Ortio Clears NHL Waivers, Assigned to Stockton

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned goaltender Joni Ortio to their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat. The Flames also announced that goaltender Jonas Hiller has been activated from injured reserve.

Ortio has played in four games for the Flames this season after his four-win, one-shutout effort in 2014-15 helped Calgary clinch a playoff berth.

BORN: Turku, FIN          DATE: April 16, 1991
HEIGHT: 6’1”                 WEIGHT: 185 lbs.
ACQUIRED: 6th round, 171st overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft

Season Team Lge GP Min GA EN SO GAA W L T Svs Pct
2009-10 TPS Turku SM-liiga 3 108 8 0 0 4.45 1 0 0 41 0.837
2010-11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 1 60 6 0 0 6.03 24 0.800
2011-12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 9 387 19 0 0 2.94 1 4 0 153 0.890
2011-12 TPS Turku SM-liiga 14 753 33 0 2 2.63 3 6 3 329 0.909
2012-13 HIFK Helsinki SM-liiga 54 3120 126 0 4 2.42 23 20 9 1383 0.917
2013-14 Alaska Aces ECHL 4 238 4 0 2 1.01 3 1 0 67 0.944
2013-14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 37 2133 83 1 2 2.33 27 8 0 1036 0.926
2013-14 Calgary Flames NHL 9 501 21 0 0 2.51 4 4 0 172 0.891
2014-15 Adirondack Flames AHL 37 2095 94 3 4 2.69 21 13 1 980 0.912
2014-15 Calgary Flames NHL 6 333 14 0 1 2.52 4 2 0 139 0.908
2015-16 Calgary Flames NHL 4 140 10 0 0 4.28 0 2 0 66 0.868
TOTALS NHL 19 974 45 0 1 2.77 8 8 0 377 0.893
    AHL 84 4665 202 4 6 2.60 49 25 1 2193 0.916

Flames Recall Granlund from Stockton

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled centre Markus Granlund from their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat.

Granlund has featured in 12 games for Stockton this season where he has nine points (5G, 4A) and 10 PIMs. The 22-year-old also played one game for the Calgary this year.

BORN: Oulu, FIN                   DATE: April 16, 1993
HEIGHT: 6’0”                         WEIGHT: 178 lbs.
DRAFTED: 2nd Round, 45th Overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2010-11 HIFK Helsinki SM-liiga 2 0 0 0 0 0
2011-12 HIFK Helsinki SM-liiga 47 15 19 34 18 19 3 0 0 0 0
2012-13 HIFK Helsinki SM-liiga 50 10 20 30 18 3 5 1 2 3 4
2013-14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 52 25 21 46 22 10 4 2 3 5 2
2013-14 Calgary Flames NHL 7 2 1 3 0 2
2014-15 Adirondack Flames AHL 21 9 8 17 14 -2
2014-15 Calgary Flames NHL 48 8 10 18 16 -4 3 0 1 1 0
2015-16 Stockton Heat AHL 12 5 4 9 10 4
2015-16 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
TOTALS NHL 56 10 11 21 16 -3 3 0 1 1 0
    AHL 85 39 33 72 46 12 4 2 3 5 2


Arnold Scores Third of the Season in Narrow Defeat to Ontario

Ontario, Calif. – Bill Arnold netted his third goal of the season, as Drew Shore earned his fifth point in as many games with the primary assist, but the Stockton Heat would not be able to score any more and the Ontario Reign narrowly edged the Heat 2-1 Wednesday night in Ontario. Arnold’s goal was his second power-play goal on the season, pushing him into sole possession of second place on the team in power-play goals with two. Kent Simpson earned the nod between the pipes and made a season-high 23 saves on the 25 shots he faced, but Peter Budaj (19 shots, 18 saves) and the Ontario Reign once again limited the Heat offensive attack to earn the victory. The Stockton Heat will have a quick Thanksgiving break before hitting the ice back at home against the Bakersfield Condors in the first of a Friday-Saturday home-and-home against their Highway 99 rival.


