Grant Scores League Leading 23rd but Comeback Effort Stymied in Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Calif. – The Stockton Heat fell behind to the Bakersfield Condors by four goals after 40 minutes Saturday night before the Heat staged a furious third period rally that saw them score three unanswered goals; however it was not enough as the Condors held on to win by a score of 4-3. Derek Grant set the comeback in motion with his league-leading 23rd goal on the season, before Emile Poirier and Dustin Stevenson scored a goal each to pull Stockton within one late in the contest. Ultimately, Bakersfield goaltender Laurent Brossoit and company held strong and earned the win. The Stockton Heat and the Bakersfield Condors will take a couple days away from each other before meeting right back at Rabobank Arena Tuesday night for a rematch.

OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
Bakersfield goal: F Rob Klinkhammer (4) shot from the backdoor gets past the goaltender’s outstretched glove after the puck bounced out from traffic in the slot (Khaira, Ford assists), 15:10 (PP)
Shots: STK – 6 | BAK – 14

2nd Period
Bakersfield goal: F Anton Slepyshev (5) 2-on-1 opportunity leads to a pass across the slot and the puck is chipped in over the goaltender’s outstretched pad (Khaira, Gazdic assists), 2:11
Bakersfield goal: F Luke Gazdic (1) shot off an odd-man rush goes short side past the goaltender’s blocker (Currie, Kessy assists), 9:55
Bakersfield goal: F Anton Slepyshev (6) puck pops out of a scramble in the slot and is put over the goaltender’s outstretched pad (Roy, Oesterle assists), 13:30
Shots: STK – 13 | BAK – 8

3rd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Derek Grant (23) puck is found in a scramble in front of the net and is tapped past the goaltender and into the net (Agostino, Morrison assists), 4:12 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Emile Poirier (8) shot from the slot on a rush goes high past the goaltender and into the net just under the crossbar (Shore assist), 11:03
HEAT GOAL: D Dustin Stevenson (2) shot ricochets off the goaltender’s leg and into the net (Agostino assist), 13:13
Shots: STK – 14 | BAK – 10

GOALIES
W: Laurent Brossoit (33 shots, 30 saves)
L: Kevin Poulin (32 shots, 28 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Anton Slepyshev (2 goals) 2- Luke Gazdic (1 goal, 1 assist) 3- Rob Klinkhammer (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 33 | BAK – 32
Power Plays: STK – 1/6 | BAK – 1/4
Derek Grant (1 goal) extends his point streak to five games (6 goals, 4 assists) and his goal streak to a team high four games
Grant’s goal was good for his 23rd on the season, giving him sole-possession of the league’s top spot in goals. It was also his 38th point on the season, tying his single-season career-high.
Kenny Agostino (2 assists) earns his 10th multi-point game of the season
Hunter Smith exited the game in the second period with an apparent injury. According to coach Huska, he will be reevaluated when the team returns to Stockton ahead of Tuesday’s game but it didn’t appear serious
QUOTES
“I think it has its pros and cons. You can get into the flow of the game a little bit more and you feel more involved, but at the same time I felt like we were hemmed in our end for a little over half the game and that can take its toll on you.” – Dustin Stevenson on playing with just five defensemen tonight.

“We said it going into the locker room after the second – we wanted to be sure and grab some momentum in this one heading into Tuesday and at the very least I think we did that.” – Stevenson on how the comeback in the third period will translate to Tuesday’s rematch.

“It was a tough start early on. You can get behind the 8-ball if you don’t come out ready to play and we have to do a better job of making sure our team is prepared. We’ve had two games the last two nights where slow starts cost us and we’ve made some poor decisions early in games that give up odd-man rushes. When you’re fighting from behind like we have the last two nights it’s tough to win.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on his evaluation of tonight’s setback.

“You get one early and that gives a little life to your group. Once you get one you try and build on it, then the second one goes in and you start having that feeling that there’s a chance and there was a lot of time left. I think the period just kind of snowballed for us after that first goal.” – coach Huska on what sparked the third period comeback.

“I think we complicated things at time and that forced some mistakes in our own zone. When you’re playing shorthanded like we were, you have to make really good decisions and I thought we were guilty of giving up too many odd-man rushes tonight.” – coach Huska on his thoughts of the defensive-zone play tonight.

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Ontario Reign
February 13 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive an Emile Poirier bobblehead
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.

Flames Reassign Defenseman Culkin to Stockton from ECHL

Bakersfield, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce that the Calgary Flames have reassigned defenseman Ryan Culkin from the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder, to the Heat.

Culkin, 22, has suited up in 33 games for the Thunder this season registering 9 assists and posting a +2 rating.  Last season, Culkin played 37 games with the Adirondack Flames (AHL) scoring a goal and adding 17 assists before missing the remainder of the season due to injury.

