s third since New Year’s Eve. The Heat will close out the pre-All-Star break portion of the schedule with a Friday home date against the Ontario Reign.

GOALIES

W: Artyom Zagidulin (18 shots, 18 saves)

L: Adam Werner (43 shots, 38 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Byron Froese (2g), Second – Artyom Zagidulin (18 svs), Third – Buddy Robinson (1g,1a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 43, COL – 18 

Power Plays: STK – 1-4, COL – 0-5

Buddy Robinson opened the scoring 26 seconds into the game, his team-leading 16th goal of the season. It was the fastest goal to open a game and fastest at the start of any period this season for Stockton.

– With two assists Monday, Austin Czarnik now has eight points (3g,5a) in Stockton’s last seven games. 

Alex Gallant’s score in the third period gives him a goal in back-to-back games. Sam Kurker picked up his first point as a member of the Heat with a helper on the goal.

– With two points in the game and now a team-leading 38 on the season, Glenn Gawdin has matched his rookie season scoring output. 

Byron Froese scored two in a game for the second time this season.

Artyom Zagidulin recorded his second shutout in the last 10 days, Stockton’s third of the season.

UP NEXT

The Heat will host the Ontario Reign on Friday at 7 p.m.  in the team’s final game before the AHL All-Star break.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT ARTYOM ZAGIDULIN EARNS FIRST AHL SHUTOUT IN SATURDAY WIN

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Artyom Zagidulin made 26 saves in his first AHL shutout as the Stockton Heat bested the San Jose Barracuda for the seventh time this season by a 2-0 final Saturday at the SAP Center. The shutout was the second-straight blanking of San Jose for the Heat, who have held the Barracuda off the board for the last 129 minutes of head-to-head hockey.

Alan Quine gave Stockton a 1-0 lead late in the first, finding the back of the net on the power play with just 10 seconds left in the opening frame and Byron Froese doubled the advantage nearly 14 minutes into the second for the decisive 2-0 score. Austin Czarnik notched a helper on each of the Heat’s markers, the forward’s fourth multi-point game of the season. The Heat will look to make it 8-0 against San Jose Sunday afternoon at the SAP Center with a 3 p.m. puck drop.

GOALIES

W: Artyom Zagidulin (26 shots, 26 saves)
L: Zachary Sawchenko (22 shots, 20 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Artyom Zagidulin (26 svs, SO), Second – Alan Quine (1g), Third – Byron Froese (1g)
Shots On Goal: STK – 22, SJ – 26
Power Plays: STK – 1-3, SJ – 0-4

Artyom Zagidulin recorded his first AHL shutout with 26 stops.
– The Stockton have blanked San Jose in each of the last two games between the clubs and have held the Barracuda scoreless over the last 129:02 of game time. The Heat’s last three shutouts have all come against San Jose.
Alan Quine extended his scoring streak to five games with his goal in the first period. He has two goals and six points overall in that span.
Byron Froese notched his 12th goal of the season and third in the last four games with a backhand in the second period. He has five points (3g,2a) in the Heat’s last five games.
Martin Pospisil returned to the Heat lineup for the first time since October 19.
– Stockton is now 7-0 on the year against San Jose, matching the longest-ever win streak for either team in the all-time series between the Heat and Barracuda.
– Stockton concludes the first half of the regular season with an all-time team best 47 points.

UP NEXT

The Heat conclude the weekend set against San Jose Sunday at 3 p.m. 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 PULL AWAY FROM REIGN IN 6-3 WIN

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.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (30 shots, 27 saves)

L: Cal Petersen (37 shots, 31 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

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. 

UP NEXT

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