Teddy Bear Toss This Saturday at Stockton Arena

HEAT HOME GAMES COMING UP THIS WEEK:

Frankie is collecting his stuffed animals to throw on the ice during the Heat game on January 21st and you should too (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY).

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Friday, January 20 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
The Heat are teaming with the You Can Play Project in an effort to bring awareness to the inclusion of all athletes regardless of their backgrounds.  The You Can Play Project’s mission is to challenge the culture and guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.  Plus, we’ll have hot dogs on sale at the concession stands for just $1 while supplies last (limit five per customer). The first 500 fans will receive an 8″ x 10″ photo of Brandon Bollig.

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Saturday, January 21 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
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! Plus, the first 500 fans will receive an 8″ x 10″ photo of David Rittich.

HEAT HOME GAMES IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Friday, January 25 (7:00 p.m. faceoff – 6:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
The Heat complete their three-game homestand next Wednesday when the San Jose Barracuda come to town for the first time since opening night.  The first 500 fans in the building will receive a 8″ x 10″ photo card of Ryan Lomberg.

HEAT HOME GAMES COMING DOWN THE PIKE:

Safety Night will feature the Heat trying to get you...yes you... into the book of world records!

Safety Night will feature the Heat trying to get you…yes you… into the book of world records!

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Saturday, February 4 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
You want to make history with the Heat?  Well come down to Stockton Arena for Safety Night as we try to set a World Record for the most people wearing safety vests in one place!  To help our goal, the first 2,000 fans will receive a Heat safety vest but to put Stockton in the record book, we’ll need to have those of you who work in dangerous jobs to wear your own high visibility vest to the game that night.  In addition to our record attempt, we will also have a number of businesses on hand to talk about safety in many different capacities while it will be a way for our community to thank those who do work those dangerous jobs that take a certain type of person with specific skills to do!

Stockton Heat vs. San Jose Barracuda & Bakersfield Condors
Friday and Saturday, February 17 & 18 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
It’s one of the Heat’s signature events as Covanta Easy Being Green Weekend will be upon us on Friday, February 17 as the Heat host San Jose, followed by the Saturday, February 18 meeting between Stockton and the Bakersfield Condors!  If you’ve never been to Covanta Easy Being Green, you’re missing out on all of the tips and tricks to help you and your family not only do your part to help preserve our environment, but you will also learn tips and tricks from companies who can take money out of your energy bills and put them back in your pockets! Plus, it’s another great giveaway as a Heat tote bag will be given to the first 750 fans 13-years-old and over on both nights!  Perfect for groceries!!!!

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR OUR LOYAL SEASON TICKET HOLDERS:

The next Full Season Ticket Holder event will be another pre-game Chalk Talk with Head Coach Ryan Huska before the game Friday, February 17 against the San Jose Barracuda.  Come prepared to ask questions about the team or the burning questions you’ve always wanted to know about hockey.

Full Season Ticket Holder’s can RSVP now for the exclusive “Skate with the Team” event.  Get on the ice with the Stockton Heat after the Sunday, February 26 game against the Texas Stars.  This event, exclusive to ticket holders, requires an RSVP, especially if you need rental skates.  You can RSVP now by calling your ticket rep now or you can RSVP online here!

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!

GROUP PERK OF THE WEEK:

Perfect for veterans, scout troops, schools and church groups is our color guard group perk!  Present the colors before the game during the national anthem in front of the crowd and have the PA Announcer make mention of your group just prior to hearing our anthem.

To take advantage of this perk, all you have to do is bring a group of 50 or more out!

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:

With Teddy Bear Toss right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to purchase our Teddy Bear Hat Trick Plan!

Purchase one ticket to Teddy Bear Toss Saturday, January 21 and receive two additional flex vouchers valid to any other Heat home game this season! Plan starts as low as $32!

Get yours today by visiting stocktonheat.com/hattrick or call 209.373.1500 for more information.

Heat Return to Friendly Confines of Stockton Arena this Week

Stockton looks to continue their strong play on home ice when they open up a three-game homestand starting Friday

Records
Last Week’s Record: 0-3-0-0, 0 points
Overall Record: 18-12-3-1, 0.588 Points Percentage, 4th in the Pacific Division

Last Week’s Results
Jan. 11 – Stockton Heat 3 at San Diego 5
Jan. 13 – Stockton Heat 2 at Bakersfield 5
Jan. 14 – Stockton Heat 0 at San Jose 2

Keith Aulie was officially signed to a deal with the Heat on Wednesday after starting the season on two pro tryout contracts, one with the Cleveland Monsters and the other with the Stockton Heat (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA)

This Week’s Schedule
Fri. Jan. 13 – Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors – Stockton Arena (7:30 p.m.)
Sat. Jan. 14 – Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors – Stockton Arena (7:30 p.m.)

