Heat Hosts San Jose as Adults and Teens Receive Replica Jerseys Tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: March 18, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST (Doors 6:30 p.m. PST)
Giveaway: Heat Replica Jersey to the first 1,000 fans 13-years-old and over courtesy of Ising’s Culligan, Chase Chevrolet and ABC10
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 7:15 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (53GP, 23-22-45)
                                         SAN JOSE: F Daniel O’Regan (53GP, 20-32-52)

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 Tyler Wotherspoon.

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 W L OTL SOL Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 San Jose 56 37 13 2 4 80 0.714 0.719 0.711 0.702
2 San Diego 56 36 15 3 2 77 0.688 0.693 0.684 0.675
3 Ontario 57 30 18 9 0 69 0.605 0.612 0.603 0.595
4 Bakersfield 56 27 23 5 1 60 0.536 0.544 0.535 0.526
5 Stockton 56 27 24 4 1 59 0.527 0.535 0.526 0.518
6 Texas 62 28 29 1 4 61 0.492 0.500 0.492 0.484
7 Tucson 55 24 25 6 0 54 0.491 0.500 0.491 0.482
8 San Antonio 62 24 32 5 1 54 0.435 0.444 0.437 0.429

Stockton regains the fourth-placed spot only if they win in regulation and Bakersfield loses to Tucson in regulation.

Through a few scenarios, San Jose can be the first team in the AHL to lock down a playoff spot tonight.  They can do so with a regulation win over the Heat, an OT win and a Condors loss of any kind, or a shootout win and a Condors regulation loss.

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.

TONIGHT
The Heat look to make it three-straight wins over the top team in the Pacific Division as the Heat have won the last two meetings against San Jose dating back to March 4 and have outscored the Barracuda 11-6.  Prior to these two wins over the Barracuda in March, the Heat had only beaten San Jose twice, Opening Night and their first road win against San Jose all-time back on December 8.

The Heat are now 4-4-1-0 against San Jose this season with three meetings left counting tonight.  Both teams have one more home game in the season series.

Tonight’s home game is chocked full of fun starting as soon as you enter the building, with the first 1,000 fans 13-years-old and over receiving a Heat replica jersey courtesy of Ising’s Culligan, Chase Chevrolet and ABC10.

Plus, it’s the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Night!  Get your team fundraising now and come out to the game with your team!

Faith and Family Night takes place on Saturday night as well, where contemporary Christian rock band Crusaders for Christ will perform pregame and after the game,  KYCC Radio will host a FREE postgame concert, featuring another contemporary Christian rock band, The Resistance.

After the game, head over to the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel as a few Heat players will sign autographs for fans once their postgame obligations are completed!

Make sure you plan on arriving early to the Arena, not only to pick up a jersey and check out the pregame performance, but also to give yourself enough time to allow for traffic and parking.

 

LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
To say last night was wild is an understatement.  San Jose got a power-play goal (lets use the abbreviation PPG from here on out because it’s going to be used frequently) courtesy of Barclay Goodrow only to be followed by a beautiful entry into the zone during a Heat power-play with Mark Jankowski responding with a PPG of his own.

Then in a span of 1:36 toward the end of the first, three goals were scored as Garnet Hathaway scored to put the Heat on top, then it was Brandon Bollig who’d get a perfect pass from a San Jose defenseman just 19 seconds later, however another San Jose PPG by rookie points leader Daniel O’Regan with just 31 seconds left in the first cut the Heat lead to one.

Just 1:04 into the second though, Buddy Robinson took a four-minute double minor for high sticking and Stockton capitalized with two PPG’s courtesy of Matt Frattin and Linden Vey to increase their lead 5-2.  After going through some penalty trouble of their own, the Heat looked like their penalty kill was getting its groove back, killing off a lengthy two-man advantage, however it’d be a regular 5-on-4 power play that saw San Jose captain John McCarthy tip home a Julius Bergman shot for another Barracuda PPG.

Then past the midway point of the game it’d be Mike Kostka who’d backhand one through Mantas Armalis from a bad angle to take a 6-3 lead into the third.  In the final frame, Joakim Ryan blasted home another San Jose PPG but the Heat held on defensively, with goalie David Rittich standing on his head during the onslaught of shots that came his way.  Linden Vey recorded his second of the game into the empty net to seal the 7-4 victory for the Heat.

WHO TO WATCH
When we come up with these, sometimes we just go with a gut feeling, other times we go with the easy pick.  No doubt the easy pick is to keep Mike Kostka here, but just like today’s game will pose a challenge to the players on the ice, we want to pose a big challenge to ourselves by not keeping our Kostka pick from last night rolling.  More on Mike Kostka in a moment though.

Instead we’re going with a gut and that gut tells us tonight is the night Hunter Shinkaruk breaks his goal scoring drought.  His last goal came in this building back on February 17 against San Jose, going his last 12 games goalless, and we think that’s far too much for such a talented scorer.

While he’s picked up a couple assists in recent games, for whatever reason Shinkaruk finds himself snakebitten.  The winger, who scored 16 goals in his rookie season followed by 27 during his sophomore campaign split between the Utica Comets and the Stockton Heat, has just 8 goals on the year with only 12 games remaining on the schedule.  We have a feeling that tonight Shinkaruk will snap out of the streak in a big way against San Jose, so keep an eye on number 16 in red tonight at Stockton Arena!

UNBELIE-VEY-BLE
Linden Vey has been a force to be reckoned with!  Vey has points in 10 of his last 12 (6-11-17) and tied two Heat records in recent games, the all-time record of five-straight games with an assist set by D Colby Robak to start this season and a point in seven-straight games joining both Derek Grant and Mark Jankowski as the only players to accomplish that.

After the scoring streak snapped on Wednesday against the San Diego Gulls, Vey picked up where he left off with a great performance on Friday in San Jose, scoring twice and adding a helper for fifth three-point night and first two-goal night of the season.

JANKOWSKI JOINS ELITE COMPANY
Mark Jankowski became the second rookie this season to reach the 20-goal mark and is one of just five rookies who’ve suited up for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 to reach the 20-goal plateau including David Wolf in 2014-15 (ADK-20G), Markus Granlund in 2013-14 (ABB-25G), Dustin Boyd in 2006-07 (OMA-27G) and David Moss in 2005-06 (OMA-21G).  Not only that, Jankowski is the third ever Heat player to reach 20 in a season. Jankowski is just the second Heat player to ever record a 20-goal, 20-assist season as Kenny Agostino had 23-34-57 last year.

He is the rookie goal scoring leader with 23 and is just 7 points back of the rookie scoring leader Daniel O’Regan (SJ) who has 52 points.  We saw the two rookies put on a show last night as the pair traded power-play goals and added an assist in the contest.  The biggest difference between the two?  Mark Jankowski went plus-3 last night while O’Regan was a minus-2.

KOSTKA IS LIGHTS OUT
We don’t have the ability to keep this record but unofficially, Mike Kostka has become the quickest fan favorite in Stockton Hockey history.  It’s only taken four games (if that) for the defender to torch the opposition for 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points.

