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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 OFFENSE COOLED IN SATURDAY SETBACK

STOCKTON, Calif. – For the first time this season the Stockton Heat were held to fewer than a pair of goals, only Alan Quine finding the back of the net in the first period as the Heat fell 2-1 Saturday night to the Ontario Reign.

Stockton peppered Matthew Villalta with 31 shots, including 12 in the final frame, but were unable to beat the netminder over the game’s final 46 minutes. The teams played to a stalemate on special teams, each side going scoreless on the man-advantage, and the Reign were able to take advantage of a pair of goals in the second as Mikey Eyssimont and Brett Sutter lit the lamp for the decisive 2-1 edge. The result ends Stockton’s five-game home point streak, the club’s longest since the 2016-17 season.

GOALIES

W: Matthew Villalta (31 shots, 30 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (21 shots, 19 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Brett Sutter (1g, gwg), Second – Mikey Eyssimont (1g), Third – Alan Quine (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 31, ONT – 21

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, ONT – 0-2

– The game was the first time all season that Stockton scored fewer than two goals.

– The loss snapped Stockton’s five-game home point streak, coming exactly a month after the Heat’s last home loss December 4, also against Ontario.

Alan Quine notched his seventh goal of the season and has a point in three straight games (1g,2a). 

– With an assist on Quine’s goal, Buddy Robinson has a three-game point streak (2g,1a) and has six points (3g,3a) in Stockton’s last five games.

Austin Czarnik’s six-game goal-scoring streak, which had been the longest in the AHL, has come to a close.

UP NEXT

Stockton will conclude its four-game home stand Wednesday against Bakersfield, a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations