Heat Top Line Stays Hot in Heat Road Loss

San Jose, Calif. – The Stockton Heat faced their first road test of the season and saw their top line of Mark Jankowski, Garnet Hathaway and Andrew Mangiapane get involved in both Heat goals, but the Barracuda would come away with a 5-2 win.  Stockton struck first in the late stages of the first period only to see San Jose tie it up on a power-play goal with less than 23 seconds in the first period.  The Barracuda scored to take their first lead early in the second before a great forecheck by both Jankowski and Mangiapane resulted in a Hathaway one-timer from the slot that beat San Jose netminder Troy Grosenick.  However, San Jose pulled away in the third, scoring three goals and handing the Heat their second loss of the season.  The Heat now return home to host the San Diego Gulls this Friday at 6:00 p.m. Fans that eat at a participating McDonald’s location can bring their receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office to redeem a buy one get one free ticket courtesy of Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald”s for Fry Day!

BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (3) receives pass from behind the net in the slot and puts quick shot over goalie’s glove (Hathaway, Jankowski assists), 17:58
San Jose Goal: F Brandon Mashinter (2) finds kicked pass and quickly slides puck through as goalie attempted to set up for a shot (Sorenson, O’Regan assists), (PP), 19:37
Shots: STK – 10 | SJ – 5

2nd Period
San Jose Goal: F Daniel O’Regan (3) back door feed slips past goaltender on the glove hand side (Helewka, Balcers assists), 10:24
HEAT GOAL: F Garnet Hathaway (3) one-times blast from the high slot past goalie’s glove (Jankowski, Mangiapane assists), 16:20
Shots: STK – 11 | SJ – 8

3rd Period
San Jose Goal: F Daniel O’Regan (4) rebound kicked into the slot put back on the second chance opportunity into the open net (Helewka, Balcers assists), 2:29
San Jose Goal: F Alexander True (2) loose puck in crease put in the net while goaltender is without his stick (Helewka, Balcers assists), 13:27
San Jose Goal: F Filip Sandberg (2) turnover from behind the net is passed to the slot and one-timed past goalie (Mashinter assist), 16:12
Shots: STK – 9 | SJ – 9

GOALIES
W: Troy Grosenick (30 shots, 28 saves)
L: David Rittich (22 shots, 17 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Daniel O’Regan (SJ) (2 goals, 1 assist)  2- Adam Helewka (SJ) (2 assists) 3- Brandon Mashinter (SJ) (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 30 | SJ – 22
Power Plays: STK – 0/5 | SJ – 1/2
Mark Jankowski has points in four-straight games (4-3-7)
Jankowski records his third multi-point effort of the year (0-2-2)
Jankowski has recorded 19 points against the San Jose Barracuda in 16 games against the club (8-11-19)
Andrew Mangiapane has points in four-straight games (3-4-7)
Mangiapane records his second multi-point game of the year (1-1-2)
Garnet Hathaway records his third multi-point game of the year (1-1-2)
Stockton’s top line of Jankowski, Hathaway and Mangiapane have recorded 20 of the team’s 37 points
David Rittich’s shutout streak to start the season ends at 79:37

QUOTES
“We had some stretches in the offensive zone where we had good time, but I don’t think we worked hard enough in the hard areas of the game. The defending sides of things I thought we were fairly loose.” – Coach Ryan Huska on his team’s effort

“Our power play had some opportunities and we didn’t execute and make good on the plays that were there.” – Huska on the power-play unit going 0/5

“It’s good to see them generate. I have seen them play better than tonight, I thought they were a little loose on the defensive end as well so it is finding a way to put things together for this weekend.” – Huska on his top line of Mark Jankowski, Garnet Hathaway and Andrew Mangiapane

“We have to forget about the third period and build off of the first two periods and we will be okay heading into the weekend.” – Mangiapane on shifting focus to the weekend

“We did a pretty good job and had some good offensive zone time and we got rewarded with a couple goals, but it was unfortunate that they got a couple there at the end of the third period.” – Jankowski on his line’s performance and the 5-2 loss

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Diego Gulls
Friday, October 20 @ Stockton Arena
Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.
For tickets call 209.373.1500 // stocktonheat.com/fryday

