HEAT (20-7-2-3) vs. CONDORS (14-13-4-1)
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2019-20 Season Series: 4-2-0-1
2019-20 Heat Home Record: 8-4-2-1
2019-20 Condors Road Record: 9-8-0-1
Power Play – 32-for-123 (26.0%); 2nd
Penalty Kill – 123-for-141 (87.2%); 2nd
Power Play – 23-for-136 (16.9%); 18th
Penalty Kill – 115-for-139 (82.7%); 14th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Gawdin (35)
Goals – Robinson (15)
Points – Benson (27)
Goals – Currie (13)
The Stockton Heat come into Wednesday’s game looking to close out the four-game home stand, tied for longest home stretch of the season, on a high note having won two of the first three of the current sprint at Stockton Arena. The Heat dropped Saturday’s matchup with Ontario by a 2-1 final score, the first time all season that Stockton has been held to fewer than two goals on the year, and will look to do what they’ve done all season long – bounce back the next game. Stockton enters tonight’s contest 6-0 on the year following regulation losses, having outscored opponents 30-13 in those six games with four of those contests being decided by three or more scores.
Bakersfield has returned from the AHL’s holiday break with the club’s longest run of success this season, coming into Wednesday’s matchup with Stockton riding a five-game point streak. The Condors have been spearheaded over that stretch by leading scorer Josh Currie, who saw a four-game scoring streak come to an end in the club’s last game but has recorded seven points since the return from the break. Tonight’s contest is the third of four consecutive road games for Bakersfield, the longest road trip of the season for the Condors, who come into the game with a record of 9-8-0-1 away from home on the year.
US VS. THEM
The road team had the edge in the series early on, the first five games of the seven already played having gone to the team in enemy territory. That trend flipped once the calendar moved to December, though, as Stockton and Bakersfield each held serve on home ice in the final month of 2019. Stockton has been paced by its two all-stars in the season set against the Condors, both Glenn Gawdin and Matthew Phillips boasting identical outputs of two goals and six assists in the seven games, though Phillips will be unable to participate on Wednesday due to a lower body injury. Bakersfield has only one player north of the five-point mark in the season series, Tyler Benson coming into tonight’s game with seven assists in the seven meetings.
As the weather has gotten colder, the Heat have gotten hotter. After dropping the first game of December in a tight 3-2 battle against Ontario, Stockton has gone on to earn at least a point in nine of 11 games played with seven wins in that span. Since a 7-3 win on December 7 at Stockton Arena, the Heat have won five games and lost one on home ice, but the club will look to bounce back in Wednesday’s showdown. Stockton has not lost two in a row at home in any fashion this year and boasts the league’s best home penalty kill, the unit having held opponents scoreless over their last 23 power play opportunities at Stockton Arena and boasting a 92.2-percent success rate this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Alan Quine
Don’t look now, but Alan Quine is hitting his stride. The forward brings a three-game scoring streak into Wednesday’s game against Bakersfield and has tallied 10 points (4g,6a) over the Heat’s last five games. Quine is on a nearly-identical scoring pace as last season, when he led Stockton with 52 points in 41 games played, as he enters Wednesday’s contest with 26 points (7g,19a) in 21 games.
Condors – Josh Currie
Currie has been a thorn in Stockton’s side, posting three goals and two assists in the first seven meetings of the season in addition to last season’s output of 14 points (10g,4a) in nine games. Currie has scored in four of Bakersfield’s five games on the team’s current point streak.