The Stockton Heat haven’t won back-to-back contests since Mar. 10 and 11, the final two dates of the team’s eight-game winning streak.
They’ll look to change that on Tuesday evening when they take on the Manitoba Moose for the fourth meeting of a five-game series.
The Heat won Monday afternoon’s clash in a shootout, with Adam Ruzicka scoring two points (plus a shootout goal) and goaltender Andrew Shortridge making 38 saves for his first win of the season.
Alexander Yelesin also scored for Stockton, which improved to 11-16-1 this season. Matthew Phillips sealed the victory with the shootout-winning goal.
Nathan Todd and Cole Maier added goals for Manitoba, which blew two one-goal leads en route to the shootout loss. Even with Stockton having lost 15 of its last 18 contests, Manitoba has just two more wins (13) than Stockton in one less game.
These combinations are based, in part, on those used in these teams’ respective previous games.
Emilio Pettersen – Adam Ruzicka – Eetu Tuulola
Navrin Mutter – Luke Philp – Matthew Phillips
Colton Beck – Giorgio Estephan – Dmitry Zavgorodniy
Alex Gallant – Mark Simpson – Walker Duehr
Zac Leslie – Alex Petrovic
Colton Poolman – Alexander Yelesin
Yan Kuznetsov – Rob Hamilton
Jeff Malott – David Gustafsson – Nathan Todd
Marko Dano – Cole Perfetti – Kristian Reichel
Joona Luoto – Cole Maier – Nick Jones
Haralds Egle – Ty Pelton-Byce – Bobby Lynch
Dylan Samberg – Johnathan Kovacevic
Ville Heinola – Declan Chisholm
Noah King – Nelson Nogier
This listing excludes players on NHL call-ups or assignments to various other leagues.
Stockton — Adam Ruzicka (11 goals, 21 points in 26 games); Matthew Phillips (eight goals, 20 points in 28 games); Luke Philp (eight goals, 16 points in 28 games); Emilio Pettersen (five goals, 13 points in 27 games); Alex Petrovic (two goals, 12 points in 15 games).
Manitoba — Nathan Todd (nine goals, 24 points in 27 games); Cole Perfetti (eight goals, 22 points in 27 games); Jeff Malott (12 goals, 17 points in 25 games); David Gustafsson (three goals, 12 points in 13 games); Declan Chisholm (two goals, 12 points in 26 games).
Players to watch
Stockton — Navrin Mutter. A 6’3″ winger with plenty of truculence, Mutter made his AHL debut on Monday and registered two shots against Moose goaltender Eric Comrie.
Mutter spent much of the game playing in Stockton’s top-six. He scored 20 points (eight goals and 12 assists) as a 19-year-old OHL player with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2019-20.
Manitoba — Ville Heinola. The Winnipeg Jets’ first-round pick from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Heinola already has 10 NHL games under his belt and has scored five points (one goal, four assists) in the big leagues.
Heinola is relatively small for a defenseman, standing 5’11”, but he’s supremely skilled and is already capable of putting up points in North American professional hockey. The Honkajoki, Finland product has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 18 games with the Moose this year.
How to watch
This game will be broadcast on AHLTV.com (subscription required), with the opening puck-drop set for 5:00 pm MT. Live game updates can be found on Twitter at @miketgould or online at TheAHL.com.