HEAT (29-14-4-3) vs. GULLS (26-18-5-2)
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2019-20 Season Series: 5-2-0-1
2019-20 Heat Home Record: 13-7-3-1
2019-20 Gulls Road Record: 11-10-2-0
Power Play – 48-for-185 (25.9%); 2nd
Penalty Kill – 188-for-214 (87.9%); 1st
Power Play – 31-for-205 (15.1%); 26th
Penalty Kill – 162-for-191 (84.8%); 7th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Quine (46)
Goals – Froese (18)
Points – Carrick (39)
Goals – Carrick (21)
Stockton is fresh off an impressive trip to Arizona, earning three of a possible four points, including a 4-1 victory on Saturday night against the first place Tucson Roadrunners. The Heat’s offense was quiet in the first five periods of the weekend in Tucson, but Matthew Phillips and Austin Czarnik cashed in on the power play during the third period to seal the win. Corey Schueneman had a career night from the back end, registering three assists. The Heat jumped up into first place following Saturday’s four-goal effort in the third period. Tucson jumped back into first place by two points following a win on Wednesday night, but the Heat still hold a slight advantage in winning percentage, .650 compared to Tucson’s .644. Tonight’s matchup starts a three-game homestand for the Heat as well as a stretch where Stockton plays six of their next seven games inside of Stockton Arena.
San Diego comes to Stockton tonight following a 4-1 midweek setback in Tucson, 4-1. The loss ended San Diego’s three-game win streak and five-game point streak. Tonight is the second of seven consecutive road games for San Diego. The Gulls come into this game 16-3-3 in their last 22 games since early January. The Gulls currently sit one point back of the Ontario Reign for the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division.
US VS. THEM
Stockton owns a 5-2-0-1 advantage in the season series, including a 3-1 record on home ice. The two clubs have faced off twice in the last two weeks, most recently a 3-2 win for the Gulls on February 19 in San Diego. The last two games in the season series have been split both by a 3-2 decision. Stockton’s penalty kill has dominated in the season series, killing off 27 of 28 San Diego power plays this season.
In addition to the strong penalty kill numbers in the season series against San Diego, operating at 96.4%, the Heat also boast the top penalty kill in the AHL entering tonight’s action. Additionally, the penalty kill continues to dominate on home ice, going eight straight home games without conceding a power play goal, dating back to January 8th. The Heat are 25/25 in the span on home ice.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Buddy Robinson
Robinson is expected to play in his first game for Stockton in over a month after his longest NHL call up as a member of the Calgary Flames. Robinson appeared in five games for the Flames and recorded his first goal with Calgary on February 1st, but Robinson has not appeared in a game in over three weeks. Robinson hasn’t played a game for Stockton since before the All-Star break, recording an assist against Ontario on January 24. The veteran forward should be hungry for a big role tonight following his time in Calgary.
Gulls- Maxime Comtois
Comtois’ five game goal streak came to an end on Wednesday, but the 21-year-old forward prospect still comes into tonight’s game on a tear, recording six goals and eight points in his last six games. Comtois has the game winning goal in each of the Gulls last three victories, including the game winner against Stockton on February 19th.