Heat Back in San Jose Looking to Avenge Game 1 Loss

SJ leads series 1 – 0
Arena: SAP Center
Date: April 23, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 2:45 p.m. PST
REGULAR SEASON LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (64GP, 27-29-56)
                                                                                  SAN JOSE: F Daniel O’Regan (63GP, 23-35-58)

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 puck from Garnet Hathaway.

SERIES GAME-BY-GAME
Pacific Division Semifinals
Game 1 – Stockton at San Jose – L 0-4
Game 2 – Stockton at San Jose – Sunday, April 23 at 3:00PM
Game 3 – Stockton vs. San Jose – Friday, April 28 at 7:00PM (Tickets)
Game 4* – Stockton vs. San Jose – Sunday, April 30 at 4:00PM (Tickets)
Game 5* – Stockton at San Jose – Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00PM
*If necessary

GAME TWO
The #4 seeded Stockton Heat continue their Pacific Division Semifinals series with the #1 seeded San Jose Barracuda tonight in their best-of-five series with San Jose leading the series 1-0.  Stockton generated plenty of chances to score on Friday night in San Jose but Barracuda netminder Troy Grosenick was privy to the task, stopping all 28 shots he faced for his first postseason shutout as a professional.

Stockton went 5-5-2 this season against San Jose including a 2-2-2 record at the SAP Center.

WHO TO WATCH
During the regular season the Heat were shutout a total of four times. In the games that followed, Mark Jankowski collected 4 goals and 2 assists. Translation – Jankowski has historically stepped up when the team has needed it the most.

After last night’s tough loss in a game filled with Heat scoring chances, there is no question that Stockton will look to their young leading scorer to drive the offense once again tonight. We’ll be watching #17 tonight as he may have the first Heat Calder Cup Playoff goal in his stick tonight.

GROSENICK HOLDS HEAT OFF THE BOARD
Unfortunately, the league’s winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award, Troy Grosenick, was able to shut the Heat out in Game 1, stopping 28 shots en route to victory.  Grosenick had 10 shutouts in the regular season including one shutout over the Heat during the regular season.

The last time the Calgary Flames Top Affiliate was shutout in a game was back on May 10, 2010 when the Abbotsford Heat failed to beat Hamilton Bulldog netminder Curtis Sanford.  The loss knocked the Heat out of the playoffs as the Bulldogs completed the sweep.  Sanford made 30-saves in the shutout win.

The Heat were shutout four times during the regular season, but it seems that Stockton’s leading scorer always has a good game afterward.  Jankowski has 4 goals and 2 assists in games directly after the Heat are shutout.

DONNING THE FLAMING C
This year a total of nine players were called up to the Calgary Flames including Goalies Jon Gillies and David Rittich, Defenseman Brett Kulak, Tyler Wotherspoon and Rasmus Andersson, along with Forwards Garnet Hathaway, Linden Vey, Hunter Shinkaruk and Mark Jankowski.

Gillies, Rittich and Andersson made their NHL debuts for the Flames at the end of the season while Mark Jankowski made his back on November 28.  Compared to last year, the Heat had 16 players called up with five making their NHL debuts.

PENALTY KILL PERFECT
The Stockton Heat went a perfect 4-4 on the penalty kill to open up the series against the AHL’s second best power play, who converted 23.8% during the regular season.  Stockton was able to keep the San Jose power-play unit at bay five times during the regular season.

IT TAKES TWO BABY
With his 20th of the season on the regular season finale, Andrew Mangiapane joined Mark Jankowski as the only players to reach the 20-goal plateau.  Jankowski and Mangiapane were the only pair of rookie teammates in the AHL this season to hit the 20-goal mark.

It’s the first time a pair of rookies skating for the Flames Top Affiliate scored 20 in a single season since Chuck Kobasew and Matthew Lombardi did it for the Saint John Flames back in 2002-03.

BETWEEN THE BENCHES
It’s the first time in the postseason for Heat Coach Ryan Huska, just missing out in his first two seasons as a coach in the AHL in 2014-15 and 2016-17, however he made the playoffs every year with the Kelowna Rockets seven seasons prior to becoming an AHL bench boss, including winning a WHL Championship and falling just short of winning the Memorial Cup, losing in the final.

As for the winningest coach in the AHL, Roy Sommer, he’s made the playoffs 10 times in his 18 seasons as the Sharks AHL bench boss but has failed to make it past the second round. He did win a Kelly Cup as coach of the Richmond Renegades in 1994-95, the only year in his 24 seasons as a head coach in pro hockey he made it past the second round.

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE
Entering this postseason, Stockton comes in with 311 combined games of postseason experience from 15 players including 185 AHL games, 53 NHL games and 73 in top European leagues in Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic.  Captain Mike Angelidis leads with 59 playoff games, all in the AHL followed by Mike Kostka (41AHL+4 NHL) and Keith Aulie (18 AHL+1 NHL+ 17 FIN-1).

Coincidentally, the trio all won the Calder Cup in 2012 as members of the Norfolk Admirals who lost just three games en route to the Calder Cup. Brandon Bollig is the lone Stanley Cup winner on the Heat and he comes in fourth with 35 NHL games.

Besides his Calder Cup with Norfolk, Aulie has also won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships along with a Spengler Cup while representing Canada.  The only other gold medal winner for the Heat at a prestigious international tournament would be new netminder Tyler Parsons, who took home gold with Team USA during this past year’s World Junior Championships.

At the college level, both Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies won a NCAA National Championship with the Providence College Friars while Cam Braes recently won his third University Cup (CIS) with the University of New Brunswick in March.

In junior hockey, both the aforementioned Parsons and forward Hunter Smith have taken home the pinnacle of junior hockey, the Memorial Cup while also winning OHL Championships.  The only other major junior champion was Tyler Wotherspoon who won a WHL Championship.

San Jose combines for 218 postseason games at the pro level with 130 games of experience in the Calder Cup Playoffs and the remaining 88 games from the top leagues in Sweden and Switzerland.  Zack Stortini leads the way with 59 AHL playoff games followed closely by Tim Heed who played in 53 playoff games in the Swedish Hockey League and Noah Rod who suited up in 32 contests in the National League A of Switzerland.  

INTERESTING FACT
Friday’s game 1 in San Jose was the first playoff game for the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate since the Abbotsford Heat were ousted in the first round by the Grand Rapids Griffins on April 30, 2014.

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

Plus, new members signing up for their membership will receive tickets to the first round of the playoffs for FREE!  Stockton hosts Game 3 on Friday, April 28 at Stockton Arena with the potential to host Game 4 if necessary.

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.

Heat Kick Off Pacific Division Semifinals Tonight in San Jose at 7:00 p.m.

Series Tied 0 – 0
Arena: 
SAP Center
Date: April 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
REGULAR SEASON LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (64GP, 27-29-56)
                                                                                  SAN JOSE: F Daniel O’Regan (63GP, 23-35-58)

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 puck from Mark Jankowski.

GAME ONE
The #4 seeded Stockton Heat open up their Pacific Division Semifinals series with the #1 seeded San Jose Barracuda tonight in their best-of-five series.  Stockton went 5-5-2 this season against San Jose including a 2-2-2 record at the SAP Center. For Stockton it’s the first time they’ve qualified for the postseason.

The last time the Flames Top Affiliate qualified for the postseason was 2013-14 when the Abbotsford Heat qualified for the playoffs,  The last time the Calgary Flames Top Affiliate won a championship was in 2000-01 when the Saint John Flames won the Calder Cup.

San Jose lost in last year’s Pacific Division Semifinal, losing to the Ontario Reign in four games. San Jose’s last championship of their top affiliate was back in the IHL days in 1991-92 when the Kansas City Blades led by Wade Flaherty and Arturs Irbe won the Turner Cup.

WHO TO WATCH
Call it a hunch but tonight the player to watch will be Hunter Shinkaruk based on his track record of success against the Barracuda.  This year, Shinkaruk is second on the team in points against San Jose with nine in 11 games played, five of which were goals.  In 15 career games against San Jose, Shinkaruk has 7 goals and 5 assists for 12 points.

Impressive though is his shooting percentage as he’s scored on just under 20% of the shots he’s taken (19.4%), including scoring on 16.7% of the shots he’s taken this year against San Jose.

For the Heat to get past the Barracuda, it’s going to take scoring, but it’s also going to take solid two-way play and Shinkaruk is tied for second on the Heat with Garnet Hathaway and Oliver Kylington with a plus-5 rating.  No Barracuda player is above plus-4 against the Heat this season.

STREAKING INTO THE POSTSEASON
The Heat ended the season on a team record long 11-game points streak (7-0-3-1) dating back to March 24, which was the longest active streak in the AHL. Impressive end considering the Heat began the season 16-7-1-1 but fell on hard times from December 26 through February 18, with the Heat going 4-14-3-0 dropping them from first to seventh.  During the tough stretch, Stockton played San Jose four times going 0-3-1.

However, from February 22 through the end of the season, Stockton went 15-4-3-1, a .739 points-percentage to end the season with the final playoff spot. During Stockton’s streak to the playoffs, the Heat played San Jose five times and went 3-1-1 against the Barracuda.

DONNING THE FLAMING C
This year a total of nine players were called up to the Calgary Flames including Goalies Jon Gillies and David Rittich, Defenseman Brett Kulak, Tyler Wotherspoon and Rasmus Andersson, along with Forwards Garnet Hathaway, Linden Vey, Hunter Shinkaruk and Mark Jankowski.

