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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 09.03.20

Heat continue to show their 'resilience', a hallmark of this season ... Czarnik becomes sixth Stockton player to hit 15 goals this campaign ... Battle for playoff position continues

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / calgaryflames.com

The resilience. 

For this group, it's always been the resilience. 

With 16 games remaining in the regular season, 'must win' wasn't a term that statistically would apply, but anecdotally was very much in effect. The Heat had just dropped a pair on home ice in their last two outings, falling from a first-place tie in the Pacific Division to third and closer to an early drive home than a one seed in the Calder Cup Playoffs. 

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 18.02.20

Heat just keep getting the job done ... Quine joins rare company ... Special teams coming up huge for Stockton

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

Austin Czarnik emerged from the locker-room Monday as the clock ticked down to game time.

He was missing his sweater, some pads, and his helmet was placed in his stall. 

Skates, socks, pants, and … Starbucks?

Iced coffee, black.

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 11.02.20

Tough weekend for Heat ... Quine takes over points lead ... Stockton continues to get balanced scoring

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

The math doesn't seem to add up - two games, two fast starts, zero points.

The brain-teaser that was the weekend trip to Iowa saw a team that entered 16-1-2-2 when scoring first on the year go 0-2 after claiming early leads in back-to-back games, in a measuring stick series against one of the top teams in the AHL's Western Conference.

"Adversity is going to make us better," said Heat head coach Cail MacLean following Sunday's setback. "We did some good things. (Saturday) night we did some good things, didn't get the result that we needed. Tonight, good start, good physicality early in the game. We allowed it to get away from us."

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 03.02.20

Czarnik leads Heat to win coming out of break ... Stockton has sights set on top spot ... Team packs bags for two-week road trip

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

After nearly eight full days and then 20 minutes of game action Saturday, a flick of Austin Czarnik's wrist brought the Stockton Heat back from the All-Star break.

"It was a slow start for sure," said Heat head coach Cail MacLean. "We looked like we'd been on break. But the guys came on strong in the second period - Austin Czarnik was instrumental in that. Then we didn't look back."

The bench boss had it right - once the Heat hit their stride, there was no slowing that train.

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 27.01.20

Big Snag Zag impressing in 2020 ... Gawdin piling up points again ... Heat hard to beat when they score first

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / calgaryflames.com

Slowly but surely, the list grows.

Okay, so Artyom Zagidulin isn't exactly a walking Merriam-Webster dictionary, yet, but he's working on it.

"'Breakfast,' 'one-hundred percent,' 'no,' " chuckles Heat goaltending coach Thomas Speer, while running through Zagidulin's English vocabulary. "'See you later', he's been throwing that around, too."

As the Russian netminder has started to punch holes through the language barrier, he's also been acclimating to the North American game with positive results.

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 21.01.20

Heat show their mettle, breaking out of mini slump ... Gawdin on pace for career highs ... Still hard to score on Stockton

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / calgaryflames.com

Twenty-six seconds. 

That's all it took to answer the biggest question of the season for the Stockton Heat.

It was the first time the Heat had a brush with adversity this season, carrying a three-game losing skid into Monday's matinee against divisional foe Colorado.

How would the Heat respond?

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 14.01.20

Heat have historic start to season ... Zagidulin gets first shutout ... Team stepping up its defensive game

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / calgaryflames.com

The Heat are in uncharted waters, full steam ahead.

Stockton put a bow on the first half of the season this week, earning three wins: two victories over the San Jose Barracuda, and one shutout along the way.

All in all, a good week to end a great first half. 

Stockton's 2-1 win in Game 35 on Sunday got the second half underway in style, but let's summarize the myriad of accomplishments of the Heat over the season's first 34 contests.

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 06.01.20

Heat riding high as calendar flipped to 2020 ... Gillies rings in New Year with shutout ... Quine not cooling off

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / calgaryflames.com

Can a New Year's Resolution be to change, well, nothing?

If so, sign the Stockton Heat up.

The Heat rolled into their annual New Year's Eve contest Tuesday night with the club's best point total in the team's five-year history, topping the previous high set in 2017 by five, the best point percentage in team history at .707, most goals at the turn of the calendar by a country mile, and the best complement of special teams units in Stockton's AHL tenure.

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 30.12.19

Quine takes bite out of Barracudas with six-point night ... Two teams meet again on NYE to finish off 2019 ... Czarnik continues to rack up goals with Stockton

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

The holiday break had ended, but the Heat kept the celebration going.

Stockton split a pair of divisional contests over the weekend, highlighted by an 8-1 shellacking of the San Jose Barracuda in the first game back since the presents were unwrapped.

The road win at the SAP Center was headlined by Alan Quine's six-point - yes, six-point - effort with a hat-trick and three assists.

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 24.12.19

Heat keep finding ways to get points, riding six-game streak into break ... Czarnik impressing in Stockton ... Zagidulin and Gillies quite the duo in net

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

Riding a six-game point streak into the holiday break, owning the fourth-best record in the AHL, and most fearsome complement of special-teams units, it seems the Heat made their way onto the 'nice list' this year.

So nice, in fact, that even when Stockton isn't adding to the win column it's still getting points.

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