Recent Transactions
1/11 – Ryan Culkin assigned to Adirondack Thunder from the Stockton Heat by the Calgary Flames
1/11 – Keith Aulie signed to an AHL contract with the Stockton Heat
1/9 – Brett Kulak recalled from the Stockton Heat to the Calgary Flames
1/9 – Tyler Wotherspoon assigned to the Stockton Heat from the Calgary Flames

Team Leaders
Goals: Morgan Klimchuk with 12
Assists: Linden Vey with 17
Points: Linden Vey and Mark Jankowski with 25
PIMs: Ryan Lomberg with 82 PIMS
Wins: Jon Gillies with 10
Losses: Jon Gillies with 7
GAA: David Rittich with 2.04 (Among Heat Goalies who’ve played 720 minutes or more)
SV%: David Rittich with 0.929 (Among Heat Goalies who’ve played 720 minutes or more)

Team Stats
Goals For: Week: Overall: 109
Goals Against: Week: 12 | Overall: 95
Power Play: 25-143 (17.5%)
, 13th in AHL
Penalty Kill: 132-159 (83.0%), T-12th in AHL

Records vs. Opponents
Pacific Division
Bakersfield (1-2-0-0)
Ontario (2-2-1-0)
San Antonio (1-1-0-0)
San Diego (6-1-0-1)
San Jose (2-2-1-0)
Texas (1-0-0-0)
Tucson (2-4-1-0)
TOTALS vs. PACIFIC: (15-12-3-1)

Jamie Devane has been doing a lot of this above…celebrating goals, as he’s averaging almost a point every other game.  He’s just two points away from his career high in points and 2 goals away from his career high in goals, both established last season with the Milwaukee Admirals (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

Central Division:
Charlotte (2-0-0-0)
Grand Rapids (0-0-0-0)
Milwaukee (1-0-0-0)
TOTALS vs. CENTRAL: (3-0-0-0)

Calgary Flames (NHL)
Record Last Week: 1-2-1, 3 points
Record Overall: 23-20-3, 46 points,  4th in Pacific Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Tue. Jan. 17 – Flames vs. Florida (6:00 p.m. PST)
Thr. Jan. 19 – Flames vs. Nashville (6:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Jan. 21 – Flames vs. Edmonton (7:00 p.m. PST)

Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
Record Last Week: 1-1-1, 3 points
Record Overall: 16-10-5, 37 points, 4th in East Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Mon. Jan. 16 – Thunder vs. Manchester (12:00 p.m. PST)
Fri. Jan. 20 – Thunder at Reading (4:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Jan. 21 – Thunder at Norfolk  (4:15 p.m. PST)

David Rittich is one of the top goaltenders in the AHL this season, ranking in the top three of goals-against-average, save-percentage and shutouts (PHOTO BY MARK NESSIA).

