Gillies Blanks San Jose to Kickoff Seven-Game Road Trip

San Jose, Calif. – Goaltender Jon Gillies returned to the Stockton Heat crease Thursday night in San Jose and proceeded to slam the door on the Barracuda offense, stopping all 31 shots he faced to lead the Heat to a 4-0 win at SAP Center. The shutout is Gillies’ first on the season and his third all-time, tying him with David Rittich for the most in Heat team-history. Meanwhile, Austin Carroll sparked the offense with his first goal of the season, while Mark Jankowski and Hunter Smith earned second and third star honors with both a goal and an assist respectively. The Stockton Heat will now look forward to a Saturday night meeting with the Condors in Bakersfield on Saturday, as the Heat’s seven-game road trip rolls on.

OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
HEAT GOAL: F Austin Carroll (1) pass from below the goal line leads to a catch-and-shoot opportunity in the slot that is shot off the nearside post and into the net (Jankowski, Culkin assists), 3:34
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (4) broken play in front results in the puck being buried into the net over the goaltender’s pad from the farside of the crease (unassisted), 15:43
HEAT GOAL: F Hunter Smith (2) shot on the rush from the farside faceoff circle beats the goaltender cross-cage off the post and into the net (Mangiapane assist), 16:28
Shots: STK – 17 | SJ – 10

2nd Period
No goals
Shots: STK – 11 | SJ – 9

3rd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Hunter Shinkaruk (5) shot from the neutral zone on a breakout is put into the empty net (Smith assist), 19:22 (EN)
Shots: STK – 13 | SJ – 12

GOALIES
W: Jon Gillies (31 shots, 31 saves)
L: Mantas Armalis (17 shots, 14 saves)
Troy Grosenick (23 shots, 23 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Jon Gillies (31-save shutout) 2- Mark Jankowski (1 goal, 1 assist) 3- Hunter Smith (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 41 | SJ – 31
Power Plays: STK – 0/3 | SJ – 0/3
Jon Gillies (31-save shutout) earns his first shutout of the season and his third career shutout, tying him with David Rittich for the all-time team-lead
Mark Jankowski (1 goal, 1 assist) earns his third multi-point game of the season
Hunter Smith (1 goal, 1 assist) earns his first multi-pojnt game of the season
Austin Carroll (game-winning goal) scores his first goal of the season
Ryan Culkin (1 assist) earned his first point of the season in his first game back from injury
Andrew Mangiapane (1 assist) now has at least one point in back-to-back games (1 goal, 2 assists)
The Stockton Heat earn their first win at SAP Center in team-history
The Heat have now collected at least one point in five-straight games (4-0-0-1)
With the shutout, the Heat have four shutouts on the season in just 20 games played. It took until game 41 to earn their fourth last season
Stockton has gone five-straight games without allowing a power-play goal (21-straight kills)

QUOTES
“It was kind of a weird play. The puck rimmed out the back wall and got popped out to the slot when [Mark Jankowski] fed it to me. I didn’t get all of it at first, but I put my stick back on it and was able to put it in. It was a good feeling to get that first one.” – Austin Carroll on his eventual game-winner that opened the scoring for the Heat.

“Every road trip you want to get that first win and get on a roll. I thought we started off hot and kept it going all game. We’re definitely heading into our next game Saturday with some good confidence and we just need to keep the buzz in the locker room going.” – Carroll on starting this road trip[ with a win.

“It was a battle for me all night. The puck wasn’t really sticking to me the way I’d like it to, but I got a lot of help from the defense clearing some of the rebounds out. They made it so that if I got the first shot there was no way the second one was coming back because our guys got their sticks on it. It was a really good team-win tonight.” – Jon Gillies on his shutout and his overall thoughts of tonight’s game.

“I’ve always thought competition breeds success, but it doesn’t matter who’s in net – you want each other to do well for the better of the team. It’s a good feeling to know that right now through this last stretch the puck hasn’t been going in the net against us. It’s been a fun roll of late for us.” – Gillies on the play of both he and David Rittich lately.

