HEAT (23-7-2-3) vs. GULLS (14-15-2-2)
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2019-20 Season Series: 4-0-0-1
2019-20 Heat Home Record: 9-4-2-1
2019-20 Gulls Road Record: 5-8-0-0
Power Play – 36-for-133 (27.1%); 1st
Penalty Kill – 134-for-154 (87.0%); 3rd
Power Play – 19-for-136 (14.0%); 25th
Penalty Kill – 109-for-129 (84.5%); 6th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Gawdin (35)
Goals – Robinson/Philp (15)
Points – Mueller (26)
Goals – Carrick (16)
Stockton is back on home ice tonight following a weekend sweep over the San Jose Barracuda, including the second shutout victory in the last two weeks. Stockton defeated San Jose 2-0 on Saturday followed up by a 2-1 victory, both wins earned by Artyom Zagidulin. The Heat sport a three-game win streak entering tonight, aiming to earn their fourth consecutive win for the third time this season. The Stockton Heat are playing their best stretch of defensive hockey this season, limiting the opposition to just 13 goals allowed over the last 8 games since the holiday break. Stockton’s season goals against average is ranked 13th in the league at 2.86 per game, their lowest season average since October 25th. Offensively for Stockton, Alan Quine extended his point streak to six in Sunday’s win with his team-leading ninth multi point game of the season.
Tonight is just the first road game of 2020 for San Diego, following a five-game homestand to begin 2020. After dropping three, one-goal games to start the new year, the Gulls rebounded over the weekend for victories over Iowa and Ontario on Friday and Saturday night. San Diego enters tonight’s contest on a two-game win streak, including the 6-1 Saturday night win over Ontario in their most recent game. The Gulls offense found their stride over the weekend, scoring 10 goals in the last two games. San Diego has struggled on the road this season, tied for the season fewest wins away from home this season with five, but the team has only played four road games since November.
US VS. THEM
Stockton dropped its first game of the season series in the last Heat-Gulls installment on December 21st in the 4-3 shootout loss. Stockton has earned nine of a possible 10 points this year agains the Gulls, outscoring the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate 23 to 12. The Heat have excelled in all areas against the 6th place Gulls, but no area more impactful than the special teams. The Heat penalty kill is 15-of-16 against San Diego, operating at 93.8 percent. Furthermore, the power play is 6-of-17, operating at a 35.3-percent clip. Jon Gillies leads Stockton’s impressive goaltending duo with a 3-0-0-1 record, a 1.96 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.
Stockton earned a comeback victory over San Jose on Sunday, improving their record on the season to 4-7-2-1 when failing to score the game’s first goal. Points in 7 of 14 games when trailing early in a game is an impressive feat. The narrative for Stockton during the majority of this season is their strong play when leading after 40 minutes. The Heat led after 40 minutes in both games this weekend, bolstering their record when leading after two periods to 16-0-0-2. Conversely, the Gulls are just 0-9-0-1 in the ten games this season when trailing after two periods.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Austin Czarnik
Czarnik had points, including two goals for all four of Stockton’s goals in San Jose over the weekend. Czarnik is on a three-game point streak and has points in nine of his last 10 games after failing to score in his first game as a member of the Stockton Heat.
Gulls – Troy Terry
Terry, the highly touted, Ducks prospect was sent down from Anaheim prior to last weekend’s games in San Diego. The second-year pro had four points over the weekend in the Gulls two victories. Terry has played 33 games with Anaheim this season, scoring eight points.