News and Notes

  • David Rittich ranks third among goalies who’ve played 720 minutes or more in the AHL with a 2.04 goals-against average
    • He also is second in the league in shutouts with 4 (most all-time in Heat team history and in one season)
    • Rittich ranks tied for third in the AHL with a 0.929 save-percentage
  • Mark Jankowski is tied for seventh in the AHL among rookie scorers with 25 points
  • Andrew Mangiapane is tied 14th in the AHL among rookie scorers with 22 points
    • He’s tied second in the AHL among rookies with 6 power-play goals
  • Ryan Lomberg is tied for the lead among rookie skaters with 82 PIMS
  • Rasmus Andersson is second among rookie skaters with a plus-18 rating
    • It’s also tied with Tyler Wotherspoon for the second best plus-minus among AHL defenseman, which is also tied for fourth among all AHL skaters
  • Jamie Devane has 7 points in his last 11 games (3-4-7) and has tied his career long of a three-game points streak twice this year
    • Devane is two points shy of tying his career high of 11 points established last year with the Milwaukee Admirals
  • Stockton averages the sixth most penalty minutes per game in the league with 16.50 minutes in the box
  • The Heat have allowed 6 shorthanded goals this season, tied for the fourth most in the AHL
  • Stockton averages 3.21 goals per game (10th in the AHL) and 2.79 goals against per game (10th in the AHL)
  • The Heat haven’t scored a power-play goal since the second period of the game on New Year’s Eve in Ontario, going without a power-play goal in five-straight games to start 2017
  • Stockton was shutout for the first time all season on Saturday in San Jose in Game #34.  Last season they were shutout four times, and when compared to last season, the Heat  with the coming during Game #8 and second coming on Game #32.
  • Stockton surrendered a tied-season high 9 power plays to San Diego on Wednesday, which has now occurred twice this season
    • The Heat were also the beneficiary of 8 power-play chances on Saturday in San Jose, tied for the season high which has now occurred twice
    • They also gave up just one power-play chances on Friday in Bakersfield, tied for the fewest amount of chances surrendered this season
  • The Heat have gone winless on the road in their last six games which is now tied for the longest such streak by the Heat all-time (0-4-2-0 in their last six road games dating back to December 20)
    • Last year the Heat with 0-6-0-0 on the road from February 5, 2016 to March 4, 2016.
    • The three-game losing streak the Heat find themselves on is the longest of the year
  • Saturday’s loss in San Jose was just the second time the Heat fell on a Saturday game this year (8-2-1-0) with both losses coming on the road
  • Stockton is plus-14 in goals differential this year going plus-13 in the first period (40-27), plus-12 in the second period (38-26) but minus-9 in the third period (29-38)
    • Eight of the 12 goals against the Heat last week were scored in the third period (SD-3, BAK-3, SJ-2)

While Vey finds himself in an offensive slump, going 12 games without a goal, he is just two points shy of recording his 200th point in the AHL (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

Approaching Milestones

  • Keith Aulie is 2 PIMS away from 200 in his AHL career
  • Linden Vey is 2 points away from 200 in his AHL career
  • Brandon Bollig is 4 PIMS away from 500 in his AHL career
  • Hunter Shinkaruk is 5 assists from 50 in his AHL career
    • Shinkaruk is also 5 points away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Tyler Wotherspoon is 6 assists shy of 50 in his AHL career
  • Emile Poirier is 8 points away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Morgan Klimchuk is 8 games away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Matt Bailey is 9 PIMS away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Kenney Morrison is 12 games away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Coach Ryan Huska is 15 wins away from 100 in his AHL career

Recently Accomplished Milestones

  • Tyler Wotherspoon recorded his 50th career AHL point, an assist, on January 13 in Bakersfield
  • Jamie Devane played his 200th AHL game on January 14th in San Jose

Schneider, Tigers rolling in WHL

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Make no bones about it, the 2015-16 season wasn’t exactly a walk in the park for Calgary Flames prospect Nick Schneider and the Medicine Hat Tigers.

For the first time in his Western Hockey League career, Schneider was tasked with carrying the load in net after a series of trades and injuries gave the goaltender an opportunity to take over as the Tigers’ No. 1 goaltender.

After battling for and earning that spot, the coaching staff leaned heavily on the then-18-year-old. He ended up appearing in 50 games last year and faced 30-or-more shots in 30 of those outings. He posted a 21-26-1 record and nearly carried the struggling Tigers club into the postseason with his strong play.

This year, it’s a different story.

The Tigers are sit atop the WHL’s Central Division standings and their 30-13-1 record ranks them fourth overall in the league.

Schneider has appeared in 37 of those 44 games and has been credited with 26 wins – a number no other WHL goalie has hit yet.

“It’s been a good year,” Schneider told CalgaryFlames.com. “We have a really good team this year, a great group of guys, and we’re winning lots of games.

“I think personally, I had a really good start to the year. A couple weeks before Christmas didn’t go as well as I would have liked but after that, I’ve picked it back up and am getting back to my game and having a lot of fun doing it, getting my confidence back to where it was.”

Tigers assistant coach Joe Frazer has watched Schneider’s progression over the past couple of years and is able to pinpoint one area of the netminder’s game that has allowed him to flourish under pressure.

“I think mentally, he’s capable of taking a goal that maybe you’d like to have back and turning the page on that and being ready for the next shot,” Frazer noted. “He’s really good focusing on what’s coming next and that has allowed him to excel throughout the end of last year and this year.

“Being able to do that, it brings confidence to you and the rest of your team.”

That confidence Schneider and Frazer spoke of isn’t only based on the goaltender’s play in the WHL.

After the Tigers had their playoff hopes dashed in a heartbreaking tiebreaker loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings last spring, Schneider hopped on a plane and headed to California to join the Stockton Heat on a tryout agreement.

