Heat Face Quick Turnaround as they Try to Bounce Back in San Jose

Arena: SAP Center
Date: January 14, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 1:15 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski/Linden Vey (30GP, 10-15-25)/(28GP, 8-17-25)
                                         SAN JOSE: F Daniel O’Regan (30GP, 11-23-34)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed Linden Vey puck.

TONIGHT
The Stockton Heat complete a difficult three game road trip in four day stretch this afternoon against San Jose.  Stockton and San Jose both played last night and both fell as the Reign held off the Barracuda 3-2 while the Heat surrendered three, third period goals in a 5-2 loss to Bakersfield.

For the Heat, they are trying to bounce back after losing their second in-a-row, just the third time that’s happened all season long, and are trying to get their first road win since December 17 in San Diego.

Stockton is winless in their last five games away from Stockton Arena, one away from tying an all-time long of six games on the road without a win that occurred from February 5 to March 4 of the 2015-16 season.

LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
A day after Christmas the Heat and Barracuda met up at the SAP Center with Marcus Sorenson scoring just 1:25 into the game and Nikita Jevpalovs scoring moments later.  Mark Jankowski scored to pull within one to end the period and Morgan Klimchuk scored his 10th of the year in the second, only to see Barclay Goodrow score to put San Jose back on top after two.

A big Austin Carroll goal tied things up in the third on the first shot Mantas Armalis would face with Troy Grosenick leaving the game sick to send it to OT, however Nikolay Goldobin scored 2:25 into the extra frame for the 4-3 San Jose win.

WHO TO WATCH
With his team leading 12th goal of the season, let’s keep it with Morgan Klimchuk as the man to watch tonight as he’ll have to get going offensively for the Heat to escape with a win.

And the good news is Klimchuk has played well against San Jose historically speaking.  Last year he had 2 goals and 2 assists in 9 games against the Barracuda he’s added a goal and 2 assists in 3 games played, bringing his grand total to 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in 12 games against San Jose.

Plus, the way Klimchuk has been scoring as of late are the kind of goals you need to get to bust out of slumps. The “go to the net” and “look for a rebound” strategy has paid off for the 28th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR
Mark Jankowski is set to follow in the footsteps that Derek Grant walked last year as the second ever Heat player to be named to the AHL All-Star game.

Jankowski is tied for the team lead in points, tied-sixth among rookie skaters in the AHL.  He is one of 13 first-year players to receive the All-Star nod and one of six among the Pacific Division team.  Since 1995, 93% of All-Star Game participants have gone on to compete in the NHL, which bodes well for Jankowski as he made his NHL debut with Calgary back on November 28.

A day after being named to the All-Star game, the Heat’s star centerman scored the OT game winner just 1:04 into the extra session, his second game winner of the season.

DEVANE STAYS SCORCHING HOT
Jamie Devane has been red hot for the Heat this season and now has 4 goals and 5 assists for 9 points in 19 games this season.  Last night, he scored a big goal to tie the game up just 1:02 after Stockton surrendered a power-play tally and for the big forward, it was his seventh point in his last 10 games (3-4-7).

He’s just two points behind tying his career best of 11 points picked up with the Milwaukee Admirals last year, which he accomplished in 62 games played.  N

ot only that but Devane has matched his career long of a three-game point streak twice this season, his second and third such streak of his now five-year career.

SATURDAY IN SAN JOSE
Stockton is 2-1-1-0 vs. San Jose this season and they’ll be playing their fourth of six games at the SAP Center this afternoon and all-time have only won a single road game in San Jose.  In an interesting and slightly related stat, Stockton has only played SJ once on a Saturday, a win to open the season.

The Heat are 8-1-1-0 on Saturdays and 3-1-1-0 on road games on Saturdays.

INTERESTING FACT
Stockton has surrendered three goals in back-to-back games in the final period going back to Wednesday in San Diego and again on Friday in Bakersfield.  While the Heat’s goal differential is plus-16, the Heat have been outscored 36-29 in the final period of games this season and outshot by 28 shots.

Heat Start Back-to-Back Games in Bakersfield at 7:00 p.m.

Arena: Rabobank Arena
Date: January 13, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (29GP, 10-15-25)
                                         BAKERSFIELD: F Taylor Beck (21GP, 9-22-31)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed Matt Bailey puck.

TONIGHT
The Heat take on the Bakersfield Condors for just the third time this season with both teams coming getting one win in the season series.  The Heat are coming off their first loss to the San Diego Gulls this season on Wednesday and as for the Condors, they have won back-to-back games and three of their last five, including January 7 outdoors over the Ontario Reign.

The teams meet up an additional nine times after tonight including a pair of games at Stockton Arena next weekend, however, before Stockton can focus on those games, they have a quick turnaround to play the San Jose Barracuda tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 at the SAP Center.

LAST TIME VS. BAKERSFIELD
Stockton came into Rabobank Arena back on December 10 looking to continue a three-game win streak but got in penalty trouble just seconds into the game and surrendered a power-play goal just 22 seconds in.

The Condors rattled off two more in the first before Stockton broke through on the power play themselves thanks to Brandon Bollig.  Linden Vey would also score for Stockton but a pair of Anton Lander goals helped the Condors to the 5-2 win.

