Staunch Defensive Battle Ends in OT Loss for Stockton

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat finished up their opening home stand earning their fifth point of the year but falling in overtime to Tucson by a final score of 2-1.  The two teams both remained scoreless after the first period, but Stockton dominated the second period in the shot categories with a 19-4 advantage. That period would provide Stockton’s lone goal of the game that came from Brandon Bollig’s shot off a blocked shot. In the third period, the Roadrunners would tie the game thanks to a goal from Craig Cunningham.  With the teams tied at one after three, a three-on-three contest would decide things in overtime and Tuscon’s lone shot of the period by Brendan Perlini would end up being the game-winner as the Heat were defeated 2-1. Stockton will now start their first road trip of the season on Wednesday when the team visits the San Diego Gulls.



1st Period
No Goals
Shots: STK — 7 | TUC — 9 

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Brandon Bollig (1) blocked shot from the point gets deflected in front of the crease, puck gets tucked in past the goaltender’s blocker side into the net (Lomberg, Robak assists), 8:38
Shots: STK — 19 | TUC — 4

3rd Period
Tuscon Goal: F Craig Cunningham (3) pass from the corner boards finds the high slot, drags the puck and fires into the top corner of the net on the goaltender’s glove side (Selleck, Wood assists), 5:08
Shots: STK — 15 | TUC — 16

Tuscon Goal: F Brendan Perlini (1) on rush creates a shot from just past the blue line that beats the goaltender on the glove side (Wood, MacInnis assists), 3:19
Shots: STK — 3  | TUC — 1

W: Marek Langhamer (44 shots, 43 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (30 shots, 28 saves)

Three Stars: 1. Brendan Perlini 2. Brendan Bollig 3. Jon Gillies
Final Shots: STK — 44 | TUC — 30
Power Plays: STK — 0/5 | TUC — 0/5
Colby Robak (1 assist) is now on a three- game point streak (3 assists)
Brandon Bollig (1 goal) scores his first AHL goal since 1/5/13 at TOR while playing with the Rockford IceHogs
The Stockton Heat have earned points in three-straight to begin the season


“It was a great play by my linemates – really a hardworking shift. We’re out there to create energy and that’s what we did. A good hardworking shift there and it just happened to be sitting right there for me in the slot and I was lucky enough to put it in.” – Brandon Bollig on his first goal with the Heat this season.

“I think we did play well defensively. I thought there were a couple times we could have tightened things up, but overall I thought we played well. A couple bounces go our way in the offensive zone and I think we start the season 3-0.” – Bollig on how he thought the Heat played tonight.

“I think some of it is bad luck and I think some of it is that we didn’t put enough traffic in front of their net. At this level if the goalie sees it, he’s probably going to stop it, so I think moving forward we have to get more men in front of the goalie’s eyes.” – Mark Jankowski on only converting a single goal on 41 shots.

“It’s going to be good for our team to get on the road. Those trips are good for the guys to bond and I think it’s going to be good for us to get a trip like that this early in the year.” – Jankowski on heading on a three-game road trip next.

“The one thing we have to do better next time is put a few more bodies in front. The goal we did score was a second opportunity. We had our chances tonight and [Mark Langhamer] made some great saves, but we have to do a better job of getting bodies in front.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on what he thought the key was in tonight’s loss.

STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Diego Gulls
November 4 @ Stockton Arena
Hot Pink: Pink WaterBottle to the first 750 ladies 18-years-olds & over
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.

Stockton’s Strong First Period Powers Team to 5-1 Win over Texas

Stockton, Calif. – The Heat scored three goals in the first 7:41 of the first period and that would help Stockton secure the victory as they start their season 2-0. Morgan Klimchuk scored the first goal for the Stockton Heat in his season debut before Andrew Mangiapane scored his first pro goal and Hunter Shinkaruk followed it up with a beauty for the quick 3-0 lead and spell the end of the night for Maxime Lagace.  The Heat dominated with their special teams scoring two on the power play and killing off three for the visitors and had four players, Klimchuk, Shinkaruk, Mangiapane and Mark Jankowski all had a goal and an assist for their first multi-point games of the season.  The Heat now ready to face the Tucson Roadrunners on Friday at Stockton Arena for the first time in the regular season.