“I thought we were ready to play and that was one of our focal points coming in today. We got a really good jump early and all of our lines were skating. That was the difference early in this one for us.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the 3-0 first period tonight.

“I think we stayed near the top of our game most of the night. I thought we took a few too many chances with the puck that we didn’t need to take in the second and third periods. But all-in-all we had a really good effort from our guys tonight.” – Coach Huska on keeping the momentum throughout tonight’s game.

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Tucson Roadrunner
December 28 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive a Morgan Klimchuk Photo Card
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.

Flames Recall Tyler Wotherspoon, Assign Brett Kulak

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon from their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat. The Flames also announced that they have assigned defenseman Brett Kulak to the Heat.

Wotherspoon, Calgary’s second round pick (57th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has played 19 games for Stockton this season and recorded six points (1G, 5A). The 23-year-old has played 26 games for the Flames over the last three seasons and has five assists. Wotherspoon also played in six playoff games for Calgary in 2014-15.

TYLER WOTHERSPOON – DEFENSE
BORN: Surrey, BC    DATE: March 12, 1993
HEIGHT: 6’2’’             WEIGHT: 213 lbs.
SHOOTS: Left
DRAFTED: 2nd round (57th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008-09 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 4 0 0 0 0
2009-10 Portland Winterhawks WHL 43 1 4 5 21 2 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Portland Winterhawks WHL 64 2 10 12 73 20 3 1 4 10
2011-12 Portland Winterhawks WHL 67 7 21 28 42 22 1 6 7 6
2012-13 Portland Winterhawks WHL 61 7 30 37 30 21 2 8 10 20
2013-14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 48 1 8 9 12
2013-14 Calgary Flames NHL 14 0 4 4 4
2014-15 Adirondack Flames AHL 61 2 22 24 20
2014-15 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Stockton Heat AHL 53 2 8 10 16
2015-16 Calgary Flames NHL 11 0 1 1 0
2016-17 Stockton Heat AHL 19 1 5 6 6
  TOTALS NHL 26 0 5 5 4 6 0 0 0 0
    AHL 181 6 43 49 54
    WHL 239 17 65 82 166 65 6 15 21 36

Heat Closeout Homestand with 3-1 Win Over Charlotte

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat polished off their four-game homestand with a 3-1 win over the Charlotte Checkers Wednesday night at Stockton Arena. The Heat were led by the line of Andrew Mangiapane, Linden Vey and Matt Frattin who combined for all three goals and seven points in the game. Goaltender David Rittich also put together yet another solid performance between the pipes, stopping 27 of the 28 shots he faced on the evening to earn his fifth win of the season. The Stockton Heat now look forward to a season-long seven-game road trip that will begin Thursday night in San Jose, as the Heat take on the Barracuda for the first time at SAP Center this season.

OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
HIGHLIGHTS

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
Charlotte goal: F Sergey Tolchinsky (4) shot from the far side circle deflects off a defender and beats the goaltender on the glove side (Chelios, Karlsson assists), 5:25
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (6) rebound collected on the far side goal line and put back top shelf over the downed goaltender (Vey assist), 6:26
HEAT GOAL: F Linden Vey (7) shot from the far side circle gets through the screen at the top of the crease and beats the goaltender high glove side (Frattin, Kylington assists), 15:02 (PP)
Shots: STK – 8 | CHA – 7

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Matt Frattin (5) shot from the slot beats the goaltender after a pass from below the goal line (Mangiapane, Vey assists), 14:53
Shots: STK – 4 | CHA – 13

3rd Period
No goals
Shots: STK – 3 | CHA – 8

GOALIES
W: David Rittich (28 shots, 27 saves)