RYAN CULKIN (D)
BORN: Montreal, PQ                     DATE: December 15, 1994
HEIGHT: 6’2”                                   WEIGHT: 201 lbs.
SHOOTS: Left
HOW ACQUIRED:  Signed an entry level deal on 3/27/14 with the Calgary Flames

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2010-11 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 40 6 5 11 12 1 18 0 5 5 4
2011-12 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 60 6 19 25 28 9 10 0 7 7 8
2012-13 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 67 5 40 45 46 28 11 2 4 6 10
2013-14 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 38 5 31 36 26 -5
Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 27 3 11 14 18 6 11 2 9 11 6
2014-15 Adirondack Flames AHL 37 1 17 18 18 7
 2015-16 Adirondack Thunder ECHL 33 0 9 9 28 2
 TOTALS AHL 37 1 17 18 18 7
    ECHL 33 0 9 9 28 2
    QMJHL 232 25 106 131 130 39 50 4 25 29 28

 

The Heat continue on the road in Bakersfield tonight and on Tuesday but return home on February 13 and 14 to host the Ontario Reign and San Antonio Rampage.  It’s Emile Poirier bobblehead night on Saturday, February 13  where the first 500 children 12-years and younger will receive a bobblehead featuring the Calgary Flames first round pick in 2013 and on Sunday, February 14, the first 1,000 fans will receive a team photo featuring the inaugural season’s opening night roster.

For tickets call 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com.

Grant Scores 22nd, Ties League Lead in Heat defeat

San Diego, Calif. – Derek Grant scores a power-play goal in the second period to pull the Stockton Heat within one of the San Diego Gulls, but San Diego is able to hold on and defeat the Heat by a score of 4-2 Friday night. Grant’s goal is good for his 22nd on the season, giving him not only a single-season career-high, but a share of the league-lead in the category as well. Turner Elson also scored for the Heat, giving him six goals this season and newly assigned forward Mason Raymond earned his first point in a Heat sweater during his debut for Stockton; however, Gulls goaltender Anton Khudobin proved difficult to solve and the Heat were unable to extend their winning streak to season-high six games. The Stockton Heat will have little time to reflect, as they make the short trip north to Bakersfield and face the Condors Saturday night at Rabobank Arena.

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SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
San Diego goal: F Bryan Moore (1) wrist shot on a breakaway is put past the goaltender and into the net (Bonis, A. O’Brien assists), 5:13
San Diego goal: F Matt Berry (1) one-timer from the slot on a cross-ice pass gets past the goaltender’s outstretched pad and into the net (Laganiere, Theodore assists), 6:31
Shots: STK – 5 | SD – 10

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Derek Grant (22) shot from the point is tipped past the goaltender from the top of the crease (Johnson, Raymond assists), 16:13 (PP)
Shots: STK – 7 | SD – 7

3rd Period
San Diego goal: D Shane O’Brien (1) shot from the point makes its way through traffic and gets past the goaltender (Mueller, Ritchie assists), 7:13
HEAT GOAL: F Turner Elson (6) shot is tapped in from the slot past the goaltender and into the net off a centering pass from the half-wall (Hamilton, Wotherspoon assists), 14:12
San Diego goal: F Joseph Cramarossa (8) puck is pushed into the empty net on a breakaway (Ryan assist), 19:30
Shots: STK – 6 | SD – 4

GOALIES
W: Anton Khudobin (18 shots, 16 saves)
L: Joni Ortio (21 shots, 17 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Shane O’Brien (1 goal) 2- Matt Berry (1 goal) 3- Bryan Moore (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 18 | SD – 21
Power Plays: STK – 1/3 | SD – 0/2
Derek Grant (1 goal) extends his point streak to four games (5 goals, 4 assists) and goal streak to three games
Grant’s goal gives him a single-season career-high 22 on the season and also ties him for the league-lead in the category
Aaron Johnson (1 assist) is now on a three-game point streak (1 goal, 4 assists) and has assists in three straight
Mason Raymond (1 assist) made his debut as a member of the Stockton Heat and scores his first point in a Heat sweater
Kenny Agostino has his three-game point streak snapped (3 goals, 2 assists)
The Stockton Heat have their five-game winning streak snapped
Oliver Kylington left the game and did not return with an upper-body injury. He is being considered day-to-day.
QUOTES
“My legs didn’t really feel the way I’d like them to feel, but it’s always nice to come down and get the ice time in some key situations. We had a slow start and that put us behind, but our power play got us back on track I thought. Overall it wasn’t the effort we were looking for.” – Mason Raymond with his thoughts on how he felt coming into the game and the game itself.

“Our start needs to be better. We didn’t make good decisions at the lines and it cost us two goals. I don’t know too much about the club in Bakersfield, but if we get a good start and our special teams are good, we’ll be tough to beat.” – Raymond on what the keys to victory are heading into tomorrow’s game in Bakersfield.

