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HGD 43: Going for a two-game sweep in Abbotsford (5:00 p.m. MT)

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Mike Gould
11 months ago
The Stockton Heat will go for yet another win over the Abbotsford Canucks when they hit the ice at Abbotsford Centre on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. MT.
The Heat improved to 5–0–0 in their season series against the Canucks with a 4–1 victory on Friday. @Dustin Wolf made 25 saves and @Matthew Phillips scored three points, including the game-winning goal.
Sunday’s game will mark the final contest involving the Heat at Abbotsford Centre during the 2021–22 regular season. These two teams will meet up twice more at Stockton Arena — once in March, once in April — before the playoffs begin in May.
Stockton’s .762 points percentage through 42 games leads the American Hockey League by a significant margin. The Heat (30–8–4) are the only AHL team still with single-digit regulation wins in 2021–22.
Abbotsford (21–17–4) currently ranks sixth in the AHL Pacific Division with a .548 points percentage. The top seven teams in the Pacific will qualify for the 2022 Calder Cup playoffs.

Projected lineups

These combinations are based, in part, on those used in these teams’ respective previous games. 
Stockton
@Jakob Pelletier – @Glenn Gawdin – @Matthew Phillips
@Eetu Tuulola – @Byron Froese – @Walker Duehr
@Justin Kirkland – @Connor Zary – @Luke Philp
@Alex Gallant – @Mark Simpson – @Emilio Pettersen
@Juuso Valimaki – @Nick DeSimone
@Connor Mackey – @Colton Poolman
@Kevin Gravel – @Ilya Solovyov
@Dustin Wolf
@Adam Werner
Abbotsford
@Yushiroh Hirano – @Sheldon Dries – @Sheldon Rempal
@Nic Petan – @Justin Dowling – @Will Lockwood
@Chase Wouters – John Stevens – @Danila Klimovich
@Vincent Arseneau – @Tristen Nielsen – @Jarid Lukosevicius
@Ashton Sautner – @Noah Juulsen
Matt Murphy – Alex Kannok Liepert
Adam Brubacher – Reece Harsch
@Michael DiPietro
@Spencer Martin

Scoring leaders

This section excludes players recalled to the NHL or on assignment to other leagues.
Stockton — @Matthew Phillips (20 goals, 46 points); @Jakob Pelletier (16 goals, 42 points); @Glenn Gawdin (12 goals, 39 points); @Luke Philp (15 goals, 27 points); @Connor Mackey (five goals, 27 points).
Abbotsford — @Sheldon Dries (27 goals, 45 points); @Sheldon Rempal (20 goals, 42 points); @Nic Petan (10 goals, 35 points); @Jack Rathbone (five goals, 21 points); @Justin Bailey (10 goals, 21 points).

Heating up

@Matthew Phillips is as hot as they come right now. The 23-year-old forward has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last three games and has 11 goals in his last 16 contests.
He became the all-time leading scorer in Stockton Heat history with a four-point effort against the Bakersfield Condors on Feb. 20.

How to watch

Sunday’s game in Abbotsford will be broadcast on AHL TV (subscription required) and on Spreaker (audio only), with the opening puck-drop set for 5:00 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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