L: Alex Nedeljkovic (15 shots, 12 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Linden Vey (1 goal, 2 assists) 2- Andrew Mangiapane (1 goal, 1 assist) 3- Mat Frattin (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 15 | CHA – 28
Power Plays: STK – 1/6 | CHA – 0/7
Linden Vey (1 goal, 2 assists) earns his team-high fifth multi-point game of the season
Vey also ties Morgan Klimchuk for the team-lead in goals (7 goals)
Andrew Mangiapane (1 goal, 1 assist) earns his fourth multi-point game of the season
Matt Frattin (1 goal, 1 assist) earns his second multi-point game of the season
The Stockton Heat extend their point streak at home to six games (5-0-0-1)
Stockton is now 7-3-0 all-time Central Division opponents
The Heat were held to their fewest shots in a single period this season (three shots in the third) and were held to their fewest shots in a single game (15 shots)
The Heat are now 5-2-0-1 when allowing the first goal
Tonight was only the fifth time the Heat have been outshot in a game and the first time at Stockton Arena

QUOTES
“It was a good screen in front and I just tried to put it on net – fortunately it found a seam and went in. Getting pucks to the net is never a bad thing and pucks are seeming to find their way in so that’s a good sign.” – Linden Vey on his game-winning goal tonight.

“It’s good to have [Matt Frattin] back in the lineup. He’s a hard guy to play against, he goes hard to the net and opens up a lot of space for me and [Andrew Mangiapane]. We’re clicking right now and we just have to make sure we keep it up.” – Vey on the play of his line with Matt Frattin and Andrew Mangiapane.

“Having a good record on the road is something that’s important to us. We said it at the beginning of the year – it’s a focus of ours to play well away from home. It’ll be good to get this road trip going and hopefully get some wins.” – Matt Frattin on the upcoming seven-game road trip.

 “[Andrew Mangiapane and Linden Vey] are two great players. They both see the ice very well and can make plays. I think when we have our most success is when we’re outworking our opposition, so that’s what we gotta do and dig deep.” – Frattin on the chemistry between he and his linemates Andrew Mangiapane and Linden Vey.

“It’s always good to win at home. We have a game in San Jose tomorrow, so it was good to get this game out of the way at home, we just have to play the same way on the road as we’ve done at home.” – Andrew Mangiapane on the importance of closing out this homestand with a win heading into the long road trip.

“I thought our game tonight wasn’t on point, but it’s hard to criticize the effort because these guys always work. That’s something we always know is going to come, but I didn’t think we looked like a cohesive unit tonight. I think a lot of credit goes to our goaltender for keeping us in this one. Hard to complain about two points, but we certainly have things to work on heading into a tough road trip.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska with his overall thoughts on tonight’s game.

“[David Rittich] made key saves all night and the only one that beats him we deflected in. He’s just steady and he gave you the feeling that even though it was a tough night for us, in regards to finding our game, he gave the feeling that he’s not letting another one in. He gave us a little bit of comfort on the bench, knowing that he was there for us and he was going to make that save like he did at the end.” – Coach Huska on Rittich’s big night in net.

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Tucson Roadrunners
December 28 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive a Morgan Klimchuk Photo Card
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.

Tom McCollum Recalled from Adirondack

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce that goaltender Tom McCollum has been recalled to the Heat from the Adirondack Thunder, the team’s ECHL affiliate.

The Heat play their final home game before the holiday break tonight against the Charlotte Checkers in what will be the final meeting between the teams at Stockton Arena this season.  Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance tonight taking pictures with fans before shuffling back to the North Pole and the Heat will hand out their holiday greeting card to the first 500 fans.

For tickets call 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com!

Final Home Game Before Holiday Break this Wednesday

HEAT HOME GAMES COMING UP THIS WEEK:

holiday-cardStockton Heat vs. Charlotte Checkers
Wednesday, December 7 (7:00 p.m. faceoff – 6:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
The first 500 fans to enter the building on this night, our lone home game prior to the holidays, will receive the Heat’s holiday greeting card that they can pin up on the fridge! Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be back one last time to chat with all the boys and girls before heading up to the North Pole to prepare for the holiday.

Not only that but this will be the final meeting in California between the Heat and Checkers with Stockton on a five-game points streak at Stockton Arena!