That’s one way to make an impression!

While his debut in a Heat sweater saw the defender go pointless, Kostka had chances and showed flashes of why he’s played 591 professional games in the AHL and NHL.  Then the points started to fall with the defender picking up his first multi-point effort in a Heat sweater against Grand Rapids with two assists, followed by a goal on Wednesday against the San Diego Gulls and a HUGE game on Friday night against San Jose with a goal and 3 assists for his second ever four-point night of his career!

Not only does that tie his best offensive output in a single game, it also ties the Heat’s record, which has been accomplished nine previous times with five of those coming this season.  Kostka is the first to have a four-point night since Mark Jankowski (3-1-4) and Hunter Shinkaruk (0-4-4) accomplished this on January 20 against the Condors.

INTERESTING FACT
Speaking of Mike Kostka, on this day back in 2012, the current Heat defenseman was part of the Norfolk Admirals team who broke the AHL record with 18-straight (previous record was 17-wins by the Adirondack Phantoms) wins tonight with 5-0 win over the Charlotte Checkers.

That Norfolk team, who also had Mike Angelidis and Keith Aulie as part of the squad (but not during the AHL record busting night as Aulie was in the NHL and Angelidis wasn’t dressed), would end up breaking the professional hockey record as well during the 2011-12 campaign with 28-straight wins in the regular season (the Peoria Rivermen of the original International Hockey League had 18-straight wins which was the record set in 1991).

Heat Visit San Jose to Start a Home-and-Home Series

Arena: SAP Center
Date: March 17, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (52GP, 22-21-43)
                                         SAN DIEGO: F Daniel O’Regan (52GP, 19-31-50)

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 Garnet Hathaway.

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 W L OTL SOL Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 San Jose 55 37 12 2 4 80 0.727 0.732 0.723 0.714
2 San Diego 55 35 15 3 2 75 0.682 0.688 0.679 0.670
3 Ontario 56 30 17 9 0 69 0.616 0.623 0.614 0.605
4 Bakersfield 55 26 23 5 1 58 0.527 0.536 0.527 0.518
5 Stockton 55 26 24 4 1 57 0.518 0.527 0.518 0.509
6 Tucson 54 24 24 6 0 54 0.500 0.509 0.500 0.491
7 Texas 61 27 29 1 4 59 0.484 0.492 0.484 0.476
8 San Antonio 61 24 32 4 1 53 0.434 0.444 0.435 0.427

Stockton regains the fourth-placed spot only if they win in regulation and Bakersfield loses to Tucson in regulation.

Through a few scenarios, San Jose can be the first team in the AHL to lock down a playoff spot tonight.  They can do so with a regulation win, an OT win and a Condors loss of any kind, or a shootout win and a Condors regulation loss.

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.

TONIGHT
After their four-game win streak came to an end on Wednesday in San Diego, the Heat continue their short road trip to the SAP Center looking to get back in the win column against the San Jose Barracuda.

The Heat are 3-4-1-0 vs. San Jose this season with their last win in San Jose coming on December 8, which was also the team’s first win over the Barracuda on the road all-time.

TOMORROW
The home-and-home series carries on back to Stockton for the Heat’s final home game of the month as the team heads out to Texas to take on the Texas Stars and San Antonio Rampage during a five-game road trip.

Saturday’s home game is chocked full of fun starting as soon as you enter the building, with the first 1,000 fans 13-years-old and over receiving a Heat replica jersey courtesy of Ising’s Culligan, Chase Chevrolet and ABC10.

Plus, it’s the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Night!  Get your team fundraising now and come out to the game with your team!

Faith and Family Night takes place on Saturday night as well, where contemporary Christian rock band Crusaders for Christ will perform pregame and after the game,  KYCC Radio will host a FREE postgame concert, featuring another contemporary Christian rock band, The Resistance.

LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
Coming into the game on March 4, the Barracuda were the hottest team in the AHL, putting up a streak of 15-games earning points, but it all ended there.  While John McCarthy got San Jose on the board first, Matt Frattin would tie it up moments later while Andrew Mangiapane would get the lead for the Heat in the second.

In the third both Austin Carroll and Mark Jankowski scored to put the game out of reach, and although San Jose would get one back in the last 40 seconds of the game, the Heat would win 4-2.

WHO TO WATCH
If you haven’t been keeping an eye on new Heat defenseman Mike Kostka we have a simple question for you.

Why not?

Kostka has been incredible in the three games he’s played with the Heat.  While he was held pointless in his first game, he still managed to help create a ton of chances on the power-play and during some five-on-five play.

Then in game number two it was his first multi-point game assisting on two different goals for the Stockton Heat with a pass to the backdoor where Andrew Mangiapane tapped it home.  Then in the third it was Mikkel Aagaard who’d get on the end of Kostka’s shot for his second primary assist of the game.

On Wednesday in San Diego, Kostka would score his first in a Heat sweater.  With points in back-to-back games, we’ve been really impressed with the newest defenseman and we think he’s going to continue his hot play for the Heat.

UNBELIE-VEY-BLE
Linden Vey has been a force to be reckoned with!  Vey has points in nine of his last 11 (4-10-14) and tied two Heat records in recent games, the all-time record of five-straight games with an assist set by D Colby Robak to start this season and a point in seven-straight games joining both Derek Grant and Mark Jankowski as the only players to accomplish that.

JANKOWSKI JOINS ELITE COMPANY
Mark Jankowski became the second rookie this season to reach the 20-goal mark and is one of just five rookies who’ve suited up for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 to reach the 20-goal plateau including David Wolf in 2014-15 (ADK-20G), Markus Granlund in 2013-14 (ABB-25G), Dustin Boyd in 2006-07 (OMA-27G) and David Moss in 2005-06 (OMA-21G).  Not only that, Jankowski is the third ever Heat player to reach 20 in a season.

He is the rookie goal scoring leader with 22 and is just 7 points back of the rookie scoring leader Daniel O’Regan (SJ) who has 50 points.

Jankowski is just the second Heat player to ever record a 20-goal, 20-assist season as Kenny Agostino had 23-34-57 last year.  Jankowski has 22-21-43 in his rookie season.

ROAD TROUBLES
Last season one of the biggest troubles for the Heat were getting road wins as they ended their inaugural season with just 10 wins away from home.

While they hopped out to a 7-5-0 record by mid-December, it’s been a struggle to get the points on the road, as the Heat have won a single road game since December 20 and it came a week ago tomorrow at Rabobank Arena against the Condors.  Before the win the Heat had gone 13-straight without a win away from home.

INTERESTING FACT
Back on March 8, Coach Ryan Huska was behind the bench for his 700th game as a Head Coach including his 504 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League.

Today marks game #704, which isn’t a big milestone in and of itself, however, what is is the fact that today is his 200th career game behind an AHL bench.  Huska is 93-89-17 all-time for the Adirondack Flames and Stockton Heat.