Heat Return Home this Weekend for Fry Day, Trick-Or-Treat Night

HEAT HOME GAMES COMING UP THIS WEEK

Stockton Heat vs. San Diego Gulls
Friday, October 20 (7:00 p.m. faceoff – 6:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
Aspire School’s will be Heating Up the Numbers as a number of children from the schools will be in attendance!  Plus it’s another Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s!  Fans who eat at a participating McDonald’s location can bring their receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office and with a purchase of one ticket, can get one ticket free! To find a participating McDonald’s location nearest you click here! The Breakaway Cafe will be up and running available to every fan in the building featuring food from Bella Vista Cucina Italiana and Cast Iron Trading Co., with craft beer available from the Brewhaus! Full-Season Heat365 Members can Bring-A-Friend to the game (1 extra ticket per seat in your account) to tonight’s game but you must call Rachel Kisker by 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 to redeem your extra tickets for friends.  Call her at 209.373.1730.

Stockton Heat vs. San Diego Gulls
Saturday, October 21 (6:00 p.m. faceoff – 5:00 p.m. doors – 4:00 p.m. Heat Zone Pregame Party) – Stockton Arena
Our Safe Trick-Or-Treating Night encourages fans to come in costume with candy being passed out after the game ends! Plus, the first 2,500 fans will receive a 2017-18 Stockton Heat Team Photo courtesy of Asvitt Photography. It’s another Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser! For our older fans who are 21-years-old and over, you can purchase a Bud & Burger combo for just $15. We’ll throw another Heat Zone Pregame Party along Ring Road starting at 4:00 p.m. which is FREE and open to the public! The Heat Zone features food available from local food trucks, kids activities, a beer garden for the adults and live music!  Also before the game is the Dress for Success fashion show starting at 3:00 p.m. If you have a ticket for the game, you can attend the fashion show for just $5 or if you need a ticket for the game, Mike Rojeski can set you up with tickets as low as $10! He can also set you up with a VIP ticket to the fashion show and the game, and you can do so by calling him at 209.373.1552. There’s also a pregame event for Full-Season Heat365 Members, who can enjoy the first Chalk Talk of the season with Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska in the Heat365 Bud Light Cold Zone starting at 3:45 p.m. Team My58 will also be out at the game and setup with some fun interactive games and prizes for fans! Our Breakaway Cafe is available to all fans inside Stockton Arena during the game featuring some delicious food from Bella Vista Cucina Italiana and Town & Country Cafe, along with some great craft beer options available from the Brewhaus! Stick around after the game ends because the Heat players will also be signing autographs in the North Entry for all fans as they exit the Arena. Finally, if you’re in need of a ticket to the game, you’re in luck! Donate five cans of food for our Canned Food Drive benefitting the United Way of San Joaquin County and get a FREE ticket to the game.  You may be limited to two free tickets per customer, but you aren’t limited in the amount of canned food you want to donate, since it will go to a great cause!

HEAT HOME GAMES IN THE NEAR FUTURE

Stockton Heat vs. Manitoba Moose
Friday, November 3 (7:00 p.m. faceoff – 6:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
It’s Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s!  Fans who eat at a participating McDonald’s location can bring their receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office and with a purchase of one ticket, can get one ticket free! To find a participating McDonald’s location nearest you click here! Plus, our Breakaway Cafe will be serving some terrific local cuisine to all fans inside Stockton Arena! Fans can get a FREE ticket to attend the game tonight by donating a new or gently used coat, which will be donated to the United Way of San Joaquin County!

Stockton Heat vs. Texas Stars
Saturday, November 4 (6:00 p.m. faceoff – 5:00 p.m. doors – 4:00 Heat Zone Pregame Party) – Stockton Arena
Tonight we look to raise money to help those in our community impacted by cancer during Stockton Heat Hockey Fights Cancer presented by Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center.  Need tickets for the game, purchase our limited edition Heat Hockey Fights Cancer Game Pack which features a pair of tickets to the game and two limited edition Heat Hockey Fights Cancer beanies. The Stockton Heat will be wearing special lavender jerseys that will be auctioned off with proceeds from the jerseys donated by to St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute.  The first 1,000 fans 13-years-old and over and first 500 fans 12-years-old and younger will receive a Stockton Heat Fights Cancer replica jersey at the doors! If you’re in need of tickets to the game, our game pack on sale now features a pair of tickets in our Lower End Zone or Upper Premium sections along with two, limited edition Heat Hockey Fights Cancer beanies, a $66 value, yours for $45! Team My58 & Team Estrella will be out to support the night with some fun interactive games and prizes for fans! We’ll throw another pregame party in the Heat Zone along Ring Road from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. featuring live music, food trucks, a beer garden and for our younger Heat fans, a kids zone! Saturday’s are Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser, so Heat fans 21 and over can purchase a Bud & Burger combo for $15! We’ll also have local food and some great craft beer options available inside the arena as the Breakaway Cafe will be available to fans in the building all night long.