Then it’s off to the road for seven straight games before the Heat come back to Stockton Arena.  Follow along with all the action on Twitter or listen to the FREE audio broadcast on Spreaker or iHeartRadio, available on your desktop, laptop and mobile devices or you can watch live using AHL Live!

klimchukHEAT HOME GAMES IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

Stockton Heat vs. Tucson Roadrunners
Wednesday, December 28 (7:00 p.m. faceoff – 6:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
The Roadrunners come to town for the first home game after the holiday break for Morgan Klimchuk photo card night, handed out to the first 500 fans in the stands!  The 28th overall pick from 2013 is having a great start to the season, so it’s only fitting we hand out a fantastic photo of one of the Heat’s star players!  Plus it’s another chance at the Family Day Pride Pack presented by Sutter Gould Medical Foundation and 99.3 KJOY, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas starting at just $39!  That’s over half off of the $80 value!!

Stockton Heat vs. Ontario Reign
Friday, December 30 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
The Heat open up a home-and-home series against the Ontario Reign for the final home game of 2016, starting at Stockton Arena on Friday night for Team Photo Night!  The first 500 fans to enter Stockton Arena will receive a copy of the Heat’s team photo for the 2016-17 season, a perfect piece to add to your collection and to get autographed!

HEAT HOME GAMES COMING DOWN THE PIKE:

team-photo-16-17

Stockton Heat vs. Tucson Roadrunners
Friday, January 6 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
Our first game of the new year happens to be against the Tucson Roadrunners which will surely make for an exciting game.  However, it’s not just the game that is cool, it’s the giveaway as the first 750 adults and teens 13-years-old and over will receive a Heat cap!

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Saturday, January 21 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
It might be a little over two months away, but everyone’s favorite event, Teddy Bear Toss, is just around the corner!  Start saving your stuffed animals and teddy bears as we’ll toss them onto the ice after the Heat score their first goal of the game!  Last year a record of 8,231 bears were donated to the United Way of San Joaquin County and we want to beat that number this year!

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR OUR LOYAL SEASON TICKET HOLDERS:

Don’t forget that your first Bring a Friend game on December 7 against the Charlotte Checkers.  Give your ticket to a friend and have them bring the ticket to the Heat Front Office but make sure to tell your friend they must redeem this coupon by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, however friends who want to stop by earlier, sometime between 8:30 and 5:00 p.m. today can be assisted by a Heat ticket rep right away!

The next Full Season Ticket Holder event will be another pre-game Chalk Talk with Head Coach Ryan Huska before the game this Wednesday against Charlotte.  Come prepared to ask questions about the team and about the Heat’s opponent as this will be the final meeting between the two teams at Stockton Arena.

For more information on upcoming events and for the latest Season Ticket Holder News, visit StocktonHeat.com/STH or follow @AHLHeatTix on Twitter!  To learn how you can become a Season Ticket Holder and attend awesome events like these, call 209.373.1500 and speak with our account executives today or visit StocktonHeat.com!

broomball-frankieGROUP PERK OF THE WEEK:

You saw how much fun Frankie, Splash and the rest of the mascots had playing broomball on Saturday’s celebration of Frankie’s birthday, but how would you like to get on the ice after a Heat game and play some broomball yourself?

For groups of 200 or more, this goal is actually quite attainable, and a perfect perk for social clubs, businesses, or corporations.  Broomball is very much like hockey except instead of a puck, you use a ball and instead of the stick, you use a broom!  Celebrate a victory on the same ice the Heat celebrate on.

To learn more about this and other group perks available, or to book your group now, call 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com.

DON’T MISS THIS DEAL:

The Heat have unveiled the team’s holiday plans, great for any person on your shopping list this holiday season!  The plans begin at $40 and each of the four plans come with tickets and something extra, be it an autographed piece of memorabilia, a hat or a gift card to the Stockton Fan Attic.

These plans fluctuate between two tickets (our Snow-Elf Plan) all the way to eight tickets with our Snowman plan!