WHO TO WATCH
Matt Frattin has picked up the majority of his 19 points in bunches, having never gone more than back-to-back games with points this season.

Well Frattin again has points in back-to-back games (2-1-3) and we think this trend comes to an end tonight in Bakersfield.  While the experienced forward has played mostly with Linden Vey this season, recently, the coaching staff has shifted him onto a line with Mark Jankowski centering them and Frattin has enjoyed success with him as his pivot.

However, it probably has more to do with the kind of player Frattin is.  He can be the most skilled guy on the ice, the toughest guy on the ice to take the puck from, and the most physical guy on the ice chasing down loose pucks.  There’s not much the winger out of North Dakota University can’t do well and tonight Frattin will snap the back-to-back points curse he’s been under and help Stockton try and take down the Condors.

 

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR
Mark Jankowski is set to follow in the footsteps that Derek Grant walked last year as the second ever Heat player to be named to the AHL All-Star game.

Jankowski leads the team in points, sixth among rookie skaters in the AHL.  He is one of 13 first-year players to receive the All-Star nod and one of six among the Pacific Division team.  Since 1995, 93% of All-Star Game participants have gone on to compete in the NHL, which bodes well for Jankowski as he made his NHL debut with Calgary back on November 28.

A day after being named to the All-Star game, the Heat’s star centerman scored the OT game winner just 1:04 into the extra session, his second game winner of the season.

SLAMMING THE DOOR SHUT
Saturday was a scheduled start for Jon Gillies, a day after playing very well and getting the OT win over Tucson but he fell ill just before the game.

That thrusted David Rittich into action in what would be another special night in the career of Stockton’s Czech netminder.  Rittich made all 35 saves he needed to earn his fourth shutout of the season, second most in the AHL. He also broke the tie between he and Gillies for the most shutouts all-time for the Heat.

Against Bakersfield, Rittich has earned a win and even came in for Gillies, playing the vast majority of the last game that resulted in a loss.  However, Rittich has allowed just 1 goal to the Condors, posting a 0.57 GAA and 0.978 sv% in 105 minutes played against Bakersfield.

FOURTH OVERALL PICK IN BAKO
Just as Oliver Kylington came to play in the AHL last season as a European, so too has 2016 fourth overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers Jesse Puljujarvi, who was recently assigned to the team after playing his first 28 games as a pro in North America with the big club.

While Puljujarvi’s success hasn’t translated to the NHL game as well as the other high draft picks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft like Toronto’s Austen Matthews, Winnipeg’s Patrick Laine and Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, he still scored a goal in his NHL debut and picked up 7 assists for a total of 8 points.

He made his Condors debut on Tuesday and picked up an assist in his AHL debut and no doubt the Condors and Oilers alike will want to get the young man’s confidence back in hopes that he can help the big club to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2005-06.

INTERESTING FACT
Once again it was penalty problems that plagued the Heat on Wednesday in San Diego as it was the second time this season the Heat surrendered 9 power-play chances to the Gulls.  Stockton is the fifth most penalized team in the AHL averaging 17.13 PIMS per game.

Heat in San Diego to Take On the Gulls at 7:00 p.m.

Arena: Valley View Casino Center
Date: January 11, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey/Mark Jankowski (26GP, 8-16-24) / (28GP, 9-15-24)
                                         SAN DIEGO: F Corey Tropp (29GP, 7-17-24)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed Oliver Kylington puck.

TONIGHT
Stockton has begun the New Year on a high note with back-to-back wins but face a difficult, three games in four nights stretch all on the road beginning in San Diego.

Counting tonight, Stockton has two games remaining against the Gulls this season but have already wrapped up the series win having already posted a 6-0-0-1 record.  They have not lost at the Valley View Casino Center this season as well.

LAST TIME VS. SAN DIEGO
On the Gulls Teddy Bear Toss night, the team struggled to score as Jon Gillies was magnificent, making big save after big save to keep Stockton on top.

The offense came from Morgan Klimchuk and Austin Carroll in the first period, followed by a Hunter Shinkaruk tally in the second. Sadly, Gillies shutout bid would end with just 20 seconds left thanks to Keaton Thompson but Gillies ended the night stopping a career high 48-saves.

WHO TO WATCH
Last suiting up for the Heat back on December 20 in San Jose, Oliver Kylington is expected to be back in the lineup tonight in San Diego after missing six games with the Heat during the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships.

Loaned to Sweden on December 21, Kylington played 7 games for Team Sweden, picking up 4 assists and finishing the tournament as the tied sixth best defenseman in points.

One thing that should improve with Kylington back will be the power play, as since he’s been gone the Heat have scored 3 goals in their 20 opportunities (15%) without their starting “quarterback” on the blueline.

Not only that but Kylington has picked up big points against the Gulls this season, scoring 2 goals and adding 4 assists in 7 games against the SoCal rival.

The Heat are 28.1% on the power play this season against San Diego and we think “Ollie” will help kickstart the power play tonight in his return to AHL action.

