Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: October 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 5:00 p.m. PST, Heat Zone Pregame Party at 4:00)
Giveaway: First 2,500 fans receive a Heat Team Photo courtesy of Ray Morgan Company, Chase Chevrolet and Asvitt Photography
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 5:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: C Mark Jankowski (5 GP, 5-3-8) & LW Andrew Mangiapane (5GP 3-5-8)
SAN DIEGO: LW Kalle Kossila (4GP, 2-3-5)
JOIN THE FUN TONIGHT
Come out to the Arena tonight dressed in your best Halloween costumes and stay after the game to trick-or-treat inside the arena around the rink and along the concourse. It’s also Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser where fans 21-years and over can purchase a Bud & Burger for just $15!
Plenty going on before the game in Stockton, starting with the Dress for Success Fashion Show at 3:00 p.m.! If you have a ticket to the game, you can purchase a ticket for the show for just $5, which will be sold at the Resolution Table in the North Entry, or, you can call Mike Rojeski at 209.373.1552!
Full-Season Heat365 Members have another event today as it’s the first Chalk Talk of the season! Come prepared to ask Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska questions about the Heat, or the matchup against the Gulls, which begins at 3:45 p.m.
Our Heat Zone Pregame Party begins at 4:00 p.m. on Ring Road and is a great chance to bring the family to enjoy live music and interactive games for the kids along with local food trucks and a beergarden.
The Breakaway Cafe is another great food and beverage option and it will be available to every fan in the building featuring food from Bella Vista Cucina Italiana and Town & Country Cafe, with craft beer available from the Brewhaus!
Fans are encouraged to donate to our Canned Food Drive benefitting the United Way of San Joaquin County. For every five donated earns you a free ticket to tonight’s game (limit two tickets per customer).
The first 2,500 fans will also receive a 2017-18 Stockton Heat Team Photo presented by Ray Morgan Company, Chase Chevrolet and Asvitt Photography, perfect to collect autographs with after the game ends as the Stockton Heat will exit the Arena through the North Concourse, giving fans a chance to collect autographs and take pictures with your favorite Heat players!
Stockton hosts the San Diego Gulls for the second consecutive night aiming to improve their 3-1 home record and build off of last night’s 4-2 victory over the San Diego Gulls in the first of eight meetings in 2017-2018. The Heat went 7-2-0-1 against the Gulls last season and have posted a solid 14-7-0-2 record against the Gulls all-time including a 9-2-0-1 record at Stockton Arena including last night’s win.
LAST TIME VS. SAN DIEGO
Last Night the Stockton Heat leaned on their special teams units to defeat the San Diego Gulls 4-2. Spencer Foo notched his first professional goal to make it 1-0 and Mark Jankowski scored his third game winning goal to improve Stockton’s record to 3-2. Jankowski has tallied the game-winner in every second period of the team’s three wins. San Diego never led during their second loss of the season, but winger Kalle Kossila kept the Gulls within striking distance with his 2-goal performance. Jon Gillies finished with 29 saves to improve to 2-1 on the season. Heat goaltenders have now allowed just two goals combined in the three Heat wins.
WHO TO WATCH
Tonight we want to keep an eye on Spencer Foo, just a day removed from scoring his first professional goal and recording his first pro multi-point effort. Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska praised Foo’s ability to start creating offense and that is a point of focus to continue to develop the former college hockey standout. Foo, Marek Hrivik and Morgan Klimchuk started to show signs of chemistry last night, and that trio could be a great compliment to the top-line of Mark Jankowski, Andrew Mangiapane and Garnet Hathaway.
Balanced scoring was a big reason for the 4-2 win last night and sustained offensive production from Foo, Hrivik and Klimchuk would provide much needed scoring balance to this Heat attack. With two-straight games of leading the Heat in shots, we want to keep an eye on Foo tonight against the Gulls.
NO SLOWING DOWN STOCKTON’S TOP-LINE
Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane are on a roll to start the year, and last night’s game extended both sophomore’s point streaks to five games with Jankowski scoring 5 goals and adding 3 assists and Mangiapane scoring 3 goals and adding 5 assists. Jankowski’s ability to net game-winners is also becoming routine in the early goings with Mangiapane as his right-hand man. Both players have totaled 8 points in the first 5 games of the season to rank first in the Pacific Division in scoring and third in the AHL.
Another interesting fact about Jankowski is that he has outscored opponents 5-4 in the three home wins this year.
POWER PLAY BACK TO LIFE
Coach Huska continues to preach the importance of special teams and last night they were finally able to cash in, going 3 for 7 last night after going just 2 for 21 on the man-advantage through the first 4 games of the season. All four of Stockton’s goals were scored on special teams, and although San Diego scored twice on the power play, the Heat’s penalty kill continues to be a weapon as they notched their second short-handed goal of the season, joining a short list of four other teams to have scored more than one shorthanded tally, leading the league.
We know how hot that top-line for Stockton has been through five games, but Andrew Mangiapane has a chance to put his name in the Heat record books tonight. With an assist tonight, Mangiapane would join Linden Vey and Colby Robak as the only players in the club’s history with assists in five consecutive games.
Vey accomplished this feat twice last season, one from February 26 through March 6 (7 assists) and again from March 28 through April 8 (9 assists) while Robak held the record nearly all season despite playing in just six contests for the Heat, picking up assists from Opening Night on October 15 through October 28 (5 assists). That streak to start the season snapped Brett Kulak’s initial Heat record of four-straight games with assists established in 2015-16 (5 assists).
STOCKTON HEAT HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER JUST AROUND THE CORNER
After tonight’s game, Stockton heads on the road for three-straight games, starting with San Diego on Wednesday night and then two games in Bakersfield against the Condors over next weekend. The following weekend the Heat return to Stockton Arena for a pair of home games beginning on Friday, November 3 against the Manitoba Moose. The home stand begins with another Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s where fans can bring their receipts from participating McDonald’s locations to the Box Office to receive a buy one, get one free ticket deal. The Heat will be holding a Coat Drive on November 3 benefitting the United Way of San Joaquin County, where we’ll reward fans who donate a new or gently used coat with a free ticket to the game!
Then on Saturday, November 4, we’ll host the first Stockton Heat Hockey Fights Cancer presented by Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center. The night will serve as a fundraise raiser in hopes of purchasing a new state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator machine, which destroys cancer cells! A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction and the jersey auction from the special Heat Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys will help support the cause!
Not only that, but the first 500 kids and 1,000 adults into the Arena will receive a Stockton Heat Hockey Fights Cancer replica jersey!
Fans can purchase the Heat Hockey Fights Cancer Promo Pack featuring a pair of tickets to the game and two limited edition, Heat Hockey Fights Cancer Beanies for just $45!