HEAT (27-13-3-3) vs. GULLS (23-17-4-2)
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2019-20 Season Series: 4-1-0-1
2019-20 Heat Home Record: 12-7-3-1
2019-20 Gulls Road Record: 10-9-0-1
Power Play – 45-for-172 (26.2%); 2nd
Penalty Kill – 166-for-190 (87.4%); 2nd
Power Play – 30-for-190 (15.8%); 24th
Penalty Kill – 151-for-179 (84.4%); 8th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Quine (44)
Goals – Froese (18)
Points – Carrick (34)
Goals – Carrick (19)
Stockton dominated the special teams battle on Saturday night in a 4-3 shootout win over Tucson, scoring three power play goals and holding the Roadrunners scoreless on five man advantage looks. The penalty kill continues to cruise on home ice, killing off the last 20 opportunities against the opposition over the last seven games. The Heat led all night, including a commanding two goal lead with under ten minutes to play in regulation. Tucson would battle back to score two goals in just 61 seconds to level the scoring. The Heat answered the bell with a strong showing in the shootout, receiving goals from Austin Czarnik and Justin Kirkland as Artyom Zagidulin stopped two of three shots to seal the win in his first shootout appearance of the season. Stockton picked up a point on Tucson Saturday, moving three points back of the first place Roadrunners.
San Diego wraps up a three-game road trip this afternoon in Stockton after splitting a weekend series in Iowa on Friday and Saturday. The Gulls have points in six of seven games since returning from the all-star break, posting five wins in the stretch. After being shutout Friday night in Iowa, the Gulls bounced back on Saturday in the 5-2 victory to snap Iowa’s franchise best eight game win streak. Similar to Stockton’s Saturday night performance, the Gulls dominated the special teams battle, scoring twice on the power play and killing off all five chances against a dangerous Iowa power play.
US VS. THEM
Today marks the start of two games over the next three days against San Diego. Stockton opened the season series with four straight victories over the Gulls, but San Diego has orchestrated back-to-back wins over the Heat. This afternoon is just the second matchup since Christmas against San Diego, following the 4-1 loss for Stockton back on January 15 at Stockton Arena. Special teams in the season series heavily favor Stockton with the Heat potting six power play goals on 21 chances and holding San Diego to just one power play tally on 19 attempts.
Going for double digits. Alan Quine enters tonight on a nine-game point streak (5-8-13) just one game behind the Heat all-time record for most consecutive games with a point. Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane are the only players to record 10-game point streaks in Heat history. Jankowski recorded his point streak from March 12 to April 5, 2017 while Mangiapane posted his in the first ten games of the 2017-18 season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Zac Leslie
With Brandon Davidson and Alexander Yelesin up with the Calgary Flames there are more minutes available on the back end. Since their recent departures, Zac Leslie has turned up his recent play riding a four-game point streak entering today’s game following his fifth goal of the season on Saturday night. Leslie’s four-game point streak is the longest since his 2016-17 season.
Gulls – Chris Wideman
Fresh off a three-assist effort on Saturday vs. Iowa, Wideman is the San Diego played to keep your eye on. His ability to quarterback San Diego’s power play makes him an important player for the Gulls today against one of the stingiest penalty kills in the league. Wideman, who has two goals against Stockton this season, ranks tied for third in the league for goals by a defenseman with nine.