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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. – 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.


W: Artyom Zagidulin (28 shots, 27 saves)

L: Josef Korenar (19 shots, 17 saves)


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.


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

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