HEAT (10-3-1-2) vs. GULLS (7-7-0-0)
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2019-20 Season Series: 3-0-0-0
2019-20 Heat Road Record: 6-1-0-1
2019-20 Gulls Home Record: 4-2-0-0
Power Play – 19-for-69 (27.5%); 3rd
Penalty Kill – 66-for-76 (86.8%); 8th
Power Play – 11-for-64 (17.2%); 18th
Penalty Kill – 47-for-56 (83.9%); 13th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Phillips (16)
Goals – Lomberg/Robinson/Froese (8)
Points – Carrick/Wideman (14)
Goals – Carrick (8)
The Heat will look to continue their strong road play with Saturday’s contest at San Diego, Stockton entering the game as the AHL’s top road team with a 6-1-0-1 record on opponents’ ice, good for a .813 point percentage. Stockton is coming off a come-from-behind, overtime win on Thursday at Bakersfield, Alan Quine playing hero with the marker to seal the victory over the divisional opponent. Stockton was able to capitalize on multi-point efforts from Luke Philp (1g,1a) and Ryan Lomberg (2g), in the victory, Lomberg’s pair of goals moving him into a tie with Byron Froese and Buddy Robinson for the team lead.
After a dismal 0-6 start to the season, San Diego has responded by putting together seven wins in its last eight games – the lone loss coming on Veterans Day against the Heat. San Diego has won three-straight since, a victory against San Jose and two against Ontario. The Gulls are led by Sam Carrick and Chris Wideman, the duo with 14 points on the year.
US VS. THEM
Stockton has won all three meetings between the two teams this season, taking a 5-3 win in the Heat’s home opener, spoiling the Gulls’ first home game with a 5-1 win and most recently earning two points in a 6-3 victory on Veterans Day at Stockton Arena. The Heat have 11 players operating at a point-per-game clip against San Diego so far this season with Dillon Dube, now with the Calgary Flames, leading the offensive onslaught with a goal and seven assists in three meetings with the Gulls.
Both teams have used fast starts in their wins this season, the Heat going 5-0-0-2 on the year when leading after one period of play, including a record of 6-0-0-2 when scoring first. San Diego, meanwhile, is 5-0-0-0 on the year when leading after one and 1-5-0-0 when trailing through 20 minutes. The Gulls are 7-1-0-0 when scoring first this season. Stockton has scored first in all three meetings with San Diego this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Luke Philp
Philp got on the board in the Heat’s last meeting with San Diego and he hasn’t looked back since, now with six points in Stockton’s last four games. The rookie forward has also shown an uncanny ability to make an impact at big times in games, with two of his goals serving as game-tying scores, one the game- winner and one an insurance marker against the Gulls last Monday.
Gulls – Kiefer Sherwood
The Heat have largely held San Diego in check through three meetings on the year, with Sherwood being the only member of the Gulls to have three points (1g,2a) through three meetings between the Pacific Division foes.