HEAT HOME GAMES COMING DOWN THE PIKE

Stockton Heat vs. Manitoba Moose
Wednesday, November 8 (7:00 p.m. faceoff – 6:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
For tonight’s game against the Manitoba Moose, the final meeting between the clubs at Stockton Arena, fans can enjoy $.50 wings and $4 bottomless popcorn all night long!

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Friday, November 17 (7:00 p.m. faceoff – 6:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
Tonight is Superhero Night where the West Coast Avengers invade Stockton Arena as your favorite Superheroes like Thor, Wonder Woman and many more! We encourage fans to dress up in costume as well as their favorite superhero! Plus the first 1,000 kids 12-years-old and younger will receive a Stockton Heat themed mask. It’s another Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s!  Fans who eat at a participating McDonald’s location can bring their receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office and with a purchase of one ticket, can get one ticket free! To find a participating McDonald’s location nearest you click here! Plus, our Breakaway Cafe will be serving some terrific local cuisine to all fans inside Stockton Arena! Team My58 will also be out at the game and setup with some fun interactive games and prizes for fans!

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Saturday, November 18 (6:00 p.m. faceoff – 5:00 p.m. doors – 4:00 Heat Zone Pregame Party) – Stockton Arena
Tonight we celebrate our rich Hispanic roots in Stockton for Hispanic Heritage Night! Team Estrella will be out to support the night with some fun interactive games and prizes for fans and the first 1,500 fans will receive a Stockton Heat scarf to keep you warm for the winter (or at the games!). We’ll throw another pregame party in the Heat Zone along Ring Road from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. featuring live music, food trucks, a beer garden and for our younger Heat fans, a kids zone! Saturday’s are Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser, so Heat fans 21 and over can purchase a Bud & Burger combo for $15! We’ll also have local food and some great craft beer options available inside the arena as the Breakaway Cafe will be available to fans in the building all night long.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR MEMBERS

Don’t forget that all Full-Season Members can Bring-A-Friend for the Friday, October 20 game against the San Diego Gulls as every seat a Full-Season Member has in their account, they’re entitled to one extra ticket to Bring-A-Friend, to the game. Fans can redeem this by calling Rachel Kisker at 209.373.1730 and must do so before the end of business on Thursday, October 19.

The first Chalk Talk of the season for Full-Season Members only will take place at 3:45 on Saturday, October 21, where Members can ask Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska questions about the Stockton Heat, hockey or even his favorite places to go around Stockton!

While it’s open to all fans, Heat365 Members can take advantage of another chance to meet the Stockton Heat after the game on Saturday when the players exit the Arena through the North Concourse!

One of two on-ice group photo options is coming up!  Each Heat365 Member can choose to take your on-ice photo with your fellow Heat365 Members on either Friday, November 17 or Friday, January 12.  If you’d like to take your picture in November you can begin to RSVP with Rachel Kisker by emailing her at rkisker@stocktonheat.com or you can let her know you will be attending the November 17 photo shoot by seeing her on an upcoming gameday in the Heat365 Bud Light Cold Zone!

Don’t forget that we’re taking nominations for November’s Heat365 Member of the Month!  Submit your credentials, or a fellow Heat365 Member’s credentials here!

Dress For Success Fashion Show Saturday

Dress For Success is an international organization that helps women get back into the workforce. They provide resume building workshops, provide professional clothing, and do mock interviews to help women in need.

This Saturday starting at 3:00 p.m., Dress for Success will be hosting a fashion show, including fall fashion line sponsored by Dillard’s, as well as a Heat Merchandise run. During the intermission of the Fashion Show their will also be a Hockey 101 segment, helping attendees understand the sport of hockey a little bit better, as well as a Mile in Her Shoes promotion where men will try to walk the runway in some stylish high heels.