“It’s something I’ve really been keeping track of, but obviously it’s a good thing. I’d feel a little better if we got the win.” – Derek Grant on tying for the league-lead in goals with 22 on the season.

“It was a sloppy game for us in general. We got ourselves behind the 8-ball with a couple early goals against and I thought San Diego did a good job of locking it down from that point. There wasn’t much space on the ice, but our execution wasn’t great tonight.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on his overall thoughts of tonight’s setback.

“First you have to win the draw and Derek [Grant] did that for us, but then he goes to the net which is key. Aaron [Johnson] did a good job of looking for him and it was an important goal for us at the time for sure.” – coach Huska on Grant’s power-play goal.

“I thought [Mason Raymond] did well. You can see the speed and the skill set that he does possess. The more he plays and the more comfortable he gets with the players around him, I think we’ll notice him even more.” – coach Huska on his thoughts of Mason Raymond in his first appearance for the Heat.

“We have to turn the page and move on fairly quickly here. It’s about executing and making sure we’re sharper that we were tonight.” – coach Huska on the key to moving forward for Bakersfield Saturday.

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Ontario Reign
February 13 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive an Emile Poirier bobblehead
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.

Heat Assign Lomberg to ECHL

San Diego, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce that forward Ryan Lomberg has been assigned to the Heat’s ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder.

Lomberg, 21, has played 15 games for the Heat this season registering three points, all assists, and recording 42 minutes in penalties.

The Richmond Hill, Ontario native has suited up in 13 games with the Thunder this season scoring 6 goals and adding 6 assists.

The Heat head on the road to San Diego and Bakersfield but return home on February 13 and 14 to host the Ontario Reign and San Antonio Rampage.  It’s Emile Poirier bobblehead night on Saturday, February 13  where the first 500 children 12-years and younger will receive a bobblehead featuring the Calgary Flames first round pick in 2013 and on Sunday, February 14, the first 1,000 fans will receive a team photo featuring the inaugural season’s opening night roster.

For tickets call 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com.

Derek Grant Named CCM/AHL Player of the Month for January

Stockton, Calif. – The American Hockey League announced today that Stockton Heat center Derek Grant has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for January.

grant info expanded for socialGrant scored 10 goals and added 9 assists for 19 points in just 10 games during the month of January.  He had three two-goal games, all wins for the Stockton Heat, six multi-point efforts and two four-point nights.  Grant had a goal and 3 assists performance in a 7-4 win over the Iowa Wild and he also recorded 2 goals and 2 assists in a 4-2 win over the Bakersfield Condors at home in the Heat’s January finale.  With Grant in the lineup, the Heat went 8-1-1-0 during January.

The native of Abbotsford, BC set a career-best seven game point streak from New Year’s Eve to January 17 where he recorded 6 goals and 6 assists.  Two of Grant’s 10 goals in January were game winning goals, including an OT winner on January 27 at home against Ontario and on the final game of January at Stockton Arena against the Bakersfield Condors.  He also scored the shootout game winner on January 22 against Manitoba, also at home.

Grant is second in the AHL with 21 goals in just 28 games played and is tied for ninth in the AHL with 36 points.   He’s matched his career high in goals which was set as a member of the Binghamton Senators last year and is just two back of his career mark in assists (17) and points (38) also set last season.  He leads his team in goals and points and is tied for the team lead in assists with 15.  Grant also leads the Heat with 12 multi-point games, seven of which were multi-goal games.

The 25-year-old was named to the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse, receiving the honor for the first time in his career.  During the Skills Competition on January 31, Grant won the CCM Fastest Skater event with a time of 14.307 and helped the Western Conference prevail with the 19-14 win.  The following day during the All-Star Challenge Grant was tied for the Pacific Division lead in goals (2) and points (3).

Grant has also suited up in 9 games for the Calgary Flames this season.

In recognition of his achievement, Grant will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Heat home game.

Also see: Past winners, AHL Player of the Month

The Heat head on the road to San Diego and Bakersfield but return home on February 13 and 14 to host the Ontario Reign and San Antonio Rampage.  It’s Emile Poirier bobblehead night on Saturday, February 13  where the first 500 children 12-years and younger will receive a bobblehead featuring the Calgary Flames first round pick in 2013 and on Sunday, February 14, the first 1,000 fans will receive a team photo featuring the inaugural season’s opening night roster.

For tickets call 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com.

Flames Recall Nakladal, Assign 542 NHL Game Veteran Raymond to Stockton

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled defenseman Jakub Nakladal from their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat. The Flames also announced that they have assigned forward Mason Raymond to Stockton.