Gillies, Rittich and Andersson made their NHL debuts for the Flames at the end of the season while Mark Jankowski made his back on November 28.  Compared to last year, the Heat had 16 players called up with five making their NHL debuts.

I AM IRON MAN
The Stockton Heat watched Ryan Lomberg skate in every game during the 2016-17 campaign, becoming the first player to play every game in Heat history and first for the Flames Top Affiliate since Garth Murray back in 2009-10 (ABB).

It was the 29th time a player has dressed in every game in a single season for the Flames Top Affiliate with Lomberg becoming the 13th rookie to accomplish the feat.

IT TAKES TWO BABY
With his 20th of the season on the regular season finale, Andrew Mangiapane joined Mark Jankowski as the only players to reach the 20-goal plateau.  Jankowski and Mangiapane were the only pair of rookie teammates in the AHL this season to hit the 20-goal mark.

It’s the first time a pair of rookies skating for the Flames Top Affiliate scored 20 in a single season since Chuck Kobasew and Matthew Lombardi did it for the Saint John Flames back in 2002-03.

BETWEEN THE BENCHES
It’s the first time in the postseason for Heat Coach Ryan Huska, just missing out in his first two seasons as a coach in the AHL in 2014-15 and 2016-17, however he made the playoffs every year with the Kelowna Rockets seven seasons prior to becoming an AHL bench boss, including winning a WHL Championship and falling just short of winning the Memorial Cup, losing in the final.

As for the winningest coach in the AHL, Roy Sommer, he’s made the playoffs 10 times in his 18 seasons as the Sharks AHL bench boss but has failed to make it past the second round. He did win a Kelly Cup as coach of the Richmond Renegades in 1994-95, the only year in his 24 seasons as a head coach in pro hockey he made it past the second round.

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE
Stockton has 311 combined games of postseason experience from 15 players including 185 AHL games, 53 NHL games and 73 in top European leagues in Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic.  Captain Mike Angelidis leads with 59 playoff games, all in the AHL followed by Mike Kostka (41AHL+4 NHL) and Keith Aulie (18 AHL+1 NHL+ 17 FIN-1).

Coincidentally, the trio all won the Calder Cup in 2012 as members of the Norfolk Admirals who lost just three games en route to the Calder Cup. Brandon Bollig is the lone Stanley Cup winner on the Heat and he comes in fourth with 35 NHL games.

Besides his Calder Cup with Norfolk, Aulie has also won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships along with a Spengler Cup while representing Canada.  The only other gold medal winner for the Heat at a prestigious international tournament would be new netminder Tyler Parsons, who took home gold with Team USA during this past year’s World Junior Championships.

At the college level, both Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies won a NCAA National Championship with the Providence College Friars while Cam Braes recently won his third University Cup (CIS) with the University of New Brunswick in March.

In junior hockey, both the aforementioned Parsons and forward Hunter Smith have taken home the pinnacle of junior hockey, the Memorial Cup while also winning OHL Championships.  The only other major junior champion was Tyler Wotherspoon who won a WHL Championship.

San Jose combines for 218 postseason games at the pro level with 130 games of experience in the Calder Cup Playoffs and the remaining 88 games from the top leagues in Sweden and Switzerland.  Zack Stortini leads the way with 59 AHL playoff games followed closely by Tim Heed who played in 53 playoff games in the Swedish Hockey League and Noah Rod who suited up in 32 contests in the National League A of Switzerland.

INTERESTING FACT
A tight season series between these two clubs as the Barracuda outscored the Heat by two goals in the season series, 37 to 35.  However, Stockton’s shooting percentage was higher, scoring on 11.6% of their 303 shots.

Stockton had their best success scoring in first periods against San Jose during the regular season series, scoring 14 goals on 104 shots for a 13.5 shooting-percentage.  San Jose was nearly as good, scoring 16 goals on 137 first period shots for their highest shooting-percentage of 11.7% against the Heat.

Overall this season, Stockton was at their best in first periods, scoring 17 more goals then their opposition and scoring on 11.5% of their first-period shots.  The Heat finished with 212 goals scoring on 10.5% of their total shots.

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

Plus, new members signing up for their membership will receive tickets to the first round of the playoffs for FREE!  Stockton hosts Game 3 on Friday, April 28 at Stockton Arena with the potential to host Game 4 if necessary.

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.

Stockton Hosts Tucson Tonight for Fan Appreciation Night at 7:30 p.m.

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: April 15, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST (Doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Giveaway: Frankie the Firebird photo cards to the first 500 fans
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 7:15 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (64GP, 27-29-56)
                                         TUCSON: F Chris Mueller (67GP, 19-48-67)

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 puck from Matthew Phillips.

TONIGHT
It’s the final game of the regular season as the Heat host the Tucson Roadrunners for the eighth and final time this season.  The Roadrunners have had the Heat’s number all season long, with the Heat going 2-4-1-0 against Tucson this season, however six of the eight matchups occurred when the Roadrunners were still in first place 24 games into the season.

For Fan Appreciation, the Stockton Fan Attic will feature special discounts so you can outfit yourself and your family in Heat gear for the summer, plus we’ll hand out the team awards like MVP, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Unsung Hero, Rookie of the Year, Community Service Award Winner, and of course the coveted Fan Favorite Award!

For Heat365 Members, you’ll have your final chance to meet a couple Heat players as our Heat365 Fan Draft concludes in the Conference Room in the North Entry starting at 6:45 p.m.!

PACIFIC DIVISION SEMIFINALS VS. SAN JOSE STARTS NEXT FRIDAY
The Stockton Heat clinched a playoff berth last night after a tight defensive battle with the Bakersfield Condors, getting more than just the point they needed to clinch, but the win.

That sets up a Pacific Division Semifinals matchup between the Heat and the San Jose Barracuda in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs beginning next week.  Stockton is 5-5-2 against San Jose this year.

In the best-of-five series, Game 1 takes place in San Jose next Friday at 7:00 p.m. with Game 2 on Sunday in San Jose at 3:00 p.m.

The series shifts to Stockton on Friday, April 28 for Game 3 at 7:00 p.m. where the first 2,500 fans will take home a Fired Up for the Cup Rally Towel courtesy of Chase Chevrolet.  If necessary, Game 4 will be in Stockton on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. with fans taking home another Rally Towel courtesy of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport and the series would end in San Jose for Game 5 if necessary on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn about setting up your group tickets for the playoffs, or how you can get the first round matchups for free by becoming a Heat365 member by calling 209.373.1500.

LAST TIME VS. TUCSON
The Heat rang in the New Year in thrilling fashion as the Roadrunners came to Stockton Arena for the first game of 2017.

Jamie Devane scored early in the first period only to find Kyle Wood knot the score up and then Christian Fischer take the Tucson lead in the second.  It may have been an unlikely hero, but it was Keith Aulie who’d blast a rebound past Adin Hill to send the game to OT in the third.

In overtime, the Heat controlled possession with Kenney Morrison going across the ice to Morgan Klimchuk.  Klimchuk drew some attention, found Mark Jankowski and Janko did the rest, scoring his ninth of the season just 1:04 into OT for the 3-2 win.

WHO TO WATCH
You heard Head Coach Ryan Huska say it last night, but expect the regular season finale to feature a lot of brand new faces for the Stockton Heat including a couple players who could be making their pro debuts tonight.

That’s why tonight the who to watch will be Matthew Phillips and Cam Braes.  They’ve both been practicing with the team for a little while now, Braes since his season ended in championship fashion for his University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds (UNB) back on March 25 and Phillips since his Victoria Royals were ousted from the Western Hockey League playoffs back on April 7.

Braes won three Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships during his time at UNB and in the championship game against the University of Saskatchewan, Braes scored four of his team’s five goals in the 5-3 UNB win.

Phillips was very impressive this season for the Victoria Royals, becoming one of five WHL players to score 50 goals and was tied ninth in the WHL with 90 points.  Drafted by the Flames during last year’s NHL Entry Draft in the sixth round, 166th overall (the exact same spot that Andrew Mangiapane was taken in 2015 by the way), Phillips recorded three hat tricks for Victoria this season and was his team leader in goals and points.

We’re excited for one or both to get into the lineup tonight and show what they can bring to the pro game and also show the depth that Stockton will have come playoff time.

JANKOWSKI RACKING UP THE ACCOLADES
Rookie centerman Mark Jankowski sits atop the rookie goal scoring leaders with 27 goals in 64 games for the Heat this season, and is second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 56 points, just a point behind San Jose’s Daniel O’Regan.

Jankowski’s next goal will pass Dustin Boyd (OMA) as the most goals scored by a rookie for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 and will make him the most prolific scorer in a single season for the Stockton Heat, beating Derek Grant (27).   He’s also a point away from tying Kenny Agostino for the most points for the Heat in a single season (57).

Jankowski had 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points in the month of March which earned him the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honors, just the third time a Flames AHL rookie has been named to the award since 1997 joining Sergei Varlamov (STJ – April 1999) and Markus Granlund (ABB – February 14).

A week ago, Jankowski earned another honor as he was named to the 2016-17 AHL All-Rookie Team.  Since the AHL began naming an All-Rookie team in 1996-97 only five other players in the Flames organization have earned this honor including J.S. Giguere (Goaltender – 1997-98), Rico Fata (Forward – 1999-00), Daniel Tkaczuk (Forward – 1999-00), Micki DuPont (Defenseman – 2000-01) and Joni Ortio (Goaltender – 2013-14).