1st Period
Ontario goal: F Justin Auger (3) rebound in the slot is put past the goaltender after a scrum on top of the crease (Ebert, Kempe assists), 0:54
HEAT GOAL: F Bill Arnold (3) one-timer from the slot off an odd-man rush is put into the net (Shore, Hamilton assists), 8:17 (PP)
Ontario goal: F Adrian Kempe (6) shot from the far side faceoff dot gets through traffic and beats the goaltender blocker side (Leslie, Brodzinski assists), 16:24 (PP)
Shots: STK – 4 | ONT – 12

2nd Period
No goals
Shots: STK – 9 | ONT – 7

3rd Period
No goals
Shots: STK – 6 | ONT – 6

W: Peter Budaj (19 shots, 18 saves)
L: Kent Simpson (25 shots, 23 saves)

Three Stars: 1- Adrian Kempe (1 goal, 1 assist) 2- Justin Auger (1 goal) 3- Bill Arnold (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 19 | ONT – 25
Power Plays: STK – 1/5 | ONT – 1/3
Bill Arnold scored the lone goal for the Heat, his third goal and second power-play goal on the season
Kent Simpson made 23 saves in his second start of the season


“I thought we worked, but I think we have to learn how to work at a different level. They [Ontario Reign] didn’t give us a lot of opportunities, but those are the games where you have to find a way. In order to be a good or elite team, we have to find a way to take a lesson from tonight’s game and take that next step. You have to find a way to get through tight checking and big bodies against guys who know how to win. That’s the one thing we’ll take out of tonight’s game.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on what his team will take away from tonight’s close loss.

“I thought [Ladislav] Smid was ok and he gave us a good game on the backend. For the most part I thought that all of our defense was pretty good. It was our forwards up front that were a little bit lacking. I thought Morgan [Klimchuk] was pretty good. He’s been off for a significant period of time and usually the first game back is a bit of an adjustment getting back up to pace again.” – Coach Huska on what he saw from Ladislav Smid and Morgan Klimchuk tonight.

 “It’s nice, but you want to see it be more of a threat than it is right now. It’s costing us points, so we’re going to have to revamp one of the units and try to get a little more push from some other guys.” – Coach Huska on the Heat’s first PP goal since November 13th at San Antonio.

STOCKTON HEAT vs. Bakersfield Condors
November 27 @ Stockton Arena
First 1,000 fans receive a Pat Sieloff oversized trading card
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.

Heat Announce Roster Changes

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, sign goaltender Pat Nagle to a professional try-out and have loaned forward Ryan Lomberg to the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder.  Goaltender Eric Hartzell has been released from his pro tryout.

Nagle, 28, is in his second season with the Fort Wayne Komets and has gone 5-4-0 in 10 appearances this season with a 2.51 goals-against-average and .910 save-percentage. Last year with Fort Wayne, Nagle went 23-7-2 and earned four separate stints in the AHL.

BORN: Rochester, MI, USADATE: September 21, 1987
HEIGHT: 6’2”                                 WEIGHT: 181 lbs.
HOW ACQUIRED:  Signed an PTO with the Stockton Heat on November 25, 2015

Season Team Lge GP Min GA EN SO GAA W L T Svs Pct
2007-08 Ferris State Uni. NCAA 16 867 38 0 1 2.63 8 7 0 343 .900
2008-09 Ferris State Uni. NCAA 22 1246 59 0 0 2.84 7 11 3 587 .909
2009-10 Ferris State Uni. NCAA 26 1496 53 0 1 2.13 12 10 3 636 .923
2010-11 Ferris State Uni. NCAA 37 2192 74 0 3 2.02 18 14 5 885 .923
2011-12 Florida ECHL 39 2234 107 7 1 2.87 20 14 3 1016 .905
2012-13 Florida ECHL 31 1688 85 4 0 3.02 14 9 3 797 .904
Syracuse AHL 2 97 6 1 0 3.70 0 1 0 42 .875
2013-14 Idaho ECHL 43 2530 115 4 1 2.73 23 14 4 1279 .918
2014-15 Fort Wayne ECHL 33 1938 80 3 1 2.48 23 7 2 776 .907
Rochester AHL 2 119 9 1 0 4.53 0 2 0 70 .886
  Grand Rapids AHL 2 77 1 0 0 0.78 1 0 0 34 .971
  Utica AHL 1 59 3 1 0 3.07 0 1 0 8125 .893
2015-16 Fort Wayne ECHL 10 574 24 1 0 2.51 5 4 0 244 .910
   TOTALS AHL 7 352 19 3 0 3.24 1 4 0 171 .900
    ECHL 156 8694 411 19 3 2.75 85 48 12 4112 .909
    NCAA 101 5801 224 0 5 2.32 45 42 11 2451 .916

Lomberg, 20, has played in 4 games for the Heat this season and registered his first AHL point, an assist, on November 14 against Texas.  The rookie forward began the year with Adirondack, registering 4 goals and an assist in 5 games with the then undefeated side.

The Heat are back at home for Pat Sieloff oversized trading card night this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Stockton Arena.  For tickets to the game call 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com.

Flames Assign Smid to Stockton for Conditioning

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned defenceman Ladislav Smid to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Stockton Heat on a conditioning assignment.

Smid, a native of Frydlant, Czech Republic, has played just four games with the Flames this season after injuries cost him 51 games in 2014-15.

BORN: Frydlant, Czech Republic            DATE: February 1, 1986
HEIGHT: 6’4”                                         WEIGHT: 210 lbs.
DRAFTED: ANA – 1st round, 9th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft
ACQUIRED: Trade from Edmonton with Olivier Roy for Laurent Brossoit and Roman Horak.

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2002-03 Liberec Bili Tygri HC Czech 4 0 0 0 0 1
2003-04 Liberec Bili Tygri HC Czech 45 1 1 2 51 -5
2004-05 Liberec Bili Tygri HC Czech 39 1 3 4 14 -2 12 0 0 0 6
2005-06 Portland Pirates AHL 71 3 25 28 48 14 16 0 1 1 16
2006-07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 3 7 10 37 -16
2007-08 Springfield Falcons AHL 8 1 4 5 15 3
2007-08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 0 4 4 58 -15
2008-09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 60 0 11 11 57 -6
2009-10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 51 1 8 9 39 5
2010-11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 0 10 10 85 -10
2011-12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 5 10 15 44 4
2012-13 Liberec Bili Tygri HC Czech 22 2 12 14 22 -8
2012-13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 1 3 4 55 -1
2013-14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 17 1 1 2 16 -6
2013-14 Calgary Flames NHL 56 1 5 6 62 -4
2014-15 Calgary Flames NHL 31 0 1 1 13 -12
2015-16 Calgary Flames NHL 4 0 0 0 0 -2
TOTALS NHL 565 12 60 72 466 -63
AHL 79 4 29 33 63 17 16 0 1 1 16
    Czech 110 4 16 20 87 -14 12 0 0 0 6

GAMEDAY BLOG: Heat Face Ontario in Southern California

Arena: Citizens Business Bank Arena
Date: November 25, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
BroadcastAHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 6:45 p.m. PST

Leading Scorer: STOCKTON: C Markus Granlund (11GP, 5-4-9)
                                 ONTARIO: RW Sean Backman (14GP, 4-11-15)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeatPRStay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed Emile Poirier puck. 


The Stockton Heat travel down to the Citizens Business Bank Center in Ontario, California looking to redeem themselves for an earlier loss this month against the Ontario Reign. The Heat will also be bringing with them a winning streak of three games and the team also has points in four-straight.  Meanwhile, the Reign bring in a streak of two consecutive wins.


The Ontario Reign jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first 22:06 of the game. Jordan Samuels-Thomas notched the last three goals for the Reign, chasing Kent Simpson from the net.

PTO goalie Eric Hartzell came in and stopped all 17 shots the rest of the way but Peter Budaj’s 38-save shutout powered the Reign to the 4-0 win.


Tonight there is no doubt that the man to watch is the only player for the Heat is the man who just arrived this morning.

Ladislav Smid was sent to the Heat today on a conditioning assignment, and while he won’t be here long, Smid is a 565 game NHL veteran over the course of what has now spanned a decade with the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.

The defenseman last suited up in the AHL back in 2007-08 for 8 games with the Springfield Falcons.  In total, Smid has played 79 AHL games scoring 4 goals and 29 assists for 33 points.  He’s also +17 in his AHL career.

Last season, the Czech native missed 51 games due to injuries and has only suited up in four contests this year with the Calgary Flames.