STAYING PUT IN STOCKTON – TRADING PLACES IN SAN DIEGO
A couple moves announced in the last 24 hours has impacted the dynamic of the Heat team and their opposition for tonight’s game. First off news broke earlier this morning of Keith Aulie, the veteran defenseman for the Stockton Heat, released from his pro tryout contract and signed an AHL contract with the club, making sure he’ll be staying put in Stockton.

As for the opposition, the Anaheim Ducks made a trade last night, acquiring goaltender Jonas Enroth from the Toronto Maple Leafs and assigned the tender to San Diego.

Goaltending has been a problem for San Diego this season as they lost Matt Hackett back on November 26 and most recently lost Dustin Tokarski who has missed the last four games for the Gulls.

Since then it’s been Kevin Boyle getting the starts with former Heat try-out earlier during the 2016-17 preseason schedule, Ryan Faragher, backing him up.  Boyle has been pretty solid in that stretch though, going 3-1-1 in that stretch and even picking up a 22-save shutout against Texas on December 29.

As for Enroth, he was sent down from the Maple Leafs to the Toronto Marlies back on December 5, eventually suiting up for 3 games with the Marlies, posting a 2-1-0 record, a 3.03 goals-against-average and a 0.904 save-percentage.  He was made expendable when the Leafs claimed former Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney off waivers

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR
Mark Jankowski is set to follow in the footsteps that Derek Grant walked last year as the second ever Heat player to be named to the AHL All-Star game.

Jankowski is tied for the team lead with 23 points, which is also among the top point getting rookie skaters in the AHL.  He is one of 13 first-year players to receive the All-Star nod and one of six among the Pacific Division team.  Since 1995, 93% of All-Star Game participants have gone on to compete in the NHL, which bodes well for Jankowski as he made his NHL debut with Calgary back on November 28.

A day after being named to the All-Star game, the Heat’s star centerman scored the OT game winner just 1:04 into the extra session, his second game winner of the season.

SLAMMING THE DOOR SHUT
Saturday was a scheduled start for Jon Gillies, a day after playing very well and getting the OT win over Tucson but he fell ill just before the game.

That thrusted David Rittich into action in what would be another special night in the career of Stockton’s Czech netminder.  Rittich made all 35 saves he needed to earn his fourth shutout of the season, second most in the AHL. He also broke the tie between he and Gillies for the most shutouts all-time for the Heat.

INTERESTING FACT
Jamie Devane has done some special things this season and recently, Devane finds himself on his second three-game point streak of the season dating back to December 31 (1-2-3). That also ties his career long, which has now been accomplished three times by Devane. In his last eight games, Devane has 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points.

Heat Meet Up with Milwaukee for First Time at Stockton Arena

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: January 7, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. PST doors)
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 7:15 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Heat Foam Pucks to the first 500 fans
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey/Mark Jankowski (25GP, 8-16-24) / (27GP, 9-15-24)
                                         MILWAUKEE: F Matt White (29GP, 8-17-25)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed Jamie Devane puck.

TONIGHT
For the first time in team history, the Stockton Heat host the Milwaukee Admirals at Stockton Arena.  The Heat snapped a five-game winless skid last night with the OT win over the Tucson Roadrunners while the Admirals took down San Jose and now have points in their last four straight (3-0-0-1).

Stockton climbed back to third place with the win last night, jumping over the Tucson Roadrunners while the Admirals took down the San Jose Barracuda yesterday and hold the top spot in the Pacific Division, just narrowly, over the Grand Rapids Griffins in second.

Stockton sees both of these teams this season, and in fact, this month!

LAST TIME VS. MILWAUKEE
You have to go back to 2014-15 when the Flames AHL Affiliate (Adirondack Flames) met up with the Milwaukee Admirals for a two-game series that saw the Flames go 1-0-1-0.  They began with a 3-1 win back on December 12, 2014 in Milwaukee but fell in OT in the most recent meeting on January 17, 2015 by a 4-3 final.

Only two players (Ryan Culkin & Emile Poirier) remain on the Heat roster that played Milwaukee while the Admirals still have seven players (Jonathan Diaby, Felix Girard, Pontus Aberg, Jimmy Oligny, Frederick Gaudreau, Mike Liambas and goaltender Marek Mazanec) that remain on the roster.

WHO TO WATCH
The story line is just too good to pass up to not pick Jamie Devane in this spot.

In fact, Devane played all of 2015-16 with the Admirals, skating in 62 games and recording 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points, after a trade was made between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators swapped Devane for current Bakersfield Condors star, Taylor Beck.

However, Devane has really been a bright spot for the Stockton Heat all season long.  A quality teammate in the dressing room and an extremely impactful player on the ice when paired with captain Mike Angelidis and Hunter Smith and in his last 7 games he has 5 points (2 goals and 3 assists).  He’s just four points shy of tying his career high established with the Admirals last season and has only appeared in 15 games for the Heat this season.

Against his old organization AND he’s playing extremely well?  Well that’s the recipe for selecting the “who to watch”!

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR
Mark Jankowski is set to follow in the footsteps that Derek Grant walked last year as the second ever Heat player to be named to the AHL All-Star game.  Jankowski is tied for the team lead with 23 points, seventh among rookie skaters in the AHL.