GONE STREAKING
The Heat currently find themselves on a team record long 10-game points streak (7-0-2-1) dating back to March 24.

Most impressive though is Stockton’s ability to turn their season around when the chips were down.  From December 26 through February 18, the Heat went 4-14-3-0 dropping them from first to seventh.

However, from February 22 through the end of the season, Stockton went 15-4-2-1 including this current point streak the Heat find themselves on.

DONNING THE FLAMING C
This year a total of nine players were called up to the Calgary Flames including Goalies Jon Gillies and David Rittich, Defenseman Brett Kulak, Tyler Wotherspoon and Rasmus Andersson, along with Forwards Garnet Hathaway, Linden Vey, Hunter Shinkaruk and Mark Jankowski.

Gillies, Rittich and Andersson made their NHL debuts for the Flames last week while Mark Jankowski made his back on November 28.  Compared to last year, the Heat had 16 players called up with five making their NHL debuts.

ENTIRE ORGANIZATION PLAYS EXTRA HOCKEY
For the first time since 2006-07, the entire Calgary Flames organization plays postseason hockey as the Adirondack Thunder, Stockton Heat and Calgary Flames all battle for their respective cups.

Back in 2006-07, it would be the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights who won the West Division with a 49-25-5-1 record in the AHL while the Flames finished third in the Northwest Division after a 43-29-10 season.

Calgary’s ECHL affiliate, the Las Vegas Wranglers, won the Pacific Division by going 46-12-6-8.  The coach of that Vegas team? None other than current Flames Coach Glen Gulutzan.

The current Calgary Flames play Game 2 in Anaheim tonight at 7:30 while the Thunder face the Manchester Monarchs in Game 2 at 3:00.  Both the Flames and Thunder are down one game in their respective best-of-seven series.

INTERESTING FACT
If he suits up tonight, Ryan Lomberg would be the first player in Heat history and first player for the Flames AHL affiliate since Garth Murray back in 2009-10 (Abbotsford) to suit up in every game for his team in a single season.

Lomberg has been a real ironman for the Heat this year, featuring in all 67 games thus far and with his goal last night into the empty net, made sure the Heat were pushed through to the playoffs.

In Stockton Hockey history, only four players ever suited up for every game in a single season with the most recent to do it, current Adirondack Thunder forward James Henry who played in all 72 games for the Stockton Thunder (ECHL) in 2014-15.

Should Lomberg suit up tonight it’d be the 29th time in the Calgary Flames Affiliate history that a player dressed in every game in a season for the Flames Top Affiliate.  Of the previous 28 occurrences, 12 were rookie skaters including Tucson Roadrunners Head Coach Mark Lamb, who dressed for every game for the Moncton Golden Flames back in 1984-85.

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

Plus, new members signing up for their membership will receive tickets to the first round of the playoffs for FREE!

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.

 

Heat Look to Book Playoff Ticket vs. Bakersfield on Military Appreciation

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: April 14, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST (Doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Giveaway: Austin Carroll Military Bobbleheads to the first 500 fans 13-years-old and over
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 7:15 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski/Linden Vey (63GP, 27-28-55/60GP, 15-40-55)
                                         BAKERSFIELD: F Anton Lander (40GP, 25-30-55)

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 puck from Mark Jankowski.

TONIGHT
In a pivotal matchup, the Heat face the Bakersfield Condors for the final time this season, looking to punch their ticket to the postseason and send their biggest rival to play their final game with no chance of surpassing the Heat tomorrow night.

Today we salute our military by inviting active duty, reserves and veterans out to the game while recognizing those who protect and serve our freedoms throughout Military Appreciation Night sponsored by Delta Truck Center, Chase Chevrolet and St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center!

The Heat will wear special jerseys that are a tribute to the military, including a special nod to the nearby Travis Air Force Base.  All the jerseys will be auctioned off or available in the Fan Attic in an effort to raise money for Welcome Home Heroes Foundation, who assist veterans in San Joaquin County assimilate back to life in California, providing assistance and care for veterans and their families.

Plus, the first 500 adults and teens 13-years-old and over will receive the bobblehead of Heat forward Austin Carroll, presented by Vernon Transportation, which is extremely unique as it will be the first time a Heat bobblehead will be wearing the special military jersey!

Fans can also purchase $1 hot dogs at the concession stands but are limited to five per customer while supplies last! Finally, Heat365 Members have a chance to meet a couple Heat players as our Heat365 Fan Draft returns tonight in the Conference Room in the North Entry starting at 6:45 p.m.!

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Entering tonight’s slate of games, here are the standings in the Pacific Division:

Rank Team GP GR W L OTL SOL ROW Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 x- San Jose 67 1 43 16 3 5 42 94 0.701 0.706 0.699 0.691
2 x- San Diego 66 2 41 20 3 2 38 87 0.659 0.664 0.657 0.649
3 x- Ontario 66 2 36 20 10 0 34 82 0.621 0.627 0.619 0.612
4 Stockton 66 2 33 25 6 2 32 74 0.561 0.567 0.560 0.552
5 Bakersfield 66 2 32 28 5 1 31 70 0.530 0.537 0.530 0.522
6 Texas 74 2 33 36 1 4 30 71 0.480 0.487 0.480 0.473
7 Tucson 67 1 28 31 8 0 25 64 0.478 0.485 0.478 0.471
8 San Antonio 74 2 26 41 5 2 24 59 0.399 0.407 0.400 0.393

One of the Heat or Condors will play the San Jose Barracuda next week as the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs will get underway and the math is now simple on how both teams can get in.

For the Heat a single point would clinch them a playoff spot, so a win tonight against Bakersfield or a overtime or shootout loss would also clinch the Heat their first playoff berth.  Should Bakersfield win, they’d need a win tomorrow night against the San Jose Barracuda and would need the Tucson Roadrunners to beat the Heat in regulation.

LAST TIME VS. BAKERSFIELD
The Heat and Condors met up for the final time at Rabobank Arena back on March 11 and while the Condors took the early lead in the first, Linden Vey would tie the game up midway through the first and a period later it’d be Brandon Bollig who’d net his ninth of the season, only to be tied up by Jordan Oesterle moments later.

In the third the Heat’s pugilist Ryan Lomberg fired a quick snapper just above the hashmarks that beat Jonas Gustavsson and would give the Heat the 3-2 win.  It was Lomberg’s third game winner of the season.

WHO TO WATCH
Hard to pick against Andrew Mangiapane tonight as the smaller winger for the Stockton Heat has been red hot recently with points in three-straight games (2-1-3) and points in six of his last eight (5-1-6).

One big boost that Mangiapane has offered recently to the Heat is on the power-play, as the team has a season-long nine-game streak where they’ve been able to record a power-play goal and Mangiapane has been front and center in this terrific stretch for the club.

Mangiapane ranks third on the team in power-play points behind Linden Vey (5-15-20) and Mark Jankowski (7-12-19) with 17 points but leads the club in power-play goals with 11, which is tied for the rookie lead this year with Tucson’s Kyle Wood and San Jose’s Daniel O’Regan.

More than that Mangiapane has a chance to join Jankowski as being one of just five rookie skaters to record 20 or more goals for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06.  We think the odds are good that “Eat Bread” can pot in his 20th tally of the season tonight

JANKOWSKI RACKING UP THE ACCOLADES
Rookie centerman Mark Jankowski sits atop the rookie goal scoring leaders with 27 goals in 63 games for the Heat this season, and is second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 54 points, just 2 points behind San Jose’s Daniel O’Regan.

Jankowski’s next goal will pass Dustin Boyd (OMA) as the most goals scored by a rookie for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 and will make him the most prolific scorer in a single season for the Stockton Heat, beating Derek Grant (27).   He’s also 3 points from tying Kenny Agostino for the most points for the Heat in a single season (57).

Jankowski had 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points in the month of March which earned him the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honors, just the third time a Flames AHL rookie has been named to the award since 1997 joining Sergei Varlamov (STJ – April 1999) and Markus Granlund (ABB – February 14).

A week ago, Jankowski earned another honor as he was named to the 2016-17 AHL All-Rookie Team.  Since the AHL began naming an All-Rookie team in 1996-97 only five other players in the Flames organization have earned this honor including J.S. Giguere (Goaltender – 1997-98), Rico Fata (Forward – 1999-00), Daniel Tkaczuk (Forward – 1999-00), Micki DuPont (Defenseman – 2000-01) and Joni Ortio (Goaltender – 2013-14).

GONE STREAKING
The Heat currently find themselves on a team record long nine-game points streak (6-0-2-1) dating back to March 24.  The team most recently matched a team record of five-straight wins from March 28 to April 8 and have picked up points in seven-straight road games dating back to March 17.

The team has also scored a power-play goal in nine-straight games (22.5%) and has power-play goals in 10 of their last 11 games.

DONNING THE FLAMING C
This year a total of nine players were called up to the Calgary Flames including Goalies Jon Gillies and David Rittich, Defenseman Brett Kulak, Tyler Wotherspoon and Rasmus Andersson, along with Forwards Garnet Hathaway, Linden Vey, Hunter Shinkaruk and Mark Jankowski.

Gillies, Rittich and Andersson made their NHL debuts for the Flames last week while Mark Jankowski made his back on November 28.  Compared to last year, the Heat had 16 players called up with five making their NHL debuts.

