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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

CZARNIK, ZAGIDULIN GUIDE STOCKTON HEAT TO WEEKEND SWEEP OF SAN JOSE

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Austin Czarnik notched a pair of goals and Artyom Zagidulin turned in 27 saves on 28 shots faced as the Stockton Heat completed a weekend sweep of the San Jose Barracuda with a 2-1 win Sunday at the SAP Center.

The Barracuda got the early lead, Trevor Carrick lighting the lamp 11:57 in to prevent the Heat from recording their third-straight shutout over San Jose. The second was all Stockton, though, as Austin Czarnik popped in a pair of goals in a snap of 8:28 to claim a 2-1 edge through 40 minutes, an advantage that held thanks to 13 Zagidulin stops in the final frame. The win improves the Heat to 8-0-0-0 on the year against San Jose, the longest-ever win streak for either team in the all-time series.

GOALIES

W: Artyom Zagidulin (28 shots, 27 saves)

L: Josef Korenar (19 shots, 17 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Austin Czarnik (2g), Second – Alan Quine (2a), Third – Trevor Carrick (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 19, SJ – 28

Power Plays: STK – 1-4, SJ – 0-5

Trevor Carrick’s goal snapped Stockton’s shutout streak of San Jose at 140 minutes, 59 seconds.

Alan Quine extended his scoring streak to six games with two goals and six assists in that span.

Austin Czarnik recorded his first multi-goal game of the season and fifth multi-point effort with the Heat on the campaign.

Artyom Zagidulin finished the weekend with 53 saves on 54 shots faced in a pair of wins against San Jose.

Zac Leslie recorded his 19th assist of the season, most among Heat defensemen.

– Stockton has held San Jose to just two power play goals on 40 chances in the season series.

– The Heat have won eight straight against San Jose, the longest-ever win streak for either team in the all-time series between the clubs.

UP NEXT

The Heat return home for a Wednesday contest against San Diego at 7 p.m.

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 ERASE EARLY DEFICIT IN WEDNESDAY WIN

STOCKTON, Calif. – After falling behind 2-0 early in the second period, the Stockton Heat rallied to score the final four goals of the game en route to a 4-2 win Wednesday night over the Bakersfield Condors. The Heat used a dominant third period to complete the comeback, outshooting the Condors 13-3 and outscoring the visiting club 3-0 over the game’s final 20 minutes.

Brad Malone paced the Condors attack with a pair of goals in the game’s first 21 minutes, but the momentum shifted when Adam Ruzicka put away his own rebound 15:16 into the middle frame. Stockton then set the tone for the third early in the final period, Byron Froese beating Stuart Skinner just 29 seconds in to draw even. The tie lasted into the game’s final nine minutes, when Luke Philp redirected an Alan Quine feed to go ahead 3-2, and Ryan Lomberg then tacked on the exclamation point in the final second with an empty netter. With the win, Stockton completes its four-game home stand with a 3-1 record.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (21 shots, 19 saves) 

L: Stuart Skinner (39 shots, 36 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Alan Quine (2a), Second – Luke Philp (1g), Third – Brad Malone (2g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 40, BAK – 21

Power Plays: STK – 2-3, BAK – 2-4

Ryan Lomberg returned to the lineup for the first time since November 30, ending a 12-game absence from game action, and he found the back of the net to seal the 4-3 win.

Brad Malone’s power play goal for Bakersfield in the first period snapped a streak of 23 consecutive kills for Stockton on home ice.

– Stockton allowed two power play goals in a game for the fourth time in 33 games this season, the third time in eight games against Bakersfield.

Alan Quine extended his scoring streak to four games with an assist on Adam Ruzicka’s second period power play goal and now has 11 points (4g,7a) over the Heat’s last six games. He has eight multi-point games this season.

– Defenseman Corey Schueneman has seven points (1g,6a) and three multi-point games in Stockton’s last six games.

– Stockton is now 7-0 on the year following regulation losses and has outscored opponents 34-15 in those games.

– The Heat are now 5-2-0-1 on the year against Bakersfield.

UP NEXT

Stockton will hit the road for a pair of Pacific Division contests this weekend, Saturday and Sunday matinees at San Jose, 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 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

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

Stockton Heat GILLIES, HEAT BLANK BARRACUDA IN NEW YEAR’S EVE WIN

STOCKTON, Calif. – Behind a 29-save shutout from Jon Gillies and a three-goal third period, the Stockton Heat closed out 2019 in style with a 4-0 win over San Jose Tuesday at Stockton Arena. The sixth win of the season over the Barracuda, Stockton got on top early as Glenn Gawdin took a lengthy feed from Rob Hamilton and found the back of the net to break a stalemate just shy of the halfway point of the opening frame. After a scoreless second that saw Stockton kill three penalties, a Buddy Robinson shorthanded goal just 31 seconds into the third opened the floodgates, the first of three tallies for the home side in a span of just 4:43 to seize complete control of the game at 4-0. The Heat finished the night a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill en route to Gillies’ shutout, the first for the Heat since January 17, 2018, also against San Jose. The Heat will return to action this weekend with a pair of divisional games against the Ontario Reign.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (29 shots, 29 saves)

L: Josef Korenar (26 shots, 22 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Jon Gillies (29 svs), Second – Glenn Gawdin (1g,1a), Third – Buddy Robinson (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 26, SJ – 29

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, SJ – 0-7

Jon Gillies recorded his eighth-career shutout, Stockton’s first shutout since January 17, 2018, which also came against San Jose. Gillies was also in net that night for the Heat and stopped 32 shots.

Glenn Gawdin’s first-period goal extended his scoring streak to four games (3g,5a), and his two-point night (1g,1a) brought his season total to nine points (2g,7a) in six games against San Jose.

Buddy Robinson’s shorthanded goal 31 seconds into the third extended Stockton’s lead to two. It was his second SHG of the season, his first since opening night on October 4.

Austin Czarnik extended his goal-scoring streak to five games, longest in the AHL, with his third period marker. He has at least a point in six consecutive games played, now at five goals and four assists in that span.

Eetu Tuulola’s marker was his first since November 27 and snapped a seven-game scoreless skid.

– The Heat are now 6-0 on the year against San Jose.

– The win was head coach Cail MacLean’s 50th with the Heat.

UP NEXT

Stockton will host the Ontario Reign in a pair of Pacific Division bouts this weekend at Stockton Arena, Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

Stockton Heat QUINE TALLIES SIX POINTS IN OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT OVER SAN JOSE

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.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (26 shots, 25 saves)

L: Josef Korenar (12 shots, 8 saves)

ND: Andrew Shortridge (7 shots, 3 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

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.

UP NEXT

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

Stockton HEAT EXTEND POINT STREAK SATURDAY AT SAN DIEGO

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

KIRKLAND GOAL HELPS Stockton HEAT EARN POINT IN WEDNESDAY TILT

STOCKTON, Calif. – Justin Kirkland found the back of the next with 3.7 seconds remaining in regulation, helping the Stockton Heat steal a point in a 4-3 overtime setback Wednesday night at Stockton Arena.

Luke Philp led the offensive attack for Stockton, netting a pair in the tight struggle to push his torrid run to 13 goals in the Heat’s last 14 contests. The rookie put the Heat ahead early but Iowa responded just 54 seconds later, Dmitry Sokolov’s first of two scores in the second frame to give the Wild the edge heading into the third. After Philp tied the game at two apiece, Sam Anas put the Wild ahead 3-2 until Kirkland’s late marker. Kyle Bauman then played hero 2:08 into overtime, giving the Wild their first win at Stockton Arena. The Heat have now recorded a point in five-straight games and six of their last seven overall.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations