The Stockton Heat have points in seven consecutive games to start the 2021–22 season. Their 6-0-1 record ranks second behind only the 7-0-0 mark of the Ontario Reign in the American Hockey League’s Pacific Division.
On Friday, the Heat dispatched the Abbotsford Canucks by a 3-2 score at Stockton Arena. The two sides will do battle again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. MT.
Stockton received goals from team captain @Byron Froese, @Glenn Gawdin, and @Adam Ruzicka in the victory. Calgary Flames prospects @Matthew Phillips, @Eetu Tuulola, and @Emilio Pettersen also picked up points in the game.
@Dustin Wolf made 28 saves on 30 shots for Stockton, improving to 4-0-1 on the season with a sparkling .949 save percentage. @Adam Werner will likely man the pipes for the Heat on Saturday.
Ruzicka now leads the entire AHL with seven goals in seven games. All but one of those markers have come at even strength. He currently occupies the middle spot on Stockton’s first line, with @Jakob Pelletier and @Matthew Phillips rounding out a formidable top unit.
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Cameron Schilling and @John Stevens scored for Abbotsford on Friday. Expect @Arturs Silovs to start for the Canucks after @Michael DiPietro stopped 33 of 36 in the first half of the double-header.

Projected lineups

These combinations are based, in part, on those used in these teams’ respective previous games. 
Stockton
@Jakob Pelletier – @Adam Ruzicka – @Matthew Phillips
@Martin Pospisil – @Glenn Gawdin – @Luke Philp
@Justin Kirkland – @Byron Froese – @Eetu Tuulola
@Emilio Pettersen – @Mark Simpson – Dmitry Zavgorodniy
@Connor Mackey – @Andy Welinski
@Kevin Gravel – @Nick DeSimone
@Yan Kuznetsov – @Colton Poolman
@Adam Werner
@Dustin Wolf
Abbotsford
@Phil Di Giuseppe – @Sheldon Dries – @Sheldon Rempal
@Jarid Lukosevicius – @John Stevens – @Danila Klimovich
@Carson Focht – @Chase Wouters – @Karel Plasek
@Vincent Arseneau – @Tristen Nielsen – @Ethan Keppen
@Ashton Sautner – @Madison Bowey
@Jack Rathbone – @Noah Juulsen
Cameron Schilling – @Jett Woo
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@Arturs Silovs
@Michael DiPietro

Scoring leaders

This section excludes players recalled to the NHL or on assignment to other leagues.
Stockton — @Adam Ruzicka (seven goals, 11 points); @Jakob Pelletier (two goals, eight points); @Glenn Gawdin (one goal, seven points); @Matthew Phillips (two goals, six points); @Nick DeSimone (one goal, six points).
Abbotsford — @Sheldon Dries (five goals, seven points); @Sheldon Rempal (zero goals, seven points); Cameron Schilling (one goal, five points); @Phil Di Giuseppe (two goals, four points); @Danila Klimovich (two goals, four points).

Players to watch

Stockton — @Eetu Tuulola. After a lengthy stint in the press box, Tuulola returned to the ice in Friday’s 3-2 win and made his case to stay in the lineup with a beautiful assist on @Glenn Gawdin’s insurance goal early in the second. The 23-year-old Finn recorded 10 goals and 23 points in 50 games with the Heat in 2019–20 but took a step back last year, scoring just three goals and four assists in 29 contests.
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Abbotsford @Jack Rathbone. Despite making the Vancouver Canucks’ roster out of training camp, Rathbone struggled in eight NHL contests to start the season and is now back in the AHL. The 22-year-old left-handed defenceman was a standout at Harvard University for two seasons before turning pro starting with the 2020–21 campaign, in which he picked up two goals and seven assists in eight AHL games and three points (one goal, two assists) in eight NHL contests with Vancouver.

How to watch

This game will be broadcast on AHL TV (subscription required) and on Spreaker (audio only), with the opening puck-drop set for 7:00 pm 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.