The Stockton Heat will take their second crack at clinching the American Hockey League’s Pacific Division title on Saturday when they take on the Bakersfield Condors at 8:00 p.m. MT.
The Heat (44–14–7) remain atop the AHL standings with a .731 points percentage. They can clinch the top seed in the Pacific on Saturday with a single point against Bakersfield or an Ontario Reign loss of any kind in Colorado.
— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) April 23, 2022
Stockton has already faced Bakersfield on eight previous occasions this season, winning six of them and picking up a single point in another. However, the Condors won 5–1 in the two teams’ last meeting (at Stockton Arena on March 16).
Daniil Chechelev started Stockton’s last game, allowing five goals on 33 shots in a 5–4 overtime loss to the Abbotsford Canucks on Friday. The 21-year-old goaltender could see even more action the rest of the way while Dustin Wolf gets a look in the NHL; including Saturday’s action, Stockton has three games left in the 2021–22 regular season.
Bakersfield (35–20–10) currently ranks fifth in the Pacific Division and has won seven of its last 10 games. The Condors are virtually guaranteed to play either the Canucks or the Colorado Eagles in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.
These combinations are based, in part, on those used in these teams’ respective previous games.
Jakob Pelletier – Glenn Gawdin – Matthew Phillips
Justin Kirkland – Luke Philp – Martin Pospisil
Emilio Pettersen – Connor Zary – Walker Duehr
Tyrell Goulbourne – Byron Froese – Eetu Tuulola
Juuso Valimaki – Colton Poolman
Kevin Gravel – Nick DeSimone
Ilya Solovyov – Andy Welinski
Cooper Marody – Luke Esposito – Seth Griffith
Tyler Benson – Brad Malone – Dino Kambeitz
Tim Schaller – Adam Cracknell – James Hamblin
Noah Philp – Devin Brosseau – Colton Sceviour
Yanni Kaldis – Vincent Desharnais
Philip Broberg – Michael Kesselring
Darien Kielb – Filip Berglund
This section excludes players recalled to the NHL or on assignment to other leagues.
- Matthew Phillips — 62 GP, 30 G, 67 P
- Jakob Pelletier — 63 GP, 27 G, 62 P
- Glenn Gawdin — 62 GP, 15 G, 50 P
- Justin Kirkland — 63 GP, 25 G, 47 P
- Luke Philp — 63 GP, 21 G, 44 P
- Seth Griffith — 61 GP, 28 G, 78 P
- Cooper Marody — 49 GP, 21 G, 54 P
- Adam Cracknell — 55 GP, 20 G, 44 P
- Brad Malone — 49 GP, 13 G, 37 P
- James Hamblin — 61 GP, 19 G, 33 P
Jakob Pelletier popped off in Friday’s game, picking up four assists (one on each Stockton goal) in the 5–4 overtime loss.
The 21-year-old forward now ranks 12th in AHL scoring with 62 points in 63 games. Something will be very, very wrong if Pelletier doesn’t garner significant consideration as the AHL rookie of the year (although Wolf might have a stronger case).
Back in the driver’s seat pic.twitter.com/24WW9mz1MS
— y – Stockton Heat (@AHLHeat) April 23, 2022
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