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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.


W: Jon Gillies (27 shots, 26 saves)

L: Darcy Kuemper (28 shots, 26 saves)


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.


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


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.


W: Artyom Zagidulin (28 shots, 25 saves)

SOL: Tyler Parks (8 shots, 8 saves)

ND: Ivan Prosvetov (17 shots, 14 saves)


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.


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


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. – 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


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