Heat Look to Match Team Record Fifth-Straight Win in San Diego

Arena: Valley View Casino Center
Date: March 15, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (51GP, 22-20-42)
                                         SAN DIEGO: F Corey Tropp (50GP, 18-30-48)

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 Andrew Mangiapane.

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 W L OTL SOL Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 San Jose 55 37 12 2 4 80 0.727 0.732 0.723 0.714
2 San Diego 54 34 15 3 2 73 0.676 0.682 0.673 0.664
3 Ontario 56 30 17 9 0 69 0.616 0.623 0.614 0.605
4 Stockton 54 26 23 4 1 57 0.528 0.536 0.527 0.518
5 Bakersfield 55 26 23 5 1 58 0.527 0.536 0.527 0.518
6 Tucson 54 24 24 6 0 54 0.500 0.509 0.500 0.491
7 Texas 60 27 29 1 3 58 0.483 0.492 0.484 0.475
8 San Antonio 61 24 32 4 1 53 0.434 0.444 0.435 0.427

 

The Heat can only stay in fourth with a win tonight as a loss in regulation would move them .009 back of the Condors and a loss in overtime or a shootout would put the Heat and Condors even with a .527 points-percentage, and since they both have 25 regulation and overtime wins, the second tiebreaker is points in the season series, which the Condors own.

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.

TONIGHT
After beating one of the best teams in the West in Grand Rapids on Sunday, the Heat now visit San Diego for the final time this season.

While sitting idle last night, the San Jose Barracuda held off the Bakersfield Condors for the 4-3 win in regulation, which pushed the Heat .000505 ahead of the Condors for the fourth and final playoff spot.

With a win tonight over San Diego, the Heat can put some distance between them and the fifth placed Condors.

LAST TIME VS. SAN DIEGO
Back on January 11 in the midst of the most difficult portion of the season, the Heat fell to the Gulls for the first time in regulation all season long.  A 3-2 Heat lead would evaporate in the third period with San Diego scoring three unanswered to take the 5-2 win.  Kenney Morrison (2 assists) and Matt Frattin both had multi-point efforts in the loss.

WHO TO WATCH
With 3 goals in his last four games, Matt Frattin is the player to watch for the Heat in tonight’s game against the Gulls.

It’s no question that part of the team’s resurgence as of late is the play of veteran skaters such as Frattin getting their offensive touch back.  In fact, Frattin has 6 goals and 5 assists (11 points) in his last 11 games!

Frattin’s resurgence has helped the Heat special teams immensely too as three of his last six goals have been power-play markers and he’s also recorded a shorthanded goal, making four of his last six goals coming while a man up or a man down.

For the Heat power play to continue to improve, Frattin will need to continue to be a presence on the power-play unit as the forward is second on the team with 6 power-play goals and is tied for second on the team with 12 power-play points.

Look for Frattin to continue his strong play as of late tonight to help the Heat capture another big win!

UNBELIE-VEY-BLE
Linden Vey has been a force to be reckoned with!  He not only has points in seven straight (2-8-10), tying a Heat team record, but has points in nine of his last 10 (4-10-14) and tied the Heat’s all-time record of five-straight games with an assist set by D Colby Robak to start this season (Robak had 5 assists).

With a point tonight he’d break a team record by posting an eight game points streak, beating both Derek Grant (accomplished twice, 12 points and 15 points) and Mark Jankowski (8 points) for the longest streak in team history.  Against the Gulls, Vey is third on the team in scoring with 9 points (1-8-9) in 8 games played.

JANKOWSKI JOINS ELITE COMPANY
On Saturday, Mark Jankowski became the second rookie this season to reach the 20-goal mark and is one of just five rookies who’ve suited up for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 to reach the 20-goal plateau including David Wolf in 2014-15 (ADK-20G), Markus Granlund in 2013-14 (ABB-25G), Dustin Boyd in 2006-07 (OMA-27G) and David Moss in 2005-06 (OMA-21G).  Not only that, Jankowski is the third ever Heat player to reach 20 in a season.

He added two goals on Wednesday taking over as the rookie goal scoring leader with 22 and is just 8 points back of the rookie scoring leader Daniel O’Regan (SJ) who has 50 points.

Jankowski is just the second Heat player to ever record a 20-goal, 20-assist season as Kenny Agostino had 23-34-57 last year.  Jankowski has 22-20-42 in his rookie season.

GOING STREAKING
The Heat have now won a season-high, four-straight games, and with a win tonight, can tie a Heat all-time record of five-straight wins.  During the streak, the Heat have outscored opponents 16-8 and last Saturday in Bakersfield, ended a long streak of 13-straight road games without a win.

CZECH YOURSELF BEFORE YOUR WRECK YOURSELF
David Rittich ranks among the best goalies in the league, ranking third with a 2.09 GAA, third with a .929 SV%, ranks second with 5 shutouts and leads all rookie goalies in those categories.  He’s now won four-straight starts dating back to Feb. 26 vs. TEX.

STOCKTON DOMINATES SEASON SERIES
Althought the Gulls find themselves in second, the Heat have dominated the season series, going 6-1-0-1 against San Diego this year.

Since the teams last met though, the Gulls have been one of the best in the league, posting a 19-3-1-1 record since January 13.  Meanwhile Stockton went 8-13-1-0 in that same span.

Counting tonight, only two games remain in the season series.  The Heat are 12-6-0-2 against San Diego all-time.

INTERESTING FACT
Danish forward Mikkel Aagaard recorded his first multi-point game in his AHL career on Sunday, assisting on Matt Frattin’s opening tally and scoring one of his own later in the game.

However, it’s not the only multi-point game this season for Aagaard, as he’s recorded 10 multi-point efforts in the ECHL this season with the Adirondack Thunder.

Heat Host Grand Rapids for Family Day at Stockton Arena

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: March 12, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 3:45 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Heat Thundersticks courtesy of OneMain Financial to the first 500 kids 12-years-old and younger
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (50GP, 22-19-41)
                                         GRAND RAPIDS: F Matt Lorito (50GP, 19-33-52)

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 Jamie Devane.

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 W L OTL SOL Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 San Jose 53 35 12 2 4 76 0.717 0.722 0.713 0.704
2 San Diego 53 34 14 3 2 73 0.689 0.694 0.685 0.676
3 Ontario 55 29 17 9 0 67 0.609 0.616 0.607 0.598
4 Bakersfield 54 26 22 5 1 58 0.537 0.545 0.536 0.527
5 Stockton 53 25 23 4 1 55 0.519 0.528 0.519 0.509
6 Tucson 53 24 23 6 0 54 0.509 0.519 0.509 0.500
7 Texas 59 27 29 1 2 57 0.483 0.492 0.483 0.475
8 San Antonio 58 21 32 4 1 47 0.405 0.415 0.407 0.398

If the Heat can beat Grand Rapids tonight the team would pull within .009 of the Condors for the fourth and final playoff spot but could not take the fourth spot tonight regardless of the outcome.