Tickets for the fashion show are just $5 but you must have a ticket to the game.  If you are in need of a ticket for the game, call Mike Rojeski at 209.373.1552 or email him at mrojeski@stocktonheat.com! You can also purchase a VIP Ticket which gives you special seating an access to a cash bar.  This package will also give you an opportunity to take a group photo on the ice after the game and watch from the Dress for Success Suites with hors d’oeuvres.  VIP Tickets are $50 but for Heat365 Members they are just $25.

Canned Food Drive this Saturday

The Heat will be hosting a canned food drive this Saturday night with all collected goods benefitting the United Way of San Joaquin County! Fans can get a FREE ticket to the game on Saturday, October 21 by donating five canned goods during the collection!  Limit two free tickets per customer but feel free to donate as much canned goods as you like to help our community.

This winter we’ll be holding a couple other drives to help benefit our community as we’ll collect coats on Friday, November 3 with fans again earning a FREE ticket to that game by donating a new or gently used coat.  Then on Saturday, December 9, we’ll be collecting toys for kids in need with fans earning a FREE ticket for each new toy they donate.

Both the Coat and Toy Drive will once again benefit the United Way of San Joaquin County and go back to our own community!

Heat Down the Defending Champs, Prepare for First Road Test

David Rittich’s 36-save shutout of the Griffins increased his Heat Team Record to Six Career Shutouts

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

Last Week’s Results
Oct. 14 – Stockton Heat 4 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins 0

This Week’s Schedule
Wed. Oct. 18 – Stockton Heat at San Jose Barracuda – SAP Center (7:00 p.m.)
Fri. Oct. 20 – Stockton Heat vs. San Diego Gulls – Stockton Arena (7:00 p.m.)
Sat. Oct. 21 – Stockton Heat vs. San Diego Gulls – Stockton Arena (6:00 p.m.)

Emile Poirier is back on the board, scoring his first goal since January 7, 2017 after missing a good portion of last season (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

Recent Transactions
10/14 – Marek Hrivik assigned to Stockton from Calgary

Team Leaders
Goals: Mark Jankowski with 4
Assists: Rasmus Andersson and Andrew Mangiapane with 3
Points: Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane with 5
PIMs: Joseph Cramarossa with 16
Wins: Jon Gillies and David Rittich with 1
Losses: Jon Gillies with 1
GAA: David Rittich with 0.00
SV%: David Rittich with 1.000

Team Stats

Goals For: Week: Overall: 12
Goals Against: Week: 0 | Overall: 7
Power Play: 2-16 (12.5%)
, T-20th in AHL
Penalty Kill: 12-13 (92.3%), 5th in AHL

Records vs. Opponents

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

Luke Gazdic picked up the Heat’s first fighting major this season with a long 1:07 bout against Grand Rapids defenseman Dylan McIlrath (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY)

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

Calgary Flames (NHL)
Record Last Week: 3-1-0, 6 points
Record Overall: 4-2-0, 8 points,  3rd in Pacific Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Thur. Oct. 19 – Flames vs. Carolina Hurricanes (6:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Oct. 21 – Flames vs. Minnesota Wild (7:00 p.m. PST)

Kansas City Mavericks (ECHL)
Record Last Week: 1-0-0, 2 points
Record Overall: 1-0-0, 2 points
This Week’s Schedule:
Fri. Oct. 20 – Mavericks at Fort Wayne Komets (5:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Oct. 21 – Mavericks at Fort Wayne Komets (4:30 p.m. PST)

News and Notes

  • David Rittich made 36-saves to earn his first shutout of the year in his first start of the year
    • Of goalies to have played 60 minutes, Rittich’s 0.00 goals-against-average and 1.000 save-percentage is the tops in the league
    • It was Rittich’s sixth AHL shutout which increases his own team record for most shutouts in Heat history
    • Only seven goaltenders in the AHL have recorded shutouts including Rittich
  • Mark Jankowski is tied second in the AHL with 4 goals and is tied for 15th in the AHL with 5 points
    • Andrew Mangiapane is also tied for 15th in the AHL with 5 points on the year
    • Jankowski is one of three players in the AHL to have scored 2 game winning goals, leading the league
    • Jankowski is on a three-game goal scoring streak, tied for the second most in the AHL (4 goals)
  • Rasmus Andersson is tied for 6th among AHL defenseman with 3 points and ranks tied 4th among defenseman with 3 assists
  • Stockton has given up a tied-second fewest 7 goals against in the AHL
  • The Heat are averaging 21 minutes in penalties per game, the third most in the AHL
  • Stockton is tied for the fifth fewest shots total with just 82 shots for but have scored on 14.6% of their shots, eighth best shooting percentage in the AHL
    • In both wins this season, the Heat have been outshot. Their lone blemish saw the Heat and San Jose tie in shots
  • The Heat have scored 4 goals in each of their first three games and are tied for eighth best goals-per-game average in the league
  • Stockton is one of only three teams who’ve not played a road game this season.  Stockton visits San Jose on Wednesday night
  • The Heat are now 10-7-0 against the Central Division all-time

