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Photo Credit: Graphic by Mike Gould

Heat Playoff Game Day: Going for another win over Bakersfield (7:30 p.m. MT)

Less than 24 hours after securing a series-opening victory over the Bakersfield Condors, the Stockton Heat will return to action on Wednesday evening to try and go up 2–0 in the Pacific Division semifinals.

Jakob Pelletier, Emilio Pettersen, and Walker Duehr scored for the Heat in their 3–1 victory over the Condors in Game 1. Stockton outshot Bakersfield 29 to 28 at Stockton Arena on Tuesday.

American Hockey League Goaltender of the Year Dustin Wolf continued his excellent debut season, making 27 saves in his first professional playoff game. He’ll be back between the pipes on Wednesday, with Daniil Chechelev backing up.

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Dino Kambeitz scored the lone Bakersfield goal in Game 1, with Brad Malone and 2019 first-round pick Philip Broberg picking up the helpers.

Many of Stockton’s top players are still in search of their first AHL playoff goals. Matthew Phillips, Connor Zary, Glenn Gawdin, Luke Philp, and Juuso Valimaki have yet to find twine in the Calder Cup Playoffs, although Gawdin and Valimaki both picked up an assist in Game 1.

The Heat need just two more wins over the Condors to win this best-of-five playoff series. You’ll be able to watch Game 2 from Stockton Arena live on AHL TV at 7:30 p.m. MT.

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Projected lineups

These combinations are based, in part, on those used in these teams’ respective previous games. 

Stockton Heat

Jakob PelletierGlenn GawdinMatthew Phillips
Justin KirklandLuke PhilpMartin Pospisil
Emilio PettersenConnor ZaryEetu Tuulola
Alex GallantByron FroeseWalker Duehr

Kevin GravelNick DeSimone
Juuso ValimakiColton Poolman
Ilya SolovyovAndy Welinski

Dustin Wolf
Daniil Chechelev

Bakersfield Condors

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Dylan HollowayBrad MaloneDino Kambeitz
Brendan PerliniAdam CracknellCooper Marody
James HamblinLuke EspositoSeth Griffith
Tim Schaller – Devin Brosseau

Philip BrobergMichael Kesselring
Markus NiemelainenFilip Berglund
Yanni Kaldis – Vincent Desharnais
Darien Kielb

Stuart Skinner
Ilya Konovalov

Playoff scoring stars

This section excludes players recalled to the NHL or on assignment to other leagues.

Stockton Heat

  1. Emilio Pettersen — 1 GP, 1 G, 2 P
  2. Jakob Pelletier — 1 GP, 1 G, 1 P
  3. Walker Duehr — 1 GP, 1 G, 1 P
  4. Juuso Valimaki — 1 GP, 0 G, 1 P
  5. Glenn Gawdin — 1 GP, 0 G, 1 P

Bakersfield Condors

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  1. Dino Kambeitz — 3 GP, 1 G, 2 P
  2. James Hamblin — 3 GP, 1 G, 2 P
  3. Brad Malone — 3 GP, 1 G, 2 P
  4. Cooper Marody — 3 GP, 1 G, 2 P
  5. Adam Cracknell — 3 GP, 1 G, 1 P

Heating up

Emilio Pettersen had one heck of an AHL playoff debut in Game 1, scoring the game-winning goal and adding an assist in Stockton’s 3–1 victory over Bakersfield. The Norwegian forward had 13 goals and 26 points in 59 games this season.

Check out Pettersen’s power move to get behind the Bakersfield defence before beating Stuart Skinner in the final minutes of Tuesday’s first period.

How to watch

Game 2 in Stockton will be broadcast on AHL TV (subscription required) and on Spreaker (audio only), with the opening puck-drop set for 7:30 p.m. MT.

FlamesNation contributors Paige Siewert and Mike Gould will provide live game updates on Twitter. Additionally, you’ll be able to follow along at TheAHL.com.

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