In nine games in the American Hockey League last season, Schneider pieced together a 4-5-0 record and faced 30-or-more shots in six of those skates.

That cup of coffee in the AHL not only instilled a sense of awareness as to what he could expect after his junior career comes to close but also that he has the ability to play at the level.

“It’s helped me a lot,” Schneider explained. “Obviously getting to see what those guys are like in their regular season, how they conduct themselves and how they work on and off the ice. You can tell the work never stops.

“You see different ways to play and everyone has their own style of game. You’ve got to embrace your style and what got you to this point – you really see that at that next level.

“There’s a lot of good goalies out there and you want to show that you belong there too.”

Frazer and the Medicine Hat coaching staff have noticed a difference in their netminder since that stint in Stockton.

“Oh, that definitely gave him a lot of confidence,” Frazer said. “He played well with them. Any time you can do that, it’s going to give you confidence – playing against pros. He definitely took that experience and brought it back to us this year.’

“He’s been able to take his game to that next level this season and it’s great to see.”

Gillies Stops 25 in Heat Loss to San Jose

San Jose, Calif. – Goaltender Jon Gillies stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced Saturday afternoon at SAP Center, but the Stockton Heat could not generate the offense and fell to the San Jose Barracuda 2-0. It was a positive night for the Heat in terms of generating opportunities on the man advantage, seeing eight power-play chances come their way, but Mantas Armalis and San Jose’s top-ranked penalty kill stood tall and led the Barracuda to the win. The Stockton Heat will now return home to the friendly confines of Stockton Arena for three-straight contests, beginning with a Friday-Saturday back-to-back against the Bakersfield Condors next weekend.

OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
No goals
Shots: STK – 4 | SJ – 4

2nd Period
No goals
Shots: STK – 12 | SJ – 17

3rd Period
San Jose goal: F Nikita Jevpalovs (5) 2-on-1 rush leads to a one-timer from the slot that beats the goaltender on the glove side (Goodrow assist), 5:41
San Jose goal: F Rourke Chartier (8) odd-man rush leads to a shot from right in front of the net that is put over the glove of the goaltender an into the net (Blackwell assist), 9:59
Shots: STK – 3 | SJ – 6

GOALIES
W: Mantas Armalis (19 shots, 19 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (27 shots, 25 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Mantas Armalis (19-save shutout) 2- Nikita Jevpalovs (1 goal) 3- Rourke Chartier (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 19 | SJ – 27
Power Plays: STK – 0/8 | SJ – 0/3
Matt Frattin has his point streak snapped at three games (2 goals, 2 assists)
The Heat have now gone winless in their last six road games (0-4-2-0)
With eight power-play chances, the Heat tie their most power-play opportunities in a game (11/5/16 vs. SD)
The Heat’s three shots-on-goal in the third ties a team-low for shots in a single period
Tonight was the first time the Heat have been shutout and first since last season’s regular season finale on 04/17/16 at SJ

QUOTES
“It comes down to our power play. We had eight chances and we weren’t able to generate much out of those. We had a few looks early in the game, but when we had those chances late in the game we weren’t able to get much accomplished.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska with his thoughts on tonight key to the game.

“Things aren’t easy for us right now, but that’s the time where we have to stick together and make sure everybody is pulling in the same direction. That’s important when you got through these rough patches. Every team faces adversity and we’re in that stretch right now, but we have a good group. We’re going to have a good week of practice and make sure we’re prepared and ready for Friday night.” – Coach Huska on the focus moving into their three-game homestand starting this Friday.

“There are games where we get looks and we’re getting pucks to the net like last night in Bakersfield. But at times like this you just have to go back to the basics and simplify it. We need to generate more pucks on net and get that going if we want to start winning some games.” – Morgan Klimchuk on the key to turning around the Heat’s struggling power play.

“We can’t let up. In a close game like tonight, we needed to stick with it and not give up on any plays. You look at what happened – we gave them one chance in a 0-0 game and it goes into the back of our net. I think that was a kind of the story last night in Bakersfield too. We’re not giving up a lot of chances, but when we have the opponents have capitalized. We have to make sure we’re putting together 60 minute efforts.” – Klimchuk on the key to playing better in the third period moving forward.

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Bakersfield Condors
January 20 @ Stockton Arena
Pride Night
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.