David Rittich won his 50th pro game and extended his team all-time shutout record to six with the 36-save performance last Saturday (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

Approaching Milestones

  • Jon Gillies is a game away from playing his 50th professional (NHL + AHL) game and 2 games away from playing his 50th AHL game
  • Austin Carroll is a game away from playing in his 100th AHL game
  • Garnet Hathaway is 4 games away from playing his 200th professional (NHL + AHL) game
    • He’s also 11 points away from his 100th professional (NHL + AHL) point
  • Andrew Mangiapane is 4 points away from his 50th AHL point
  • Brett Findlay is 5 points away from 50 in his AHL career
    • He’s also 10 games away from playing in his 100th AHL game
  • Rod Pelley is 6 games away from playing his 500th AHL game
  • Emile Poirier is 7 points shy of his 100th AHL point
  • Oliver Kylington is 8 points away from recording his 50th AHL point
  • Joseph Cramarossa is 8 points away from his 50th professional (NHL + AHL) point
  • Hunter Shinkaruk is 9 games away from his 200th AHL game
  • Colby Robak is 10 games away from playing in his 500th professional (NHL + AHL) game
  • Hunter Smith is 12 games away from playing in his 100th AHL game
  • Ryan Lomberg is 14 games away from his 100th AHL game

Recently Accomplished Milestones

  • David Rittich won his 50th professional game (NHL + AHL + CZE1) on Saturday against Grand Rapids

Heat Host San Diego This Friday & Saturday

Don’t miss the fun this weekend as the Stockton Heat host the San Diego Gulls on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Friday’s game is another Fry Day, presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s!  Fans who eat at a participating McDonald’s location can bring their receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office and with a purchase of one ticket, can get one ticket free! To find a participating McDonald’s location nearest you click here! Plus we’ll welcome in Aspire School’s to the game!

Fans in the Arena can enjoy some local food at the Breakaway Cafe on the Fan Deck from Bella Vista Cucina Italiana and Cast Iron Trading Co.!

All Full-Season Heat365 Members have the ability to invite a friend to watch the Heat play on Friday!  Each Full-Season Member can redeem a FREE ticket for a friend for each seat in your account.  So if you have four Full-Season Memberships, you can invite up to four friends to come to the game!

To redeem your Bring-A-Friend tickets, call Rachel Kisker at 209-373-1730 by the end of business on Thursday, October 19.

Then on Saturday it’s our Safe Trick-Or-Treating Night, where we encourage fans to come in costume with candy being passed out after the game ends to kids! Plus, the first 2,500 fans will receive a 2017-18 Stockton Heat Team Photo courtesy of Ray Morgan Company, Chase Chevrolet and Asvitt Photography.

It’s another Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser! For our older fans who are 21-years-old and over, you can purchase a Bud & Burger combo for just $15.

We’ll throw another Heat Zone Pregame Party along Ring Road starting at 4:00 p.m. which is FREE and open to the public! The Heat Zone features food available from local food trucks, kids activities, a beer garden for the adults and live music!

The first Chalk Talk of the season for Full-Season Heat365 Members only will take place at 3:45, where Members can ask Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska questions about the Stockton Heat, hockey or even his favorite places to go around Stockton! Enter through the Heat365 Bud Light Cold Zone and come prepared with your questions!

Team My58 will also be out at the game and setup with some fun interactive games and prizes for fans and the Breakaway Cafe from Bella Vista Cucina Italiana!

You can get your ticket for FREE on Saturday by participating in our Canned Food Drive benefitting the United Way of San Joaquin County! Donate five canned food items and receive one ticket for FREE! Limit of two tickets per person.