INTERESTING FACT
This is the fifth Military Appreciation event in Stockton Hockey history with the Stockton Thunder (ECHL) hosting a weekend set of games from 2013 to 2015 before become a standalone game with the Heat last year.  In Stockton Hockey history, the home team is 6-1-0 all-time including the Heat’s 5-4 win over the San Jose Barracuda last year.  The five goals scored last year was the most goals scored on a single Military game in Stockton Hockey history.

For two doses of interesting facts, a total of $26,593 have been donated to the Welcome Home Heroes Foundation in the five years of the event.

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.

HEAT PLAY FINAL TWO AT HOME
The regular season concludes tomorrow night with Fan Appreciation Night, where we show appreciation to all the fans who’ve helped make memories with our team this season!  The Stockton Fan Attic will feature special discounts so you can outfit yourself and your family in Heat gear for the summer, plus we’ll hand out the team awards like MVP, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Unsung Hero, Rookie of the Year, Community Service Award Winner, and of course the coveted Fan Favorite Award!

While the Heat push for the postseason, Heat365 Members along with 2016-17 Season Ticket Members can book their playoff tickets now, ensuring you get your seats and any additional seats prior to being made available to the public. Playoff tickets will only become available to pick up if the Heat clinch a spot in the playoffs.

Heat Host Ontario with Chance to Clinch Playoff Berth

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: April 12, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 6:00 p.m.)
Giveaway: Mark Jankowski Photo Cards commemorating the first hat trick in team history to the first 500 fans
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski/Linden Vey (62GP, 27-27-54/59GP, 15-39-54)
                                         ONTARIO: F T.J. Hensick (65GP, 16-36-52)

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 puck from Mike Kostka.

TONIGHT
The Heat head into the final week of the regular season looking to secure their playoff spot, and they start with the #3 seeded Ontario Reign tonight at Stockton Arena in the last of eight meetings this season.  Stockton is 3-3-1-0 against the Reign and 2-1-0 against Ontario at Stockton Arena.

The final Family Day, presented by 99.3 KJOY and Sutter Health , of the season is tonight, where fans can secure the Pride Pack starting at just $39, which gets you four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas. For Heat365 Members, you’ll have a chance to meet a couple Heat players as our Heat365 Fan Draft returns tonight in the Conference Room in the North Entry starting at 6:15 p.m.!

The Stockton Heat along with SMG and the Stockton Ports advise fans to plan on arriving early for the Heat and Ports games tonight.  With close start times for the two games traffic is expected to be heavier than normal.

General parking will be located in the Arena Garage, West Lot, EDD Lot, and Edison Lot.  Fremont Street East and Fremont Street West Lots will be reserved for Heat Pass holders and the North Lot will be reserved for Ports Pass holders.

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Entering tonight’s slate of games, here are the standings in the Pacific Division:

Rank Team GP GR W L OTL SOL ROW Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 x- San Jose 66 2 43 16 2 5 42 93 0.705 0.709 0.701 0.694
2 x- San Diego 65 3 40 20 3 2 37 85 0.654 0.659 0.652 0.644
3 x- Ontario 65 3 35 20 10 0 33 80 0.615 0.621 0.614 0.606
4 Stockton 65 3 33 25 5 2 32 73 0.562 0.568 0.561 0.553
5 Bakersfield 65 3 32 27 5 1 31 70 0.538 0.545 0.538 0.530
6 Texas 73 3 32 36 1 4 29 69 0.473 0.480 0.473 0.466
7 Tucson 66 2 27 31 8 0 24 62 0.470 0.478 0.470 0.463
8 San Antonio 73 3 26 40 5 2 24 59 0.404 0.412 0.405 0.399

Stockton currently ranks fourth in the Pacific Division with a .562 points-percentage and has a magic number of just 4 points.  The Heat face their first scenario where they could clinch tonight with a win over the Ontario Reign and a regulation loss by the Bakersfield Condors in San Diego tonight.  Whomever gets in will face the San Jose Barracuda in the first round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.

LAST TIME VS. ONTARIO
Back on March 3, the Ontario Reign got on the board twice in the first period thanks to Alex Lintuniemi and Michael Mersch before a second period bomb from the point from the Heat’s Kenney Morrison brought Stockton within one.  However, Jeff Zatkoff was able to hold on to secure the 2-1 win for the Reign, sending the Heat to one of just two regulation losses during the month of March.

WHO TO WATCH
Tonight we’ll look to our veterans as the players to watch tonight as a young Heat team will need the experience to help get them through to the next round.  While it’s great to see players like Mark Jankowski, Morgan Klimchuk and Andrew Mangiapane at the top of the stat sheet night in and night out, a game like tonight needs a veterans touch to calm down what should be a very excited bench and lead not only by example, but with their words.

We think tonight captain Mike Angelidis is the most important player that will be on the ice for the Heat, but it’s not just his contributions on the ice, but what he can do off the ice to help motivate the team when the push from Ontario comes.

However, it’s not just Angelidis, but players like Linden Vey, Mike Kostka, Brandon Bollig, Jamie Devane and Keith Aulie who provide leadership to a young group, and make big contributions on the ice.  Don’t be surprised when these players all contribute to the effort tonight as every single player has done a job for the Heat throughout the season and every single one has provided not only a role, but also the offense.  Look for one of these guys to help push the Heat to the playoffs starting tonight.

JANKOWSKI RACKING UP THE ACCOLADES
Rookie centerman Mark Jankowski sits atop the rookie goal scoring leaders with 27 goals in 62 games for the Heat this season, and is second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 54 points, just 2 points behind San Jose’s Daniel O’Regan.

Jankowski’s next goal will pass Dustin Boyd (OMA) as the most goals scored by a rookie for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 and will make him the most prolific scorer in a single season for the Stockton Heat, beating Derek Grant (27).   He’s also 3 points from tying Kenny Agostino for the most points for the Heat in a single season (57).

Jankowski had 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points in the month of March which earned him the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honors, just the third time a Flames AHL rookie has been named to the award since 1997 joining Sergei Varlamov (STJ – April 1999) and Markus Granlund (ABB – February 14).

Then prior to the game a week ago today, Jankowski earned another honor as he was named to the 2016-17 AHL All-Rookie Team.  Since the AHL began naming an All-Rookie team in 1996-97 only five other players in the Flames organization have earned this honor including J.S. Giguere (Goaltender – 1997-98), Rico Fata (Forward – 1999-00), Daniel Tkaczuk (Forward – 1999-00), Micki DuPont (Defenseman – 2000-01) and Joni Ortio (Goaltender – 2013-14).

GONE STREAKING
The Heat currently find themselves on a team record long eight-game points streak (6-0-1-1) dating back to March 24.  The team most recently matched a team record of five-straight wins from March 28 to April 8 and have picked up points in seven-straight road games dating back to March 17.

The team has also scored a power-play goal in eight-straight games (21.6%) and has power-play goals in nine of their last 10 games.

DONNING THE FLAMING C
This year a total of nine players were called up to the Calgary Flames including Goalies Jon Gillies and David Rittich, Defenseman Brett Kulak, Tyler Wotherspoon and Rasmus Andersson, along with Forwards Garnet Hathaway, Linden Vey, Hunter Shinkaruk and Mark Jankowski.

Gillies, Rittich and Andersson made their NHL debuts for the Flames last week while Mark Jankowski made his back on November 28.  Compared to last year, the Heat had 16 players called up with five making their NHL debuts.

INTERESTING FACT
Rasmus Andersson made his return to the Heat lineup last Sunday after missing 12 games while up with the Calgary Flames.  Previous to his call-up back on March 10, Andersson had previously played 50 games with the Stockton Heat this season, scoring 3 goals and adding 19 assists while going plus-14.  He made his NHL debut during the final game of the regular season for the Calgary Flames against the San Jose Sharks.

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.

HEAT PLAY FINAL TWO AT HOME
It’s Military Appreciation Night sponsored by Delta Truck Center, Chase Chevrolet and St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday where the first 500 adults and teens 13-years-old and over take home an Austin Carroll’s Bobblehead, presented by Vernon Transportation!

The regular season concludes with Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday where we show appreciation to all the fans who’ve helped make memories with our team this season!  The Stockton Fan Attic will feature special discounts so you can outfit yourself and your family in Heat gear for the summer, plus we’ll hand out the team awards like MVP, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Unsung Hero, Rookie of the Year, Community Service Award Winner, and of course the coveted Fan Favorite Award!

While the Heat push for the postseason, Heat365 Members along with 2016-17 Season Ticket Members can book their playoff tickets now, ensuring you get your seats and any additional seats prior to being made available to the public. Playoff tickets will only become available to pick up if the Heat clinch a spot in the playoffs.

Heat Face Barracuda in Final Road Test of Season at 3:00 p.m.

Arena: SAP Center
Date: April 9, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 2:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey (58GP, 15-39-54)
                                         SAN JOSE: F Daniel O’Regan (59GP, 21-34-55)

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 puck from Rasmus Andersson.

TONIGHT
The Heat and Barracuda wrap up the regular season series tonight in San Jose.  Stockton is 5-5-1-0 this season against the Barracuda and are looking to go over .500 on the road in San Jose this season with a win in the series finale.