So look for the bonafide NHL’er to get his legs going tonight while wearing the Heat roundel logo on his chest.  It will be interesting to see who he plays with tonight as Coach Huska could pair him up with a younger defenseman as a teaching moment, or, you may see Coach Huska put Smid with fellow countrymen Jakub Nakladal.

He shouldn’t be with the Heat long so enjoy watching this former 9th overall draft pick while you can!


The Stockton Heat persevered on Saturday over their Norcal rival, the San Jose Barracuda in an interesting game.

The Heat built the 2-0 lead just 8:13 into the game before San Jose would score one in the second and two in the third to take the lead. Emile Poirier’s tying goal with 8:55 to go in the game sent it to overtime and eventually the shootout.

Kevin Poulin, who had stopped 30 of 33 in the contest suffered a freak injury during the first shot attempt in the first round and was helped off the ice, thrusting Kent Simpson into action.

Simpson watched as his team continued to score in the skills competition and eventually made the save needed to secure the win in the fifth round. It was Simpson’s first AHL win since 3/20/15 while playing with Bridgeport despite the performance going down as 0 saves on 0 shots!


Freddie Hamilton scored his 50th career AHL goal on Wednesday while Emile Poirier notched his 50th career point in the AHL on Wednesday. Kenny Agostino scored his 50th career AHL point on Saturday and Heat team captain Aaron Johnson suited up in his 700th combined NHL and AHL game on Saturday.



One of the big keys for the Stockton Heat is getting off to a good start, and during this four-game point streak, the Heat have scored first in each game.

In the shootout loss to San Antonio it was Drew Shore to get the Heat on the board first, followed by Garnet Hathaway in Texas, Derek Grant against San Diego and Kenny Agostino versus San Jose.

The Heat are actually 5-1-0-1 when the team strikes first in a contest, however that lone loss did occur while the Heat were on the road to Southern California.  Austin Carroll scored his first pro goal to open the scoring in San Diego on Halloween in the Heat’s 3-2 loss to the team.

The Heat also have a +4 goals differential in the first period and are 4-0-0-0 when leading after the first.  A good start for Stockton will certainly be a key factor in the contest.


A scoring change from the last game took away an assist from Emile Poirier and correctly gave it to Pat Sieloff.  For Sieloff it’s his second assist of the season when he kicked the puck to Kenny Agostino who eventually found Markus Granlund for his fifth goal of the season.

However for Poirier, this took away what would have been his second multi-point game of the season as he later would score the game tying goal in the late stages of the third period, his first of the season.

Poirier, who’s in his sophomore season as a pro, finally broke through what was a bit of a scoring slump when he found some room in the slot and received a pass from behind the net from Derek Grant.  Poirier’s one-time gave the Heat the opportunity to force the game into extra time.

Last season, Poirier was tied for second on the Adirondack Flames with 19 goals.  His last goal, prior to scoring last Saturday, occurred on April 18 while with those Flames so getting back in the goal column should prove huge for the confidence of the soon to be 21-year-old.

His lone multi-point game of the season occurred in the team’s first game of the season against the Rockford IceHogs where Poirier had two assists.



Derek Grant’s 5 goals in 5 games this season is the best start to any season he’s ever had.  Last year it took him 17 games to reach five goals and the previous quickest it took him 13 games back in the 2012-13 season while with the Binghamton Senators.

Grant also just notched his first assist of the season on Poirier’s tying goal, putting the talented centerman on a back-to-back point streak with hopes of extending that tonight.

Heat Index 11/23/15

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0, 4 points
Overall Record: 5-5-0-2, 0.500 Win Percentage, 6th in the Pacific Division

Last Week’s Results:
Nov. 18 – Stockton Heat 4 vs. San Diego 0
Nov. 21 – Stockton Heat 4 vs. San Jose 3 (SO)

This Week’s Schedule:
Wed. Nov. 25 – Stockton Heat at Ontario Reign – Citizens Business Bank Arena (7:00 p.m.)
Fri. Nov. 27– Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors – Stockton Arena (7:30 p.m.)
Sat. Nov. 28– Stockton Heat at Bakersfield Condors – Rabobank Arena (7:00 p.m.)

