HEAT (11-3-1-2) vs. ONTARIO (8-8-2-0)
7:00 p.m. | AHLTV | Spreaker | iHeartRadio
2019-20 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
2019-20 Heat Road Record: 7-1-0-1
2019-20 Ontario Home Record: 2-3-2-0
Power Play – 20-for-72 (27.8%); 2nd
Penalty Kill – 69-for-79 (87.3%); 7th
Power Play – 9-for-70 (12.9%); 23rd
Penalty Kill – 76-for-95 (80%); 18th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Lomberg (17)
Goals – Froese (9)
Points – Frk (12)
Goals – Frk (8)
The Heat aim to build on their strong start to the five-game road trip, seeking a third straight victory away from Stockton Arena. Stockton has strung wins together over Bakersfield, 4-3 on Thursday in overtime, and over San Diego, 4-1 on Saturday. Entering Wednesday’s matchup with the Reign, Stockton holds the top road record in the AHL, boasting a 7-1-0-1 record. Stockton’s four-goal second period on Saturday in San Diego led the top-ranked offense in the AHL to their third straight win, tying their season-long win streak. In addition to the timely scoring, Jon Gillies anchored Stockton’s defensive look, stopping 30 of 31 shots to hold San Diego to just one goal for the second time in the season series.
After a scorching hot 8-3-2-0 start, Ontario has suffered five straight regulation losses. The Reign sit at an even .500 win percentage through 18 games, looking to rebound from three straight road losses. Seven of the Reign’s last eight games have come away from Ontario, dropping their lone home contest 6-2 to San Diego on Friday, November 15. Scoring woes have plagued the Reign during this losing skid, scoring just six goals in their last five games.
US VS. THEM
Tonight’s clash is the first of 12 meetings between the divisional rivals. Last season Stockton held the advantage in the season series, posting a 6-3-1-0 record.
Stockton’s calling card over the first six weeks of the season was grabbing first period leads and holding onto them en route to victories. However, during this three-game win streak the Heat have trailed in all three games, including a first period deficit in all three contests. On the other side, Ontario has led just once over the last five games, a two goal lead that the Reign let slip away in last Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Tucson.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Brandon Davidson
Davidson was assigned to the Stockton Heat on Monday, after skating in three games for the Calgary Flames. Before his recall to the NHL, Davidson registered 10 points in 10 games for Stockton. Davidson enters Wednesday’s game with a six game point streak (1-5-6), tied for the second longest active streak in the AHL. The defenseman last skated for the Heat on November 2nd, missing the team’s last seven tilts.
Reign – Cal Peterson
Peterson leads the AHL in saves (583) and shots faced (630) through his team’s first 18 games. The goaltender sports a 2.83 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Tucson was the first game all season that Peterson did not start. Ontario allows a league-high 38.17 shots per game, making Peterson the most relied on player for the top affiliate of the LA Kings.