HEAT (18-5-2-3) vs. CONDORS (10-13-3-1)
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2019-20 Season Series: 4-1-0-1
2019-20 Heat Road Record: 12-2-0-2
2019-20 Condors Home Record: 4-5-3-0
Power Play – 29-for-106 (27.4%); 1st
Penalty Kill – 108-for-124 (87.1%); 2nd
Power Play – 19-for-113 (16.8%); 19th
Penalty Kill – 98-for-117 (83.8%; 9th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Phillips/Gawdin (30)
Goals – Phillips (14)
Points – Benson (21)
Goals – Currie (11)
The Heat are about as hot as it gets coming into tonight’s game, recording at least a point in seven straight games, a span that started on December 7 with a 7-3 win against Bakersfield. Stockton returned from the holiday break with an emphatic 8-1 rout of San Jose, a game in which the Heat set a franchise record for the most even strength goals in team history. Over the span of the current point streak, the Heat have outscored opponents 32-19, including three wins by three or more goals and two games reaching the seven-goal mark. The Heat have tallied points in all road games within the state of California this season, coming into tonight’s bout 9-0-0-1 on the year against Golden State foes on opponents’ ice.
Bakersfield limped into the holiday break losing four of its last five games, and Saturday’s game will be the first for the Condors since Sunday. In that span, the Condors have conceded 25 goals and split a pair of home games against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Bakersfield has struggled at home thus far this season, coming into the game 4-5-3-0 at Mechanics Bank Arena, and has not beaten Stockton on home ice since last season. The Condors are led by Tyler Benson with 27 points, the forward recording four points in the team’s final four games before the break.
US VS. THEM
Stockton has gotten the better of the Condors thus far in the season series, coming into Saturday’s contest with wins in four of six games and points in five, including a perfect 3-for-3 at Bakersfield. Stockton has had several players stand out in the season series, including Matthew Phillips (2g,6a), Alan Quine (3g,4a), Glenn Gawdin (2g,5a) and Brandon Davidson (1g,4a) operating at a point-per-game clip to pace the scoring. The Heat will look for their fourth-straight win over the Condors on Bakersfield ice with a win tonight, which would be the second time in team history accomplishing that feat – last done over a four-game stretch at the end of the 2016-17 and start of the 2017-18 seasons.
The Heat have recorded at least a point in all but one game this season (18-1-2-1) when scoring three goals, a promising sign against a Bakersfield club that has struggled keeping pucks out of its net recently. Since the calendar flipped to December, the Heat have totaled 34 goals in eight games, and average of 4.25 per contest, while Bakersfield has allowed 31 against in six games. In six meetings against the Condors this season, Stockton has tallied 25 goals.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Glenn Gawdin
It will be tough for Gawdin to top his four-point Friday outburst, but the sophomore forward has been a steady offensive producer so far this season for the Heat and is tied with fellow second-year pro Matthew Phillips for the Heat team lead with 30 points on the campaign. Gawdin boasts seven points in six games against the Condors and has eight points (2g,6a) in Stockton’s last five games.
Condors – Colby Cave
Cave hasn’t put up breath-taking numbers against Stockton thus far, three assists in five games, but he has taken his offensive game up a notch since returning from a NHL recall earlier this month. Three of Cave’s five goals this season have come over the Condors’ last four games, a span in which he’s thrown more shots on net – 13 – than in any three-game span this season except for a stint from Nov. 8 through Nov. 15 when he recorded 16 shots and two goals, a three-game stretch that also immediately followed a NHL recall.