Recent Transactions
11/16 – Derek Grant assigned to the Stockton Heat by the Calgary Flames

While you might think that traditionally fights and big hits are the big momentum shifters, and they still can be, in today's game, momentum can easily turn just by playing hard, fast and physical. A simple puck battle can mount a surge for a team in the game today (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY).

Markus Granlund battles for a puck with San Diego’s Stu Bickel on Wednesday’s 4-0 Heat victory over the Gulls.  He now leads the team in points with 9 and is tied with Derek Grant for the team lead in goals with 5. (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY).

Team Leaders
Goals: Markus Granlund and Derek Grant with 5
Assists: Kenny Agostino with 7
Points: Markus Granlund with 9
PIMs: Austin Carroll with 16
Wins: Jon Gillies and Kevin Poulin with 2
Losses: Jon Gillies with 3
GAA (Played at least 5 games): Jon Gillies with 2.31
SV% (Played at least 5 games): Jon Gillies with 0.920

Team Stats

Goals For: Week: 8 | Overall: 32
Goals Against: Week: 3 | Overall: 32
Power Play: 8-61
 (13.1%), T-23rd in AHL
Penalty Kill: 45-52 (86.5%), 7th in AHL

Records vs. Opponents

Pacific Division:
Bakersfield Condors (0-1-0-0)
Ontario (0-1-0-0)
San Antonio (0-1-0-1)
San Diego (1-1-0-1)
San Jose (1-1-0-0)
Texas (2-0-0-0)
TOTALS vs. PACIFIC: (4-5-0-2)
Central Division:
Rockford (1-0-0-0)
TOTALS vs. CENTRAL: (1-0-0-0)

Calgary Flames (NHL)
Record Last Week: 2-0-0, 4 points
Record Overall: 8-12-1, .381 Win Percentage, 6th in Pacific Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Tue. Nov. 24- Flames at Anaheim (7:00 p.m. PST)
Fri. Nov. 27– Flames at Arizona (6:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Nov. 28– Flames at San Jose(7:00 p.m. PST)

Turner Elson had the primary assist on the first goal in Stockton Heat history.

Turner Elson continued his hot play on Wednesday as he registered helpers on Derek Grant’s pair of goals for the Stockton Heat.  Elson would have his point streak halted on Saturday (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY).

Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
Record Last Week: 1-0-0, 2 points
Record Overall: 10-2-0, .833 Win Percentage, 1st in East Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Wed. Nov. 25 – Thunder vs. Elmira (4:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Nov. 28 – Thunder at Elmira (4:05 p.m. PST)
Sun. Nov. 29 – Thunder vs. Greenville (Noon PST)

News and Notes

  • The Stockton Heat are on their longest point streak of the season having picked up at least a point in four-straight  games since the November 13 match-up in San Antonio.  The Heat are also on their longest win streak of the season with wins in three-straight contests.
  • After appearing in nine games with the Calgary Flames, Derek Grant was reassigned to the Heat and in his first game back with the team, he had his second multi-goal game of the season, scoring two goals in the game on Wednesday against San Diego.
  • Turner Elson is tied for the league lead with 2 shorthanded goals.  Both Drew Shore and Aaron Johnson are tied for first in shorthanded assists with two.
  • Stockton leads the league averaging 35 shots per game.

Approaching Milestones

  • Colton Orr is 2 PIMS away from 600 in his AHL career. The forward has 1186 PIMS in the NHL.
  • Bill Arnold is just 8 points shy of 50 career AHL points.
  • Brett Kulak is 5 games away from 50 career AHL games.
  • Blair Riley is 6 games away from playing in 300 AHL games.
  • Heat captain Aaron Johnson is just 10 points away from 200 career AHL points.
  • Garnet Hathaway is 9 games away from 100 career AHL games.
  • Head Coach Ryan Huska is 12 games away from coaching in his 100th AHL game.  He’s just 8 games away from coaching in his 600th game as a head coach (504 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL)

Recently Accomplished Milestones

  • Freddie Hamilton scored his 50th career AHL goal on Wednesday against San Diego.
  • Emile Poirier notched his 50th career AHL point on Wednesday with an assist against San Diego.
  • Kenny Agostino registered his 50th career AHL point when he scored his first goal for the Stockton Heat on Saturday against San Jose.
  • After suiting up during Wednesday’s and Saturday’s games for the Heat, team captain Aaron Johnson skated in his 700th combined NHL and AHL game during the game against San Jose.
Freddie Hamilton is set to play his . (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA)

Freddie Hamilton scored his 50th career AHL goal on John Gibson of the San Diego Gulls on Wednesday and then provided the shootout game winner on Saturday for the Heat. (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA)

What a Win

The Stockton Heat persevered on Saturday over their Norcal rival, the San Jose Barracuda in an interesting game.