Questions or to book your holiday plan now, call 209.373.1500 and chat with one of our ticket representatives or visit StocktonHeat.com to learn more.

Rittich’s Third Shutout of the Season Catapults Stockton into First

David Rittich’s third shutout of the season breaks a tie between he, Jon Gillies and Kevin Poulin for the most shutouts by a Heat goaltender

Hunter Shinkaruk played 7 games with the Flames after being the first call-up from the Heat this season back on November 5.  In 7 games with the Heat, Shinkaruk has 4 goals and 3 assists (PHOTO COURTESY OF GETTY IMAGES)

Hunter Shinkaruk played 7 games with the Flames after being the first call-up from the Heat this season back on November 5. In 7 games with the Heat, Shinkaruk has 4 goals and 3 assists (PHOTO COURTESY OF GETTY IMAGES)

Records
Last Week’s Record: 2-0-1-0, 5 points
Overall Record: 11-5-1-1, 0.667 Points Percentage, 1st in the Pacific Division

Last Week’s Results
Nov. 30 – Stockton Heat 4 vs. Charlotte Checkers 2
Dec. 2 – Stockton Heat 2 vs. San Diego Gulls 3 (SO)
Dec. 3 – Stockton Heat 4 vs. San Diego Gulls 0

This Week’s Schedule
Wed. Dec. 7 – Stockton Heat vs. Charlotte Checkers – Stockton Arena (7:00 p.m.)
Thr. Dec. 8  –  Stockton Heat at San Jose Barracuda – SAP Center (7:00 p.m.)
Sat. Dec. 10  – Stockton Heat at Bakersfield Condors – Rabobank Arena (6:00 p.m.)

Recent Transactions
12/5 – Hunter Shinkaruk assigned to Stockton from Calgary
12/5 – Mikkel Aagaard reassigned to Adirondack from Stockton
12/5 – Keegan Kanzig reassigned to Adirondack from Stockton by Calgary
12/1 – Mark Jankowski assigned to Stockton from Calgary
12/1 – Tom McCollum reassigned to Adirondack from Stockton by Calgary

Team Leaders
Goals: Morgan Klimchuk with 7
Assists: Rasmus Andersson and Mark Jankowski with 10
Points: Morgan Klimchuk, Linden Vey and Andrew Mangiapane with 14
PIMs: Brandon Bollig with 42 PIMS
Wins: Jon Gillies with 6
Losses: David Rittich with 3
GAA: David Rittich with 1.43 (Among Heat Goalies who’ve played 360 minutes or more)
SV%: David Rittich with 0.949 (Among Heat Goalies who’ve played 360 minutes or more)

David Rittich leads the AHL with a 1.43 GAA and a .949 SV% (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY).

David Rittich leads the AHL with a 1.43 GAA and a .949 SV% (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY).

Team Stats
Goals For: Week: 10 Overall: 63
Goals Against: Week: 5 | Overall: 44
Power Play: 14-76 (18.4%)
, 14th in AHL
Penalty Kill: 71-82 (86.6%), 3rd in AHL

Records vs. Opponents

Pacific Division
Bakersfield (1-0-0-0)
Ontario (1-1-0-0)
San Antonio (1-1-0-0)
San Diego (4-0-0-1)
San Jose (1-0-0-0)
Texas (1-0-0-0)
Tucson (1-3-1-0)
TOTALS vs. PACIFIC: (10-5-1-1)

Central Division:
Charlotte (1-0-0-0)
Grand Rapids (0-0-0-0)
Milwaukee (0-0-0-0)
TOTALS vs. CENTRAL: (1-0-0-0)

Calgary Flames (NHL)
Record Last Week: 3-0-1, 7 points
Record Overall: 13-13-2, 28 points,  5th in Pacific Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Tue. Dec. 6 – Flames at Dallas (5:30 p.m. PST)
Thr. Dec. 8 – Flames at Arizona (6:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Dec. 10 – Flames vs. Winnipeg (7:00 p.m. PST)

Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
Record Last Week: 2-1-0, 4 points
Record Overall: 12-4-4, 28 points, 2nd in East Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Tue. Dec. 6 – Thunder vs. Norfolk (4:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Dec. 10 – Thunder vs. Norfolk (4:00 p.m. PST)

Morgan Klimchuk scored two goals for the second time this season thanks to a great individual effort shorthanded on Saturday (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA)

Morgan Klimchuk scored two goals for the second time this season thanks to a great individual effort shorthanded on Saturday (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

News and Notes

  • Stockton ranked in first place after Saturday’s game, the first time they’ve been in the top spot since Game #4 on October 26 after a wild 7-5 win in San Diego for the team’s first road game of the year
    • The team ranks second in the Western Conference behind Milwaukee who owns a 0.763 Points%
    • Stockton ranks third in the American Hockey League behind Milwaukee and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
  • Tyler Wotherspoon is tied for second in the league with a plus-14 rating
    • Wotherspoon has been even or better in 15 of his 18 games this year.  The worst he’s posted is just a minus-1
  • David Rittich leads the AHL with a 1.43 goals-against-average and a 0.949 save-percentage and is tied for the AHL lead in shutouts with three
    • Rittich is the first goalie to post 3 shutouts for the Stockton Heat in a single season
    • He’s also surpassed both Jon Gillies (2) and Kevin Poulin (2) for the all-time Heat lead in shutouts
  • Andrew Mangiapane is tied for 9th in the rookie points race with 14
  • Mark Jankowski is tied for 16th in the rookie points race with 13
  • Rasmus Andersson’s plus-10 rating is tied for the third best plus/minus among AHL rookie skaters
  • Morgan Klimchuk had his second, two-goal night of his career on Saturday
    • He’s now the only player to post more than one two-goal nights this season
    • It was also his fourth multi-point game tying him with Linden Vey for the most multi-point games this season
  • The Heat played their first shootout game of the season on Friday
    • It was the longest shootout (seven-rounds) in Heat history (previous high of five rounds occurred twice in 2015-16)
    • Mangiapane and Andersson both converted their first shootout attempts as a professional
    • The Heat have played three games needing extra time and have won one thanks to an overtime winner from Matt Bailey, lost one to Tucson in overtime and lost most recently to the Gulls in the shootout (0.333 OT win percentage)
  • Stockton allowed their second shorthanded goal of the season to San Diego on Friday but scored their third shorthanded goal of the season on Saturday vs. San Diego
    • Morgan Klimchuk scored the shorthanded goal and leads the Heat in shorthanded points as he picked up an assist on a shorthanded empty netter against San Diego back on October 26
  • Hunter Smith scored his first goal of the season just 35 seconds after Morgan Klimchuk broke the deadlock. However it was not the fastest two goals scored in Heat history as Stockton scored two last year 21 seconds apart (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

    Hunter Smith scored his first goal of the season just 35 seconds after Morgan Klimchuk broke the deadlock. However it was not the fastest two goals scored in Heat history as Stockton scored two last year 21 seconds apart (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

    The Heat are tied for third in the AHL, averaging 3.50 goals per game and rank fourth in the AHL allowing 2.44 goals against per game.

  • The team also ranks fourth in the AHL averaging 32.83 shots per game
  • The Heat ended San Diego’s eight-game winning streak on Saturday, which tied Lehigh Valley as the longest in the AHL this season
    • Stockton hasn’t lost in regulation to San Diego and are now 10-5-0-2 and have not lost to the Gulls at Stockton Arena in regulation since April 9, 2016 (2-6 L)
    • The Heat have outscored San Diego 26-12 this season and have outscored the Gulls 61-49 all-time (plus-12 differential)
    • Stockton and San Diego meet five times through the rest of the season with four of the next five coming at the Valley View Casino Center, a building Stockton is 3-3-0-1 at all-time
  • Stockton has killed of 90.6% of their 53 penalties taken since the start of November (48 for 53)
    • Since November, Stockton has allowed one power-play goal to San Diego and four power-play goals to Tucson
  • The Heat have points in three-straight games overall and have points in five-straight at Stockton Arena
  • Stockton plays eight of their next 11 games on the road
    • This includes three trips to the SAP Center starting on Thursday, a building Stockton is still searching for their first win at
  • The Heat are 6-3-0-0 against the Central Division lifetime, including a win over Charlotte last week
    • The Heat play Charlotte one final time at home on Wednesday
  • Stockton might be .500 on Friday’s (2-2-1-1) but they have yet to lose on Saturday’s (6-0-0-0)

