HEAT (14-5-1-2) vs. ONTARIO (11-11-2-0)
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2019-20 Season Series: 1-1-0-0
2019-20 Heat Road Record: 9-2-0-1
2019-20 Ontario Home Record: 4-5-2-0
Power Play –24-90 (26.7%); 3rd
Penalty Kill – 88-101 (87.1%); 3rd
Power Play – 13-for-99 (13.1%); 25th
Penalty Kill – 97-for-119 (81.5%); 17th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Phillips*(25) Gawdin (22)
Goals – Robinson (11)
*On NHL recall
Points – Frk (18)
Goals – Frk (12)
Stockton heads back out on the road for a two-game road trip, starting with a quick visit to Southern California to face off with Ontario for the third straight Wednesday meeting. The Heat’s offense dominated in Saturday’s 7-3 thrashing over the Bakersfield Condors, led by three points efforts for Matthew Phillips and Glenn Gawdin. Luke Philp also scored two goals in the game, his third multi-goal game in the last month. Artyom Zagidulin stopped a season-high 36 shots in his team-leading tenth victory of the season on Wednesday. Zagidulin is tied for fourth in wins amongst AHL goalies with 10.
Ontario welcomes Stockton to Toyota Arena for the third of five straight home games, matching a season-long homestand. Ontario split a series with the San Jose Barracuda this past weekend, including Friday night’s 9-2 loss. Ontario rebounded for a 5-4 shootout win on Saturday night, behind Martin Frk’s third period goal and shootout winner. Cal Petersen, Ontario’s top goalie has surrendered nine goals on just 52 shots over his last two games.
US VS. THEM
Tonight’s tilt marks the third straight Wednesday meeting between the Pacific division rivals. Stockton won the first meeting back on November 27th in Ontario and the Reign won the most recent matchup in Stockton on December 4th. The Heat cashed in for a season-high eight goals in the lone meeting in Ontario this season, chasing netminder Cal Petersen.
Stockton continues to boast the best winning percentage on the road in the American Hockey League, posting a 9-2-0-1 record. Stockton is 4-1 in their last five road games and the Heat have yet to lose an away game in the state of California, sporting a 6-0 record. Conversely, Ontario is just 4-5-2-0 on home ice. The Reign won their most recent home game on Saturday, but the third place team in the Pacific division is yet to win back-to-back home contests this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Luke Philp
The 24-year-old rookie forward continues to impress, scoring his eighth and ninth goals in the last month on Saturday. Philp started the season scoreless in his first 10 skates, but has nine goals and 12 points in his 10 games since. Starting the season in a limited role, Philp’s scoring touch has earned him significant power play minutes over the last several weeks. Philp enters tonight’s game with goals in three straight contests, including two multi-goal performances.
Reign – Gabriel Vilardi
Ontario’s player to watch is also a rookie forward. The former 11th overall selection by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2017 NHL draft has two goals and five points in his last four games. Vilardi scored his first pro goal last Wednesday at Stockton Arena, while also recording his first multi-point game.