Klimchuk Extends Team-Lead in Goals, as Heat Fall in Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Calif. – Morgan Klimchuk extends his team-lead in goals with his 12th on the season, while Jamie Devane earned his 7th point in his last nine games, but the Stockton Heat surrender three unanswered goals in the third and fall to the Bakersfield Condors 5-2 Friday night at Rabobank Arena. Matt Frattin also pushed his point streak to three games with an assist on Devane’s goal. Unfortunately, Bakersfield forward Anton Lander netted a hat trick to lead the Condors to the win. The Stockton Heat will have little time to dwell on this one, as they take on the San Jose Barracuda at the SAP Center Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to finish off their three-game road trip.

OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
No goals
Shots: STK – 11 | BAK – 11

2nd Period
Bakersfield goal: F Anton Lander (11) shot on the rush comes from the nearside faceoff circle and beats the goaltender high glove side (Hamilton, Musil assists), 1:08
HEAT GOAL: F Morgan Klimchuk (12) shot from the slot sneaks through the goaltender and the rebound behind the goalie is poked into the net (Vey, Lomberg assists), 7:23
Bakersfield goal: F Anton Lander (12) shot from the point is redirected in traffic and beats the goaltender low (Oesterle, Beck assists), 14:50 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Jamie Devane (4) odd-man rush leads to a shot from the nearside faceoff circle before the rebound is collected and backhanded into the net (Frattin, Wotherspoon assists), 15:52
Shots: STK – 11 | BAK – 11

3rd Period
Bakersfield goal: D Griffin Reinhart (2) shot from the point makes its way through traffic in front of the net and beats the screened goaltender (Beck, Lander assists), 0:14
Bakersfield goal: D Joey LaLeggia (5) one-touch pass from the slot is tapped home past the goaltender’s outstretched pad on the glove side (Puljujarvi, Aneloski assists), 8:40
Bakersfield goal: F Anton Lander (13) partial break leads to a slap shot from the slot that beats the goaltender and goes into the net (Hamilton, Oesterle assists), 12:58
Shots: STK – 10 | BAK – 12

GOALIES
W: Nick Ellis (32 shots, 30 saves)
L: David Rittich (34 shots, 29 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Anton Lander (3 goals, 1 assist) 2- Griffin Reinhart (1 goal) 3- Taylor Beck (2 assists)
Final Shots: STK – 32 | BAK – 34
Power Plays: STK – 0/4 | BAK – 1/1
Jamie Devane (1 goal) now has 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in his last 10 games
Morgan Klimchuk (1 goal) extends his team-lead in goals with his 12th and now has at least one goal in back-to-back games (2 goals)
Matt Frattin (1 assist) is now on a three-game point streak (2 goals, 1 assist)
The Stockton Heat have now gone winless in their last five games on the road (0-3-2-0)

QUOTES
“I thought we were in the game all night. I don’t think the score was a great indicator of how the game went. [Bakersfield’s] one line was excellent tonight and they capitalized on their opportunities, but I thought our work ethic was really good. We had compete from our whole group tonight. We had some opportunities and some looks in front of their net, but we just weren’t able to finish them when we needed to.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska with his overall thoughts on tonight’s team performance.

“We have to play simple. If we see the same compete from our guys that we had tonight we’ll get this turned around.” – Coach Huska on the focus moving into tomorrow’s game against San Jose.

“I think it’s just keeping it simple and getting pucks on net. As a team, we’re working hard and the effort is there, we’re just a little bit snake bitten right now. If we keep working like we’ve been, the puck will start going in for us.” – Jamie Devane on his recent hot streak and the team’s compete level of late.

“We’re a tight-knit group and we know we’re in a little bit of a slump right now. Collectively on the bench we’re good at staying focused and I think we just need to keep working hard to get back on track.” – Devane on what it’s going to take to get back in the win column.

“It’s nice that we get to play so soon after a loss. It’s a bit better to be able to come back and try to fix some of the mistakes we made tonight. It’s a positive that we have an opportunity to redeem ourselves so quickly.” – Devane on the quick turnaround for tomorrow’s game in San Jose.

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Bakersfield Condors
January 20 @ Stockton Arena
Pride Night
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.

Heat Host Teddy Bear Toss Next Saturday

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, will host the 12th Teddy Bear Toss game next Saturday, January 21 at Stockton Arena starting at 7:30 p.m.

The fan favorite event allows fans to bring new or gently loved stuffed animals and teddy bears to the game and when the Heat score their first goal of the contest, fans are able to toss them onto the ice where they will be collected, counted and donated to the United Way of San Joaquin County.  Over the last 11 years, Stockton hockey fans have donated 53,570 bears, including a record setting 8,231 bears collected last year in the first year of AHL hockey in Stockton Arena!