Approaching Milestones

  • Tyler Wotherspoon is a point away from 50 in his AHL career
    • He’s also 7 assists shy of 50 in his AHL career
  • Hunter Shinkaruk is 3 goals away from 50 in his AHL career
    • He is 8 assists from 50 in his AHL career
    • Shinkaruk is also 11 points away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Hunter Smith is 3 PIMS away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Jamie Devane is 10 games away from 200 in his AHL career
  • Matt Frattin is 11 games away from 200 in his AHL career
  • Linden Vey is 13 points away from 200 in his AHL career
  • Emile Poirier is 13 points away from 100 in his AHL career

Recently Accomplished Milestones

  • David Rittich became the Heat’s all-time leader in shutouts with his third of the year
  • Emile Poirier earned his 50th career AHL assist on Matt Bailey’s goal on Saturday vs. San Diego
  • Keegan Kanzig picked up his first AHL point, an assist, on Wednesday vs. Charlotte on the Heat’s eventual game-winning-goal

Flames and Heat Announce Roster Moves

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned forward Hunter Shinkaruk to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Stockton Heat. The 22-year-old has played in seven games for the Flames this season and has an assist and two PIMs, he has also played in seven tilts for the Heat and has seven points (4G, 3A).

In addition, the Heat have announced that forward Mikkel Aagaard and defenseman Keegan Kanzig have been assigned to the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL.

HUNTER SHINKARUK – LEFT WING
BORN: Calgary, AB       DATE: October 13, 1994
HEIGHT: 5’11”               WEIGHT: 190 lbs.
SHOOTS: Left
DRAFTED: VAN – 1st round, 24th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft
ACQUIRED: Trade from Vancouver in exchange for Markus Granlund on February 22, 2016

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010-11 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 63 14 28 42 24 14 4 5 9 0
2011-12 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 66 49 42 91 38 8 2 9 11 6
2012-13 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 64 37 49 86 44 8 3 3 6 8
2013-14 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 18 5 11 16 29
2014-15 Utica Comets AHL 74 16 15 31 28 23 4 2 6 4
2015-16 Utica Comets AHL 45 21 18 39 18
2015-16 Stockton Heat AHL 17 6 6 12 2
2015-16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Calgary Flames NHL 7 2 1 3 2
2016-17 Stockton Heat AHL 7 4 3 7 0
2016-17 Calgary Flames NHL 7 0 1 1 2
  TOTALS NHL 15 2 2 4 4
    AHL 153 47 42 89 48 23 4 2 6 4
    WHL 211 105 130 235 135 30 9 17 26 14

Oliver Kylington Named to Sweden’s World Junior Championship Preliminary Roster

Stockton Heat defenseman Oliver Kylington has been named to the preliminary roster for Team Sweden for the 2017 World Junior Championships starting on December 26.

The tournament, one of the most prestigious in hockey, is played by players under the age of 20 at the top of their game, two prerequisites that Oliver has down pat, second on the team among defenseman in points (9), first among Heat defenseman in goals (3) and is tied for fourth on the Heat in plus/minus (plus-6).

The 19-year-old is one of one of eight defencemen vying for a roster spot at the tournament. Sweden is expected to make three cuts before the annual event kicks off on Dec. 26 in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC.

 

The Stockholm product has played for Sweden twice in his career, suiting up for the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Junior Championship.

Last season, Kylington made his NHL debut when he dressed for the Apr. 9 game against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. He had one shot on goal in 17:22 of ice time in the 2-1 win over the Wild.