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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE CANCELS REMAINDER OF 2019-20 SEASON

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 AHL regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis:

“After a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.

The League’s operational focus has turned toward actively preparing for the 2020-21 season. We are very grateful to the National Hockey League and its teams for their support and leadership in navigating through the challenges faced over the past two months.

The AHL continues to place paramount importance on the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans and all of their families, and we all look forward to returning to our arenas in 2020-21.”

The AHL’s standings – sorted by points percentage – and statistics as of March 12, 2020, are considered final and official, and will serve as the basis for determining league awards for the 2019-20 season.

Press Release Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT DROP TUESDAY TILT, 7-4, TO SAN JOSE

STOCKTON, Calif. – Buddy Robinson netted a pair of goals and Martin Pospisil recorded his second multi-point game, but the Stockton Heat dropped a wild Tuesday contest by a 7-4 final score to the San Jose Barracuda at Stockton Arena. Robinson lit the lamp with his first score of the game just 46 seconds into the action and the home team owned a 2-1 edge after the first as Martin Pospisil netted his third pro goal, second-straight game lighting the lamp, in the final minute of the first to break a tie.

A back-and-forth second period featured six goals, two for the Heat from Robinson and Byron Froese, and four for the Barracuda who seized a 5-4 edge through two. San Jose then put the game away late in the third with a pair of strikes in a 13-second span. It was the first win in 10 tries for San Jose over Stockton this season.

GOALIES

W: Josef Korenar (26 shots, 22 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (19 shots, 16 saves)

ND: Jon Gillies (12 shots, 8 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Lukas Radil (2g,1a), Second – Danil Yurtaykin (1g,2a), Third – Buddy Robinson (2g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 26, SJ – 31

Power Plays: STK – 1-3, SJ – 0-3

Martin Pospisil (1g,1a) recorded his second professional multi-point game (last Feb. 21 vs. Tucson). He has goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his pro career.

Adam Ruzicka has an assist on all three of Pospisil’s goals.

Buddy Robinson recorded his second multi-goal of the season, first since October 26 against Bakersfield.

Byron Froese netted his 19th goal of the season, tying him with Luke Philp for the team lead.

Rob Hamilton recorded his third multi-point game of the season.

– The Heat are now 9-1-0-0 on the year against the Barracuda.

UP NEXT

The Heat will host the second-place Colorado Eagles for a pair of contests this weekend at Stockton Arena, including Green Night presented by Covanta Energy on Saturday at 6 p.m. followed by a Sunday, 5 p.m. showdown.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT’S TUULOLA NOTCHES MULTI-POINT EFFORT IN SHOOTOUT LOSS

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Stockton finished the weekend with three of a possible four points against Bakersfield after dropping a 4-3 shootout decision Saturday at Mechanics Bank Arena. Eetu Tuulola notched his second-straight multi-point effort for the Heat and Martin Pospisil potted his second professional goal, but the Condors were able to come from behind in their winning effort to snap a 10-game losing streak. Heat captain Byron Froese reached the 40-point mark for the season with an assist on Austin Czarnik’s tally to put Stockton ahead 1-0 early, the third time in four years that Froese has reached that mark.

A back-and-forth affair, the Condors scored the next two before Pospisil and Tuulola scored, respectively, to give Stockton a 3-2 edge. Jake Kulevich’s marker with just over 12 seconds left in the second tied the game at three, a score that lasted through the final horn of regulation. Following a scoreless overtime period, both netminders were strong in the shootout with Artyom Zagidulin turning away three of four shots faced and Shane Starrett stopping all four.

GOALIES

W: Shane Starrett (31 shots, 28 saves; 4 SOA, 4 SOSvs)

SOL: Artyom Zagidulin (36 shots, 33 saves; 4 SOA, 3 SOSvs)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Kirill Maksimov (so g), Second – Jake Kulevich (1g), Third – Colby Cave (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 31, BAK – 37

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, BAK – 1-2

– Byron Froese reached the 40-point mark for the third time in four seasons, registering his 40th point on an assist on the game’s opening goal by Austin Czarnik.

– The marker for Czarnik was his second in as many nights and 16th on the year.

Martin Pospisil potted his second professional goal, with Adam Ruzicka collecting an assist on each.

Eetu Tuulola has goals and multi-point efforts in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

Matt Marcinew made his Stockton debut in the game.

– The Heat earned three of a possible four points against the Condors over the weekend.

UP NEXT

The Heat return home for a Tuesday tilt with San Jose, the first of three games next week at Stockton Arena.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT RALLY FOR 3-2 WIN OVER CONDORS

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Heat erased a two-goal, first-period deficit en route to a 3-2, come-from-behind victory Friday over the Bakersfield Condors at Stockton Arena. After conceding twice in the game’s first frame, the Heat got the comeback started early in the second with Austin Czarnik’s marker just 1:11 into the period, then Luke Philp knotted the game at two with his team-leading 19th goal of the campaign. Tied deep into the third, Eetu Tuulola recorded his third game-winning goal of the season, second against Bakersfield, by potting a loose puck on a two-man advantage to seal the victory.