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Entering tonight’s slate of games, here are the standings in the Pacific Division:

Rank Team GP GR W L OTL SOL ROW Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 y- San Jose 64 4 42 15 2 5 41 91 0.711 0.715 0.708 0.700
2 x- San Diego 65 3 40 20 3 2 37 85 0.654 0.659 0.652 0.644
3 x- Ontario 65 3 35 20 10 0 33 80 0.615 0.621 0.614 0.606
4 Stockton 64 4 33 25 4 2 32 72 0.563 0.569 0.562 0.554
5 Bakersfield 64 4 31 27 5 1 30 68 0.531 0.538 0.531 0.523
6 Texas 72 4 32 35 1 4 29 69 0.479 0.486 0.479 0.473
7 Tucson 64 4 26 30 8 0 23 60 0.469 0.477 0.469 0.462
8 San Antonio 72 4 26 39 5 2 23 59 0.410 0.418 0.411 0.404

 

The Heat are five points away from clinching a playoff berth but the magic number could go down or up based on how the Heat do tonight against the San Jose Barracuda and how the Bakersfield Condors do as they visit the San Antonio Rampage today.  San Jose clinched the division title last night thanks to the Gulls regulation loss to the Ontario Reign.

LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
The tone was set early last night with 86 minutes of penalties handed out to the two teams in the first period alone and quite a few goals from the home side as the Heat got goals from Mikkel Aagaard, Hunter Shinkaruk, Adam Ollas Mattsson and Andrew Mangiapane to take a 4-1 lead into the intermission.  San Jose scored the lone goal in the second but Shinkaruk’s second of the night in the third gave the Heat the 5-2 win.

WHO TO WATCH
We have to keep it rolling with our same pick from last night! After signing his first NHL contract back on March 19, Ryan Lomberg has been terrifically consistent for the Heat, picking up points in six of seven games since, including a point in each of his last six games, recording 3 goals and 4 assists in his career long points streak.

Lomberg’s found some instant chemistry playing with Hunter Shinkaruk and Linden Vey, utilizing his speed and ability to retrieve pucks to help get puck possession back in the favor of his line.  We like what we’ve seen from that line, who are all red hot, so we think there’s little chance Lomberg’s going to slow tonight in a big game against the Barracuda.

THINK SHINK
Hunter  Shinkaruk has been outstanding for the Heat recently, having points in five-straight (7-3-10), recording his third career hat trick, just the second in Heat history, on Wednesday over the San Diego Gulls and adding two goals last night against San Jose.

Shinkaruk joins Jankowski as the only Heat players to accomplish the feat and interestingly enough, Hunter’s  hat trick was good enough to lead the Heat back into the fourth seed of the playoffs.  The last time the Heat were in fourth? January 20, the day that Jankowski recorded the first hat trick in team history.


JANKOWSKI RACKING UP THE ACCOLADES

Rookie centerman Mark Jankowski sits atop the rookie goal scoring leaders with 27 goals in 61 games for the Heat this season, and is second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 53 points, just 2 points behind San Jose’s Daniel O’Regan.

Jankowski’s next goal will pass Dustin Boyd (OMA) as the most goals scored by a rookie for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 and will make him the most prolific scorer in a single season for the Stockton Heat, beating Derek Grant (27).   He’s also 4 points from tying Kenny Agostino for the most points for the Heat in a single season (57).

After being named the IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year for the Stockton Heat, the awards kept on coming as his terrific month of March, scoring 9 goals and adding 8 assists for 17 points earned him the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honors, just the third time a Flames AHL rookie has been named to the award since 1997 joining Sergei Varlamov (STJ – April 1999) and Markus Granlund (ABB – February 14).

Then prior to the game on Wednesday, Jankowski earned another honor as he was named to the 2016-17 AHL All-Rookie Team.  Since the AHL began naming an All-Rookie team in 1996-97 only five other players in the Flames organization have earned this honor including J.S. Giguere (Goaltender – 1997-98), Rico Fata (Forward – 1999-00), Daniel Tkaczuk (Forward – 1999-00), Micki DuPont (Defenseman – 2000-01) and Joni Ortio (Goaltender – 2013-14).

THIS WEEK IN NHL DEBUTS
Goaltender Jon Gillies made his NHL debut on Thursday for the Calgary Flames against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center and played marvelous, stopping 27 of 28 shots and helping the Flames capture a 4-1 win over the Kings.

He joins a list of just four netminders in Flames history to win in his NHL debut in franchise history, joining member of the  “Miracle on Ice Team” Jim Craig, Tyler Moss, Henrik Karlsson and Reto Berra.

Last night right here in the SAP Center, both David Rittich and Rasmus Andersson made their NHL debuts with Rittich playing the final 20 minutes stopping 9 of 10 shots and Andersson skating 18:33 and going minus-1.

PHIL THE THRILL
Looking to make his pro debut is sixth round pick of the Flames in this past NHL Entry Draft Matthew Phillips who was inked to an amateur tryout after his season with the Victoria Royals ended.

Phillips had a tremendous year with the Royals, becoming one of five WHL players to score 50 goals and was tied ninth in the WHL with 90 points.  Drafted by the Flames during last year’s NHL Entry Draft in the sixth round, 166th overall, Phillips recorded three hat tricks for Victoria this season and was his team leader in goals and points.

Plus the teenager turned 19 this past Thursday and now finds himself with a chance to make his pro debut for the Stockton Heat. Quite the birthday gift!

ON THE ROAD ONE MORE TIME
Stockton brings in a five-game win streak overall to tonight’s game, tying a Heat all-time record, along with a record long seven-game point streak, but it’s the road streak that may be most impressive.  The Heat have six-straight road games earning at least a point and have won three-straight road games, tying a Heat record.

The Heat are 6-2-0-1 in their last nine games away from Stockton Arena. The Heat have scored a power-play goal or more in six-straight road games dating back to March 17 at San Jose.

INTERESTING FACT
Since the first of March, the Heat have scored 15 power-play goals on 73 opportunities (20.5%) including scoring in 12 of 16 games since then.  The Heat have scored a power-play goal in seven-straight games

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.

HEAT PLAY FINAL THREE AT HOME
The final Family Day of the season, which is presented by KJOY and Sutter Health, sees the first 500 fans take home an 8″ x 10″ photo card commemorating the first hat trick in Heat history back on January 20 scored by Mark Jankowski.

Then it’s Military Appreciation Night sponsored by Delta Truck Center, Chase Chevrolet and St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday where the first 500 adults and teens 13-years-old and over take home an Austin Carroll’s Bobblehead, presented by Vernon Transportation!

The regular season concludes with Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday where we show appreciation to all the fans who’ve helped make memories with our team this season!  The Stockton Fan Attic will feature special discounts so you can outfit yourself and your family in Heat gear for the summer, plus we’ll hand out the team awards like MVP, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Unsung Hero, Rookie of the Year, Community Service Award Winner, and of course the coveted Fan Favorite Award!

While the Heat push for the postseason, Heat365 Members along with 2016-17 Season Ticket Members can book their playoff tickets now, ensuring you get your seats and any additional seats prior to being made available to the public. Playoff tickets will only become available to pick up if the Heat clinch a spot in the playoffs.

Heat Host San Jose for Oliver Kylington Bobblehead Night

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: April 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. Doors)
Giveaway: Oliver Kylington Bobbleheads to the first 500 kids 12-years-old and under
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 7:15 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (60GP, 27-26-53)
                                         SAN JOSE: F Daniel O’Regan (59GP, 21-34-55)

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 puck from Jon Gillies.

TONIGHT
The Heat and Barracuda kick off a home-and-home series for the final two games of the season with the Heat looking to strengthen their hold on the fourth and final spot in the playoffs while the Barracuda hope to clinch the Pacific Division title with a win, a San Diego regulation loss or an overtime or shootout loss in Stockton and a San Diego overtime or shootout loss in Ontario tonight.

Tonight is Law and Order Night at Stockton Arena where we celebrate local law enforcement around the Central Valley.

Tonight the Stockton Heat along with SMG and the Stockton Ports advise fans to plan on arriving early for the Heat and Ports games tonight.  With close start times for the two games and an event at the Civic Auditorium, traffic is expected to be heavier than normal.

General parking will be located in the Arena Garage, West Lot, EDD Lot, and Edison Lot.  Fremont Street East and Fremont Street West Lots will be reserved for Heat Pass holders and the North Lot will be reserved for Ports Pass holders.

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Entering tonight’s slate of games, here are the standings in the Pacific Division:

Rank Team GP GR W L OTL SOL ROW Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 x- San Jose 63 5 42 14 2 5 41 91 0.722 0.727 0.719 0.711
2 x- San Diego 63 5 40 18 3 2 37 85 0.675 0.680 0.672 0.664
3 Ontario 63 5 33 20 10 0 31 76 0.603 0.609 0.602 0.594
4 Stockton 63 5 32 25 4 2 31 70 0.556 0.563 0.555 0.547
5 Bakersfield 64 4 31 27 5 1 30 68 0.531 0.538 0.531 0.523
6 Texas 71 5 32 34 1 4 29 69 0.486 0.493 0.486 0.479
7 Tucson 64 4 26 30 8 0 23 60 0.469 0.477 0.469 0.462
8 San Antonio 72 4 26 39 5 2 23 59 0.410 0.418 0.411 0.404

 

The Bakersfield Condors fell to San Antonio last night at the AT&T Center giving the Heat a chance to go four points up with a win tonight and both teams playing tomorrow, with Bakersfield in San Antonio and the Heat in San Jose.

LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
After the Heat were able to beat San Jose at the SAP Center to kick off the teams’ last home-and-home series, the Barracuda were able to repay the favor to the Heat at Stockton Arena back on March 18.  Mark Jankowski scored his 24th of the year to get the game going but three straight goals from San Jose, one in the second and two in the third, would earn them the 3-1 win.

A total of 121 PIMS were handed out in that game to the teams, still 17 minutes shy of the most between these teams that occurred back on January 25 (138).

WHO TO WATCH
After signing his first NHL contract back on March 19, Ryan Lomberg has been terrifically consistent for the Heat, picking up points in five of six games since, including a point in each of his last five games, recording 3 goals and 2 assists in his career long points streak.

Lomberg’s found some instant chemistry playing with Hunter Shinkaruk and Linden Vey, utilizing his speed and ability to retrieve pucks to help get puck possession back in the favor of his line.  However, it’s not just been the art of retrieving pucks that Lomberg’s been great at, it’s been putting the puck in the net with a couple of one-timers and a terrific shot that beat Jhonas Enroth of the San Diego Gulls on Wednesday.

We like what we’ve seen from that line, who are all red hot, so we think there’s little chance Lomberg’s going to slow tonight in a big game against the Barracuda.

TOSS THOSE HATS:
Continuing the theme from above, it was Hunter  Shinkaruk who earned the first star on Wednesday and has regained his scoring touch in a big way, having points in four-straight (5-3-8) and recording his third career hat trick on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s hat trick was just the second in Heat history as Shinkaruk scored twice in the first and added an empty netter from his own blueline in the win over the San Diego Gulls.

Shinkaruk joins Jankowski as the only Heat players to accomplish the feat and interestingly enough, Hunter’s  hat trick was good enough to lead the Heat back into the fourth seed of the playoffs as the Heat capitalized on a Bakersfield loss to the Stars on Wednesday.

The last time the Heat were in fourth? January 20, the very day that Mark Jankowski recorded the first hat trick in team history.

JANKOWSKI RACKING UP THE ACCOLADES

Rookie centerman Mark Jankowski sits atop the rookie goal scoring leaders with 27 goals in 60 games for the Heat this season, and is second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 53 points, just 2 points behind San Jose’s Daniel O’Regan.

Jankowski’s next goal will pass Dustin Boyd (OMA) as the most goals scored by a rookie for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 and will make him the most prolific scorer in a single season for the Stockton Heat, beating Derek Grant (27).   He’s also 4 points from tying Kenny Agostino for the most points for the Heat in a single season (57).

The centerman has been extremely consistent as of…awhile now… as he finds himself on a 10-game point streak, (5-7-12) the longest points streak in team history.  After being named the IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year for the Stockton Heat, the awards kept on coming as his terrific month of March, scoring 9 goals and adding 8 assists for 17 points earned him the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honors, just the third time a Flames AHL rookie has been named to the award since 1997 joining Sergei Varlamov (STJ – April 1999) and Markus Granlund (ABB – February 14).

Then prior to the game on Wednesday, Jankowski earned another honor as he was named to the 2016-17 AHL All-Rookie Team.  Since the AHL began naming an All-Rookie team in 1996-97 only five other players in the Flames organization have earned this honor including J.S. Giguere (Goaltender – 1997-98), Rico Fata (Forward – 1999-00), Daniel Tkaczuk (Forward – 1999-00), Micki DuPont (Defenseman – 2000-01) and Joni Ortio (Goaltender – 2013-14).

GILLIES SPECTACULAR IN NHL DEBUT
Goaltender Jon Gillies made his NHL debut on Thursday for the Calgary Flames against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center and played marvelous, stopping 27 of 28 shots and helping the Flames capture a 4-1 win over the Kings.

He joins a list of just four netminders in Flames history to win in his NHL debut in franchise history, joining member of the  “Miracle on Ice Team” Jim Craig, Tyler Moss, Henrik Karlsson and Reto Berra. In the win, Gillies earned first-star honors and made a highlight reel save on Derek Forbort of the Kings just a week and a day after he made one of the saves-of-the-year on Cole Ully of the Texas Stars.

Earlier this morning, the Calgary Flames swapped goaltenders, calling up David Rittich, who earns his first NHL call-up of his career, and assigning Gillies back to the Heat.

PHIL THE THRILL
Looking to make his pro debut is sixth round pick of the Flames in this past NHL Entry Draft Matthew Phillips who was inked to an amateur tryout after his season with the Victoria Royals ended.

Phillips had a tremendous year with the Royals, becoming one of five WHL players to score 50 goals and was tied ninth in the WHL with 90 points.  Drafted by the Flames during last year’s NHL Entry Draft in the sixth round, 166th overall, Phillips recorded three hat tricks for Victoria this season and was his team leader in goals and points.

Plus the teenager turned 19 this past Thursday and now finds himself with a chance to make his pro debut for the Stockton Heat. Quite the birthday gift!

INTERESTING FACT
It’s been very rare this season to have both Tyler Wotherspoon and Brett Kulak dress in the same game for the Stockton Heat.  Two experienced blueliners who have played in the NHL and AHL have rarely suited up in the same game, in fact it has happened just six times this season that both players have suited up for the Stockton Heat.  When the pair are playing in the same game for the Heat this year, they are 4-2-0.

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

Pay in full for your membership by April 8 and receive the Early Bird Discount of 10% off your membership.  By paying in full before April 8, you’ll also receive an exclusive Heat365 Heat jersey!

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.

HEAT PLAY FINAL THREE AT HOME
The Heat play their final road game tomorrow in San Jose and finish off the last week of the regular season on home ice, hosting the Ontario Reign on Wednesday, the Condors on Friday and concluding the season against Tucson next Saturday.

The final Family Day of the season, which is presented by KJOY and Sutter Health, sees the first 500 fans take home an 8″ x 10″ photo card commemorating the first hat trick in Heat history back on January 20 scored by Mark Jankowski.

Then it’s Military Appreciation Night sponsored by Delta Truck Center, Chase Chevrolet and St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday where the first 500 adults and teens 13-years-old and over take home an Austin Carroll’s Bobblehead, presented by Vernon Transportation!

The regular season concludes with Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday where we show appreciation to all the fans who’ve helped make memories with our team this season!  The Stockton Fan Attic will feature special discounts so you can outfit yourself and your family in Heat gear for the summer, plus we’ll hand out the team awards like MVP, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Unsung Hero, Rookie of the Year, Community Service Award Winner, and of course the coveted Fan Favorite Award!

While the Heat push for the postseason, Heat365 Members along with 2016-17 Season Ticket Members can book their playoff tickets now, ensuring you get your seats and any additional seats prior to being made available to the public. Playoff tickets will only become available to pick up if the Heat clinch a spot in the playoffs.

Heat Back Home for Family Day Tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: April 5, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST (6:00 p.m. Doors)
Giveaway: Andrew Mangiapane Photo Cards to the first 500 Fans
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST (Sportsnet 960 The Fan will join after the Toronto Blue Jays game concludes)
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (59GP, 26-25-51)
                                         SAN DIEGO: F Corey Tropp (57GP, 21-33-54)

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 puck from Jamie Devane.

TONIGHT
The Heat meet the San Diego Gulls for the 10th and final time this season having posted a 6-2-0-1 record against the Gulls this season.  San Diego may have clinched a spot in the playoffs but are still battling for the Pacific Division while the Heat find themselves virtually tied for the final playoff spot with the Condors.

It’s our second-to-last Family Day presented by KJOY and Sutter Health of the season!  Get a four-pack of tickets that includes four hot dogs and four sodas all starting at just $39!

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Entering tonight’s slate of games, here are the standings in the Pacific Division:

Rank Team GP GR W L OTL SOL ROW Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 x- San Jose 62 6 41 14 2 5 40 89 0.718 0.722 0.714 0.706
2 x- San Diego 62 6 40 17 3 2 37 85 0.685 0.690 0.683 0.675
3 Ontario 62 6 33 19 10 0 31 76 0.613 0.619 0.611 0.603
4 Bakersfield 62 6 31 25 5 1 30 68 0.548 0.556 0.548 0.540
5 Stockton 62 6 31 25 4 2 30 68 0.548 0.556 0.548 0.540
6 Texas 70 6 31 34 1 4 28 67 0.479 0.486 0.479 0.472
7 Tucson 63 5 26 30 7 0 23 59 0.468 0.477 0.469 0.461
8 San Antonio 70 6 25 38 5 2 23 57 0.407 0.415 0.408 0.401

If the Heat win they could gain the fourth spot if the Condors lose in any fashion.  Should the Heat and Condors both win tonight, the only way for the Heat to move ahead of Bakersfield is if the Heat win in regulation or overtime while the Condors win in a shootout.  If the teams have the exact same result tonight the Condors would hold on to the final playoff spot.

The second tiebreaker that the Condors own to put them in fourth is points in the season series, as Bakersfield has picked up 14 of a possible 22 points while the Heat have picked up just 9 of a possible 22 points in the season series.  The teams meet up on April 14 for the final time this season in the two clubs’ second to last game of the year with both teams playing six more games including the final meeting between the clubs.

LAST TIME VS. SAN DIEGO
The Gulls started with two goals in the first from Max Gortz and Corey Tropp before Garnet Hathaway pulled the Heat within one in the second and Mike Kostka tied the game up early in the third.  However Tropp’s goal midway through the third off a rebound would prove to be the game winner as the Gulls would hold off the Heat in the 3-2 final.