Tickets are going very fast for this ultra-popular promotion with limited seats available.  Call the Stockton Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500 to learn how to book your seats for this game and other great promotions coming up like Safety Night on February 4, Covanta Easy Being Green on February 17 and 18 and much more!

You can also order the Teddy Bear Toss Hat Trick Plan featuring a ticket to Teddy Bear Toss plus two undated ticket vouchers which can be used for any other home regular season game at Stockton Arena through the remainder of the 2016-17 season.  Tickets start as low as $32 and has the potential to save you up to $12 per package off the walk-up price!  Place your orders now online by going to StocktonHeat.com.

Morrison, Frattin Tally Multi-Point Games in Heat Loss

San Diego, Calif. – The Stockton Heat receive multi-point efforts from Kenney Morrison and Matt Frattin, while Morgan Klimchuk retakes the team-lead in goals with his 11th on the season, but the San Diego Gulls were able to score three goals in the third period to down the Heat 5-3 Wednesday night in San Diego. Mark Jankowski also scored in the contest, sharing the Heat’s top spot in goals briefly before Klimchuk netted his goal less than four minutes later. However, a pair of power-play goals, as well as a late shorthanded marker led the Gulls past the Heat for the first time in regulation this season. The Heat now hold a 6-1-0-1 record against San Diego, as Stockton now looks ahead to Friday’s meeting with the rival Condors in Bakersfield.

OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (10) shot from the point off the faceoff is redirected in traffic and gets past the goaltender (Morrison, Frattin assists), 3:48
HEAT GOAL: F Morgan Klimchuk (11) 2-on-1 rush leads to a shot that beats the goaltender on the short side and into the net (Bailey assist), 7:12
San Diego goal: F Greger Hanson (1) shot from the point is tipped at the top of the crease and beats the goaltender (Montour, Thompson assists), 15:59 (PP)
Shots: STK – 7 | SD – 15

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Matt Frattin (10) shot on the rush from the nearside faceoff circle beats the goaltender high short side (Morrison assist), 9:02
San Diego goal: D Brandon Montour (8) scramble in front of the net ends with the puck being batted down behind the goaltender and into the net (Hanson, Tarnasky assists), 13:34
Shots: STK – 6 | SD – 12

3rd Period
San Diego goal: F Corey Tropp (8) broken play leads to a shot from right on the doorstep that beats the goaltender (Kossila assist), 0:28 (PP)
San Diego goal: F Ryan Garbutt (2) odd-man rush leads to a forehand-backhand move in the slot that is put past the goaltender five-hole and into the net (Samuels-Thomas assist), 16:01 (SH)
San Diego goal: F Kalle Kossila (7) 2-on-1 rush leads to a shot that beats the goaltender high glove side (Megna, Tropp assists), 18:49
Shots: STK – 9 | SD – 11

GOALIES
W: Kevin Boyle (22 shots, 19 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (38 shots, 33 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Brandon Montour (1 goal, 1 assist) 2- Greger Hanson (1 goal, 1 assist) 3- Matt Frattin (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 22 | SD – 38
Power Plays: STK – 0/3 | SD – 2/9
Mark Jankowski (1 goal) and Matt Frattin (1 goal, 1 assist) now share second place on the team in goals (10)
Frattin also has at least one point in back-to-back games (2 goals, 1 goal)
Morgan Klimchuk (1 goal) remains atop the team’s rankings in goals (11)
Kenney Morrison (2 assists) earns his first multi-point game of the season
The Heat fall for the first time in regulation to San Diego this season (6-1-0-1)
The Heat drop just their second contest when leading after two periods (14-2-2-0)

QUOTES
“We brought those calls on ourselves. We need to hold ourselves accountable. You’re not going to win games taking nine penalties every night. We need to be more disciplined than that. If you get a penalty playing hard, you can’t complain about that, but we have to take away those stick penalties.” – Kenney Morrison on the Heat taking too many penalties tonight.

“Centerman won a nice faceoff and the wing was able to chip it back to me. I just was able to get it past the first guy and [Mark Jankowski] made a great tip for the goal.” – Morrison on the first goal of the game.

“Our focus is on Friday. We need to play as a team and move the puck. When you let the puck do the work it makes the game a bit easier on us.” – Morrison on the focus heading into back-to-back games starting Friday in Bakersfield before finishing the road trip Saturday in San Jose.