1st Period
HEAT GOAL: F Morgan Klimchuk (1) partial breakaway, beats the goaltender with a backhand-forehand combination through the five-hole (Poirier, Robak assists), 2:43
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (1) cross ice pass creates a catch and shoot from the far side circle, shot beats the high blocker (Vey, Wotherspoon assists), 6:19 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Hunter Shinkaruk (2) picks up puck from a neutral zone pass, dekes around defender and backhands a shot high on the glove side (Jankowski, Klimchuk assist), 7:41
Shots: STK — 16 | TEX — 9

2nd Period
Texas Goal: F Austin Fyten (1) scramble in front off a rebound beats the goaltender (Honka, Van Brabant assisted), 2:17
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (1) pass from the point to the far faceoff circle for a one-timer that beats the netminder on the glove side (Kylington, Mangiapane assists),  6:26 (PP)
Shots: STK — 9 | TEX —13

3rd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Garnet Hathaway (1) shot from the high slot creates a rebound and the scramble in front is tipped into the net (Anderson, Shinkaruk assists), 11:35
Shots: STK — 7 | TEX — 8

W: Jon Gillies (30 shots, 29 saves)
L: Maxime Lagace (8 shots, 5 saves)
Philippe Desrosiers (24 shots, 22 saves)



  • Oliver Kylington’s assist tonight gives him points in back-to-back games dating back to last Saturday’s contest against San Jose
  • Colby Robak also gave himself points in back-to-back games  with his first period assist
    • It was also Robak’s 100th career AHL assist
  • Hunter Shinkaruk’s goal tonight gives him goals in two straight to start the season.
  • Morgan Klimchuk is the first Heat player to record a multi-point game as he had a goal 2:43 into the game and assisted on Shinkaruk’s goal at 7:41 in the first period
    • Other players to record a multi-point game include Mark Jankowski, Andrew Mangiapane and Hunter Shinkaruk

Three Stars: 1. Hunter Shinkaruk 2. Morgan Klimchuk 3. Andrew Mangiapane
Final Shots: STK — 32 | TEX — 30
Power Plays: STK — 2/5 | TEX — 0/3
“Playing at home you always want to come out strong. It’s your building and you want to build off the energy, so from opening puck drop we were ready to go and we were able to put on a good show there in the first period. That’s what we were looking for.” – Morgan Klimchuk on the Heat’s fast start tonight.

“It’s frustrating to have a lingering injury like that at the beginning of the season, but I’m fortunate to have only missed one game and be back to normal. I felt good out there and I think I showed well.” – Klimchuk on playing his first game back from his offseason injury and earning two points.

“It was definitely a nice play by [Tyler Wotherspoon] at the point to get it down to [Linden Vey], who made a nice pass across to me. They did all the hard work. I just tried to get it on net and fortunately it went in. It’s always good to get that first goal and I’m just thankful that it came in just my second game.” – Andrew Mangiapane on scoring his first pro goal.

“These are points that are huge in making the playoffs at the end of the year, so it’s good that we’re starting off with wins. There’s a few things we have to get better at, but it’s nice to get a couple wins despite that.” – Hunter Shinkaruk on the Heat’s undefeated start.

“I saw the defenseman had a pretty open stick, so I just wanted to try to put it through him and my move is usually to go backhand shelf and I was lucky enough to pull it off.” – Shinkaruk on his goal tonight.

“We did get off to the good start and I think that was the game for us. There were some different guys that got involved in the scoring and that was great for us. As the game went on we got a little sloppy and a little light in our own zone – that’s something we need to work on. But the way our guys came out to start the game was huge for us.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the fast start tonight.