After the game on Saturday, the Heat will be exiting the Arena through the North Concourse, so fans can wait to grab autographs or pictures from their favorite Heat players.

 

Rittich Shuts Defending Champs Out in Heat 4-0 Win over Grand Rapids

Stockton, Calif. – David Rittich kept the Heat in the game early and often as the netminder made 36 saves en route to his sixth career shutout for the Stockton Heat in the 4-0 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins.  Rittich made 15 saves in the first after the defending Calder Cup Champions started the game off with a lot of energy and possession time in the offensive zone before the tail end of the period when Stockton began to find their legs.  Just 1:28 into the second period, Mark Jankowski scored his fourth goal of the season to swing momentum to Stockton’s favor.  Another second period tally from Hunter Shinkaruk and a pair of goals in the third period from Oliver Kylington and Emile Poirier helped lead the Heat to the win.  Stockton faces their first road test of the season on Wednesday, October 18 in San Jose looking to avenge the Opening Weekend loss to the San Jose Barracuda.

HIGHLIGHTS
BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
No Score
Shots: STK – 9 | GR – 15

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (4) back door feed shot past goalie on the second opportunity (Kylington, Mangiapane assists), 1:28
HEAT GOAL: F Hunter Shinkaruk (1) tips point shot past the goaltender glove side (Lomberg, Wotherspoon assists), 17:25
Shots: STK – 10 | GR – 12

3rd Period
HEAT GOAL: D Oliver Kylington (1) receives pass inside the blueline, skates to the slot and snipes the top corner on goalie’s blocker-hand side  (Hrivik, Goloubef assists), 3:37
HEAT GOAL: F Emile Poirier (1) puts turnover from defenseman into the wide open net from distance  (Unassisted), 4:29
Shots: STK – 13 | GR – 9

GOALIES
W: David Rittich (36 shots, 36 saves)

L: Tom McCollum (32 shots, 28 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- David Rittich (36 saves, 0 Goals Against)  2- Emile Poirier (1 goal) 3- Mark Jankowski (GWG)
Final Shots: STK – 32 | GR – 36
Power Plays: STK – 0/3 | GR – 0/5
David Rittich earns his sixth career AHL shutout, which continues to lead the Heat for most all-time
Rittich also earns his 50th professional win (NHL + AHL + CZE1)
Oliver Kylington recorded his first multi-point game of the season (1-1-2)
Mark Jankowski has points in three-straight games (4-1-5)
Jankowski has scored both of the Heat’s game winning goals this season
Jankowski is also tied for the AHL League Lead in Goals (4)
Andrew Mangiapane has points in three-straight games (2-3-5)
Marek Hrivik and Cody Goloubef recorded their first point as a member of the Heat with assists on Kylington’s goal
Stockton has scored 4 goals in each contest this season
The Heat are now 2-1-0-0 against Grand Rapids all-time and 2-0-0-0 against the Griffins at Stockton Arena
Emile Poirier scored his first goal since January 7, 2017 in a home game against Milwaukee

QUOTES
“It was good for me, but overall it was good for the team we played the right way and it was a good team effort and it was just a bonus for me and I am really happy with the performance.” – Emile Poirier on his first goal this season

“We knew we had to be a lot better after the first, nobody was too pleased. [Rittich] kept us in it for the first period and I think it speaks in large part to how our team prepares. We are accountable with each other and I thought we turned things around, we knew we had to be better and we were.” – Hunter Shinkaruk on the team bouncing back after the first period

“Happy with the we played tonight. First period we were on our heels for much of it, just a little nervous energy I guess, but I thought the second and third periods we played we expect our group to play.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on his team’s overall performance tonight

“[Rittich] is a competitor. He is one of the better team guys that you will find with the group whether he is playing or not playing it doesn’t matter he is going to bring his best… and when he plays the game he always gives us a chance to win. The energy and work compete that he shows in net is contagious with our group.” – Huska on Rittich’s performance

“The third period was the best I have seen [Poirier] play in a long time where he was using his speed and he was physically engaged and he got rewarded with the goal so really happy to have that feeling of scoring and contributing.” – Huska on Poirier’s returning to form

“I feel great and 4-0 is a good score for me and for us so these two points should be important for the playoff battle later this season.” – David Rittich on his 36-save shutout

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Diego Gulls
Friday, October 20 @ Stockton Arena
Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.
For tickets call 209.373.1500 // stocktonheat.com/fryday