HGD 15: Love and Co. look to leave Loveland, CO with four points (3:05 p.m. MT)

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Despite losing @Adam Ruzicka to a National Hockey League recall, the Stockton Heat received some reinforcements for their game against the Colorado Eagles on Nov. 26.
@Walker Duehr returned to the Heat lineup after spending nearly three weeks in the NHL. @Martin Pospisil played his first game since suffering an injury against the Abbotsford Canucks on Nov. 5. Both Duehr and Pospisil picked up a single primary assist in Stockton’s 3–2 overtime victory over the Eagles on Friday.
@Byron Froese and @Glenn Gawdin scored in regulation for the Heat on Friday before @Jakob Pelletier netted the winner in extra time. Heat goaltender @Dustin Wolf improved to 7–0–2 with a .932 SV% in the 2021–22 season after making 30 saves in the victory.
@Jordan Gross and @Cal Burke scored for Colorado, which fell to 6–7–3 with the loss. The Eagles currently rank seventh out of the nine teams in the American Hockey League’s Pacific Division.
Stockton and Colorado will complete their back-to-back set at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO with a 3:05 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Projected lineups

These combinations are based, in part, on those used in these teams’ respective previous games. 
@Jakob Pelletier – @Byron Froese – @Matthew Phillips
@Justin Kirkland – @Glenn Gawdin – @Walker Duehr
@Martin Pospisil – @Connor Zary – @Luke Philp
@Alex Gallant – @Mark Simpson – @Eetu Tuulola
@Connor Mackey – @Andy Welinski
@Kevin Gravel – @Nick DeSimone
@Yan Kuznetsov – @Colton Poolman
@Adam Werner
@Dustin Wolf
@Dylan Sikura – @Mikhail Maltsev – @Kiefer Sherwood
@Sampo Ranta – @Ryan Wagner – @Alex Beaucage
@Jean-Luc Foudy – @Andreas Wingerli – @Nick Henry
@Dalton Smith – @Ben Tardif
@Jacob MacDonald – @Jordan Gross
@Keaton Middleton – @Justin Barron
@Andreas Englund – @Roland McKeown
@Rob Hamilton
@Trent Miner
@Justus Annunen

Scoring leaders

This section excludes players recalled to the NHL or on assignment to other leagues.
Stockton — @Jakob Pelletier (seven goals, 17 points); @Glenn Gawdin (three goals, 14 points); @Matthew Phillips (five goals, 13 points); @Byron Froese (four goals, 11 points); @Nick DeSimone (one goal, 10 points).
Colorado — @Dylan Sikura (six goals, 15 points); @Jordan Gross (five goals, 14 points); @Mikhail Maltsev (four goals, 12 points); @Kiefer Sherwood (seven goals, 10 points). @Cal Burke (five goals, 10 points).

Players to watch

Stockton — @Adam Werner. A 2016 fifth-round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche, Werner spent parts of three seasons playing for the Avs’ AHL affiliate — including two with the Eagles — before signing with the Calgary Flames as a free agent in 2021. Werner, 24, played his first two NHL games as a member of the Avalanche in 2019–20, going 1–1–0 with a .914 save percentage.
Colorado — @Dalton Smith. With 398 AHL games under his belt, Smith is one of the league’s most fearsome fighters. The 29-year-old winger squared off with @Alex Gallant early in Friday’s game — could we see a rematch on Saturday? Smith played his only NHL game as a member of the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 31, 2019, logging just four shifts and 1:26 of total ice time in a 6–4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

How to watch

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on AHL TV (subscription required) and on Spreaker (audio only), with the opening puck-drop set for 3:05 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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