“When you’re on your heels, those veteran guys have the ability to settle the game down. They tend to make the right plays and help the younger guys along. When you look at a guy like Colby Robak, he had a great game for us tonight and was probably our best defenseman. The older guys that we have this year have really been there for the younger guys and given us what we needed from them so far.” – Coach Huska on the play of his veterans tonight.

STOCKTON HEAT vs. Tucson Roadrunners
October 21 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive a Mark Jankowski photo card to the first 500 fans.
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.

Poirier, Jankowski Photo Cards Given Out this Week


jankopoirierStockton Heat vs. Texas Stars
Wednesday, October 19 (7:00 p.m. faceoff – 6:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
The Stockton Heat host the Texas Stars for the first time this season tomorrow night at Stockton Arena with the first 500 fans will receive an 8″ x 10″ photo of Emile Poirier.

Stockton Heat vs. Tucson Roadrunners
Friday, October 21 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
The Heat host the Tucson Roadrunners for the first ever time in the regular season with the first 500 fans picking up an 8″ x 10″ photo of Mark Jankowski.


pink-bottleStockton Heat vs. San Diego Gulls
Friday, November 4 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
Hot Pink 2 presented by Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center kicks off with the ice dyed pink and the team sporting black and pink specialty jerseys as we raise money for St. Joseph’s Foundation – Breast Health Services.  Between silent auction items, jersey auctions and a portion of ticket sales, help us raise money to help locals who are impacted by breast cancer through amazing initiatives that the Foundation provides.  Whether it be helping pay rent, gas money to get to and from treatment, or just someone to talk to and show support, your dollars along with ours go to a great cause!  Plus the first 750 ladies 18-years-old and over will take home a pink Heat water bottle!

pink-puckStockton Heat vs. San Diego Gulls
Saturday, November 5 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
Hot Pink 2 presented by Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center continues on Saturday with more silent auctions, plus our favorite live auction of select players jerseys after the game ends!  We’re still raising money for that good cause so come out, wear pink and watch a hard-fought, NorCal vs. SoCal battle!  The first 750 ladies 18-years-old and over will also get to take home with them a pink hockey puck!

capeStockton Heat vs. San Antonio Rampage
Saturday, November 12 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
For the first time the Heat are hosting Superhero night, where we encourage fans to come in costume as their favorite superhero!  Whether you’re a Batman person, a Black Widow person, or you’re a pizza eating, skateboarding turtle kind of person, we want you here to celebrate some of the best characters in pop culture today and of yesterday! Participate in our costume contest and for kids 12-years-old and younger, you’ll receive a Heat cape to take home!


Stockton Heat vs. San Diego Gulls
Saturday, December 3 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
Tonight we celebrate our favorite mascot, Frankie the Firebird, by handing out a bobblehead with the lovable bird to the first 500 kids 12-years-old and younger!  This is the first of four bobbleheads and the first of two bobblehead giveaways for the Heat’s younger fans! Frankie has asked us to relay that he’d like you to bring your dancing shoes and your loudest cheers to that game!


The first season ticket holder event is coming up on Friday, November 11 when the Heat take on the San Antonio Rampage as it will be the first Pre-game Chalk Talk with Head Coach Ryan Huska.  Bring your questions about the team, hockey strategy or life in California for Coach Huska and he’ll answer every question no matter how tough!

Following the Chalk Talk will be the next opportunity to chat with the 2016-17 Stockton Heat as we’ll hold a Meet & Greet for full season ticket holders only on Monday, November 14 at Stockton Arena from 5:30 to 7:30!

If you haven’t already picked it up, full season ticket holders can pick up their gift, a Stockton Heat cooler bag and their season ticket holder patch, up at any of our upcoming games, or swing by the office from 8:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday!

For more information on upcoming events and for the latest Season Ticket Holder News, visit 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!