He is one of 13 first-year players to receive the All-Star nod and one of six among the Pacific Division team.  Since 1995, 93% of All-Star Game participants have gone on to compete in the NHL, which bodes well for Jankowski as he made his NHL debut with Calgary back on November 28.

Most recently, Jankowski registered his fifth multi-point game of the season and second 3-point night of the season on New Year’s Eve in Ontario, scoring a goal and adding 2 assists and a day after being named to the All-Star game, the Heat’s star centerman scored the OT game winner just 1:04 into the extra session, his second game winner of the season.

AGAINST THE CENTRAL
The Heat have now played 10 games against the Central Division going 7-3-0-0 vs. Rockford, Iowa, Manitoba and Charlotte.  Stockton lost one game to Rockford and two games to Manitoba during the 2015-16 season and have never lost on home ice to a Central Division opponent.

 

INTERESTING FACT
Stockton has not lost on a Saturday game at Stockton Arena this season, going 4-0-0-0 and in total are 7-1-1-0 in their nine previous Saturday night games this season.

Stockton Opens the New Year vs. Tucson for Cap Night at 7:30 p.m.

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: January 6, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. PST doors)
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 7:15 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Heat Caps to the first 750 adults and teens 13-years-old and over
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey/Mark Jankowski (24GP, 8-15-23) / (26GP, 8-15-23)
                                         TUCSON: D Kyle Wood (26GP, 7-21-28)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed Matt Frattin puck.

TONIGHT
The Heat play their second to last game against the Tucson Roadrunners tonight looking for just their second win over the newest Pacific Division rival.  Stockton is 1-4-1-0 against Tucson, with their lone win coming back on November 26 in Tucson.  Their final meeting is the last game of the year on April 15.  The Heat are hoping to avoid tying their record of six games without a win as they attempt to snap a five game winless skid (0-3-2-0).

Plus, the first 750 adults and teens 13-years-old and over will receive a Heat cap courtesy of ChemStation and CES Cleaning Solutions.

LAST TIME VS. TUCSON
The teams met up in Stockton just before the New Year with Ryan Lomberg scoring just 6:44 into the game, putting back a Kayle Doetzel shot from the point past Marek Langhamer.

However, it was yet again Tucson’s power-play unit that got the team going, scoring three straight power-play goals in a matter of 3:55 during the second period.  They’d add their only even strength goal of the game in the third to complete the comeback win 4-1.  It was the second time that Tucson scored 3 power-play goals against Stockton this season.

WHO TO WATCH
Sometimes your best players just need a couple goals to get their mojo back and that’s what we feel happened to Andrew Mangiapane on New Year’s Eve in Ontario.  After going five games without a point and being shuffled among other lines, Mangiapane finally snapped the drought in a big way.

He’d score his fifth power-play goal of the season on a back door tap in during the first period and would add a second power-play marker, his sixth of the year, from behind the goal line, bouncing it off the back of Jack Campbell and in.

Andrew Mangiapane has been a great goal scorer for the Heat this season, and during the Heat’s recent skid, he’s been held in check, but that all ended last Saturday and we expect Mangiapane to regain his form once again for tonight’s game against the Roadrunners in hopes of earning the victory.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR
Mark Jankowski is set to follow in the footsteps that Derek Grant walked last year as the second ever Heat player to be named to the AHL All-Star game.  Jankowski is tied for the team lead with 23 points, seventh among rookie skaters in the AHL.

He is one of 13 first-year players to receive the All-Star nod and one of six among the Pacific Division team.  Since 1995, 93% of All-Star Game participants have gone on to compete in the NHL, which bodes well for Jankowski as he made his NHL debut with Calgary back on November 28.

Most recently, Jankowski registered his fifth multi-point game of the season and second 3-point night of the season on New Year’s Eve in Ontario, scoring a goal and adding 2 assists.

PENALTY TROUBLE
During this stretch that the Heat have gone winless in five-straight, one of the easy things to point to have been the penalties.  Since the streak began back on December 20, Stockton was the most penalized team (143 PIMS in that span, average went up just shy of 3 minutes per game) and the team has been whistled for 29 minor penalties and 5 major penalties.

The Heat are now the sixth most penalized team in the league averaging 17.14 minutes per game.  In the last meeting, Stockton and Tucson set the AHL high of 162 combined PIMS (90 for Stockton, 72 for Tucson).  The 90 minutes for the Heat was not only the most in team history but also the highest by a team this season in the AHL.

STOCKTON PENALTY KILL TAKES A HIT
Stockton has given up power-play goals in each of their last three games and four of the last five, going 61.5% during the winless skid.  That’s 21% less than their season average of 82.5%.  The PK dropped from third to 11th in the AHL.

Unfortunately the team with the tied, third best power-play in the league (25%) is coming to town and this season, Tucson is 30.6% on the power play against Stockton, scoring 11 goals on 36 opportunities.

INTERESTING FACT
Stockton has struck on the power play in back-to-back games (3 goals) and are 23.8% in their last 10 games, above the season average of 20.3%.  The Heat are 4 for 27 (14.8%) on the power play against Tucson.

