Heat Face Barracuda in Winner-Take-All Game 5

San Jose Leads Series 2 – 2
Arena: SAP Center
Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST (Sportsnet 960 the Fan to join after NHL Hockey Concludes)
PLAYOFF LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey/Mark Jankowski (4GP, 4-1-5/1-4-5)
                                                              SAN JOSE: F Ryan Carpenter (3GP, 3-3-6)

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 David Rittich.

SERIES GAME-BY-GAME
Pacific Division Semifinals
Game 1 – Stockton at San Jose – L 0-4
Game 2 – Stockton at San Jose – W 6-4
Game 3 – Stockton vs. San Jose – L 3-5
Game 4 – Stockton vs. San Jose – W 5-3
Game 5 – Stockton at San Jose – Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00PM

GAME FIVE
The #4 seeded Stockton Heat conclude their Pacific Division Semifinals series with the #1 seeded San Jose Barracuda one way or another tonight in their best-of-five series. After San Jose shut the Heat out in Game 1, Stockton won a shootout in Game 2 at the SAP Center before the series shifted to Stockton.

In Game 3 the Heat were able to tie the game in the second but a timely goal late in the third would lead San Jose to a 2-1 series lead after the 5-3 win.  During Game 4, San Jose led the game until Andrew Mangiapane scored late in the third to knot the game up and Linden Vey scored moments later to seal the win and force the series back to San Jose for the decisive Game 5.

Can’t make it to San Jose?  No problem, join us at the Official Watch Party hosted by the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel located next to Stockton Arena, open to all fans for free.

Fans will be able to watch the game with some terrific food and drink options at the hotel’s restaurant, the Delta Bistro, which will be offering a family pizza special (a two-topping pizza, a pitcher of soda and a salad for four people for $24.99) and for fans 21-years-old and over, Coors Light and Blue Moon bottles will be $1 off! Plus, a number of raffle prizes will be given away over the course of the evening.

Learn more by calling 209.373.1500 or by visiting StocktonHeat.com.

WHO TO WATCH
While the attention has been placed on many of the leading scorers like Linden Vey and Mark Jankowski, there’s quietly been a defenseman for the Heat who has emerged as a real game changer and it’s been Brett Kulak who’s been the consistent driving force from the back end.

That’s not to say there aren’t others, but Kulak has been noticeably consistent every game in this series.  He’s been even or better in every game, including Stockton’s shutout loss to San Jose in Game 1, and has picked up points in every game since, currently putting up a three-game assist streak in tonight’s decisive game.

Kulak has been sharp offensively.  His long stretch pass to Garnet Hathaway in Game 2 was a thing of beauty, his feed to Brandon Bollig in Game 3 showcases his hockey IQ in the best way possible, and his helper on the tying effort in Game 3 helped keep the Heat season alive.

We’ve loved Kulak since we saw him don a Colorado Eagles (ECHL) sweater in Stockton Arena, but we love him even more when he plays for the home side!  For the Heat to win, you better believe Kulak will be front and center on both sides of the ice tonight.

UNBELIE-VEY-BLE
Linden Vey has been a real gem for the Heat all season long, ending the regular season as the second leading scorer on the Heat, just one point behind Mark Jankowksi, and now, Vey finds himself tied with Jankowski for the team lead in points in the postseason with five, four of which are goals for the veteran centerman.

Vey has recorded two multi-goal games in the series and recorded his first three-point game in the postseason, the second of his career.  Even with 23 games of Calder Cup Playoff experience before this season, Vey recorded his first ever game winning playoff goal on Sunday.

BATTLE OF THE TOP TWO ROOKIES
Young Mark Jankowski and Danny O’Regan were not only the Heat and Barracuda leading scorers, but were the top two point scoring rookies in 2016-17.  While Jankowski was held off the scoresheet with the rest of his team during Game 1, he bounced back beautifully to score the first playoff goal in Heat history and record the first multi-point effort in Heat playoff history, ending Game 2 with a goal and two assists.

Jankowski kept it rolling in Game 3 and ended the game with an assist and added another helper on Sunday to pick up points in three-straight (1-4-5). O’Regan had yet to register a point in the series through the first two games but was able to contribute a goal and an assist for his first playoff points in Game 3 and added a goal in Game 4.

PK LAYING IT ALL ON THE LINE
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 and followed that performance up going 6-7 in Game 2 and went perfect in Game 3 and Game 4, both 3-3 nights.