The Stockton Heat have a great way to get your group out to the games, have a great time, and save you money!  All groups of 10 or more get recognized on the video board and are entered to win the nightly group raffle!  Book your group in lower premium and take home a Heat hat in addition to the memories you’ll create!

However larger groups are eligible for special perks and this week we’ll focus in on a cool feature groups of 50 or more can take advantage of!

Do you like being close to the action?  Do you enjoy feeling the glass rattle every time a puck or player hits it?  Did you ever envision yourself sitting in the penalty box if you were a pro hockey player?

If you said yes to any or all of those then this is the perk for you!

Four of your group members can take in warm-ups from the penalty box and observe the players directly in front of you!  See up close and personal how the Heat and their opposition get ready for a game as close as you can get without actually being on the ice!  However, you have to act fast because this is only available on a first come, first serve basis.  After all, there are only two penalty boxes…and if you don’t behave we might not let you out!

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


rinkside-suiteA new and immersive experience is available from the Heat and is booking fast!  The Kemper CPA Rinkside Suite is an amazing way to take in a hockey game right next to the action along the glass!

For $975, you and your party of 25 people can take in a Heat game on the glass in comfort and style, with barstool and couch seating, a suite attendant, access to food and beverage options at an additional cost and six guaranteed giveaway items.

The Kemper CPA Rinkside Suite is available after January 6, 2017 based upon availability so call 209.373.1500 and book this experience today!

Heat Index 10/17/16

Last Week’s Record: 1-0-0-0, 2 points
Overall Record: 1-0-0-0, 1.000 Points Percentage, 3rd in the Pacific Division

Last Week’s Results:
Oct. 15- Stockton Heat 3 vs. San Jose Barracuda 2

This Week’s Schedule:
Wed. Oct. 19 – Stockton Heat vs. Texas Stars – Stockton Arena (7:00 p.m.)
Fri. Oct. 21  – Stockton Heat vs. Tucson Roadrunners – Stockton Arena (7:30 p.m.)

Recent Transactions
10/17 – Tom McCollum assigned to Stockton from Calgary
10/14 – Colby Robak signed to Pro Tryout
10/11 – Brandon Bollig assigned to Stockton by Calgary
10/11 – Daniel Pribyl assigned to Stockton by Calgary
10/11 – Brett Pollock assigned to Adirondack from Stockton by Calgary
10/11 – Linden Vey assigned to Stockton by Calgary
10/11 – Mikkel Aagaard assigned to Adirondack by Stockton
10/11 – Roman Dyukov assigned to Adirondack by Stockton
10/11 – Mikhail Grigorev released from Pro Tryout
10/9 – Mason McDonald assigned to Adirondack from Stockton by Calgary

Team Leaders
Goals: Matt Frattin, Hunter Shinkaruk & Ryan Lomberg with 1
Assists: Garnet Hathaway, Mark Jankowski, Oliver Kylington, Andrew Mangiapane & Colby Robak with 1
Points: Eight players tied with 1
PIMs: Ryan Culkin and Kenney Morrison tied with 2
Wins: Jon Gillies with 1
Losses: n/a
GAA (Played at least 10 games): Jon Gillies with 2.01
SV% (Played at least 10 games): Jon Gillies with 0.933

Team Stats

Goals For: Week: Overall: 3
Goals Against: Week: 2 | Overall: 2
Power Play: 0-2 (0.0%)
, T-23rd in AHL
Penalty Kill: 2-2 (100.0%), T-1st in AHL

Records vs. Opponents

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

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

Calgary Flames (NHL)
Record Last Week: 0-2-1, 1 point
Record Overall: 0-2-1,  6th in Pacific Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Tue. Oct. 18 – Flames vs. Buffalo (6:00 p.m. PST)
Thr. Oct. 20 – Flames vs. Carolina (6:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Oct. 22 – Flames vs. St. Louis (7:00 p.m. PST)

Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
Record Last Week: 2-0-0, 4 points
Record Overall: 2-0-0, 1st in East Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Sat. Oct. 22 – Thunder vs. Manchester (4:00 p.m. PST)

News and Notes

  • Matt Frattin scored the Heat’s first goal of 2016-17
    • Andrew Mangiapane earned his first pro point, an assist, on that goal
  • Stockton was one of three teams to post 4 minutes of penalties during opening weekend.  San Jose and Binghamton were the other two
  • Last year the Heat were 5-19-1-1 when trailing after one period of play.  The Heat won Saturday’s opener after trailing with 20 minutes gone
  • Ryan Lomberg scored his first AHL goal and his first AHL game winning goal of his career
  • The Heat are now 2-0 in Home Opening games
  • Stockton Hockey teams are now on a four game, home opener winning streak with the Heat winning two and the former ECHL club, the Stockton Thunder, winning their last two
  • Stockton hockey teams are 7-5-0 all-time during the team’s home opener
    • Ryan Lomberg joins Derek Grant (2015-16) as the two Heat players to score game winners during the team’s home opener
    • Jon Gillies has backstopped the Heat to both of the club’s home opening wins
  • Jon Gillies played his first regular season game since 11/6/15 during the Heat’s home opener and won his first game since 10/21/15 @ TEX

Approaching Milestones

  • Colby Robak is an assist away from 100 in his AHL career
    • He’s also 6 PIMS away from 200 in his AHL career
  • Hunter Shinkaruk is 6 goals away from 50 in his AHL career
    • He’s also 11 assists away from 50 in his AHL career
    • That makes him 17 points away from 100 career AHL points
  • Emile Poirier is 8 assists away from 50 in his AHL career
  • Tyler Wotherspoon is 7 points away from 50 in his AHL career
  • Jamie Devane is 20 games away from 200 in his AHL career

Recently Reached Milestones

  • Rasmus Andersson made his AHL debut on 10/15/16 vs. SJ
  • Andrew Mangiapane made his pro debut on 10/15/16 vs. SJ and picked up his first pro point, an assist, on the Heat’s first goal of the season
  • Ryan Lomberg scored his first AHL goal on 10/15/16 vs. SJ
    • It was also his first AHL game winning goal

Flames Sign Goaltender Tom McCollum, Assign to Stockton

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed goaltender Tom McCollum. The former first round pick of the Detroit Red Wings played 30 games for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins last season and went 15-13-0 with a 2.42 GAA and a .923 SV%. The 26-year-old has cleared waivers and been assigned to Calgary’s AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat.

BORN: Amherst, NY              DATE: December 7, 1989
HEIGHT: 6’2”                         WEIGHT: 215 lbs.
DRAFTED: DET – 1st round, 30th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft
ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on October 17, 2016

Season Team Lge GP Min GA EN SO GAA W L T Svs Pct
2006-07 Guelph Storm OHL 55 3158 126 2 5 2.39 26 18 10 1419 0.918
2007-08 Guelph Storm OHL 51 2978 124 3 4 2.50 25 17 6 1310 0.914
2008-09 Guelph Storm OHL 31 1859 69 2 3 2.23 17 10 4 858 0.926
2008-09 Brampton Battalion OHL 23 1333 43 1 4 1.94 17 6 0 565 0.929
2009-10 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 32 1741 101 4 0 3.48 10 16 2 749 0.881
2009-10 Toledo Walleye ECHL 4 188 14 1 0 4.48 2 1 0 89 0.864
2010-11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 22 1152 64 0 1 3.33 6 12 2 465 0.879
2010-11 Toledo Walleye ECHL 23 1305 60 2 3 2.76 11 9 2 597 0.909
2010-11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 15 3 0 0 12.00 5 0.625
2011-12 Toledo Walleye ECHL 15 870 38 0 0 2.62 6 6 2 378 0.909
2011-12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 28 1580 92 4 0 3.49 11 16 0 753 0.891
2012-13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 31 1846 81 5 2 2.63 18 11 2 761 0.904
2013-14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 46 2561 98 2 2 2.30 24 12 4 1158 0.922
2014-15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 37 2171 87 6 1 2.40 19 11 6 949 0.916
2014-15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 66 1 0 0 0.91 1 0 0 24 0.960
2015-16 Toledo Walleye ECHL 1 60 3 0 0 3.00 1 0 0 25 0.903
2015-16 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 30 1686 68 4 1 2.42 15 13 0 818 0.923
TOTALS NHL 3 81 4 0 0 2.96 1 0 0 29 0.879
    AHL 226 12737 591 21 7 2.78 103 91 16 5653 0.905
    ECHL 43 2422 115 3 0 2.85 20 16 4 1089 0.904
    OHL 160 9328 362 8 16 2.33 85 51 20 4514 0.920

