Arena: Mechanics Bank Arena | Bakersfield, California
Date: Saturday, Oct. 19
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: Watch tonight’s game on AHLTV or hear Stockton’s radio call on Spreaker and iHeartRadio.
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Stockton looks to continue its winning ways on the road as the Heat face off against the Bakersfield Condors Saturday night at Mechanics Bank Arena. The Condors took the lone meeting of the season between the Pacific Division rivals by a 6-2 final score earlier this week at Stockton Arena after racing out to a 4-0 edge in the first frame.
The Heat are coming off a dominant 5-1 victory last night at San Diego while Bakersfield was idle. Stockton struggled a year ago when visiting the Condors, going 0-4-1-0 in five road meetings.
The Heat have been downright dominant in three road games so far this season, going 3-0 with a pair of wins at Colorado and last night’s victory at San Diego. Stockton has yet to concede a goal through the first 40 minutes of any road contest this season en route to 5-2, 4-2 and 5-1 wins.
SECOND PERIOD STRENGTH
Stockton has owned the second period this year, outscoring opponents by an 8-0 margin. The Heat used the middle frame on Friday to build a 1-0 lead out to a three-goal advantage, thanks to goals from Byron Froese and Ryan Lomberg toward the end of the second stanza. Stockton won the second period 1-0 against the Condors on Tuesday.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Byron Froese lit the lamp twice on Friday, guiding Stockton to its 2-0 lead in the second period. It was the first multi-goal game for the veteran forward since February 5, 2017, when he posted three points (2g,1a) as a member of the Toronto Marlies. Froese is Stockton’s points leader thus far with six points on the young season.
THE DUBE ABIDES
Dillon Dube has strung together solid offensive efforts of late, tallying five assists over Stockton’s last three games. The forward was Stockton’s Rookie of the Year a season ago, finishing his first professional campaign with 39 points (15g, 24a) in 37 games. Through his first 48 AHL games, Dube now has 48 points (15g, 33a).
JONNY BE GOOD
Jon Gillies made his season debut in last night’s game, earning the win with 23 saves in the contest. Gillies made several big stops early while Stockton built a commanding 5-0 lead, ultimately only conceding a goal to Daniel Sprong on a breakaway to cancel the shutout bid.