HEAT (28-14-3-3) vs. ROADRUNNERS (30-16-1-2)
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2019-20 Season Series: 1-2-1-1
2019-20 Heat Road Record: 15-7-0-2
2019-20 Roadrunners Home Record: 14-7-1-1
Power Play – 45-for-176 (25.6%); 2nd
Penalty Kill – 175-for-199 (87.9%); 2nd
Power Play – 44-for-242 (18.2%); 15th
Penalty Kill – 148-for-187 (79.1%); 27th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Quine (46)
Goals – Froese (18)
Points – Burke (21)
Goals – Burke (49)
Stockton started their three-game road trip on Wednesday with a 3-2 loss to the San Diego Gulls. Stockton fell down 3-1 in the second period, but the Heat would make it interesting putting 42 shots on goal, including 18 onto Anthony Stolarz in the third period. Alan Quine extended his point streak to a 11 games with his 14th goal of the season at the 13:05 mark of the third period. Quine’s 11-game point streak is now the longest in Stockton Heat history, surpassing Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane’s 10-game point streaks.
The Heat will look to quickly turn the page ahead to a big weekend series against Tucson with a chance to take sole possession of the Pacific division on Friday night. The Heat have a game in hand over Tucson and trail the Roadrunners by just one point for first place.
Tucson returns home for their first home game in 20 days, finishing off a seven-game road trip earlier this week. The Roadrunners posted a 2-4-1-0 record, including back-to-back losses agains Stockton and San Jose to close out the trip. The penalty kill struggled on the road trip for Tucson, killing off 21 of 30 power play chances, including two games where the Roadrunners allowed three power play goals. Tonight marks the start of a three-game homestand over the next six days. Tucson started the season as the best home team in the AHL, but they have since lost five consecutive home tilts. Tucson’s last win on home ice was back on January 3 against San Jose.
US VS. THEM
Last Saturday night in Stockton the Heat earned one of their biggest victories of the year, holding on to defeat Tucson in overtime to take down the top team in the division for the first time this season. Stockton dropped four consecutive games to the Roadrunners in a two-week stretch back in November. Saturday served as a crucial test for the Heat, a game which Stockton dominated the special teams. The Heat scored three times on the power play and killed off all five power play opportunities for Tucson.
Scoring the first goal will once again be huge tonight and this weekend. Both Stockton and Tucson’s records rank top five in the league when scoring the game’s first goal. In each of Stockton’s last five games the team that scored the game’s first goal has hung on to win. In the first five games of the season series the team that has scored the first goal is 4-0-0-1.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Glenn Gawdin
After spending three days with the Calgary Flames as an extra forward, Gawdin was assigned to Stockton on Wednesday. He is expected to make his return to the Stockton lineup on Friday following his first NHL call up. The all-star forward skated in one of his best games of the season on Saturday night, registering two assists in the overtime victory over Tucson. Additionally, Gawdin leads all skaters in the season series with eight points in five games vs. Tucson.
Roadrunners – Andy Miele
Miele recorded two goals against Stockton on Saturday and finished out the road trip with an assist against San Jose to extend his point streak to four games. The veteran forward leads all skaters in the season series with five goals.