Heat End 2016 in Ontario at 6:00 p.m.

Arena: Citizens Business Bank Arena
Date: December 31, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 5:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey (23GP, 8-14-22)
                                         ONTARIO: F T.J. Hensick (27GP, 9-16-25)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed Mark Jankowski puck.

TONIGHT
Stockton ends 2016 tonight as they complete the home and home series with the Ontario Reign at Citizens Business Bank Arena.  Stockton and Ontario are even 2-2-0 in the season series with both teams winning one on the road and one at home.

The teams meet a total of 8 times this season and next meet up on March 3 in Ontario.

LAST TIME VS. ONTARIO
Last night the Reign got on the board first thanks to a power-play goal from Michael Mersch who put back a rebound past David Rittich.  A nice play by Michael Latta found Sam Herr in space during the second as Ontario extended their lead.

Brandon Bollig scored the power-play goal to end the shutout bid 7:56 into the third period but Paul LaDue would answer back 7:02 later to restore the two-goal advantage and ice the win with an empty netter coming out of the penalty box with one second left on the clock.

WHO TO WATCH
Since returning to the Stockton Heat on December 5 after a brief stint in Calgary, Hunter Shinkaruk has been a bit snakebitten.

The chances he’s been generating are up there with the leaders of the Heat, but since his return 10 games ago, he has only scored 3 goals and added 2 assists.

A stark contrast to his production pre-call-up, scoring 4 goals and contributing 3 assists in first 7 games to start the season.  While one of his more recent goals was a thing of a beauty (a one-handed breakaway in San Diego) something has to give to get the mojo back of one of the most talented goal scorers on the Heat roster.

Tonight we’re going with Shinkaruk to finally bury one of those bounces that has evaded him in recent games and set himself up for success in 2017.

THE THREE CROWNS
Oliver Kylington isn’t just patrolling the blueline for the Flames organization this year as he was loaned to Team Sweden, joining the team in their quest for gold in the IIHF World Junior Championship which began on December 26.

Oliver Kylington and his Swedish team won their third straight game and are undefeated at this year’s World Junior Championships, beating Denmark 6-1, Switzerland 4-2 and besting Finland 3-1.

Team Sweden is already in action now as they are taking on the Czech Republic, which began at 10:00 a.m. PST.

Kylington has one assist but ranks among the time on ice leaders for Sweden.  Sweden is looking for their first gold since 2012 and first medal since 2014 (silver).

A YEAR AGO TODAY…
It was a year ago to the day that Stockton found themselves closing out 2015 against the Ontario Reign on New Year’s Eve at Citizens Business Bank  Arena.  The Heat got off to a great start with Kenny Agostino giving the Heat the lead late in the first period.

A scoreless second paved way for the teams to combine for four goals in the final period with the Heat coming away with the 4-1 victory getting a few more tallies, including one from Emile Poirier and an empty netter for Brett Kulak.  The Reign captain was the lone marker for Ontario a year ago today.

STOCKTON’S PK TAKES A HIT
Stockton’s penalty kill has hovered near the top in the AHL all season long but took a hit on Wednesday vs. Tucson, surrendering 3 PPG to Tucson for the second straight time to the new Pacific Division rival.  Tucson accounts for nearly 58% of the 19 PPGA this season.

The Heat then gave up two additional power-play goals to the Ontario Reign, marking the second straight time that Ontario scored more than one power-play goal against Stockton .  Stockton’s PK, which earlier this week ranked 3rd in the AHL, is now tied eighth.

INTERESTING FACT
Coincidence or not the fact is that Stockton has not been the greatest team on Friday nights, going 3-3-1-1 on eight Friday nights this season. However the contrasting stat is that the team has been very good on Saturday nights, going 7-1-0-0 in eight Saturday night games.  The lone blemish on Saturday was a road loss to the Condors earlier this month.

Dollar Hot Dogs Tonight as Stockton Kicks off Home and Home Series with Ontario

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: December 30, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. PST doors)
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 7:15 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Team Photo card to the first 500 fans
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey (22GP, 8-14-22)
                                         ONTARIO: F T.J. Hensick (26GP, 9-14-23)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed Brett Kulak puck.

TONIGHT
On a season long, three game winless skid, Stockton looks to get back in the win column welcoming in the Ontario Reign for the first half of a back-to-back series that acts as the team’s final home game of 2016.  The series shifts to Citizens Business Bank Arena for a 6:00 meeting tomorrow night to end 2016.

Since losing to Stockton back on December 14 in Ontario, the Reign have been hot, winning four straight games but needing to win their last three games in overtime and in their last 10 games are 8-1-1-0 with that lone loss coming at the hands of the Heat. Ontario leads the league having gone to overtime 11 times this season.

Fans can also purchase $1 hot dogs at the concession stands tonight but are limited to five per customer while supplies last!  Not only that but the team will be wearing their black alternate jerseys for the first time this season!

LAST TIME VS. ONTARIO
Coming off a loss to Bakersfield during the team’s 7-game road trip, Stockton got off to a great start getting goals from Mark Jankowski and Morgan Klimchuk in the first and adding another just 12 seconds into the second thanks to Kenney Morrison.