Nakladal, a native of Pardubice, Czech Republic, has played 35 games for Stockton this season where he leads all Heat blueliners in assists (12) and has added a pair of goals for 14 points. The 28-year-old was signed as a free agent by the Flames in May 2015 after spending the 2014-15 season with TPS Turku in the Finland and then featuring for the Czech Republic at the 2015 World Hockey Championships.

JAKUB NAKLADAL – DEFENCEMAN
BORN: Pardubice, Czech Republic  DATE: December 30, 1987
HEIGHT: 6’2”                                                 WEIGHT: 205 lbs.
SHOOTS: Right
ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on May 19, 2015

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2006-07 Pardubice HC Czech 1 0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Pardubice HC Czech 14 1 2 3 20 2
2008-09 Pardubice HC Czech 44 2 7 9 38 4
2009-10 Pardubice HC Czech 45 6 9 15 58 16 13 1 3 4 26
2010-11 Pardubice HC Czech 45 5 6 11 32 0 9 1 2 3 18
2011-12 Pardubice HC Czech 12 2 3 5 4 1
2011-12 Ufa Salavat Yulayev KHL 32 1 7 8 30 5
2012-13 Moscow Spartak KHL 37 0 4 4 26 -4
2012-13 Prague Lev KHL 14 1 4 5 8 -2 4 0 0 0 2
2013-14 Prague Lev KHL 34 0 3 3 26 0 21 0 3 3 14
2014-15 TPS Turku SM-Liiga 50 3 12 15 63 -5
2015-16 Stockton Heat AHL 35 2 12 14 30 -3
  TOTALS AHL 35 2 12 14 30 -3
  SM-Liiga 50 3 12 15 63 -5
    KHL 117 2 18 20 90 -1 25 0 3 3 16 

Raymond, 30, is a veteran of 542 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames. Selected in the second round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver, Raymond has totaled 251 NHL points to go along with 21 points in 31 games while playing for the Manitoba Moose of the AHL in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

MASON RAYMOND – LEFT WING
BORN: Cochrane, Alberta                            DATE: September 17, 1985
HEIGHT: 6’1”                                                 WEIGHT: 179 lbs.
SHOOTS: Left
ACQUIRED: Assigned to Stockton on 2/3/16

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2005-06 U. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 40 11 17 28 30
2006-07 U. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 39 14 32 46 45
  Manitoba Moose AHL 11 2 2 4 6 2 13 0 1 1 0
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 9 12 21 2 1
  Manitoba Moose AHL 20 7 10 17 6 4
2008-09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 72 11 12 23 24 2 10 2 1 3 2
2009-10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 25 28 53 48 0 12 3 1 4 6
2010-11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 15 24 39 10 8 24 2 6 8 6
2011-12 Vancouver Canucks NHL 55 10 10 20 18 4 5 0 1 1 0
2012-13 Orebro HK SWE-1 2 0 1 1 2 2
  Vancouver Canucks NHL 46 10 12 22 16 2 4 1 1 2 0
2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 19 26 45 22 -7
2014-15 Calgary Flames NHL 57 12 11 23 8 -8 8 0 2 2 0
2015-16 Calgary Flames NHL 29 4 1 5 8 -3
  TOTALS NHL 542 115 136 251 156 -1 63 8 12 20 14
    AHL 31 9 12 21 12 6 13 0 1 1 0
    SWE-1 2 0 1 1 2 2
    NCAA 79 25 49 74 75

 

Grant Shines in Syracuse on All-Star Weekend

The 2016 AHL All-Star Classic concluded Monday night with the Central Division defeating the Atlantic Division 4-1 to take home the title, while the Stockton Heat’s own Derek Grant and the Pacific Division went 1-2.

Derek Grant's all-star sweater hangs in the locker room before the game. It was the first time Grant had the opportunity to wear an all-star jersey. PHOTO BY SCOTT THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY/AHL

Derek Grant’s all-star sweater hangs in the locker room before the game. It was the first time Grant had the opportunity to wear an all-star jersey.
PHOTO BY SCOTT THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY/AHL

For Grant, it was his first-ever AHL All-Star appearance and he certainly made the most of the opportunity.

First, he outpaced the entire field with a time of 14.054 to win the award for AHL Fastest Skater Sunday evening during the AHL All-Star Skills Competition.

He followed that performance with a dominant showing in the AHL All-Star Challenge, finishing with the Pacific team-lead in goals (2) and points (3) following their three games Monday night.

His second goal came with just 3.7 seconds left on the clock on a beautiful deke that left the goaltender helpless on the other side of the crease, sealing the Pacific Division’s 5-4 victory over the Central in the Pacific’s final game.

Grant will now look forward to the rest of the all-star break before rejoining his teammates here in Stockton, as the Heat prepare to hit the road for back-to-back tilts in San Diego and Bakersfield Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th respectively.