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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

QUINE EXTENDS RECORD POINT STREAK, STOCKTON HEAT FALL 3-2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Alan Quine extended his point streak to a Stockton Heat record 11 games with a third period goal, but San Diego netminder Anthony Stolarz made 40 saves in the contest to guide the Gulls to a 3-2 win over Stockton Wednesday night at Pechanga Arena in San Diego. The Gulls scored first as Kiefer Sherwood found the back of the net 6:53 into the game, but the lead was short-lived as Mason Morelli’s marker came just 29 seconds later to pull the Heat even at 1-1. The home team claimed both goals in the second period, a pair of tallies from Sherwood and Maxime Comtois coming in a span of just 25 seconds to jump on top 3-1. Quine’s goal was the lone score in the final frame, producing the 3-2 final.

Both teams went scoreless on the man-advantage in the game, the Heat extending their kill streak to 12 in a row against the Gulls. The loss snaps a seven-game point streak for the Heat at San Diego. The Heat, still a point back of first place in the Pacific, will head to Tucson for a pair of games this weekend against the top-seeded Roadrunners.

GOALIES

W: Anthony Stolarz (42 shots, 40 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (24 shots, 21 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Kiefer Sherwood (2g), Second – Anthony Stolarz (40 svs), Third – Maxime Comtois (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 42, SD – 24

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, SD – 0-4

Alan Quine’s extended his scoring streak to a team-record 11 games (6g,9a), surpassing those held by current Calgary Flames forwards Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane.

Mason Morelli’s goal in the first period was his first goal since January 15, also against San Diego. Three of Morelli’s four goals this season have come against the Gulls, with a goal in all three of his games played against San Diego.

Corey Schueneman has a point in back-to-back games with an assist on Morelli’s marker.

– The scoring came in spurts with goals one and two coming 29 seconds apart then three and four coming in a span of just 25 seconds.

– The Heat are now 11-10-2-2 on the year when out-shooting opponents.

– The loss snapped a streak of seven trips to San Diego leaving with at least a point, a stretch that dates back to the first trip to Pechanga Arena last season.

– The Heat continued to stifle San Diego’s power play, holding the Gulls scoreless on four chances in the game. Stockton has killed 12 consecutive San Diego power play opportunities.

– Stockton is now 5-2-0-1 on the year against San Diego.

UP NEXT

The Heat will head to the desert for a pair of games over the weekend at Tucson. Stockton’s next home game is Friday, February 28 against the Gulls – a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

HAMILTON NETS OT WINNER AS STOCKTON HEAT TOPS SAN DIEGO

STOCKTON, Calif. – For the second-straight game Stockton Heat was able to overcome a late rally by its opponent, Rob Hamilton lighting the lamp with 44 seconds remaining in overtime to beat San Diego by a 3-2 final Monday afternoon at Stockton Arena.

The Heat jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game as Corey Schueneman scored shorthanded late in the first and John McCarron potted his first of the season early in the third, but a pair of goals from the Gulls pushed the game to overtime and allowed San Diego to steal a point in the matinee. Alan Quine pushed his scoring streak to 10 games with an assist on Hamilton’s game-winner, joining an exclusive group of Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane as Heat players to reach double-digit point streaks. The teams will face off once again Wednesday at Pechanga Arena as the Heat begin a three-game road swing.

GOALIES

W: Artyom Zagidulin (36 shots, 34 saves)

OTL: Anthony Stolarz (35 shots, 32 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Artyom Zagidulin (34 svs), Second – Corey Schueneman (1g), Third – Rob Hamilton (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 35, SD – 36

Power Plays: STK – 0-1, SD – 0-5

Corey Schueneman’s shorthanded goal to open the scoring was his second score of the season and first since December 27, his first-career shorthanded point. Rinat Valiev recorded his first shorthanded point of the season with an assist.

John McCarron’s insurance marker in the third was his first of the season and fourth-career AHL goal, all coming with the Heat. He skated in his second game of the season Monday after joining Stockton on a PTO prior to the weekend.

Austin Czarnik now has at least a point in six of Stockton’s last seven games after registering an assist on McCarron’s goal.

Rob Hamilton extended his scoring streak to four games (2g,3a) with the overtime winner.

Alan Quine’s scoring streak reached 10 games (5g,9a) with his assist on Hamilton’s overtime winner.

– The Heat are 5-1-0-1 on the year against San Diego, 3-1-0-0 on home ice.

– Stockton killed all 10 opponent power plays over the past two games.

UP NEXT

The Heat will hit the road for the next three games, starting Wednesday at San Diego then a pair of games over the weekend at Tucson. Stockton’s next home game is Friday, February 28 against the Gulls – a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

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