Lomberg’s Timely Effort Gives Heat Opening Night Win


Stockton, Calif. – In front of a boisterous crowd for the home opener at Stockton Arena, the Stockton Heat defeated their Nor-Cal rivals, the San Jose Barracuda by a final score of 3-2. It would be Ryan Lomberg’s successful footrace to the puck deep into the third period that would turn out to be the game winner for Stockton as the tenacious forward scored his first AHL goal which stood as the game winner. In net, Heat goaltender Jon Gillies put together a solid performance in net making 28 saves and not allowing San Jose to score on any of their two power plays. Rounding out the scoring, Matt Frattin and Hunter Shinkaruk added their first goals of the season. The Heat continue their three game homestand on Wednesday as they host the Texas Stars at 7 pm.



1st Period
San Jose goal: F Daniel O’Regan (1) blocked shot creates a breakaway that splits the defensemen and the shot beats the goaltender through the five-hole (unassisted), 10:17
Shots: STK — 11 | SJ — 11 

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Matt Frattin (1) battle in the right corner creates a pass into the high slot and the shot beats the goaltender on the glove side (Mangiapane assist), 9:45
HEAT GOAL: F Hunter Shinkaruk (1) turnover on the forecheck creates a one-on-one with the goaltender and the shot from outside the crease beats the goaltender in the corner on the glove side (Jankowski, Hathaway assists), 13:00
Shots: STK — 8 | SJ — 9 

3rd Period
San Jose goal: F Barclay Goodrow (1) faceoff from an icing found its way for a one-timer that beat the goaltender glove side with traffic (Blackwell, Ryan assists), 10:55
HEAT GOAL: F Ryan Lomberg (1) long clearance off the side boards, footrace to the puck, beats the defenseman and chips the puck past the goaltender on the glove side (Kylington, Robak assists), 15:25
Shots: STK — 14 | SJ —10

W: Jon Gillies (30 shots, 28 saves)

L: Troy Grosenick (30 shots, 27 saves)

Three Stars: 1- Ryan Lomberg (1 goal), 2- Brandon Bollig (2 shots), 3- Daniel O’Regan (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK — 33 | SJ — 30
Power Plays: STK — 0/2 | SJ — 0/3
Thanks to Matt Frattin second period goal, the new Heat goal song was revealed to Stockton fans as “Shot Through The Flames,” by AC/DC.
Oliver Kylington led all Stockton skaters with a +2 in the plus/minus category in tonight’s victory.
With Stockton’s 7-0 win in their home opener last season, the Heat have now won both their home openers in their team history.
Ryan Lomberg scored his first AHL goal and first AHL game winning goal
Andrew Mangiapane picked up his first pro point (an assist) in his pro debut


“It felt good. Some stuff to work on, just little things, but overall anytime we win as a team, that’s all I care about and that kind of masks some of the mistakes I made a little bit, so I’m thankful for that and we’ll attack them some time soon and just trying to get better”. – Jon Gillies on returning to game action after a long rehab