Ontario got on the board at the midway point but Stockton countered with goals from Matt Frattin and Oliver Kylington, taking a 5-1 lead into the dressing room after 40 minutes of play.

However, Ontario, with Jack Flinn newly put between the pipes, came out firing in the third and scored three unanswered to pull within one.  Despite a mad flurry at the end, David Rittich and Company held the Reign and ended with the Heat escaping Citizens Business Bank Arena with the 5-4 win.

WHO TO WATCH
Ontario is a tough team to matchup against.  They, like the Heat, are big bodied, fast, full of skill and are experienced.  The fact that this game tonight opens up a difficult home-and-home series with Ontario leads us to believe that the big bodies are going to be one of the most important thing for both teams.

Guys like Hunter Smith and Jamie Devane for the Heat and Kurtis MacDermid and Justin Auger for the Reign will be vital to this series because there will certainly be some tired legs late in the game tonight, and of course tomorrow after a difficult travel schedule for both teams.

However, we think there’s one player in particular for the Heat that we want to key in on, and that’s forward Brandon Bollig, who has 5 points (2-3-5) in his last 7 games for Stockton.  We know he’s a guy that finishes his checks, but he’s also a guy who can put the puck in the net, establishing new AHL highs in goals (7), assists (6), and points (13) and just one point away from tying his best season from a production standpoint of 14 points accomplished with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013-14.

THE THREE CROWNS
Oliver Kylington isn’t just patrolling the blueline for the Flames organization this year as he was loaned to Team Sweden, joining the team in their quest for gold in the IIHF World Junior Championship which began on December 26.

Oliver Kylington and his Swedish team won their third straight game and are undefeated at this year’s World Junior Championships, beating Denmark 6-1, Switzerland 4-2 and besting Finland yesterday 3-1.  Kylington has one assist but ranks among the time on ice leaders for Sweden.

The final game of the preliminary round is tomorrow vs. the Czech Republic at 10 a.m. PST. Sweden is looking for their first medal since taking silver in 2014 and their first gold since 2012.

DOETZEL EARNS FIRST PRO POINT
While he’s judged mainly for his contributions in the defensive zone, it’s still nice to pick up the points, something that rookie defenseman Kayle Doetzel just accomplished on Wednesday.  A blast from the point was stopped by the Tucson netminder but put right past him on the shot from Ryan Lomberg, earning Doetzel his first point as a professional.

There is only one player (not counting goalies) who’s played games for Stockton this year and looking for their first point and that is defenseman Ryan Culkin, who’s only played 8 games due to injury.

STOCKTON’S PK TAKES A HIT
Stockton’s penalty kill has hovered near the top in the AHL all season long but took a hit on Wednesday vs. Tucson, surrendering 3 power-play goals to Tucson for the second straight time to the new Pacific Division rival.

Tucson accounts for nearly 58% of the 19 power-play goals against this season (11). Stockton’s penalty kill, kills 83.3% of penalties against Ontario but surrendered 2 power-play goals against in the last meeting between the teams on December 14 in Ontario, the only 2 goals scored against the Heat on the Reign power-play this season in 12 opportunities.

INTERESTING FACT
Stockton is coming off a game that saw them post the most penalty minutes in the league this season as the team totaled 90 minutes of penalties, shattering the record of 59 minutes during a March 19, 2016 meeting last season with the Bakersfield Condors.  Stockton and Tucson combined for 162 PIMS, the most by two teams in a single game this season in the AHL.

Heat Host Tucson for First Home Game in 21 Days

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: December 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST (6:00 p.m. PST doors)
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 6:45 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Morgan Klimchuk 8″ x 10″ photo card to the first 500 fans
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey (21GP, 8-14-22)
                                         TUCSON: D Kyle Wood (23GP, 7-19-26)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed Mike Angelidis puck.

TONIGHT
After a season-long, seven-game road trip saw the Heat go 4-2-1-0, the Heat finally return home for the first time in 21 days to take on the Tucson Roadrunners, who usurped the Heat for first in the division after Stockton held the honor for the last 23 days.  Only .001 separates the teams at the top of the Pacific.

Ontario also finds themselves in a virtual tie with the Heat after an overtime win last night over the San Diego Gulls, meaning that the loser of tonight’s Stockton vs. Tucson meeting will be in third place by the end of the night.

LAST TIME VS. TUCSON
Stockton got on the board early thanks to the fastest goal this season just 1:30 into the game by Ryan Lomberg, but after 20 minutes the score would be tied 2-2.  Stockton again scored early in the second but Tucson tallied three in the middle frame to take the lead.

Rasmus Andersson scored in his second straight game in Tucson in the third but Marek Langhamer held off the Heat’s late comeback bid as the Roadrunners came away with the 5-4 win.  In the game Stockton gave up a season-high, three power-play goals against

WHO TO WATCH
On a tied season-long, two-game pointless streak, we expect Linden Vey to get back on the board tonight against a team he’s been very good against.

