HEAT (13-4-1-2) vs. ONTARIO (9-10-2-0)
7:00 p.m. | AHLTV | Spreaker | iHeartRadio | Fox Sports AM 1280
2019-20 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
2019-20 Heat Home Record: 4-2-1-1
2019-20 Ontario Road Record: 6-6-0-0
Power Play –22-82 (26.8%); 2nd
Penalty Kill – 81-93 (87.1%); 4th
Power Play – 10-for-88 (11.4%); 27th
Penalty Kill – 89-for-110 (80.9%); 17th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Phillips (21)
Goals – Lomberg, Robinson (10)
Points – Frk (13)
Goals – Frk (9)
Fresh off a season-long five game road trip, Stockton is playing their first home game in 18 days. The Heat won four of the five road games to finish off the month of November, earning victories in Bakersfield, San Diego, Ontario and Colorado. Stockton scored 23 goals in the five games, including a season-high eight goals last Wednesday over the Ontario Reign. More recently, Stockton split a weekend series in Colorado, capping off the trip with a 5-4 overtime win. The Heat are looking for consecutive wins on home ice for the first time this season.
After a scorching hot 8-3-2-0 start, Ontario has lost seven of eight games. Ontario picked up a comeback win on home ice Friday night, followed up by a 3-1 loss to Bakersfield on Saturday. Scoring woes have plagued the Reign during this eight game stretch, scoring just 15 goals in their last eight games. Four of those goals for the Reign came in the final eight minutes of the third period last Wednesday against Stockton.
US VS. THEM
Tonight’s clash is the second of 12 meetings between the divisional rivals and the first at Stockton Arena. The Heat defeated the Reign last Wednesday in Ontario, 8-5. Tonight is the second of three straight Wednesday matchups between Stockton and Ontario. Last season Stockton held the advantage in the season series, posting a 6-3-1-0 record.
Late, game-tying or game-winning goals heavily favored Stockton in the month of November. Three of Stockton’s last five victories have come on the heels of goals in the last minute of regulation or during overtime. Over the recent road trip Stockton earned overtime wins in Bakersfield on November 21 and in Colorado on November 30.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Alexander Yelesin
Following an 11 day stint with the Calgary Flames, Alexander Yelesin is back in Stockton. Yelesin did not get in any game action while in Calgary, so the first year defenseman should be well rested. Historically, Ontario is a very physical team and they lead the AHL in penalty minutes per game this season so Yelesin’s physical style will be a welcomed addition to the lineup on Wednesday. Yelesin has skated in 15 games this season, missing the last five contests for Stockton.
Reign – Kale Clague
The 21-year-old leads all Reign defenseman in points with four goals and six assists. Clague’s first multi-point effort of the year came last Wednesday against Stockton, registering one goal and one assist. The former second-round pick for the Los Angeles Kings is emerging into one of the top young defenseman in the AHL’s Western Conference.