The Heat built the 2-0 lead just 8:13 into the game before San Jose would score one in the second and two in the third to take the lead.  Emile Poirier’s tying goal with 8:55 to go in the game sent it to overtime and eventually the shootout.  Kevin Poulin, who had stopped 30 of 33 in the contest suffered a freak injury during the first shot attempt in the first round and was helped off the ice, thrusting Kent Simpson into action.  Simpson watched as his team continued to score in the skills competition and eventually made the save needed to secure the win in the fifth round.

It was Simpson’s first AHL win since March 20, 205 when he was playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers despite the performance going down on the scoresheet as  0 saves on 0 shots!

Stopping the Scoring Slump

For Kenny Agostino and Emile Poirier, it’s been tough for the pair in the goal departments this season.  The last time that the two scored happened to be during the same game while with the Adirondack Flames last season on April 18.

The pair would however finally break their respective goal scoring droughts on Saturday when Agostino put a wrist shot off a broken play in the slot past the San Jose goaltender while Poirier finished with a one-timer from the slot off a Derek Grant pass.

Agostino finished the game with his third multi-point effort of the season (1-1-2), while Poirier had his second multi-point game (1-1-2) of the year in the win.  

Straight Into Ontario


The Heat make the trip down to Southern California to take on the Ontario Reign this Wednesday hoping for a better effort against the Reign than their first game back on November 7 that took place at Stockton Arena.

While the Heat peppered Peter Budaj with 38 shots, the Slovakian netminder stopped everything thrown at him for his fourth shutout of the year.  Jordan Samuels-Thomas recorded the hat trick en route to the 4-0 win for the Reign at Stockton Arena.

Drew Shore is in his first full season with the Calgary organization after being traded for Corban Knight last season. PHOTO BY JACK LIMA

Drew Shore has gone a perfect 2 for 2 in the shootout and is the only Heat player who has scored on 100% of his shootout opportunities (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA)

However that came on the heels of the most difficult stretch of hockey this season for the Heat.  Now the Heat are coming in with a far better record to match their renewed offensive confidence.  The Heat have won three straight games and have picked up points in the last four games.  During this four-game stretch of points the Heat have outscored opponents 17-11 and have outshot opponents 165-123.


Post-Thanksgiving Home and Home with Bako


This weekend the Heat will play a home and home series with the Bakersfield Condors with the Heat hosting the first game on Friday at 7:30 before the team will head down the California-99 to Rabobank Arena on Saturday.

The teams have met up just once this season with the Condors narrowly defeating the Heat 2-1 on November 6 to kick off Hot Pink 1.

Shooting for the Shootout

So far this season, the Stockton Heat have played three games that have needed extra time and all have made it past the three-on-three overtime and needed the shootout to decide the victor.  The first two games have resulted in defeat for the Heat but the last game against the Barracuda on Saturday was the first win in the skills competition for the Heat.

In 12 shootout attempts this year, the Heat have struck gold on six of them while now all three of the Heat’s goalies, Jon Gillies, Kevin Poulin and Kent Simpson, have faced four shooters with varying degrees of success.

Gillies leads the Heat with a 75% stop rate in the shootout while Poulin has been unable to make a stop in his four chances.  Simpson has allowed two on four shots.

So far this season, Drew Shore has been the man to get the job done for the Heat as he’s scored on both of his chances.  Kenny Agostino ranks second on the team behind him scoring on 2 of 3 followed by Freddie Hamilton’s 1 for 2 mark and Markus Granlund’s 1 for 3 mark.

Derek Grant and Bill Arnold are the only other players to shoot in the shootout and were held off the scoresheet.