San Jose’s power-play unit was the second best in the AHL this season at 23.8%, and against the Heat in the regular season went 20.7%, but through the series the San Jose Barracuda have a 5.9% conversion of their 17 chances for the third worst power-play in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Heat’s penalty kill is the third best in the playoffs, killing off 94.1% of their penalties taken.

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.

Both Jankowski and Mangiapane bring in three-game point streaks tonight with Jankowski scoring a goal and adding 4 assists since Game 2 and Mangiapane recording a goal and 2 assists since Game 2.

PRESSURE COOKER
The pressure is squarely on both teams to try and avoid the heartbreaking loss in a final and decisive game, and while Stockton and San Jose have never had to go to a decisive series ender in their brief histories, the affiliates that came before them have.

For the Flames Top Affiliates, they’ve appeared in four decisive games going 2-2 in those contests.  Most recently, the Abbotsford Heat took out the Rochester Americans 2-0 in a Game 7 during Round 1 of the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs.

As for the Sharks Top Affiliate, they are 4-2 in decisive games, most recently seeing the Worcester Sharks take down the Toronto Roadrunners in the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs when the team had to win a Best of Three Qualifier to move on.  Roy Sommer, who’s been the head coach of San Jose’s top affiliate since 1998, is 2-2 in decisive games, outscored in those games 15-12.

The most recent loss for a Calgary affiliate was in 1997 when the Saint John Flames fell to Hamilton Bulldogs in Game 5 by a 3-1 score while San Jose’s affiliate, the Kentucky Thoroughblades, lost in Game 7 during the second round in 1999 to the Philadelphia Phantoms by a 9-3 score.

INTERESTING FACT
In the three other series ending Game 5 matchups in the Division Semifinals round, the road team has won two of the three matchups as Providence was able to knock off the top seed in the East, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and Hershey Bears edged the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.  The only home team to win was the Chicago Wolves, who beat the Charlotte Checkers to advance.

All of these games though were decided by one goal.

Both Pacific Division games are going to series ending games tonight.

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 Host San Jose at 4PM with Hopes of Forcing Game 5

San Jose Leads Series 2 – 1
Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: April 30, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 3:45 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Rally Towels Courtesy of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport
PLAYOFF LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (3GP, 1-3-4)
                                                              SAN JOSE: F Ryan Carpenter (3GP, 3-3-6)

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 Linden Vey.

SERIES GAME-BY-GAME
Pacific Division Semifinals
Game 1 – Stockton at San Jose – L 0-4
Game 2 – Stockton at San Jose – W 6-4
Game 3 – Stockton vs. San Jose – L 3-5
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 FOUR
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 Stockton looking to force a Game 5 in San Jose on Tuesday with a win tonight.

After San Jose shut the Heat out in Game 1, Stockton won a shootout in Game 2 at the SAP Center before the series shifted to Stockton.  In Game 3 the Heat were able to tie the game in the second but a timely goal late in the third would propel San Jose to a 2-1 series lead after the 5-3 win.

WHO TO WATCH
The Heat won’t go down without a fight which is why today we’re watching one of the most competitive guys on the Stockton roster who’s had a tremendous season with a number of accolades on his resume.

Voted as the Team MVP, Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, plus, honored by the AHL as an AHL All-Star, the Rookie of the Month of March and as a member of the AHL All-Rookie Team and a nod for the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, Mark Jankowski sure has been an amazing player for the Heat this season.

When Stockton burst out to a division lead early in the year, Jankowski was there.  When the Heat fell on tough times, Jankowski was there.  When Stockton had to play with a playoff mentality from March on through the rest of the season just to get a sniff at a playoff spot…

You guessed it… Jankowski was there.

Tonight with their back against the wall we just know it’s Jankowski’s show and we all have tickets to watch it.  Don’t be surprised if the rookie All-Star puts the Heat on his back today and helps lead his team to a chance to force Game 5 on Tuesday in San Jose.

BATTLE OF THE TOP TWO ROOKIES
Speaking of Jankowski, he and Danny O’Regan were not only the Heat and Barracuda leading scorers, but were the top two point scoring rookies in 2016-17.  While Jankowski was held off the scoresheet with the rest of his team during Game 1, he bounced back beautifully to score the first playoff goal in Heat history and record the first multi-point effort in Heat playoff history, ending Game 2 with a goal and two assists.  Jankowski kept it rolling in Game 3 and ended the game with an assist and points in back to back.

