HEAT (30-16-4-4) vs. BARRACUDA (20-27-5-2)
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2019-20 Season Series: 9-0-0-0
2019-20 Heat Home Record: 14-9-3-1
2019-20 Barracuda Road Record: 8-12-2-2
Power Play – 51-for-200 (25.5%; 1st)
Penalty Kill – 202-for-231 (87.4%; 1st)
Power Play – 35-for-207 (16.9%; 19th)
Penalty Kill – 169-for-211 (80.1%; 24th)
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Quine/Gawdin (46)
Goals – Philp (19)
Points – Letunov (38)
Goals – Halbgewachs (18)
Stockton looks to carry some momentum from the three-point weekend against Bakersfield. The Heat earned a 3-2 comeback win on Friday and earned a point in the shootout loss on Saturday to close out the home and home series with Bakersfield. Three of the five goal scorers over the weekend for Stockton were rookie forwards: Martin Pospisil, Luke Philp and Eetu Tuulola. The last of the list recorded a goal and an assist in both contests, recording his first back-to-back multi point games of his career. Austin Czarnik also potted two goals over the weekend, moving into a tie for third in goals on the team alongside Buddy Robinson and Glenn Gawdin. Tonight is the first of three home games over the next six days.
Despite owning the second worst win percentage in the AHL (.435), San Jose is playing their best hockey of the season, riding a five-game point streak. Additionally the top affiliate of the Sharks has posted points in eight of their last ten games. San Jose is coming off a pair of 3-2 overtime games against the San Diego Gulls. The Barracuda won on Friday, but allowed three unanswered goals to fall in overtime 3-2.
US VS. THEM
Stockton has dominated San Jose in the season series, earning wins in the first nine games. Five of the nine games have been decided by just one tally, including the last two contests. Stockton most recently defeated San Jose on February 12th, 4-3 in overtime. Stockton’s top six scorers in the season series are all over a point per game against the Barracuda: Alan Quine (5-8-13), Zac Leslie (0-10-10), Austin Czarnik (4-5-9), Byron Froese (4-5-9), Glenn Gawdin (2-7-9), Matthew Phillips (4-2-6).
Special teams dominance. It has been the story all season long for Stockton. They come into tonight’s game with the top ranked power play (25.5%) and penalty kill (87.4%) in the AHL. The same narrative has played out vs. San Jose with the Heat posting an impressive rate of 95.6% on the PK, killing of 43 of 45 attempts for the opposition. On the power play, Stockton owns eight power play goals on 29 attempts (27.6-percent).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Eetu Tuulola
Tuulola posted a career weekend against Bakersfield, recording four points including the game winning goal in Friday night’s win. Tuulola is amidst the best stretch of his career with ten points over his last nine games. Tuulola will look to continue his hot play into tonight against San Jose, a team he only has one point against in the season series.
Barracuda – Jayden Halbgewachs
Halbgewachs enters tonight’s play leading the team in goals with 18. The undersized forward scored the game winner on Friday night in the win over San Diego. He now has four goals and five assists in his last ten games.