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.
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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. 
Stockton
@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
Colorado
@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.
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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. 
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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.