“You would hope that the guys in the room would correct it, but we don’t seem to be understanding that. We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot and take that many minor penalties in the game.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the penalty troubles recently for the Heat.

“[San Diego] was the much better team all night. I don’t think our effort tonight was anywhere near what we’re capable of. It was a game that we had an opportunity to win, but we just didn’t play the right way tonight.” – Coach Huska with his overall thoughts on tonight’s game.

“We had so many turnovers tonight. For our team to have success, we can’t turn the puck over like that. We found that out the hard way tonight. That’s one area we have to correct and that’s about taking care of your teammates more than anything. If you don’t take care of the puck, you’re asking for trouble and it got us tonight.” – Coach Huska on what specifically he saw that the team needs to fix heading into Friday in Bakersfield.

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Bakersfield Condors
January 20 @ Stockton Arena
Pride Night
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.

Heat Announce Roster Moves

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce the signing of defenseman Keith Aulie to an AHL contract after his pro tryout contract expired with the club. In addition, defenseman Ryan Culkin has been assigned to the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL.

Aulie, 27, has appeared in 20 games for the Heat this season scoring a goal and adding 2 assists while also posting a plus-2 rating. Originally selected by the Calgary Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Aulie has 167 NHL games on his resume with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning and Edmonton Oilers.

KEITH AULIE – DEFENSEMAN
BORN: Rouleau, SK   DATE: July 11, 1989
HEIGHT: 6’6”             WEIGHT: 223 lbs.
SHOOTS: Left
DRAFTED: CGY – 4th round, 116th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
ACQUIRED: Signed a pro tryout with the Stockton Heat on November 3, 2016

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts
2005-06 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 38 0 2 2 32 4 0 0 0
2006-07 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 66 1 8 9 82 11 0 2 2
2007-08 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 72 5 12 17 81 6 0 3 3
2008-09 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 58 6 27 33 83 12 2 7 9
2009-10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 43 2 4 6 32
Toronto Marlies AHL 5 0 0 0 6
2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 2 0 2 32
Toronto Marlies AHL 36 3 6 9 61
2011-12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 17 0 2 2 16
Toronto Marlies AHL 23 0 1 1 30
Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 19 0 1 1 13
Norfolk Admirals AHL 3 0 2 2 0 18 1 5 6
2012-13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 45 2 5 7 60
Syracuse Crunch AHL 20 3 3 6 34
2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 15 0 1 1 9 1 0 0 0
2014-15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 31 0 1 1 66
Oklahoma City Barons AHL 8 0 1 1 0
2015-16 Springfield Falcons AHL 7 1 0 1 11
HIFK FIN-1 23 1 4 5 12 17 1 1 2
2016-17 Cleveland Monsters AHL 3 0 0 0 2
Stockton Heat AHL 20 1 2 3 18
TOTALS NHL 167 4 10 14 196 1 0 0 0
  AHL 168 10 19 29 194 18 1 5 6
  FIN-1 23 1 4 5 12 17 1 1 2
  WHL 234 12 49 61 278 33 2 12 14

 

Teddy Bear Toss returns to Stockton Arena on January 21 but tickets are going fast!  Be sure to call 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com to book your seats to the most popular night on the schedule today!

Heat Head Off for Three-Game Road Trip; Return Home Next Week for Pride Night, Teddy Bear Toss

HEAT HOME GAMES COMING UP THIS WEEK:

The Heat hit the road for a three-game swing, including Wednesday in San Diego and Friday in Bakersfield before returning to NorCal Saturday in San Jose. 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!

HEAT HOME GAMES IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

Frankie is collecting his stuffed animals to throw on the ice during the Heat game on January 21st and you should too (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY).

Frankie is collecting his stuffed animals to throw on the ice during the Heat game on January 21st and you should too (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY).

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Friday, January 20 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
The Heat are teaming with the You Can Play Project in an effort to bring awareness to the inclusion of all athletes regardless of their backgrounds.  The You Can Play Project’s mission is to challenge the culture and guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Saturday, January 21 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
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!

HEAT HOME GAMES COMING DOWN THE PIKE:

Safety Night will feature the Heat trying to get you...yes you... into the book of world records!

Safety Night will feature the Heat trying to get you…yes you… into the book of world records!

