HGD 27: Stockton looks for revenge against Tucson (6:30 p.m. MT)

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Mike Gould
2 years ago
Dustin Wolf’s streak is over. After going 17 games without a single regulation loss to start the 2021–22 season, Wolf finally came out on the wrong side through 60 minutes on Tuesday as his Stockton Heat lost 2–1 to the Tucson Roadrunners.
Wolf could get his chance at revenge as soon as Wednesday. It’s unclear who will start in goal for the Heat as they return to action to conclude their back-to-back series in Tucson.
Tuesday’s game saw the Heat outshoot the Roadrunners 31–24. Opposing goaltender @Ivan Prosvetov stood tall, making 30 saves en route to his eighth victory in 15 games this season.
Highly-touted Arizona Coyotes prospects @Jan Jenik and @Victor Soderstrom each recorded two points in the win for Tucson. Wolf made 22 saves on 24 shots in the loss and fell to 15–1–2 on the year.
@Justin Kirkland scored Stockton’s lone goal on Tuesday. In his AHL debut, big 28-year-old winger @Jay Dickman took the delay of game penalty in the third period that led directly to Jenik’s go-ahead goal.
Heat defenceman @Juuso Valimaki returned from COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday, firing four shots on Prosvetov in the loss. Kirkland led all Heat forwards with four shots on goal.
@Daniil Chechelev backed up Wolf on Tuesday, with regular second goaltender @Adam Werner remaining in COVID-19 protocol. If the Heat elect to rest Wolf on Wednesday, it’s possible that Chechelev could make his first-ever AHL start. The 2020 fourth-round pick has a 6–5–1 record and an .894 save percentage in 12 ECHL games with the Kansas City Mavericks this season.

Projected lineups

These combinations are based, in part, on those used in these teams’ respective previous games. 
@Jakob Pelletier – @Glenn Gawdin – @Matthew Phillips
@Eetu Tuulola – @Connor Zary – @Martin Pospisil
@Justin Kirkland – @Luke Philp – @Walker Duehr
@Alex Gallant – @Ryan Olsen – @Jay Dickman
@Connor Mackey – @Andy Welinski
@Kevin Gravel – @Nick DeSimone
@Ilya Solovyov – @Colton Poolman
@Dustin Wolf
@Daniil Chechelev
@Terry Broadhurst – @Cameron Hebig – @Hudson Fasching
@Ben McCartney – @Jan Jenik – @Michael Carcone
@Bokondji Imama – @Blake Speers – @Hudson Elynuik
@Stephen Baylis – @Logan Nelson – @Tyson Empey
@Vladislav Kolyachonok – @Victor Soderstrom
@Chaz Reddekopp – @Ty Emberson
Quinn Wichers – @Cameron Crotty
@Josef Korenar
@Ivan Prosvetov

Scoring leaders

This section excludes players recalled to the NHL or on assignment to other leagues.
Stockton — @Jakob Pelletier (11 goals, 28 points); @Glenn Gawdin (nine goals, 24 points); @Matthew Phillips (nine goals, 22 points); @Luke Philp (eight goals, 16 points); @Connor Mackey (three goals, 14 points).
Tucson — @Matias Maccelli (seven goals, 21 points); @Hudson Fasching (four goals, 14 points); @Jan Jenik (five goals, 13 points); @Michael Carcone (five goals, 12 points); @Victor Soderstrom (two goals, 11 points).

Players to watch

Stockton — After going more than two months without a goal, Heat forward @Justin Kirkland has now scored in back-to-back games and is up to five tallies in 25 games this season. The big 25-year-old winger has been a fixture in both special teams situations for Stockton this season.
Tucson — Roadrunners forward @Jan Jenik had an excellent showing in Tuesday’s win over the Heat, picking up points on both Tucson’s goal and netting the game-winner in the third period. The 21-year-old centre now has five goals and 13 points in 15 AHL games with the Roadrunners this season.

How to watch

Wednesday’s game in Tucson will be broadcast on AHL TV (subscription required) and on Spreaker (audio only), with the opening puck-drop set for 6:30 p.m. MT.
FlamesNation contributor Paige Siewert will provide live game updates on her Twitter account. Additionally, you’ll be able to follow along at TheAHL.com.


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