It didn’t always look easy, but the Stockton Heat defeated the Colorado Eagles 3–2 in a shootout on Friday.
Stockton fell behind 2–0 in the first period but managed to rally back with goals from Eetu Tuulola and Ilya Solovyov to send the game to overtime. Andy Welinski tallied in the extra frame to lift the Heat to victory.
The Heat will now go for a weekend sweep of the Eagles in the rematch on Saturday evening. It remains to be seen whether Dustin Wolf or Adam Werner will tend goal for Stockton in the game; Wolf made 26 saves in Friday’s win.
Stockton has been a powerhouse this season. Only the Utica Comets (18–1–2) have a better record than Stockton’s 16–2–3 mark; with Wolf in net, the Heat still have yet to lose a single game in regulation (13–0–2).
Saturday’s game will be the fifth meeting of the season between the Heat and Eagles. Stockton has a 3–1–0 record against Colorado this year, with the only loss coming on the road by a 5–1 margin (with Werner in net) on Nov. 27.
These combinations are based, in part, on those used in these teams’ respective previous games.
Jakob Pelletier – Glenn Gawdin – Matthew Phillips
Emilio Pettersen – Connor Zary – Eetu Tuulola
Justin Kirkland – Luke Philp – Walker Duehr
Alex Gallant – Mark Simpson – Ryan Olsen
Connor Mackey – Nick DeSimone
Juuso Valimaki – Colton Poolman
Ilya Solovyov – Andy Welinski
Martin Kaut – Shane Bowers – Kiefer Sherwood
Dylan Sikura – Jayson Megna – Jean-Luc Foudy
Sampo Ranta – Callahan Burke – Ryan Wagner
Dalton Smith – Andreas Wingerli – Trey Bradley
Andreas Englund – Charle-Edouard D’Astous
Rob Hamilton – Luke Martin
Keaton Middleton – Nate Clurman
This section excludes players recalled to the NHL or on assignment to other leagues.
Stockton — Jakob Pelletier (nine goals, 26 points); Glenn Gawdin (eight goals, 24 points); Matthew Phillips (nine goals, 20 points); Andy Welinski (two goals, 14 points); Connor Mackey (three goals, 13 points).
Colorado — Kiefer Sherwood (nine goals, 18 points); Dylan Sikura (seven goals, 18 points); Mikhail Maltsev (five goals, 15 points); Callahan Burke (seven goals, 15 points); Rob Hamilton (three goals, 12 points).
Players to watch
Stockton — Things are really starting to look up for Connor Zary. The rookie centre now has three goals and six points in his last seven games after starting the season with just one point in his first seven contests. The start of Zary’s season was delayed after he suffered a foot injury in the preseason, and his decreased initial production may have been as a result of him playing centre for the first time as a professional. He certainly now looks to be at 100 percent.
Colorado — Just a day after signing his first-ever NHL deal with the Colorado Avalanche, Callahan Burke opened the scoring for the Eagles less than two minutes into Friday’s game. The 24-year-old Notre Dame alum now has seven goals and 15 points in just 20 AHL games with Colorado this season.
How to watch
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