Meanwhile, O’Regan had yet to register a point in the series through the first two games but was able to contribute a goal and an assist for his first playoff points in Game 3.

POWER PLAY
The Stockton Heat ended the regular season with a 16.5% conversion rate on the power play, good for 21st in the AHL including scoring 8 power-play goals on 52 chances against San Jose for a 15.4%.  However, Stockton has fared pretty well on the power-play through the first three games of the series, scoring 3 goals on 16 chances for a 18.8% power-play unit, which ranks fifth in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

PK LAYING IT ALL ON THE LINE
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 and followed that performance up going 6-7 in Game 2 and again, a perfect 3-3 during Game 3.

San Jose’s power-play unit was the second best in the AHL this season at 23.8%, and against the Heat in the regular season went 20.7%, but through the first three games of the series the San Jose Barracuda have a 7.1% conversion of their 14 chances for the third worst power-play in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Heat’s penalty kill is the third best in the playoffs, killing off 92.9% of their penalties taken.

VETERAN LEADERS GENERATING FOR THE HEAT
The Heat love that they have four lines that can generate offense and so many options to help kill penalties but the line of captain Mike Angelidis, Brandon Bollig and Jamie Devane were hard to miss on Friday night in Stockton.

Apart from being on the ice often, they all got involved in the offense, with Angelidis scoring a power-play goal, his first Calder Cup Playoff goal since May 11, 2013 while playing for the Syracuse Crunch.

For Stanley Cup winner Brandon Bollig, it was his first every Calder Cup Playoff goal (although he’s playing in his first Calder Cup Playoff series) but last scored in a Stanley Cup Playoff game against the Anaheim Ducks on May 5, 2015 while playing with the Calgary Flames.

As for Devane, who entered the playoffs with five previous Calder Cup Playoff games, recorded his first playoff point in his eighth career game, an assist, on Bollig’s tally.

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.

SUNDAY’S ARE FOR THE BOYS
Stockton didn’t have too many Sunday games this year, just five during the regular season and one playoff game in San Jose a week ago today.  In the six Sunday affairs, the Heat are 3-2-1-0 including a 2-0-0 record at Stockton Arena.

They did come away with the Game 2 win on Sunday, April 23 on the road at the SAP Center so in the playoffs, the Heat are 1-0 on Sundays. All-time, the Heat are 9-6-2 on Sunday games and 6-1-0 at Stockton Arena on Sundays in the regular season and postseason combined.

INTERESTING FACT
Stockton will hope to join the Providence Bruins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms as teams that are able to force Game 5 while the Ontario Reign will look to accomplish the same goal tomorrow.

The Bruins and Phantoms both play Game 5 tonight.  If both Stockton and Ontario can force a Game 5, they’d play on Tuesday next week.

WHAT’S NEW IN STOCKTON TONIGHT
We’ll need another rowdy effort from fans as the Heat look to take down the top seed in the Pacific Division and force Game 5. Fans will receive Rally Towels courtesy of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport upon entering the Arena to help cheer on the boys.

Plus, all Heat365 Members and 2016-17 Full Season Ticket Holders are invited to the Pregame Party starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Bud Light Cold Zone where we’ll have live music from local band The Box Music with some delicious food options like brats, sausages, Hawaiian Hot links and much more will be available for purchase for fans ready to cheer on the Heat.

Don’t have tickets to Game 4? Call 209.373.1500 and learn about available options including group tickets starting at just $10!

Our new Spirit Station located on the Fandeck is back up and running open to all fans! Make signs to cheer on the Heat,  get temporary “Fired Up for the Cup” tattoos and can get their face painted or balloon animals made early in the night!

Get your raffle tickets for tonight’s jersey raffle for a chance to win a team signed, game worn Garnet Hathaway jersey!

The Second Intermission Chuck-A-Puck is revamped for loads of prizes once again including a game issued Jamie Devane signed jersey and you can participate in our new Text-To-Win promotion where fans at the game can text 209.916.8136 for a chance to win an autographed item delivered to them by Frankie!  Speaking of everyone’s favorite bird, Frankie-Oke sponsored by Chase Chevrolet returns during the second intermission so start tuning your voice!

The Stockton Fan Attic will continue to sell the limited edition Heat playoff t-shirt but sizes are limited so get yours today!