WHO TO WATCH
Morgan Klimchuk has been exceptional for the Heat in his last stretch of games, scoring 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points in his last 5 games.

Plus, Klimchuk bookended the Heat five-game road trip by scoring the game winning goal to cap of the Heat comeback in the first game and scored the game winner in the Heat’s final game of the trip against San Antonio.  Klimchuk is now tied with Jankowski and Ryan Lomberg for the most game winners on the team with four.  

Not only that but Klimchuk is second on the Heat in points against the Gulls (11) and has scored seven of his 19 goals this season against the Gulls this year.  With the Heat picking up some momentum during their lengthy road trip through the Lone Star State and Klimchuk riding high with some terrific results, we think that Klimchuk will keep up the pace tonight as the Heat return to home ice.

JANKOWSKI RACKING UP THE ACCOLADES

Rookie centerman Mark Jankowski sits atop the rookie goal scoring leaders with 26 goals in 59 games for the Heat this season, and is second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 51 points, just 3 points behind San Jose’s Daniel O’Regan.  Jankowski’s next goal will tie him with Dustin Boyd (Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights) as the most goals scored by a rookie for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06.

His next goal will also tie him with Derek Grant for the most goals scored for the Heat in a single season.   He’s also six points from tying Kenny Agostino for the most points for the Heat in a single season (57).

Jankowski is also on a nine-game point streak, (4-6-10) the longest points streak in team history.  Jankowski had 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points in the month of March which earned him the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honors, just the third time a Flames AHL rookie has been named to the award since 1997 joining Sergei Varlamov (STJ – April 1999) and Markus Granlund (ABB – February 14).

Jankowski was also named the IOA/Specialty American AHL Man of the Year from the Stockton Heat, putting him in the running (one of 30 players) to win the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award.

MOMENTUM RETURNS HOME WITH THE HEAT
Stockton plays five of their last six games on home ice after going on the road for seven of their last eight games.

The team established new records with 13 road wins this season, matched a record with a three-game road winning streak and a record of five-straight games with a point.

The Heat have also scored power-play goals in each of their five games going 5 for 23 (21.7%) during the road trip.  Stockton’s record long is eight-straight games with a power-play goal January 23 to February 14 during the 2015-16 season. Stockton has surrendered a power-play goal against in 10 of their last 14 games since March 1.  The Heat have killed off 87.2% of the Gulls power plays against the Heat while having scored on 23.1% of their power plays.

HEALEY JOINS FLAMES ORGANIZATION
Big hitting defenseman Josh Healey signed his two-year entry level deal with the Flames on March 25 and has been added to the Heat roster on an Amateur Tryout for the rest of the season.  Healey was the top point producing defenseman on his team with 25, fourth among Big Ten defenseman; and was second in the Big Ten in penalty minutes with 70.

He made his pro debut on Saturday against the San Antonio Rampage finishing the game plus-1 with one shot on goal.

INTERESTING FACT
Who says the work stops when you achieve your goal and sign your first NHL contract?  Definitely not Ryan Lomberg as he’s even elevated his play and now has established the longest point streak of his career with points in his last four games (2-2-4).  Lomberg became the eighth player on the Heat to reach 10 goals and is one of 11 players to record 20 or more points this season for the Heat.

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

Pay in full for your membership by April 8 and receive the Early Bird Discount of 10% off your membership.  By paying in full before April 8, you’ll also receive an exclusive Heat365 Heat jersey!

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.

OLIVER KYLINGTON BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT THIS SATURDAY
This Saturday Oliver Kylington will be enshrined with his own bobblehead presented by Central State Credit Union as the first 500 fans 13-years-old and under will take home the bobblehead of one of Calgary’s top prospects!

Plus, it’s Law & Order night on Saturday where we salute the people who protect and serve our community with special ceremonies and with a fundraiser as each Law & Order package purchased will help raise funds for the San Joaquin County Fallen Peace Officers Foundation.

The special ticket package includes access to a tailgate at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel starting at 5:00 p.m., a ticket to the game and a special edition hat for just $25.

Heat Finish Road Trip in San Antonio at 5:00 p.m. PST

Arena: AT&T Center
Date: April 1, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker, iHeartRadio & Sportsnet 960 The Fan beginning at 4:45 p.m. PST/5:45 MT
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (58GP, 26-24-50)
                                         SAN ANTONIO: F Rocco Grimaldi (67GP, 29-21-50)

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 puck from Morgan Klimchuk.

PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS
With the season wrapping up we want to give you all the scenarios to understand what can happen depending on the outcome of tonight’s contests in the Pacific Division, and since it’s not as easy as looking just at the points, we want to show you the playoff scenario, which you can see below, with the teams in GREEN currently sitting in a playoff spot.

Rank Team GP GR W L OTL SOL ROW Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 x- San Jose 61 7 40 14 2 5 39 87 0.713 0.718 0.710 0.702
2 x- San Diego 61 7 39 17 3 2 36 83 0.680 0.685 0.677 0.669
3 Ontario 61 7 33 18 10 0 31 76 0.623 0.629 0.621 0.613
4 Bakersfield 61 7 30 25 5 1 29 66 0.541 0.548 0.540 0.532
5 Stockton 61 7 30 25 4 2 29 66 0.541 0.548 0.540 0.532
6 Texas 68 8 30 33 1 4 27 65 0.478 0.486 0.478 0.471
7 Tucson 62 6 26 29 7 0 23 59 0.476 0.484 0.476 0.468
8 San Antonio 68 8 25 36 5 2 23 57 0.419 0.428 0.420 0.413

The Heat can move into the fourth placed spot if they win or gain a point and the Bakersfield Condors fall to the Ontario Reign in regulation.  Should the Heat and Condors have the same result the Condors would remain ahead of the Heat.  Stockton could also gain the fourth spot with a regulation win over San Antonio and a Condors overtime or shootout loss to Ontario tonight.

The first tiebreaker is percentage of games won in overtime and shootout, and since the Heat and Condors play the same number of games, the easy way to tell is by looking at the Regulation and Overtime Wins (ROW) number.

Both the Heat and Condors have 29 Regulation and Overtime Wins so it goes to the second tiebreaker, which is points in the season series, which belongs to Bakersfield as the Heat will end up with a losing record against their rival.  Should both teams win tonight, the only way Stockton regains fourth is if the team wins in regulation or overtime and the Condors win in a shootout as Stockton’s ROW would go to 30 while Bakersfield’s would stay at 29.

Just seven games remain on the schedule for both the Heat and Condors with one final meeting between the teams on April 14.

TONIGHT
Stockton and San Antonio finish their season series tonight against the San Antonio Rampage and complete their five-game road trip looking for their fourth win of the trip.

As mentioned above, the other game to keep an eye on tonight is between the Bakersfield Condors and Ontario Reign taking place at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield kicking off at 6:00 p.m. PST. Bakersfield is 3-5-1-0 against the Reign this season and are 5-5-0-0 against Ontario at Rabobank Arena all-time, falling last night to the Reign by a 3-1 final.

Fans can catch the game live on Spreaker, iHeartRadio and AHL Live as the Heat try to finish off the road trip with a win.  Fans in Calgary can tune into the Heat game on Sportsnet 960 the Fan at 6:00 MT.

 

LAST TIME VS. SAN ANTONIO
After last meeting on November 12, the Heat and Rampage dueled at the AT&T Center for the first time this season with the Heat starting off with a goal 2:19 seconds into the game with Morgan Klimchuk banking one off goalie Spencer Martin and added a power-play goal from Andrew Mangiapane later in the period.

However, two power-play goals from Eric Gelinas and Rocco Grimaldi tied the game up in the second, but in the third it was yet another goal banked in off the back of the goaltender as Hunter Shinkaruk scored his first game winner of the season to help his team earn the crucial two points.

WHO TO WATCH
Hunter Shinkaruk seems to be playing with confidence now with points in back to back games, recording a three-point night on Tuesday in the Texas Stars finale (1-2-3) and scoring his first game winning goal of the season last night against the Rampage.

While the goals and points have been tougher to come by in 2017, Shinkaruk is heating up at the right time and looking to pick up a three-game point streak for the second time this season.

LONE STAR STATE OF MIND
The Heat have gone 6-2-0-1 all-time against the San Antonio Rampage  including a 2-1-0-1 record at the AT&T Center.  The Heat have outscored San Antonio 29-22.

When you include the Heat’s record against the Stars, the Heat have gone  15-3-1-2 all-time against the Stars and Rampage in 21 games against the Texas based clubs.  If you include the home of the Stars, the Heat have posted a 6-2-0-2 record in the state of Texas all-time.

JANKOWSKI ATOP THE ROOKIE LEADERBOARD
Rookie centerman Mark Jankowski sits atop the rookie goal scoring leaders with 26 goals in 58 games for the Heat this season, and is second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 50 points, just four points behind San Jose’s Daniel O’Regan.

Jankowski is also tied eighth in the AHL in goals and finds himself tied for 22nd in the AHL scoring race.

Since 2005-06 only five rookies have scored 20 or more goals for the Flames AHL affiliate.  Jankowski has now surpassed Markus Granlund (ABB) who had 25 goals in 52 games for second most goals scored by a rookie and is one away from tying Dustin Boyd (OMA) who had 27 in 66 games, the most by a Flames AHL rookie since 05-06.