Should the Heat fall in regulation  and Tucson beats the Reign in any fashion, the Roadrunners would move to fifth.  If Stockton were to fall in an overtime or shootout and Tucson wins, the Heat would still remain in fifth with the three extra regulation and overtime wins, which serves as the tiebreaker.

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.

TONIGHT
After a thrilling win over the Bakersfield Condors last night on the road to snap a stretch of 13-straight road games without a win, the Heat return home where they’ve won five in-a-row to host the Grand Rapids Griffins in the final game against a Central Division opponent this season.

Last night the line of Ryan Lomberg, Brandon Bollig and Jamie Devane combined for two goals, the go ahead goal in the second (which the Condors would tie moments later) and the eventual game winner in the third,  as all three had multi-point efforts in the game.

Tonight is a Family Day presented by 99.3 KJOY and Sutter Health where fans can take advantage of the Heat Pride Packs, which start at $39!  The package comes with four tickets to the game, four hot dogs and four sodas and remember the first 500 kids 12-years-old and under receive a pair of Heat thundersticks courtesy of OneMain Financial!

LAST TIME VS. GRAND RAPIDS
After two scoreless periods of play the Grand Rapids Griffins finally got on the board thanks to Kyle Criscuolo’s shot off a rush just 2:50 into the third.  However, Austin Carroll responded quickly thereafter thanks to a great feed from Mike Angelidis. It looked like it would be heading to overtime but Ben Street’s breakaway goal with just 2:51 left in the game to send the heat to the 2-1 loss.

WHO TO WATCH

He got back on the board with not one but two points, so why not keep it rolling for Brandon Bollig!

Having gone into last night’s game without a point in six-straight and without a goal in 18 games, it was great to see the big power forward get on the board once again!  However, it wasn’t just the offense that made he and his linemates effective last night.

They were hitting anything and everything that moves last night which certainly led to Lomberg’s game winner last night as Bollig’s hit would buy him some time to get the puck to Lomberg who’d do the rest.

Last night was also Bollig’s first multi-point game in the AHL since April 10, 2010 when he was playing with the Rockford IceHogs in a game in San Antonio, picking up a goal and an assist.

We’ve liked Bollig’s game all year long and what he brings to the team, and because of his performance last night, we have faith in “Number 25” to keep a good thing rolling tonight.

JANKOWSKI JOINS ELITE COMPANY
On Saturday, Mark Jankowski became the second rookie this season to reach the 20-goal mark and is one of just five rookies who’ve suited up for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 to reach the 20-goal plateau including David Wolf in 2014-15 (ADK-20G), Markus Granlund in 2013-14 (ABB-25G), Dustin Boyd in 2006-07 (OMA-27G) and David Moss in 2005-06 (OMA-21G).  Not only that, Jankowski is the third ever Heat player to reach 20 in a season.

He added two goals on Wednesday taking over as the rookie goal scoring leader with 22 and is just 8 points back of the rookie scoring leader Daniel O’Regan (SJ) who has 49 points.

HEAT SPECIAL TEAMS
The Heat power play may have had a rough go of it to start 2017 but things are starting to get better for the Heat.  Despite going  7 for 88 (8%) in 2017, the power play has done pretty well recently, going 5 for their last 24 chances (20.8%). The penalty kill has also been outstanding, killing off 42 of their last 44 penalties (95.5%) dating back to February 17.

UNBELIE-VEY-BLE
Linden Vey has been a force to be reckoned with!  He not only has points in six straight (2-7-9) but has points in eight of his last nine (4-9-13) and tied the Heat’s all-time record of five-straight games with an assist set by D Colby Robak to start this season (Robak had 5 assists).

With a point tonight he’d also tie the team record with a seven game points streak that both Derek Grant (accomplished twice) and Mark Jankowski have been on.

CZECH YOURSELF BEFORE YOUR WRECK YOURSELF
David Rittich stopped all 30-shots the Condors threw his way on Wednesday for his 5th shutout of the year, second most in the AHL.  Among qualified goalies, Rittich ranks third with a 2.10 GAA, third with a .930 SV% and leads all rookie goalies in GAA, SV% and SO.  He’s now won four-straight starts dating back to Feb. 26 vs. TEX including last night against the Condors making 18-saves.

AGAINST THE CENTRAL
The Heat have played 15 games against the Central Division, going 8-7-0 all-time, including  3-4-0 record this season.  The Heat are even in terms of scoring against the Central, scoring 14 and giving up 17 this season.

This is the final game against a Central Division opponent of the season as the remaining 14 games on the schedule are against Pacific Division foes.

INTERESTING FACT
Today we celebrate Tyler Wotherspoon’s 24th birthday, but it’s really he who celebrates.  In his only AHL game played on his birthday, Wotherspoon did record a point. Last year Wotherspoon had an assist as the Heat took on the Texas Stars at Stockton Arena.

Let’s hope he rings in his 24th year with some points just as he did last season!

Heat Go for Three-Straight as they Visit Bakersfield at 6:00

Arena: Rabobank Arena
Date: March 11, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 5:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (49GP, 22-19-41)
                                         BAKERSFIELD: F Anton Lander (27GP, 21-21-42)

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 W L OTL SOL Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 San Jose 52 34 12 2 4 74 0.712 0.717 0.708 0.698
2 San Diego 53 34 14 3 2 73 0.689 0.694 0.685 0.676
3 Ontario 54 29 16 9 0 67 0.620 0.627 0.618 0.609
4 Bakersfield 53 26 21 5 1 58 0.547 0.556 0.546 0.537
5 Stockton 52 24 23 4 1 53 0.510 0.519 0.509 0.500
6 Tucson 52 23 23 6 0 52 0.500 0.509 0.500 0.491
7 Texas 58 27 28 1 2 57 0.491 0.500 0.492 0.483
8 San Antonio 58 21 32 4 1 47 0.405 0.415 0.407 0.398

No chance of upward movement for the Heat tonight but they could pull the Condors a bit closer to them with a victory tonight.  Also in action tonight the Iowa Wild visit the Texas Stars with Texas looking to pull to .500.  If Stockton were to fall, the Heat would also fall behind Texas due to the Stars having one more regulation or overtime win then the Heat have.

The Tucson Roadrunners are in Ontario tonight as well with the Roadrunners looking to get back to a virtual tie with the Heat.  Tucson can only jump the Heat if they win in Ontario and the Heat fall in regulation to Bakersfield.

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.

TONIGHT
The Heat have been streak busting all week, stopping San Jose’s 15-game points streak on Sunday and Bakersfield’s six-game win streak on Wednesday, but now are faced with a chance to bust their own streak of 13-games away from Stockton Arena without a win as they take on the Condors for the final time at Rabobank Arena.  The Heat have won four of their last five games including two in-a-row.

