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Stockton Sunday: First in the Division

The Heat took over 1st in the Pacific Division with a win over San Diego on Saturday

The Heat were very busy in the last week, playing 4 games and going 2-1-1 in the process. Stockton also managed to take over top spot in the AHL’s Pacific Division, passing Tuscon and San Diego.

Last Week’s Games

Sunday: Stockton Heat 4 @ Tuscon Roadrunners (Arizona) 5

The Heat had their first chance of the week to take over top spot in the Pacific Division but were unable to come up with the victory in Tuscon. It was a rough night for Jon Gillies who allowed 5 goals on 33 shots. The penalty kill also allowed 3 goals on 6 chances. Scoring for Stockton were Ryan Lomberg, Linden Vey, Brandon Bollig, and Rasmus Andersson. The Heat also managed to generate 41 shots on offense.

A full game recap can be found here

Wednesday: Charlotte Checkers (Carolina) 2 @ Stockton Heat 4

Stockton won in their return home from their road trip in solid fashion. The Heat were in control all night long and had a three goal lead for most of the game. Emile Poirier led the way with two goals, and Daniel Pribyl had a goal and an assist. Linden Vey also scored in the game. Gillies had a strong bounceback game making 22 saves on 24 shots and helping to kill 5 Charlotte powerplays.

A full game recap can be found here

Highlights can be found here

Friday: San Diego Gulls (Anaheim) 3 @ Stockton Heat 2 (Shootout)

San Diego entered the weekend set of games having freshly taken over top spot in the Pacific Division thanks to a 7 game winning streak. They managed to up their streak to 8 with a shootout victory but it wasn’t for a lack of Heat effort. Stockton managed to put up 43 shots but it wasn’t enough. Oliver Kylington and Mike Angelidis scored for the Heat. Gillies made 30 saves on 32 shots in the loss.

A full game recap can be found here

Highlights can be found here

Saturday: San Diego Gulls 0 @ Stockton Heat 4

Finally after a few opportunities, the Heat managed to take over top spot in the Pacific Division by resoundingly beating the Gulls. The Heat scored all four goals in the third period within an eight and a half minute stretch. David Rittich made 37 saves to get his third shutout of the season. Morgan Klimchuk scored twice, Hunter Smith got his first of the year, and Matt Bailey rounded out the scoring. Tyler Wotherspoon was also a +3 on the night.

A full game recap can be found here

Highlights can be found here

This Week’s Games

Wednesday: Charlotte Checkers @ Stockton Heat

Friday: Stockton Heat @ San Jose Barracuda (San Jose)

Saturday: Stockton Heat @ Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton)

Roster Moves

  • Assigned G Tom McCollum to Adirondack (ECHL)
  • Had F Mark Jankowski returned from Calgary Flames (NHL)

Divisional Standings

Rank Team GP W L OTL PTS PTS%
1 Stockton Heat 18 11 5 2 24 0.667
2 Tuscon Roadrunners 16 9 5 2 20 0.625
3 San Diego Gulls 17 10 6 1 21 0.618
4 Texas Stars 20 11 7 2 24 0.600
5 Ontario Reign 17 8 5 4 20 0.588
6 San Jose Barracuda 15 7 5 3 17 0.567
7 Bakersfield Condors 17 8 8 1 17 0.500
8 San Antonio Rampage 20 9 10 1 19 0.475

*Quick reminder that the AHL weighs its standings by points percentage rather than points. To calculate, you take: Points a team has/Most Points they could have (2 per GP)

ie) a 6-3-2 team has 14 points out of a possible 22 points. Pts%= 0.636

Leading Scorers

Goals: 7 - Morgan Klimchuk 6 - Linden Vey

Assists: 10 - Mark Jankowski, Rasmus Andersson 9 - Andrew Mangiapane

Points: 14 - Morgan Klimchuk, Linden Vey, Andrew Mangiapane 13 - Mark Jankowski

Stockton now sits at 11-5-2 on the season and sitting on top of the Pacific Division, albeit very precariously.

The team embarks on a season high 7 game road trip beginning on Friday in San Jose. All seven games are against divisional opponents which means they will be very big games. Until next Sunday, Go Heat Go!