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STOCKTON HEAT CLIMB TO FIRST IN PACIFIC WITH 4-1 WIN

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Stockton Heat scored four goals in the third period to erase a one-goal deficit en route to a 4-1 win over Tucson Saturday, pulling into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with the Roadrunners. Trailing by a score into the final frame, the Heat connected on back-to-back power play opportunities with goals from Matthew Phillips and Austin Czarnik over a span of 3:24 to take a 2-1 lead that Stockton did not relinquish, adding two empty-netters late for the 4-1 final.

Corey Schueneman finished with three assists on the night, his first-career three-point game, and Glenn Gawdin finished with two points with a goal and assist. The Heat finish the three-game road trip with three of a possible six points, including three of four over the weekend against the Roadrunners. The contest was the first time this season that the Heat were able to top Tucson in regulation.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (27 shots, 26 saves)

L: Darcy Kuemper (28 shots, 26 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Corey Schueneman (3a), Second – Jon Gillies (26 svs), Third – Darcy Kuemper (26 svs)

Shots On Goal: STK – 30, TUC – 27

Power Plays: STK – 2-7, TUC – 1-5

– The game was the first time this season that the team that scored first did not earn a point (entered 5-0-0-1). It was also the first time Tucson did not record a point when leading after two periods (22-0-0-1 before tonight).

– The Roadrunners scored the game’s first goal for the fifth time in seven games of the season series with Stockton. 

–  Matthew Phillips’ goal in the third was his first since returning from injury that caused him to miss 16 games. It was his 15th of the season.

Corey Schueneman extended his scoring streak and recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season with a career-high three assists.

Austin Czarnik’s power play goal was his fourth game-winner of the season, tied with Luke Philp for the team lead.

– The Heat are in first in the Pacific Division for the first time since November 8, when Stockton and Tucson were tied at 16 points apiece.

UP NEXT

Stockton returns home for a pair of games next weekend, Friday against the San Diego Gulls and Saturday against the Iowa Wild.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

POSPISIL NETS FIRST PRO GOAL, STOCKTON HEAT EARN POINT FRIDAY AT TUCSON

TUCSON, Ariz. – Martin Pospisil recorded his first professional goal and first pro multi-point effort, and the Heat got a strong 8-for-9 effort out of the penalty kill but the Tucson Roadrunners emerged victorious in overtime by a 3-2 final Friday in Tucson. The Heat remain within reach of first place with the night’s result, now two points back of the first-place Roadrunners.

Tucson was paced by Beau Bennett, who recorded both regulation goals for the home team, while Stockton got goals from Pospisil and Corey Schueneman, whose coast-to-coast goal brought the Heat even at 1-1. The penalty kill performed admirably with only one goal against on nine chances, including a second period in which the Heat skated down a man for more than 10 minutes. The contest was the fourth time in the six games between Stockton and Tucson that overtime was required to determine a winner. The team that scores first in the season series is now 5-0-0-1.

GOALIES

W: Ivan Prosvetov (30 shots, 28 saves)

OTL: Jon Gillies (38 shots, 35 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Beau Bennett (2g), Second – Michael Bunting (1g), Third – Ivan Prosvetov (28 svs)

Shots On Goal: STK – 38, TUC – 30

Power Plays: STK – 1-2, TUC – 1-9

– Two of Corey Schueneman’s three goals on the year have come in the last three games, and he now has a three-game scoring streak (2g,1a).

Martin Pospisil recorded his first professional goal and multi-point game (1g,1a).

Beau Bennett’s power play goal in the second snapped a streak of 25 consecutive kills for the Heat that spanned back to February 9.

– Stockton spent more than 10 minutes of the second period down a skater.

– Through six games of the season series between Stockton and Tucson, four have required play beyond regulation.

– The team that scores first in the season series is now 5-0-0-1.

UP NEXT

The Heat and Roadrunners will meet once again Saturday at 6:05 p.m. PST before Stockton returns home for a pair of games next weekend.

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

LATE GOAL SINKS STOCKTON HEAT COMEBACK SATURDAY

STOCKTON, Calif. – Goals from Alex Gallant and Alan Quine allowed the Stockton Heat to erase a 3-1 deficit in the third period, but Dan Renouf found the back of the net with just 58 seconds remaining in regulation to give Colorado Eagles a 4-3 win Saturday night at the annual Teddy Bear Toss game.

A crowd of 5,543, the largest of the season at Stockton Arena, attended the popular theme night and was brought to action 12:55 into the contest as Austin Czarnik lit the lamp to pull Stockton even at 1-1 in the opening frame. Colorado produced the lone goal of the second, then quickly doubled the advantage early in the third to go up 3-1 before Stockton’s late rally. Logan O’Connor paced the visiting team with a pair of goals, while Stockton got multi-point efforts from Czarnik and Quine.

GOALIES

W: Hunter Miska (41 shots, 38 saves)

L: Jon Gillies (29 shots, 25 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Logan O’Connor (2g), Second – Dan Renouf (1g,1a), Third – Hunter Miska (38 svs)

Shots On Goal: STK – 41, COL – 29

Power Plays: STK – 0-0, COL – 0-3

– The game was played in front of an attendance of 5,543, the largest home crowd of the season.

Austin Czarnik scored the game’s first goal to trigger the Teddy Bear Toss at 12:55 of the first period.

Martin Pospisil notched his first pro point with an assist on Alex Gallant’s goal in the third.

– Czarnik and Alan Quine each had a goal and an assist in the game.

– The contest was the first time in five tries that Colorado has held the Heat without a point at Stockton Arena, now 3-1-0-1 in the brief all-time series.

– Stockton outshot Colorado 17-4 while erasing a two-goal deficit in the third period.

– Stockton has lost back-to-back home games for just the second time this season, the first time going without a point in back-to-back home contests.

UP NEXT

The Heat will battle Colorado once again Monday at 1 p.m. at Stockton Arena, then will close out the pre-All-Star Break portion of the schedule Friday night against Ontario at Stockton Arena.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

Stockton HEAT FALL FRIDAY IN ONTARIO

ONTARIO, Calif. – Glenn Gawdin found the back of the net and Stockton Heat piled on a season-high 51 shots on goal, but Ontario Reign netminder Cal Petersen was up to the task in registering 50 saves in a 5-1 win for the Reign Friday night at Toyota Arena.

The Reign jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the game’s opening frame and Stockton was unable to climb to within arms’ reach as Ontario responded to Gawdin’s second-period strike with back-to-back scores to stifle the comeback attempt before it could get into gear. The loss represents the first two-game regulation losing streak of the season for the Heat, who entered Friday 7-0-0-0 on the year following regulation losses with an impressive 35-14 scoring differential prior to tonight’s contest.

GOALIES

W: Cal Petersen (51 shots, 50 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (14 shots, 10 saves)

ND: Jon Gillies (12 shots, 11 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Cal Petersen (50 svs), Second – Martin Frk (2g), Third – Carl Grundstrom (2a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 51, ONT – 26

Power Plays: STK – 0-4, ONT – 0-3

– Stockton recorded a season-high 51 shots on goal  in the game.

Glenn Gawdin snapped a five-game scoreless skid with his goal in the second period.

– Stockton goes without a point in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

– Stockton failed to record a power play for the second-straight game, the second time all year that has happened in back-to-back games.

– The Heat are now 3-3 on the year against Ontario.

UP NEXT

Stockton will host Colorado Saturday night for the annual Teddy Bear Toss game, a 6 p.m. puck drop.

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