LAST TIME VS. BAKERSFIELD
On Wednesday Matt Frattin’s power-play goal would get the Heat on the board and Mark Jankowski would snipe his old college goalie Nick Ellis to capture the 2-0 lead after 20.  They’d extend the lead thanks to Tyler Wotherspoon and Jankowski’s second of the night, in the second, just 49 seconds apart.  Meanwhile, David Rittich put on another beautiful performance to capture the 30-save shutout, his fifth of the year and second against the Condors.

WHO TO WATCH
While he may go unnoticed by some and certainly slide under the radar for most, Kayle Doetzel is quietly having a great rookie season.

The defensive specialist has been excellent all season long, continually counted on by his teammates for that big blocked shot, that big penalty kill or that solid chip up the boards to clear the danger.

And he’s been even better recently, posting an even or better plus/minus in nine of his last 10 games.  A memorable block a week ago helped the Heat end San Jose’s 15-game points streak.  For the Heat to escape Bakersfield with a win, we think he’ll have to help his defense once again, providing his consistent, reliable and steady play in his own zone to help his team end their lengthy streak without a win on the road.

Look for Doetzel tonight at Rabobank Arena and maybe tonight is the night Doetzel finally gets his first pro goal!

JANKOWSKI JOINS ELITE COMPANY
On Saturday, Mark Jankowski became the second rookie this season to reach the 20-goal mark and is one of just five rookies who’ve suited up for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 to reach the 20-goal plateau including David Wolf in 2014-15 (ADK-20G), Markus Granlund in 2013-14 (ABB-25G), Dustin Boyd in 2006-07 (OMA-27G) and David Moss in 2005-06 (OMA-21G).

Not only that, Jankowski is the third ever Heat player to reach 20 in a season, joining Derek Grant (27) and Kenny Agostino (23) who reached the plateau last year. He added two goals on Wednesday taking over as the rookie goal scoring leader with 22 and is just 8 points back of the rookie scoring leader Daniel O’Regan (SJ) who has 49 points.

Jankowski leads all active rookie skaters with 22 goals and is just one behind the rookie scoring leader Jake Guentzel of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who has been up with the Pittsburgh Penguins since January 16.

HEAT SPECIAL TEAMS
The Heat power play may have had a rough go of it to start 2017 but things are starting to get better for the Heat.  Despite going  7 for 84 (8.3%) in 2017, the power play has done pretty well recently, going 5 for their last 20 chances (25%). The penalty kill has also been outstanding, killing off 40 of their last 42 penalties (95.2%) dating back to February 17.

UNBELIE-VEY-BLE
Linden Vey has been a force to be reckoned with!  He not only has points in five straight (1-7-8) but has points in seven of his last eight (3-9-12) and tied the Heat’s all-time record of five-straight games with an assist set by D Colby Robak to start this season (Robak had 5 assists).

CZECH YOURSELF BEFORE YOUR WRECK YOURSELF
David Rittich stopped all 30-shots the Condors threw his way on Wednesday for his fifth shutout of the year, second most in the AHL.  Among qualified goalies, Rittich ranks third with a 2.10 GAA, third with a .930 SV% and leads all rookie goalies in GAA, SV% and SO.  He’s now won 3-straight starts dating back to Feb. 26 vs. TEX.

INTERESTING FACT
Wednesday saw the Heat get off to a great start against the Condors and it wasn’t just the offense, but the defense as well.  David Rittich saw just three, first period shots which set a new season low for fewest shots against in a single period.

Heat and Condors Put Streaks On the Line Tonight in Stockton during Family Day

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: March 8, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST (6:00 p.m. Doors)
Giveaway: Mike Angelidis Photo Card to the first 500 Fans
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (48GP, 20-19-39)
                                         BAKERSFIELD: F Anton Lander (25GP, 21-21-42)

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 Keith Aulie.

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 W L OTL SOL Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 San Jose 51 34 15 1 4 73 0.716 0.721 0.712 0.702
2 San Diego 51 32 14 3 2 69 0.676 0.683 0.673 0.663
3 Ontario 53 29 16 8 0 66 0.623 0.630 0.620 0.611
4 Bakersfield 51 25 20 5 1 56 0.549 0.558 0.548 0.538
5 Tucson 51 23 22 6 0 52 0.510 0.519 0.510 0.500
6 Stockton 51 23 23 4 1 51 0.500 0.510 0.500 0.490
7 Texas 56 26 27 1 2 55 0.491 0.500 0.491 0.482
8 San Antonio 57 21 31 4 1 47 0.412 0.422 0.414 0.405

Tonight the Heat have a chance to crawl over .500 once again and pull within a couple of wins of the fourth placed Condors if they can take the club down in regulation.

Other games going on tonight to keep an eye on is the Grand Rapids Griffins visiting the Texas Stars as the Stars are directly behind the Heat while the San Jose Barracuda visit the San Diego Gulls in a battle of the top two teams.

As far as movement goes, Bakersfield cannot be dropped out of fourth tonight regardless of the outcome while the Heat could pull to a virtual tie with the Tucson Roadrunners tonight with a win in any fashion, however the Heat would remain in sixth as the two teams would be separated by .000189 points percentage.  Stockton does have more regulation and overtime wins than Tucson, which is the tie breaker after points percentage.

If Stockton falls in an overtime or shootout and Texas wins, the Stars would move to sixth based on having one more regulation/overtime win then the Heat but if Stockton loses in regulation and the Stars win or fall in an overtime or shootout, the Stars would also move to sixth.

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.

TONIGHT
Fresh off their big win over the San Jose Barracuda last Saturday that ended San Jose’s 15-game point streak, the Heat are faced with another streak they’ll have to bust as the Bakersfield Condors come to town having won their last six games.  The Heat have fallen to the Condors in five straight going 0-4-1 since January 20 and have gone just 2-6-1 in the nine meetings against the Condors this season.  However, the Heat have won four-straight games at Stockton Arena dating back to February 22.

Tonight is one of two Family Day’s this week where fans can take advantage of our Pride Pack presented by 99.3 KJOY and Sutter Health. Starting at $39, the Pride Pack gets you and your family four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas to tonight’s game!  The next Family Day is this Sunday when the Heat host the Grand Rapids Griffins at 4:00 p.m.

LAST TIME VS. BAKERSFIELD
It was a low scoring affair back at Rabobank Arena on February 25 where the Condors scored off an odd bounce in the first and got an insurance tally early in the third courtesy of Anton Lander before Matt Frattin gave the Heat life midway through the period.  However, just 19 seconds later, Jesse Puljujarvi redirected a shot past Jon Gillies which helped the Condors close the game out with the 3-1 win.

WHO TO WATCH
Tonight you’ll need to more than likely watch out for a high-powered offense coming at the Heat defense all game long, which to us means keep an eye on the goaltending.  Whether it’s David Rittich or Jon Gillies in the pipes tonight, the goaltender will have to come up with some big saves against guys like Anton Lander, Jesse Puljujarvi, Joey LaLeggia and company.

Rittich is coming of a dynamite performance against San Jose where he stopped a career high (here in North America) of 43-saves en route to the victory.  He’s suited up against the Condors four times this season going 1-2-0 with a 2.41 goals-against-average and 0.915 save-percentage.  He’s also won two straight starts going back to the final game of February and ranks among the AHL elite.

