STOCKTON, Calif. – Behind a 36-save effort from Jon Gillies and two-point nights from Kerby Rychel and Alan Quine, the Stockton Heat romped to a 4-1 win over Bakersfield Friday night at Stockton Arena. The win snapped an 18-game divisional win streak for the Condors that dated back to January 11. Rychel struck first, a quick release that found twine near the midway point of the first before Quine doubled the lead to two early in the second. After Bakersfield cut the lead in half, Dillon Dube pushed the game out of reach with a shorthanded goal to once again seize momentum just 2:31 after the Condors’ goal, and Buddy Robinson punctuated the win with his marker at 4:43 of the third. The win was the fifth in Stockton’s last six home games, having at least one over each team in playoff position in the Pacific Division.
SCORING AND PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Jon Gillies (37 shots, 36 saves)
L: Stuart Skinner (22 shots, 18 saves)
Three Stars: First – Jon Gillies (36 svs), Second – Kerby Rychel (1g,1a), Third – Alan Quine (1g,1a)
Final Shots: STK – 21, BAK – 37
Power Plays: STK – 0-2, BAK – 0-3
– Kerby Rychel has scored the first goal of the game in back-to-back contests. He leads the Heat with 23 goals on the year to continue his career-best scoring season. Rychel finished the night with two points, a goal and an assist, for his 10th multi-point game of the year.
– Alan Quine pushed Stockton ahead 2-0 early in the second, his first goal since Feb. 16 against Colorado. He had three assists in four games in that span. Quine finished the night with a goal and an assist, his team-best 14th multi-point game of the year.
– Dillon Dube’s shorthanded goal was Stockton’s seventh in the last seven games, bringing the team total to an AHL-best 15 for the year. It was Dube’s first-career SHG.
– The win was Jon Gillies’ 50th in the AHL. He has now won six of his last eight starts.
– The Heat have now won five of their last six home games, all against the teams currently in playoff position in the Pacific Division.
– The Heat win was the first divisional loss for Bakersfield since Jan. 11, snapping an 18-game win streak for the Condors in divisional play.
The Heat will head to San Jose on Sunday for a 3 p.m. puck drop before hosting Tucson in a pair of pivotal divisional matchups next weekend, Friday and Saturday at Stockton Arena.