Once again, fans can enter to win a 20-person group night for the Heat’s Opening Night in 2017-18!  Head over to the Bruce’s Body Shop Sales and Service Table located just inside the North Concourse and enter to win!  The winner will be announced in the third period!

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.

Sunday At Stockton Arena

SUNDAY EVENING

Who: Stockton Heat host the San Jose Barracuda
What: Game 4 of the Best-of-Five Series (San Jose Leads 2-1)
Where: Stockton Arena
When: 4:00 p.m. puck drop, 3:00 p.m. doors

Get your hands on the limited edition Heat Playoff shirt tonight and Sunday at the Stockton Fan Attic.

Why you can’t miss it: We’ll need another rowdy effort from fans as the Heat look to take down the top seed in the Pacific Division. Fans will receive Rally Towels courtesy of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport upon entering the Arena to help cheer on the boys.

Plus, all Heat365 Members and 2016-17 Full Season Ticket Holders are invited to the Pregame Party starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Bud Light Cold Zone where we’ll have live music from local band The Box Music with some delicious food options like brats, sausages, Hawaiian Hot links and much more will be available for fans ready to cheer on the Heat.

Don’t have tickets to Game 3 or Game 4? Call 209.373.1500 and learn about available options including group tickets starting at just $10!

Our new Spirit Station located on the Fandeck is back up and running open to all fans! Make signs to cheer on the Heat,  get temporary “Fired Up for the Cup” tattoos and can get their face painted or balloon animals made early in the night!

Get your raffle tickets for tonight’s jersey raffle for a chance to win a team signed, game worn Garnet Hathaway jersey!

The Second Intermission Chuck-A-Puck is revamped for loads of prizes once again including a game issued Jamie Devane signed jersey and you can participate in our new Text-To-Win promotion where fans at the game can text 209.916.8136 for a chance to win an autographed item delivered to them by Frankie!  Speaking of everyone’s favorite bird, Frankie-Oke sponsored by Chase Chevrolet returns during the second intermission so start tuning your voice!

The Stockton Fan Attic will continue to sell the limited edition Heat playoff t-shirt but sizes are limited so get yours today!

Once again, fans can enter to win a 20-person group night for the Heat’s Opening Night in 2017-18!  Head over to the Bruce’s Body Shop Sales and Service Table located just inside the North Concourse and enter to win!  The winner will be announced in the third period!

Stockton Hosts Playoff Hockey Tonight at Stockton Arena

Series Tied 1 – 1
Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Rally Towels Courtesy of Chase Chevrolet
PLAYOFF LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (2GP, 1-2-3)
                                                              SAN JOSE: F Ryan Carpenter (2GP, 2-2-4)

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 Brett Kulak.

SERIES GAME-BY-GAME
Pacific Division Semifinals
Game 1 – Stockton at San Jose – L 0-4
Game 2 – Stockton at San Jose – W 6-4
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 THREE
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 Stockton tying the series in Game 2 and stealing home ice advantage from the San Jose Barracuda as the series shifts to Stockton.

After San Jose shut the Heat out in Game 1, Stockton stormed to a big early lead that they added to in the late goings of the second and third period to take a 6-4 win at the SAP Center.  Stockton went 5-5-2-0 during the regular season against the Barracuda and were 3-3-0 against San Jose at Stockton Arena.

WHO TO WATCH
Tonight we want you to keep an eye on Heat centerman and veteran leader Linden Vey.  

Vey was fantastic in Game 2, scoring a beautiful power-play snipe past Troy Grosenick and then added an empty netter for his first two-goal playoff game since May 4, 2013 while playing for the Los Angeles Kings affiliate in Manchester.

Sunday was his fourth career postseason multi-point game and third career multi-goal effort in the postseason.

Linden Vey is a matchup problem for San Jose, who must decide which defensive pairing will see Mark Jankowski’s unit and which will see his, and that’s why we like him to continue to lead the Heat offensively tonight.

STORM THE GATES
Two days after not being able to beat Troy Grosenick, the Stockton Heat stormed the league’s winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award and put up four goals in the first period on just nine shots (0.556 SV%) and in total, scored five times on 19 shots against the netminder (0.737 SV%).

The four-goal first period ties not only the Heat’s most goals in a single period, which occurred five times in 2016-17 and a total of six previous occasions in Heat history (team record).  Including this year’s regular season matchups versus San Jose, Stockton has scored 18 goals on 123 shots in first periods for a 14.6 SH%.