Meanwhile, Gillies has seen the majority of the starts against the Condors this season, suiting up in six games posting a 1-4-1 record, a 3.44 goals-against-average and a 0.892 save-percentage.  He leads the Heat with 13 wins this season and would like to help his team best their biggest rival not only to help get the Heat closer to a playoff spot, but because fellow Providence Friar netminder Nick Ellis has been lights out for Bakersfield this season, and particularly against the Heat, going 5-1-0 against Stockton this year.

Regardless of who’s in the net, every meeting has been a goaltending duel it seems and for Stockton, they’ll hope that theirs can give them a chance to win tonight to inch closer to the Condors playoff position.

JANKOWSKI JOINS ELITE COMPANY
With his goal on Saturday, Jankowski became the second rookie this season to reach the 20-goal mark and is one of just five rookies who’ve suited up for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 to reach the 20-goal plateau including David Wolf in 2014-15 (Adirondack Flames – 20 goals in 59 games), Markus Granlund in 2013-14 (Abbotsford Heat – 25 goals in 52 games), Dustin Boyd in 2006-07 (Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights – 27 goals in 66 games) and David Moss in 2005-06 (Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights – 21 goals in 63 games).

Not only that, Jankowski is the third ever Heat player to reach 20 in a season, joining Derek Grant (27) and Kenny Agostino (23) who reached the plateau last year.

Jankowski leads all active rookie skaters with 20 goals and is just one behind the rookie scoring leader Jake Guentzel of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who has been up with the Pittsburgh Penguins since January 16.  The Heat rookie has 39 points this year, tied sixth among rookies, and is also not to far off the pace of San Jose’s Daniel O’Regan, who leads all rookies with 47 points.

HEAT SPECIAL TEAMS
The Heat power play may have had a rough go of it to start 2017 but things are starting to get better for the Heat.  Despite going  6 for 79 (7.6%) in 2017, the power play has done pretty well recently, going 5 for their last 15 chances (33.3%). The penalty kill has also been outstanding, killing off 36 of their last 38 penalties (94.7%) dating back to February 17.

UNBELIE-VEY-BLE
Since being a healthy scratch back on February 17 after going 21 games without a goal and six without a point, Linden Vey has been a force to be reckoned with!  He not only has points in four straight (1-6-7) but has points in six of his last seven (3-8-11) and of those seven games, four of them have been multi-point efforts.

Vey is now just two points back of Jankowski who leads the team with 39 points.

HUSKA HITS MILESTONE FROM BEHIND THE BENCH, NEARING TWO OTHERS
Tonight will be Head Coach Ryan Huska’s 700th game as a Head Coach, serving both the Flames organization and the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets. Huska coached the Rockets for seven years from 2007 to 2014, compiling 504 games with the club before moving on to the AHL with the Adirondack Flames and then to the Stockton Heat.

Huska is nearing two other milestones as he’ll coach in his 200th AHL game on March 17 in San Jose and is 10 wins away from 100 in his AHL career.

The coach has posted a 0.601 points percentage in his 699 previous games at the helm of his hockey teams.

INTERESTING FACT
Austin Carroll may only have 7 goals on the season but they’ve been crucial goals as he’s scored three game winners and added two game tying goals this season.  With his goal on Saturday, he’s already established a new career high in goals and is just 3 points away from matching his rookie season points total of 13.

To make his stats even more impressive, Carroll has suited up in just 29 games, missing eight games at the beginning of the season due to injury, where as last year Carroll recorded his sixth goal and 13th point of the year in the second to last game of the season (playing 53 games total).

That means this year Carroll is averaging a goal about every four games while last year he was averaging a goal nearly every nine games played.

Carroll’s 17.9% shooting percentage is also the second highest on the team behind the Heat’s leading scorer Mark Jankowski, who scores on 18.7% of his shots.

Heat Host San Jose for Youth Jersey Night Tonight

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: March 4, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. Doors)
Giveaway: Black Heat Replica Jersey’s presented by BAC Community Bank and ABC10 to the first 1,000 kids 12-years-old and younger
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 7:15 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (47GP, 19-18-37)
                                         SAN JOSE: F Daniel O’Regan (56GP, 16-29-45)

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 Brandon Bollig.

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.

STAR WARS AND YOUTH JERSEYS TONIGHT
It’s Star Wars Night tonight at Stockton Arena with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for a game you won’t want to miss.  Not only will the Arena be invaded by your favorite Star Wars Characters but the first 1,000 kids 12-years-old and younger will receive a Heat youth replica jersey presented by BAC Community Bank and ABC10!

Call 209.373.1500 and chat with one of our account executives or visit StocktonHeat.com to place your order now!

Please also be advised to leave early for tonight’s game as the crowd is expected to be one of the largest of the season.  Please allow yourself plenty of time to get to the Arena and find parking.

If you need to kill some time, head over to the Official Pregame Headquarters of the Stockton Heat, the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, and have some delicious food and beverages at the Delta Bistro!

TONIGHT
The Heat traveled early this morning from Ontario back home to take on the San Jose Barracuda.  Stockton has won three of their last five and will look to try and end San Jose’s season-high, 15-game points streak which dates back to January 25.

The Heat fell last night in Ontario by a slim margin while the Barracuda haven’t played since Wednesday night when they fell to the Texas Stars in the shootout, ending their 14-game winning streak.

LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
San Jose got off to a great start with three goals in the first period including a pair from Nikita Jevpalovs, however the Heat got things going offensively in the second.

Stockton scored two to start the second but San Jose scored once again to make the score 4-2, but the Heat would tie things up later in the period with two more of their own. That looked like how the second was going to end but a goal from Joakim Ryan with 22 seconds left in the second proved to be the eventual game winner.

WHO TO WATCH
His last name in Italian means “Eat Bread” and recently he’s found some chemistry with his new linemates and has helped the Heat by getting going offensively.

We’re of course talking about Andrew Mangiapane who enters tonight’s game with points and assists in back-to-back games.  Last night in Ontario it was his setup off the draw that allowed Kenney Morrison to obliterate a puck to the top corner and give the Heat a chance to tie things up through the second and third periods.

Mangiapane has had stretches recently where he, along with many others, weren’t getting results to fall for him, and in recent games, that can still be said of his goalscoring as he’s been the victim of a couple highway robbery saves from Jeff Zatkoff on Wednesday and Friday nights against the Ontario Reign.

Call it a hunch but we think after tonight the translations of his last name should go to “Scores Goals” as that’s what his team hopes happens for number 26 tonight!

HEAT SPLIT HOME-AND-HOME WITH REIGN
To start March the Heat split a home-and-home with the Ontario Reign with both teams winning in their home barns.  Stockton cruised on Wednesday to a 6-2 win and fell narrowly last night 2-1.

Kenney Morrison scored his third goal of the season on an incredible blast from the point off a faceoff win as the lone tally last night in Ontario.