Stockton had the upper hand in the special teams battle, cashing in twice on the power play while holding Bakersfield scoreless in its lone trip to the man-advantage. With the win, the Heat improve to 7-2-0-1 on the year against the Condors and clinch the season series over Bakersfield.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (25 shots, 23 saves)

L: Stuart Skinner (24 shots, 21 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Eetu Tuulola (1g, gwg), Second – Josh Currie (2g), Third – Austin Czarnik (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 24, BAK – 25

Power Plays: STK – 2-4, BAK – 0-1

Austin Czarnik became the sixth member of the Heat to reach 15 goals on the season with his marker in the second period. It was his first point since February 22, snapping just his second two-game dry spell.

Luke Philp’s goal to tie the game at two was his team-leading 19th marker of the season.

Glenn Gawdin moved into a tie with Alan Quine for the team lead with 46 points on the season.

Eetu Tuulola recorded his third game-winning goal of the season, second against Bakersfield.

Byron Froese is now one point short of notching his third 40-point season in four years.

– Stockton is now 7-2-0-1 on the year against Bakersfield, clinching the season series.

UP NEXT

The Heat will head to Bakersfield for a Saturday night rematch against the Condors, then will return home for a Tuesday tilt with San Jose, the first of three games next week at Stockton Arena.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT SHUT OUT SATURDAY AGAINST IOWA

STOCKTON, Calif. – Iowa netminder Kaapo Kahkonen turned away all 35 shots faced from the Stockton Heat, including 27 over the first 40 minutes, en route to a 2-0 win for the Wild Saturday night at Stockton Arena. The contest was the first time this season that the Heat had been kept off the board and came nearly a full year since the club’s last shutout at home on March 2, 2019. Both Iowa goals came in a span of just 17 seconds in the second period, Mike Liambas and Connor Dewar finding the back of the net, respectively, in the short span. Both teams went scoreless on the power play, the Heat 0-for-4 and Iowa 0-for-5 on the night.

Stockton will return to action on Friday at home, the front end of a home-and-home against divisional foe Bakersfield.

GOALIES

W: Kaapo Kahkonen (35 shots, 35 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (28 shots, 26 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Kaapo Kahkonen (35 sv SO), Second – Mike Liambas (gwg), Third – Josh Atkinson (2a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 35, IA – 28

Power Plays: STK – 0-4, IA – 0-5

– Both Iowa goals came in a span of just 17 seconds in the second period.

– Stockton had not been shut out since April 6, 2019 at Manitoba.

– Stockton’s last home shutout came on March 2, 2019 against the San Diego Gulls.

– The Heat finish the season 0-3-1-0 against the Iowa Wild.

– The game was Stockton’s first-ever Leap Day game.

UP NEXT

The Heat return to action next weekend with a home-and-home Friday and Saturday against the Bakersfield Condors, in Stockton then at Bakersfield, respectively. Friday’s puck drop will be at 7 p.m. at Stockton Arena. 

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT FALL FRIDAY AGAINST SAN DIEGO GULLS

STOCKTON, Calif. – Luke Philp lit the lamp for the 18th time this season to reach a tie for the team lead in goals and Eetu Tuulola potted his first-career shorthanded marker, but the Stockton Heat dropped Friday’s contest against San Diego by a 4-2 final score at Stockton Arena. The Heat got on the board first with Philp’s power play goal coming on the heels of three-straight kills for Stockton in the opening minutes, but San Diego rattled off three unanswered to seize a two-goal cushion heading into the final frame. Tuulola’s strike came just 29 seconds into the third, but the Heat were unable to find the equalizer and then San Diego found the empty net for the 4-2 final. Stockton, which entered the contest tops in the AHL on the penalty kill, conceded twice to a Gulls squad that had been 1-for-28 on the year against Stockton entering today’s game.

The Heat will next play their final contest outside of the Pacific Division of the year on Saturday as they play host to the Iowa Wild.

GOALIES

W: Anthony Stolarz (26 shots, 24 saves)

L: Jon Gillies (31 shots, 28 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Chris Mueller (1g,1a), Second – Isac Lundestrom (2a), Third – Luke Philp (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 26, SD – 32

Power Plays: STK – 1-4, SD – 2-9

Luke Philp’s power play goal brought him to a tie with Byron Froese for the team lead at 18 on the season.

– San Diego’s power play goal in the second period snapped a skid of 16-straight chances on the man-advantage against Stockton that started on January 15.

– The contest was just the third time this season that the Heat have conceded multiple power play goals at home, sixth overall in 51 games. The Gulls entered the game 1-for-28 on the year against the Heat on the man-advantage.

Eetu Tuulola’s shorthanded marker at the start of the third was his first-career shorthanded point.

– The Heat are now 19-4-2-2 on the year when scoring first.

UP NEXT

The Heat become the Lodi Crushers tomorrow night as the club plays host to the Iowa Wild at 6 p.m. The game will feature a pregame wine tasting and specialty jerseys available for auction.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

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