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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 18.03.19

Heat continue to battle for post-season berth ... Lomberg and Sabourin hit milestones ... Valimaki notches four points in last three outings

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

Head coach Cail MacLean paused.

Asked about a positive to take away from a weekend where they suffered a pair of tough losses, Stockton's bench boss took a moment to answer.

"Guys got in front of shots in the third period," he said on Saturday. "Just that small sacrifice by guys for the team - the game's not over, but we're getting late in the game and there's a wide gap - guys are getting in front of pucks and doing something that takes some courage, takes some commitment for your team."

That's what it will take from here on out - an unwavering attention to detail, steadfast commitment to blue-collar hockey, speed and skill and some help - for Stockton to brag a seat at the table for the second season. 

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 05.03.19

Gillies taking his play to a whole new level at crucial point of season ... Dube and Quine have solid outings offensively ... Heat split weekend games

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

With the playoff race entering its home stretch, the Stockton Heat earned a weekend split against Pacific Division foe San Diego - a 5-2 win on Friday before the offence went cold in a 3-0 setback Saturday.

The common denominator in the two games was solid outings by netminder Jon Gillies, standing tall between the pipes for the Heat as points become pivotal and games remaining run low. 

The Flames' third-round pick in the 2012 NHL draft conceded two goals in each game against the high-powered Gulls attack, stopping 34 of 36 shots faced on Friday and 33 of 35 Saturday. 

"Jon Gillies was playing well and was giving us a chance," said Heat head coach Cail MacLean following Saturday's game. "It's disappointing that we get that kind of effort out of our goaltender and we don't make hay with it."

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 26.02.19

Never-say-die Heat continue to battle for playoff berth ... Lomberg comes up big to ice important victory ... Gillies getting job done in Stockton

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

Ryan Lomberg laughed at the idea he'd let himself, or his team, not finish the job.

Minutes after sparking a 4-1 come-from-behind win over the rival San Jose Barracuda on Feb. 24, the forward who had just potted a pair of goals - one shorthanded and one into an empty net to punctuate the win - was asked about having to fight through Barracuda defencemen on his way to the yawning cage.

"Yeah, they were trying," he said with a chuckle. "But they weren't going to stop me, though."

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 19.02.19

Heat win two important tilts against Eagles ... Quine make it rain hats again ... Dube continues to get the job done

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

Don't look now, but the Heat are catching fire.

Stockton is riding high following a successful weekend set against the Colorado Eagles, where they swept their Pacific Division rivals with a pair of exciting victories on Saturday and Sunday.

Beyond the weekend, Stockton has won three of its last four and looks to be firing on all cylinders as the Flames' AHL affiliate hits the home stretch and final playoff push.

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 11.02.19

Dube comes up big in pivotal victory ... Heat still focused on making playoffs ... Gillies now Stockton goalie leader in wins this campaign

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

It was like Groundhog Day for the Heat.

But this time around with a better ending.

For the second consecutive night, Stockton had raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period at Colorado just to watch that cushion slip away early in the second. 

It was do-or-die time for Stockton, game tied at two and an uphill battle in the standings with few points left to leave out on the ice if the Heat are to make the postseason.

Enter Dillon Dube.

The dynamic forward scored the go-ahead goal, the first in a series of four unanswered from the visiting team to quiet the crowd and skate away with a 6-2 win on Saturday. 

It was a welcome bounce back after falling 4-2 on Friday.

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 04.02.19

Heat showing resilience with third-period comebacks ... Dube, Lazar riding long point streaks ... Valimaki steps up in AHL debut

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

The youth movement was fully on display, two flicks of the wrist bringing Stockton Arena alive.

The Heat had trailed 4-1 to the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Barracuda less than halfway through regulation's 60-minute allotment, and bench boss Cail MacLean opted to go to the bullpen, sending in 21-year-old Tyler Parsons off the bench to take over in the blue paint.

Over the next 22 minutes of game time, the Heat caught fire. Parsons went a perfect 17-for-17, Dillon Dube and Juuso Valimaki each found the back of the net to tie the game at four apiece at 11:15 of the third period. Each of the skaters finished the night with a goal and an assist.

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 28.01.19

Mangiapane picks up three points in two outings with Heat ... Rychel scores game-winner in pivotal match ... Stockton ready for playoff push after all-star break

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

It wasn't a must-win - but it sure felt like it. 

Mathematically, a loss Saturday night would not have been a knockout blow to Stockton, which came into the contest eight points out of a playoff spot. 

Morally, though, it would've saw the Heat limp into the all-star break with losses in six of seven, including three in a row.

Oh, and Stockton was facing a San Antonio squad that had won 12 consecutive contests at the AT&T Center, also the home of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 23.01.19

Quine tearing it up on the scoresheet ... Parsons comes up big in recent two outings ... Pair of games left for Heat before all-star break

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

Alan Quine is feeling it offensively.

Maybe that's an understatement.

So, let's rephrase - he's hotter than he's been since, well, ever. 

After registering an assist on the Heat's lone goal in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee on Monday, the Belleville, Ont., native has now amassed seven goals and 15 points in Stockton's last seven games. 

And and he shows no signs of slowing down.

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 15.01.19

Lazar keeps scoring big goals when it matters most ... Heat ready to play 8 of next 11 tilts on the road .... Quine piling up the points

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

There's no question who wants the puck on their stick when the game's on the line. 

That was once again proven this past week when Curtis Lazar netted his fourth game-winning goal of the season, pushing the Stockton Heat over divisional foe Ontario Saturday night at Stockton Arena.

"He's been very big for us," said Heat head coach Cail MacLean. "He's done a lot for us in terms of his 5-on-5 play, on special teams, and some overtime goals as well. Really good job by him on the ice, and he's got a lot of character off the ice."

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 08.01.19

Surging Heat set club record for goals in a three-game span ... Phillips owns AHL's second-longest active scoring streak ... Foo plays in 100th pro game

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

All gas, no brakes.

The Stockton Heat kicked off 2019 by setting a club record for most goals in a three-game span, finishing last week's slate - which included a New Year's Eve game against San Jose, Friday night showdown with Tucson and Saturday clash with Colorado - with 17 goals.

Might be time to change out the bulbs in the goal lights.

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