Mark Jankowski’s opening goal 1:30 into the first is tied for the second fastest goal in this campaign, behind Brandon Bollig’s goal 18 seconds into the regular season finale and tying a Ryan Lomberg tally back on November 27 in Tucson.

BATTLE OF THE TOP TWO ROOKIES
Young Mark Jankowski and Danny O’Regan were not only the Heat and Barracuda leading scorers, but were the top two point scoring rookies in 2016-17.  While Jankowski was held off the scoresheet with the rest of his team on Friday, he bounced back beautifully to score the first playoff goal in Heat history and record the first multi-point effort in Heat playoff history, ending the game with a goal and two assists.  In games after the Heat are shutout this season (five times), Jankowski has scored 5 goals and added 4 assists for 9 points.

Meanwhile, O’Regan has yet to register a point in the series and is a minus-3.

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.

PK LAYING IT ALL ON THE LINE
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 and followed that performance up going 6-7 in Game 2. While they don’t show up on the scoresheet, the Heat came up big in the blocked shot department, with key contributions from three leaders in Stanley Cup winner Brandon Bollig, alternate captain Garnet Hathaway and captain Mike Angelidis, who blocked a dramatic shot at the end of Game 2 and having to scurry to the bench on all fours.

While the individual stats are immeasurable, Stockton’s 90.9% PK unit ranks tied fifth in the AHL this postseason.

RITTER PLAYS THE HERO
After the Barracuda scored three in the third period, the Heat would make a goaltending change and turn to David Rittich between the pipes.  Rittich, who had 10 games of playoff experience with BK Molada Boleslav in the Czech Extraliga prior to this season.

He came in and made an immediate impact, making two-highlight reel saves to keep the Heat in the lead.  He finished the night stopping 11 of 12 and earned the Heat’s first ever postseason win.  Rittich was 2-2-2 in 6 games against San Jose during the regular season and had a 3.35 GAA and 0.906 SV% against the Barracuda.

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.

SHOOTING GALLERY
The San Jose Barracuda are fourth in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, averaging 34 shots through the first two games while the Heat are 14th of 16 teams averaging 24 shots per game.  This isn’t new though as San Jose outshot Stockton by 101 shots in the regular season.  The Heat had the better shooting percentage then (11.6% to 9.2%) and now as well (12.5% to 11.8%).

INTERESTING FACT
May 10, 2014.

That was the last time playoff hockey was played in Stockton Arena with the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder playing postseason hockey.  The Thunder won four of six games at Stockton Arena during the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

WHAT’S NEW IN STOCKTON TONIGHT

The Heat look to take advantage of home ice advantage with the first playoff hockey games in Stockton since 2013-14. Fans will receive Rally Towels courtesy of Chase Chevrolet upon entering the Arena to help cheer on the boys.

Plus, all Heat365 Members and 2016-17 Full Season Ticket Holders are invited to the Pregame Party starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Bud Light Cold Zone where we’ll have live music from local band Mondo with some delicious food options like brats, sausages, Hawaiian Hot links and much more will be available for fans ready to cheer on the Heat.

Check out our new Spirit Station located on the Fandeck open to all fans! Make signs to cheer on the Heat,  get temporary “Fired Up for the Cup” tattoos and can get their face painted or balloon animals made early in the night!

Our Second Intermission Chuck-A-Puck is revamped for loads of prizes for both game nights including a chance to win an autographed Kayle Doetzel game worn jersey, a GymStars Birthday package, Rita’s Italian Ice and Dicks Sporting Goods coupons, Heat hats and more!

Participate in our new Text-To-Win promotion where fans at the game can text 209.916.8136 for a chance to win an autographed item delivered to them by Frankie himself!  Speaking of everyone’s favorite bird, Frankie-Oke sponsored by Chase Chevrolet returns during the second intermission so start tuning your voice!

Get your raffle tickets for tonight’s jersey raffle for a chance to win an autographed, game worn Ryan Lomberg jersey from the inaugural season!

Available tonight at the Stockton Fan Attic is the Heat’s first ever playoff t-shirt!  Sizes are limited so get yours today!

Fans can enter to win a 20-person group night for the Heat’s Opening Night in 2017-18!  Just head to the Bruce’s Body Shop Sales and Service Table located just inside the North Concourse and fill out the form to enter!  The winner will be announced in the third period!

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 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.