In fact, Vey leads the Heat in points against the Roadrunners, scoring half of his 8 goals against Tucson and adding 2 assists for a total of six points in 5 games against the newest Pacific Division rival.  He had 3 assists in San Diego back on December 16 but was held off the scoresheet in the game Jon Gillies starred in the following day.  Then he fell ill before the pre-Christmas break finale and returned feeling better on Monday in the overtime loss to San Jose.

Stockton’s points leader will be ready to go tonight, and with Stockton going 4 for 25 on the power play against Tucson this season (16%), we just have a gut feeling that the top puck mover will get back on the board.

THE THREE CROWNS
Oliver Kylington isn’t just patrolling the blueline for the Flames organization this year as he was loaned to Team Sweden, joining the team in their quest for gold in the IIHF World Junior Championship which began on December 26.

In his first game at the World Junior Championships, Oliver Kylington of Team Sweden picked up an assist as Sweden downed Denmark 6-1.  Kylington also led Team Sweden with 20:35 on the ice.  Sweden takes on Switzerland today at 2:30 p.m. PST.  Sweden is looking for their first medal since taking silver in 2014 and their first gold since 2012.

DON’T CALL THEM THE “FOURTH LINE”
For opponents who think they don’t have to worry about defending the “fourth line” of the Stockton Heat, they have another thing coming.

A better term for them besides energy could also be the scoring line because that’s what this line has consistently done recently.  Captain Mike Angelidis centers the line and has points in four straight (1-3-4), one shy of tying his career best of five straight games with a point.

Hunter Smith has a new pro best with points/assists in three straight  (0-3-3) and has 5 points in his last 6 games (1-4-5). The other wing tends to be either Austin Carroll or Jamie Devane with Carroll scoring 2 goals in his last 3 games (two of his three goals are game winners, the other was a game tying goal) and Devane has 3 points in his last four games (1-2-3).

This line has been consistently producing for the Heat all season despite the inconsistency as to who’s playing on the line.  We hope it continues because these guys have been a lot of fun to watch, and have helped win games for the club this season.

FIRST TO DOUBLE DIGITS
The race has been on to see who can get to double digit goals first and the winner officially became Morgan Klimchuk who scored his 10th of the season on Monday.

He’s also now tied for second on the team with 20 points with Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane, two points shy of Linden Vey’s team leading 22.

INTERESTING FACT
The Heat are one of four teams to have four different players have 20+ points on the season along with the Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears and Lehigh Valley Phantoms.  Lehigh Valley is the only team with five different players to have 20+ points

Heat Finish Season-Long Road Trip in San Jose this Evening

Arena: SAP Center
Date: December 26, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 4:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey (20GP, 8-14-22)
                                         SAN JOSE: F Daniel O’Regan (22GP, 7-20-27)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed Rasmus Andersson puck.

TONIGHT

The Heat finish off their season long seven-game road trip with the third road game against San Jose and second-straight game against their NorCal rival. Stockton won their first game at the SAP Center to start their roadie on Dec. 8 but fell in their pre-Christmas finale on Dec. 20.

This is the fourth of 12 meetings against the Barracuda and the third of six at the SAP Center.  The Heat play in San Jose once in January, once in March and once in April, however have home games against San Jose in every month remaining on the schedule.


LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
Adam Helewka got the scoring started for San Jose just before the 4:00 minute mark followed by Nikolay Goldobin’s fourth of the season before Brandon Bollig recorded the late first period power-play goal to cut the deficit.

However, San Jose held off the Heat in the following period with John McCarthy’s shorthanded marker to swing momentum back to San Jose’s side. Despite a Mike Angelidis and Mark Jankowski goal, San Jose would hold off the Heat for the 6-3 win.

WHO TO WATCH
He’s not just the leader of the team wearing the “C” on his chest, he’s also an AHL All-Star, a Calder Cup Champion and a player who’s made it to the pinnacle by playing in the NHL.

Mike Angelidis is red hot for the Heat right now, with points in his last three games (1-2-3) and with today’s “post-Christmas” showdown against the San Jose Barracuda, a player we feel can motivate the troops to rebound against their NorCal rival.

So for those reasons we want to keep a close eye on the Heat captain during tonight’s meeting in San Jose!

THE THREE CROWNS
Oliver Kylington isn’t just patrolling the blueline for the Flames organization this year as he was loaned to Team Sweden last Wednesday, joining the team in their quest for gold in the IIHF World Junior Championship which begins today with Sweden taking on Denmark in Montreal in the morning.

Sweden is looking for their first medal since 2014 when they took silver and their first gold since 2012, which also happened to be hosted in Canada. Kylington established a new career high in points (13) back on December 16.

SHOOTING GALLERY
Stockton has struggled to get shots to net in recent games, going four-straight games with less than 30 shots on goal, dropping them to 9th in the AHL averaging 31.32 shots per game. Meanwhile the Heat have allowed over 40 shots against in each of their last three games, dropping them to 22nd allowing 31.12 shots against per game.

The Heat have been outshot nine times this season, eight of which have come on the road, however, the Heat have a 5-3-0 record in games on the road in which they are outshot in.

ROOKIE LEADERS
The Stockton Heat have three rookies rank in the top-20 of points on the rookie scoring leaderboard. Andrew Mangiapane is tied for fifth in the AHL with 20 points (7-13-20). Mark Jankowski is right behind him tied for 12th in the AHL with 18 points (6-12-18) with defenseman Rasmus Andersson tied for 17th in the AHL with 16 points (2-14-16).