HEAT SPECIAL TEAMS
The Heat power play may have had a rough go of it to start 2017 but things are starting to get better for the Heat.  For the first time since Dec. 30 and 31, the Heat had back-to-back games with power-play goals going 3 for their last 13 chances.

Stockton has now gone 5 for 77 in 2017.

The penalty kill has also been outstanding, killing off 28 of their last 29 penalties including going perfect in five of their last six.  Stockton was 5 for 5 on the penalty kill last night.

UNBELIE-VEY-BLE
Linen Vey has recorded multi-point games in four of his last six games (1-1|1-1|0-0|0-2|1-2|0-1), leading the Heat with 10 multi-point efforts this season and has points in three straight games (1-5-6).

SAN JOSE STREAK
Since January 25 the Barracuda have not lost in regulation, going 14-0-0-1 in their next 15 games.  The streak began in Stockton with the Heat falling twice to San Jose during the stretch but Stockton has a chance to end it tonight.  The Barracuda fell to the Stars in a shootout last Wednesday.

INTERESTING FACT
At the trade deadline, talented Barracuda forward Nikolay Goldobin was sent to the Vancouver Canucks in an NHL deal that brought Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks.

Goldobin had a lot of success against Stockton and in fact up to this point leads the team with 21 points all-time against the Heat. In 6 games against the Heat this year, Goldobin had 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points but finished last year playing the Heat 10 times and had 7 goals and 9 assists for 16 points.

He finishes his Barracuda career having had recorded 9 goals and 12 assists for 21 points.

Heat Complete Home-and-Home Series in Ontario at 7:00 p.m.

Arena: Citizens Business Bank Arena
Date: March 3, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (46GP, 19-18-37)
                                         ONTARIO: F T.J. Hensick (51GP, 13-29-42)

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 Austin Carroll.

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.

TONIGHT
Stockton travels down to Ontario to take on the Reign in the second half of the home-and-home series after Stockton took the Reign down 6-2 on Wednesday at Stockton Arena.  The Heat have gone 3-2-1 against their SoCal rival but fell in overtime the last time the team played at Citizens Business Bank Arena back on New Year’s Eve.

The sixth placed Heat can move to a .510 points-percentage with a win tonight, which could move the team to fifth in the division pending the outcome of the Tucson at San Diego game as the Roadrunners currently sit fifth with a .510 points-percentage.

TOMORROW
The Heat are right back at it tomorrow night on home ice for Star Wars Night at Stockton Arena with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for a game you won’t want to miss.  Not only will the Arena be invaded by your favorite Star Wars Characters but the first 1,000 kids 12-years-old and younger will receive a Heat youth replica jersey presented by BAC Community Bank, ABC10 and Chase Chevrolet!

Starting at $35, the Star Wars package comes with two tickets to Star Wars Night on March 4 and a lightsaber!  Plus, you can purchase additional tickets or lightsabers at a discounted rate!

Call 209.373.1500 and chat with one of our account executives or visit StocktonHeat.com to place your order now!

LAST TIME VS. ONTARIO
Keith Aulie got the game going in Stockton’s favor as did he and the defense, holding Ontario to zero shots midway through the first.

Stockton would explode for four goals in the second including two from Mark Jankowski and get another in the third en route to the 6-2 win.  Stockton also played the majority of the game with 16 skaters after losing Brett Kulak and Hunter Smith to injury.

WHO TO WATCH
We like the odds of Matt Frattin continuing his season-long four-game point streak that he currently finds himself on.

After a stretch where the Heat had trouble scoring and nearly everyone was on a scoreless stretch, Frattin emerged from his seven-game scoreless drought and now has points in five of his last six, including the 6 points (2-4-6) that he has on his current streak.

The last game against Ontario may have been one of his best as Frattin recorded three primary assists including two on the power play to help kickstart the unit to the best game a man up that they have had since New Year’s Eve.

We like Frattin’s chances tonight against the Reign.

JANKO ROASTS THE REIGN
The Heat’s leading goal and point scorer Mark Jankowski played another great game for the Heat on Wednesday recording two goals and adding an assist for his eighth multi-point game of the year and his third three-point night of the season.

In addition, Jankowski recorded his fourth game winner of the season which leads the Heat.

HEAT SPECIAL TEAMS 
The Heat power play may have had a rough go of it to start 2017 but things are starting to get better for the Heat.

For the first time since December 30 and 31 against the Reign, the Heat have back-to-back games with power-play goals going 3 for their last 10 chances.  Stockton has now gone 5 for 74 in 2017.

The Heat are 7 for 27 on the power play against Ontario this season (25.9%), their best percentage against any team this season.

The Heat penalty kill killed off 25-straight power-play chances before Ontario scored on the power play on Wednesday.

HEATING UP
Linen Vey has recorded multi-point games in four of his last five games (1-1|1-1|0-0|0-2|1-2), leading the Heat with 10 multi-point efforts this season. Since being assigned on February 21, Garnet Hathaway has picked up 5 points (1-4-5) in his four games played including a multi-point effort on Sunday (1-1-2) and again on Wednesday (0-2-2).

BUSY MARCH STARTS WITH THIRD HOME-AND-HOME OF THE YEAR
The Heat play a tied season high 13-games (November) in March and so far are 1-0-0-0 on the month with 8 road games (counting tonight) and four home games remaining on the schedule for the month.  The team kicks off their third home-and-home series of the season and look for the fortunes to change.

Each previous home-and-home resulted in a loss the first night and an overtime loss the following night.  The Heat have already captured the win on Wednesday against the Reign.

HEAT EXPLODE IN SECOND, SET AND TIE TEAM RECORDS
The Heat had a great second period on Wednesday, exploding for four goals, tying a team record most goals in a single period (occurred four times all-time).

The Heat set a new team record with three goals in 2:53, shaving off 43 seconds from the previous record set during the team’s Teddy Bear Toss on January 21.  That wasn’t the only record though as the Heat’s third and fourth goals from Mark Jankowski and Morgan Klimchuk were just 15 seconds apart, shaving off four seconds of the previous record also set back on January 21.

INTERESTING FACT
With Linden Vey’s power-play goal and assist in the last game, Vey leads the team with 13 power-play points, four of which have been goals.

Heat Host Ontario for Family Day Tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: March 1, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 6:00 p.m.)
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 6:45 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Hunter Shinkaruk photo cards to the first 500 fans
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (45GP, 17-17-34)
                                         ONTARIO: F T.J. Hensick (50GP, 13-28-41)

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 Kayle Doetzel.

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.

TONIGHT
The Heat host the Ontario Reign to kick off a home-and-home series starting tonight in Stockton and shifting to Ontario on Friday night.  The teams have faced each other five times already this season with the Heat going 2-2-1 against their SoCal rival but haven’t met up since New Year’s Eve in Ontario.

Today is also another Family Day presented by KJOY and Sutter Gould!  Get four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks through our Pride Pack, which starts at $39!