“After the first period, our execution was a little bit better and we really limited their chances, so it was a nice night.” – Jon Gillies on the Heat getting better as the game wore on

“I think it was [Kylington] that tried to hit me on the far side and I just missed it by an inch and after that I just tried getting on the forecheck and figured I was kept getting closer and close to the guy and at the last second I lifted his stick and chipped it in there.” – Ryan Lomberg on how he scored his first AHL goal 

“It was a good team game and we’re already really happy to get the two points here.” – Ryan Lomberg on his excitement to get an opening night win

“I think at the beginning, maybe a little bit of nerves, it was a good crowd out there tonight, so everyone just tried to get their legs under them for the first bit there. You know, the season opener, home opener is a big deal for us, but we settled down and stuck to our game plan.” – Ryan Lomberg on the team settling down and playing better later in the game

“It was a game where I thought we were on our heels a little bit early on in the first period, they have some good speed on their side and I thought we had a hard time with it. But I thought as the game went on, we got a little bit better with our game. [We were] scrambling at times and there’s a lot for us to work on, but the end result was a good one for us tonight.” – Coach Huska on his impression of his team after the opening night win

“You want to win your first game, no matter who you’re playing against, so i think at times it takes a little bit of pressure off of your group. We’ll be able to show them some of the things they did well, we’ll be able to show them some of the things they have to work on. Whenever you’re winning, whether it’s the first game of the year, the 50th game of the year, your group feels better about itself, so it’s nice for us to be able to go into a couple of days of practice on Monday and Tuesday and get ourselves ready for Texas that way.” – Coach Huska on the win and preparing for Wednesday’s game

STOCKTON HEAT vs. Texas Stars
October 19 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive a photo card
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.

Team Preview: San Jose Barracuda

Last season the Stockton Heat opened their inaugural season on home ice and treated the raucous crowd to a 7-0 shellacking of the Rockford IceHogs. If the Heat plan on repeating that performance to kick off their 2016-17 season, then they’ll have to do it against the one team that simply had their number a year ago – the San Jose Barracuda.

Without a doubt the toughest opponent statistically for the Heat in 2015-16, San Jose skated to a 9-1-1-1 record against Stockton and outscored the Heat 56-30 over 12 games. Even worse for the Heat, Stockton was outscored 32-11 when visiting the SAP Center and only once held San Jose to fewer than four goals in 12 games.

Returning to the Barracuda lineup are the top two scorers in their head-to-head matchup with the Heat in Nikolay Goldobin and Barclay Goodrow, as well as newly minted captain John McCarthy who finished just behind the others for fourth in scoring against the Heat. Also returning is goaltender Troy Grosenick, who went 3-0-2 with a 2.93 goals-against-average and a .913 save-percentage in his five games against Stockton.

Perhaps the bigger story though, are the players that are not back this year for San Jose. Forwards Jeremy Langlois and Trevor Parkes have signed elsewhere (Langlois to Rockford and Parkes to Augsburger Panther (GER)) while goaltender Aaron Dell is currently backing up Martin Jones with the Sharks.

All three were key members for the Barracuda last season, especially Dell. The goaltender put up an impressive 1.85 goals-against-average and a .948 save-percentage while posting a 5-1-0 record through six starts.

As far as Stockton is concerned, Kenney Morrison leads all returning members with 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) and also is the only returning player for the Heat to have finished last season with a plus rating against San Jose (plus-1).

Also back in the Heat lineup is goaltender Jon Gillies, who presents a tough test for San Jose between the pipes for the Stockton. Gillies only appeared in one game last season against San Jose and allowed four goals in a loss, but he didn’t receive much help from the offense, scoring just one goal that night.

Surely opening the 2016-17 season against San Jose is a tough draw, but it’s a new season for the Heat and frankly every night in the Pacific Division is tough.