Andersson’s 16 points is also tied for 16th among AHL defenseman and ranks as the fifth best rookie defenseman when it comes to the points.

INTERESTING FACT
Both teams have players that are averaging over a point-per-game in the season series between the Heat and Barracuda with Stockton seeing both Mark Jankowski (3GP, 2-2-4) and Hunter Shinkaruk (3GP, 2-2-4) along with San Jose’s own rookie sensation, Daniel O’Regan (3GP, 1-3-4).

 

Heat Kick off the Affiliate Double Header in San Jose at 1:15 p.m.

Arena: SAP Center
Date: December 20, 2016
Time: 1:15 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 1:00 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey (20GP, 8-14-22)
                                         SAN JOSE: F Daniel O’Regan (21GP, 7-17-24)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed Garnet Hathaway puck.

TONIGHT
The Heat, are nearing the end of a season-long seven-game road trip as they take on the San Jose Barracuda for the third time this season and second time at the SAP Center.  Stockton has won three-straight road games for the first time in team history and picked up their first win against San Jose on the road back on December 8 to kick off this current roadie.

Plus, later tonight, the two team’s parent clubs will play at the SAP Center marking the first affiliate double header.  The Heat and Barracuda take each other on at 1:15 p.m. with the Flames and Sharks getting together at 7:30 p.m.

LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
The Heat began their current long seven-game road trip at the SAP Center on December 8 with the Heat notching three goals courtesy of Austin Carroll, Mark Jankowski and Hunter Smith in the first 20 minutes chasing Mantas Armalis from the cage and seeing Troy Grosenick tend the net the rest of the way.

The goalies shut everything else out the rest of the way and Hunter Shinkaruk would record the empty netter for the 3-0 win.  Jon Gillies made 31 saves to earn his third career pro shutout and his first since October 21, 2015 in Texas.

It was Stockton’s first win at the SAP Center all-time having previously gone 0-5-1-0 in 2015-16.

WHO TO WATCH
There’s no question that tonight is a time to send a message.  That message is simple.  The Heat will play in front of the Flames coaching staff and management group, who will surely be in attendance during tomorrow’s game.  They’ll be looking at potential call-ups that can help improve the Flames chances of making the playoffs when injuries or lulls happen.

And there are plenty of players who’d like to send said message.  In fact, we’re sure all of them would like to showcase their ability to impact the game at the AHL level and leave a lasting impression with the Flames staff.  So while today should be a good game for many of the prospects, it certainly is an opportunity for a couple in particular.

So for today’s game, we’re going to go with a guy who has a history of playing well against San Jose in Morgan Klimchuk, who also used last weekend to retake the team lead in goals with his ninth of the season and is looking to become the first Heat player with double digit goals.  He also has three points (2-1-3) in his last four games.

BATTLE OF THE HOT GOALIES
Two of the AHL’s hottest goalies could get the nod between the pipes for the teams today in Jon Gillies and Troy Grosenick.  After David Rittich’s strong play as of late, Gillies responded with a teriffic weekend in San Diego, stopping 92 of 96 shots as he set a career high of 44 saves on Friday, only to best that with 48 on Saturday, an all-time high for a Heat goaltender besting Kevin Poulin’s 47 save performance last year.

On the other side, Troy Grosenick missed parts of five games and returned on Dec. 8 to play two periods of flawless hockey against the Heat, only to carry that momentum through his next few games. Grosenick recorded three-straight shutouts and had a shutout streak going for 248:08.  He leads the AHL with 5 shutouts and has helped the Barracuda come into tonight’s game with points in four straight, however, he did fall in overtime on Sunday against the Ontario Reign.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Stockton’s struggles on the road last year were well documented, going 10-21-1-2 on the road.

This year, the Heat are two game over .500 on the road going 7-5-0 in their first 12 road contests. Stockton is in the midst of their longest road trip of the season, playing game six of seven and are 4-1-0 so far.

CELEBRATING 50 :
Hunter Shinkaruk scored one of the best goals of the season on a one-handed shot while holding off a defender on Friday for goal number 49 only to follow that up with AHL goal number 50 the following night.

While it may not have been as pretty as a one handed goal, it does look like Shinkaruk is starting to heat up.  He’s tied fourth on the team with 7 goals this season and is just a season removed from scoring 27, tied for the sixth best in the AHL.

Yet another example of a player who has an opportunity to showcase his skill in an attempt to earn a call-up.

INTERESTING FACT
Since it’s a Flames vs. Sharks game later tonight, lets use today’s interesting fact to see how many and who are on the team who’s played for the Heat and Barracuda before!

For Calgary it’s a total of three players as Freddie Hamilton, Garnet Hathaway and Tyler Wotherspoon all have played for the Heat and are currently on the Flames roster.

As for the Sharks, they have seven players who’ve played for both the Barracuda and that are on the current Sharks roster in Micheal Haley, Melker Karlsson, Kevin Labanc, Timo Meier, Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo and Aaron Dell.