Jankowski is also on an eight-game point streak, (4-5-9) the longest points streak in team history, breaking a tie between himself, Linden Vey and Derek Grant.

Plus, Jankowski is two goals away from scoring the most goals in a season for the Heat breaking Grant’s 27 from last year and is 8 points away from scoring the most points in a single season, beating Kenny Agostino’s 57 points from the inaugural season.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Stockton has now posted a new best with 12 road wins on the season, surpassing last year’s mark of 10 wins away from home ice.  The Heat also find themselves on a team best, five-game point streak on the road, going 4-0-0-1 in their last five.  It’s the longest road point-streak in Heat history.

The Heat have scored a power-play goal in each of the four games they’ve played on the road trip, going 4 for 19 (21.1%).

HEALEY JOINS FLAMES ORGANIZATION
Big hitting defenseman Josh Healey signed his two-year entry level deal with the Flames on March 25 and has been added to the Heat roster on an Amateur Tryout for the rest of the season.  Healey was the top point producing defenseman on his team with 25, fourth among Big Ten defenseman; and was second in the Big Ten in penalty minutes with 70.

INTERESTING FACT
Morgan Klimchuk is just two points away from recording his 50th AHL point of his career.  Klimchuk has 17 goals and 39 points this season, the third most points on the team behind Jankowski and Linden Vey.

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

Pay in full for your membership by April 8 and receive the Early Bird Discount of 10% off your membership.  By paying in full before April 8, you’ll also receive an exclusive Heat365 Heat jersey!

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.

WE’RE COMING HOME…COMING HOME…TELL YOUR FRIENDS WE’RE COMING HOME
After the road trip concludes tonight, the Heat play five of their last six on home ice including this Wednesday against the San Diego Gulls at Stockton Arena starting at 7:00 p.m. for our second-to-last Family Day presented by KJOY and Sutter Health of the season!  Get a four-pack of tickets that includes four hot dogs and four sodas all starting at just $39!  Plus the first 500 fans will receive an Andrew Mangiapane photo card!

A week from today Oliver Kylington will be enshrined with his own bobblehead presented by Central State Credit Union as the first 500 fans 13-years-old and under will take home the bobblehead of one of Calgary’s top prospects!

Plus, it’s Law & Order night on Saturday where we salute the people who protect and serve our community with special ceremonies and with a fundraiser as each Law & Order package purchased will help raise funds for the San Joaquin County Fallen Peace Officers Foundation.

The special ticket package includes access to a tailgate at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel starting at 5:00 p.m., a ticket to the game and a special edition hat for just $25.

Heat in San Antonio to Take on Rampage at 5:30 PST

Arena: AT&T Center
Date: March 31, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 5:15 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (57GP, 26-23-49)
                                         SAN ANTONIO: F Rocco Grimaldi (66GP, 28-20-48)

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 puck from Hunter Shinkaruk.

PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS
With the season wrapping up we want to give you all the scenarios to understand what can happen depending on the outcome of tonight’s contests in the Pacific Division, and since it’s not as easy as looking just at the points, we want to show you the playoff scenario, which you can see below, with the teams in GREEN currently sitting in a playoff spot.

Rank Team GP GR W L OTL SOL ROW Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 x- San Jose 60 8 39 14 2 5 38 85 0.708 0.713 0.705 0.697
2 x- San Diego 60 8 38 17 3 2 35 81 0.675 0.680 0.672 0.664
3 Ontario 60 8 32 18 10 0 30 74 0.617 0.623 0.615 0.607
4 Bakersfield 60 8 30 24 5 1 29 66 0.550 0.557 0.549 0.541
5 Stockton 60 8 29 25 4 2 28 64 0.533 0.541 0.533 0.525
6 Texas 67 9 30 32 1 4 27 65 0.485 0.493 0.485 0.478
7 Tucson 61 7 26 28 7 0 23 59 0.484 0.492 0.484 0.476
8 San Antonio 67 9 25 35 5 2 23 57 0.425 0.434 0.426 0.419

 

The Heat can draw into a virtual tie for fourth place tonight if they can win combined with a regulation loss for the Bakersfield Condors in their contest tonight against the Ontario Reign.

As it gets a bit closer to the end of the season and the fourth spot looking like it belongs to either the Heat or Condors, you’ll have to keep an eye on the tiebreakers, which is why the Heat couldn’t overtake the Condors tonight in any scenario.

The first tiebreaker is percentage of games won in overtime and shootout, and since the Heat and Condors play the same number of games, the easy way to tell is by looking at the Regulation and Overtime Wins (ROW) number.  Bakersfield owns that tiebreaker currently.

The second tiebreaker is points in the season series which will also belong to Bakersfield as the Heat will end up with a losing record against their rival, so for Stockton, the best chance of coming down with that final spot is to just win!

Just eight games remain on the schedule for both the Heat and Condors with one final meeting between the teams on April 14.

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON

Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

Pay in full for your membership by April 8 and receive the Early Bird Discount of 10% off your membership.  By paying in full before April 8, you’ll also receive an exclusive Heat365 Heat jersey!

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.

TONIGHT
Stockton and San Antonio renew their rivalry tonight in the third of four meetings between the teams and first since November 12 when the teams split the first two meetings in the season series at Stockton Arena.  Since then the Heat have gone 23-22-3-2 while the Rampage have gone 19-27-5-2 since the last meeting.

As mentioned above, the other game to keep an eye on tonight is between the Bakersfield Condors and Ontario Reign taking place at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield kicking off at 7:00 p.m. PST. Bakersfield is 3-4-1-0 against the Reign this season and are 5-4-0-0 against Ontario at Rabobank Arena all-time.

Fans can catch the game live on Spreaker, iHeartRadio and AHL Live as the Heat try to earn points in their fourth-straight road game tonight!

LAST TIME VS. SAN ANTONIO
The Heat bounced back for a loss the previous night to San Antonio in tremendous fashion as the team got a goal per period from Jamie Devane, Tyler Wotherspoon and Daniel Pribyl, but the real story was between the pipes as David Rittich stopped all 20 shots he faced for his first career shutout in North America en route to the 3-0 win.

Since then Rittich has gone on to record a team record of 5 shutouts which is tied for second most in the AHL.

WHO TO WATCH
Tonight we want you to watch Garnet Hathaway and not only because of his hard working nature that always seems to not only create offense for the Heat but also tends to get under the skin of the opposition.

Hathaway has played 15 games for the Heat since being assigned from the big club (although he was recalled on emergency and then reassigned to the Heat in that span), Hathaway has picked up 4 goals and has added 8 assists for 12 points.

He also finds himself on a three-game point streak with a goal and 2 assists in the last three games against the Texas Stars and 6 points (3-3-6) in six of his last seven games.

LONE STAR STATE OF MIND
The Heat have gone 5-2-0-1 all-time against the San Antonio Rampage  including a 1-1-0-1 record at the AT&T Center established last year.  The Heat have outscored San Antonio 26-20.

When you include the Heat’s record against the Stars, the Heat have gone  14-3-1-2 all-time against the Stars and Rampage in 20 games against the Texas based clubs.  If you include the home of the Stars, the Heat have posted a 4-2-0-2 record in the state of Texas.

JANKOWSKI ATOP THE ROOKIE LEADERBOARD
Rookie centerman Mark Jankowski sits atop the rookie goal scoring leaders with 26 goals in 57 games for the Heat this season, and is second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 49 points, just four points behind San Jose’s Daniel O’Regan.

Since 2005-06 only five rookies have scored 20 or more goals for the Flames AHL affiliate.  Jankowski has now surpassed Markus Granlund (ABB) who had 25 goals in 52 games for second most goals scored by a rookie and is one away from tying Dustin Boyd (OMA) who had 27 in 66 games, the most by a Flames AHL rookie since 05-06.

Jankowski is also on a seven-game point streak, (4-4-8) for the second time this season, which ties the team’s best such streak with himself, Linden Vey and Derek Grant, however only Jankowski and Grant have accomplished this more than once in a season.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
This five-game road trip matches the second longest stretch away from home in Heat history, which occurred from March 19 through the 26th during the 2015-16 season.  The Heat posted a 1-4-0-0 record on that trip.

With the win on Tuesday at the H-E-B Center, Stockton has now gone 2-0-0-1 on this trip and have posted a new record-best of 11 road wins on the season, surpassing last year’s mark of 10 wins away from home ice.

The Heat also find themselves on a team best, four-straight road games picking up points going 3-0-0-1 in their last four.  It’s the first four-game points streak on the road in Heat history.

HEALEY JOINS FLAMES ORGANIZATION
Big hitting defenseman Josh Healey signed his two-year entry level deal with the Flames on March 25 and has been added to the Heat roster on an Amateur Tryout for the rest of the season.  Healey was the top point producing defenseman on his team with 25, fourth among Big Ten defenseman; and was second in the Big Ten in penalty minutes with 70.

FORMER FLAME ELSON BACK FOR RAMPAGE:
Turner Elson may have missed 54 games from October 25 through March 7 but he’s back for the Rampage and is set to play his former club. Named the Heat’s Unsung Hero last year, Elson had 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points with the Stockton Heat last year and made his NHL debut with the Flames picking up an assist in his debut.

INTERESTING FACT
The Heat have scored power-play goals in each of their last three games and have gone 3 for 15 (20%) during the road trip.  In 2016, the Heat scored power-play goals in 11 of their 15 road games but in 2017, Stockton has only scored a power-play goal in their last three road games of the 16 they’ve played.