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)
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
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.
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.
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.