HEAT (7-1-1-2) at ROADRUNNERS (9-3-0-0)
6:05 p.m. | AHLTV | Spreaker | iHeartRadio
2019-20 Season Series: 0-0-1-1
2019-20 Heat Road Record: 5-0-0-1
2019-20 Roadrunners Home Record: 5-2-0-0
2019-20 Leading Scorers:
Points – Gawdin/Froese/Davidson (10)
Goals – Robinson (8)
Points – Pederson (9)
Goals – Pederson (14)
The Heat look to extend their point streak to eight games on Saturday in a third-straight matchup with the Tucson Roadrunners. The string of points, the longest such streak since an 11-game run to close out the 2016-17 regular season, will be put to the test in Tucson as the Heat have dropped a pair of close games to their Pacific Division counterparts already this season. Stockton got a great performance out of Jon Gillies in Friday night’s game, the netminder stopping 37 of 39 shots faced in regulation and overtime then seven of nine in the shootout, though the Heat were unable to capitalize with two points.
Tucson looks to remain undefeated at the Tucson Convention Center in weekend games, coming into tonight’s matchup with a 5-0 record. The Roadrunners had to earn two points the hard way in last night’s contest, trailing 2-0 through 40 minutes of play but scoring twice in the final period to push the game to overtime and an eventual shootout. The team from the desert will look to remain the hottest team in the Pacific Division, owning a record of 8-2 in the last 10 games.
US VS. THEM
The Heat and Roadrunners, the top two teams in the Pacific Division, may have only played each other twice on the young season but they’re plenty familiar at this point. Both games have been low-scoring, tight-checking affairs that required extra time, with last Saturday’s meeting being decided in the 3-on-3 overtime and last night’s shootout. Stockton will look to break Tucson’s perfect record against Pacific Division opponents tonight, the Roadrunners coming into the contest 4-0 in divisional games.
While the Heat ride a seven-game point streak into tonight’s game, they’ve been working overtime to stockpile those points. The Heat have gone to OT four times this year, tied for the third-highest total in the league, but have not had the puck luck late with a record of 1-3 in games that go beyond regulation – including 0-2 against Tucson.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Buddy Robinson
As Buddy Robinson goes, so does Stockton. The Heat’s leading goal-scorer on the year has been a key indicator to team success in the early running, with Stockton going 6-0-0-1 when he lights the lamp and 1-1-1-1 when he does not. Robinson has not yet gone two consecutive games without a goal this season, and he did not find the back of the net last night.
Roadrunners – Brayden Burke
Brayden Burke has come up with timely goals against the Heat in both meetings this season, scoring the overtime winner on Saturday last week at Stockton Arena and tying the game late in last night’s contest to push the game past regulation. Burke enters tonight’s game tied for the AHL lead in power play goals with five so far this season.