LAST TIME VS. ONTARIO
Back on New Year’s Eve in Ontario the Heat kicked off the game in good shape, taking a 4-2 lead into the dressing room after 40 minutes, however, the Heat got in penalty trouble in the third allowing Teddy Purcell and Adrian Kempe to score power-play goals 1:15 apart in the late stages of the third.

In the three-on-three overtime, it’d be Brett Sutter who’d finish on an odd man rush to seal the Reign come-from-behind victory by a final score of 5-4.

WHO TO WATCH
While he’s gone a little quiet in the point front in recent games, we’re going with Brandon Bollig tonight as the player to watch.

You may have missed Bollig leave with an injury midway through the game against the Stars on Sunday, however Coach Huska said it wasn’t serious and Bollig is expected back in the lineup tonight for the Heat.

That is a good thing because Bollig is the only skater on the active roster to have averaged a point per game against the Reign, scoring 3 goals and adding an assist in four games against Ontario this year.

Bollig has gone 14 games without a goal but has already established a new career best in his pro career with 8 goals this season. With so many players snapping out of long scoreless or goalless droughts, we think this is the right team to help snap Bollig out of this stretch.

HITTING AND NEARING A MILESTONE
If he’s in the lineup tonight, Heat defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon will be playing game number 200 in his AHL career.  Wotherspoon has 7 goals and 47 assists in his AHL career and is a career plus-27. Heat forward Linden Vey is three games shy of playing in his 400th professional game in the NHL and AHL and could hit that as early as this Saturday against San Jose.

HEAT SPECIAL TEAMS
The Heat power play has had a rough go of it in 2017, going 3 for 70, however they’ve scored two power-play goals in their last 20 opportunities. The Heat are 5 for 23 on the power play against Ontario this season.

Meanwhile the Heat penalty kill has been excellent, killing off their last 21 penalties dating back to February 17 and going four-straight without allowing a power-play goal against.  The team has also scored two shorthanded markers thanks to Linden Vey on February 18 and Matt Frattin on February 22.

HEATING UP
Linen Vey may have had a tough stretch of games through February but he’s been heating up, recording multi-point games in three of his last four games (1-1|1-1|0-0|0-2), leading the Heat with six multi-point efforts this season.

Brett Kulak, who was assigned to Stockton on February 17, has three points (1-2-3) in his four games and has gone plus-5. Garnet Hathaway has spent most of his season in Calgary but since being assigned on February 21, Hathaway has picked up three points (1-2-3) in his three games played including a multi-point effort on Sunday against Texas (1-1-2).

BUSY MARCH STARTS WITH THIRD HOME-AND-HOME OF THE YEAR
The Heat play a tied season high 13-games (Nov.) in March, five of which are at home.  The team kicks off their third home-and-home series of the season and look for the fortunes to change.  Each previous home-and-home resulted in a loss the first night and an overtime loss the following night.

INTERESTING FACT
The Stockton Heat will play their 11th game on a Wednesday, posting a 6-4-0-0 record including a 4-1-0-0 record when playing on a Wednesday night at Stockton Arena.

The Heat play four more Wednesday night games after tonight with three of them taking place on home ice.

Hunter Smith Bobbleheads Handed out Today as Heat Host Stars

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: February 26, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 3:00 p.m.)
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 3:45 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Hunter Smith bobbleheads to the first 500 fans 13-years-old and over
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (44GP, 16-17-33)
                                         TEXAS: F Travis Morin (51GP, 18-25-43)

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 Smith.

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.

TONIGHT
Stockton returns home to take on the Texas Stars for the final time at Stockton Arena this season.  The Heat and Stars have met up twice this year with both games resulting in Heat wins.  The teams do battle three times at the H-E-B Center in late March.

There are lots of exciting things happening today at Stockton Arena as the Heat will be handing out bobbleheads of Hunter Smith to the first 500 fans, 13-years-old and over.  There will also be a health fair on the concourse as part of Diabetes Awareness Night presented by Jackson Rancheria!

Today is also another Family Day presented by KJOY and Sutter Gould!  Get four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks through our Pride Pack, which starts at $39!

Plus, kids from the Stockton Heat Kids Club presented by GymStars are taking over, so you’ll see kids under the age of 12 doing every kind of job from taking tickets, showing you to your seats, and even broadcasting the game!

LAST TIME VS. TEXAS
The goals came early and often with Austin Carroll scoring the first goal just 1:36 in, followed by a Ryan Lomberg tip of a Morgan Klimchuk shot and a Linden Vey back door tap-in to open up a 3-0 lead.

The Heat would add to their lead with a shorthanded goal from Matt Frattin in the second and Andrew Mangiapane rounded out the scoring in the third en route to the 5-1 win over Texas.

WHO TO WATCH
Since being assigned to the Heat by the Calgary Flames last week, Brett Kulak has been steadily producing for the team.

In his three games back, Kulak has scored a goal and added two assists, all of which came against the Condors.  To add to his production, he’s also a plus-3 in his three games back and has not been a minus player since December 31 in Ontario.

Kulak has it all.  Smarts, skill, speed, a knack for net and a keen IQ in his own zone.  It’s no wonder why he’s played 29 NHL games with the Flames over the last three seasons.

We like his offensive play to continue and know he’ll be a constant contributor in his own zone today against Texas.

HEAT LIKE THE STARS MATCHUP
Stockton likes their matchup with a talented Stars team, as the Heat have gone 6-1-1-0 all-time against Texas and 4-0-1-0 inside Stockton Arena against their Lone Star State rival.  In two games this season, Stockton has come out on top both times, outscoring Texas 10-2 with two separate 5-1 wins for Stockton.

POWER PLAY STRUGGLING TO GAIN TRACTION
Unfortunately for the Heat, the power play has had a tough go since the turn of the calendar year. Through 17 games in 2017, the Heat power play has gone 2 for 65 but scored on February 18 against Bakersfield for the first time since January 20, which was also against the Condors.

HEAT PK UP TO TASK AND SCORING GOALS
The penalty kill has been up to the task the last three  games, killing off all 13 penalties they have faced and have even added shorthanded goals in back-to-back games against the Condors and Stars last week.

Vey scored on Saturday night for his second shorthanded goal this season while Matt Frattin tallied his first shorthanded goal of the year on Wednesday.  Stockton has scored 6 when a man down this season.

HEAT ALTERNATE CAPTAIN RETURNS
Garnet Hathaway was reassigned to the Heat after spending time with the big club since November 12, playing 26 games for the Flames, recording his first NHL goal back on Nov. 20 in Detroit and recording four assists for a total of 5 points. With Hathaway in the lineup the Heat are 6-3-1-0 this year & 27-24-1-2 in the last two years.

 

INTERESTING FACT
Incredibly, this is the first home game on a Sunday this season for the Heat, who have only played two games on Sunday’s this year, both on the road in Tucson, which ended up as losses.

However, Stockton played 10 games on Sundays last season, posting 6-4-0-0 record including a 4-1-0-0 mark at Stockton Arena.