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Saturday, February 4 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
You want to make history with the Heat?  Well come down to Stockton Arena for Safety Night as we try to set a World Record for the most people wearing safety vests in one place!  To help our goal, the first 2,000 fans will receive a Heat safety vest but to put Stockton in the record book, we’ll need to have those of you who work in dangerous jobs to wear your own high visibility vest to the game that night.  In addition to our record attempt, we will also have a number of businesses on hand to talk about safety in many different capacities while it will be a way for our community to thank those who do work those dangerous jobs that take a certain type of person with specific skills to do!

Stockton Heat vs. San Jose Barracuda & Bakersfield Condors
Friday and Saturday, February 17 & 18 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
It’s one of the Heat’s signature events as Covanta Easy Being Green Weekend will be upon us on Friday, February 17 as the Heat host San Jose, followed by the Saturday, February 18 meeting between Stockton and the Bakersfield Condors!  If you’ve never been to Covanta Easy Being Green, you’re missing out on all of the tips and tricks to help you and your family not only do your part to help preserve our environment, but you will also learn tips and tricks from companies who can take money out of your energy bills and put them back in your pockets! Plus, it’s another great giveaway as a Heat tote bag will be given to the first 750 fans 13-years-old and over on both nights!  Perfect for groceries!!!!

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR OUR LOYAL SEASON TICKET HOLDERS:

The next Full Season Ticket Holder event will be another pre-game Chalk Talk with Head Coach Ryan Huska before the game Friday, February 17 against the San Jose Barracuda.  Come prepared to ask questions about the team and about the Heat’s opponent as this will be the first time the Heat face San Jose at Stockton Arena since Opening Night.

Be on the lookout for RSVP information coming soon for the Full Season Ticket Holder “Skate with the Team” event.  Get on the ice with the Stockton Heat after the Sunday, February 26 game against the Texas Stars.  This event, exclusive to ticket holders, requires an RSVP, especially if you need rental skates.  Information should be available in January.

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!

GROUP PERK OF THE WEEK:

Want to skate on the same ice as the pros? If so, our Pregame Skate group perk is for you!

Your adult or youth hockey team can play a pickup game at Stockton Arena for an hour on game day with the purchase of 75 tickets minimum to the Heat game that night!

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:

With Teddy Bear Toss right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to purchase our Teddy Bear Hat Trick Plan!

Purchase one ticket to Teddy Bear Toss Saturday, January 21 and receive two additional flex vouchers valid to any other Heat home game this season! Plan starts as low as $32!

Get yours today by visiting stocktonheat.com/hattrick or call 209.373.1500 for more information.

Jankowski & Rittich Help Heat with Two Wins to Start 2017

Jankowski’s overtime winner on Friday and Rittich’s 35-save shutout on Saturday helped the Heat start 2017 with two wins

Records
Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0, 4 points
Overall Record: 18-9-3-1, 0.645 Points Percentage, 3rd in the Pacific Division

Last Week’s Results
Jan. 6 – Stockton Heat 3 at Tucson 2 (OT)
Jan. 7 – Stockton Heat 4 vs. Milwaukee 0

Stockton takes on San Diego this Wednesday in the eighth of 10 meetings with Stockton going 6-0-0-1 against the Gulls this season (PHOTO BY  (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY).

This Week’s Schedule
Wed. Jan. 11 – Stockton Heat at San Diego Gulls – Valley View Casino Center (7:00 p.m.)
Fri. Jan. 13 – Stockton Heat at Bakersfield Condors – Rabobank Arena (7:00 p.m.)
Sat. Jan. 14 – Stockton Heat at San Jose Barracuda – SAP Center (1:30 p.m.)

Recent Transactions
1/9 – Brett Kulak recalled from the Stockton Heat to the Calgary Flames
1/9 – Tyler Wotherspoon assigned to the Stockton Heat from the Calgary Flames
1/6 – Oliver Kylington assigned to the Stockton Heat by the Calgary Flames after his loan to Team Sweden

Team Leaders
Goals: Morgan Klimchuk with 10
Assists: Linden Vey & Rasmus Andersson with 16
Points: Linden Vey and Mark Jankowski with 24
PIMs: Ryan Lomberg with 82 PIMS
Wins: Jon Gillies with 10
Losses: Jon Gillies with 5
GAA: David Rittich with 1.81 (Among Heat Goalies who’ve played 660 minutes or more)
SV%: David Rittich with 0.936 (Among Heat Goalies who’ve played 660 minutes or more)

Team Stats
Goals For: Week: Overall: 104
Goals Against: Week: 2 | Overall: 83
Power Play: 25-128 (19.5%)
, T-10th in AHL
Penalty Kill: 122-146 (83.6%), 11th in AHL

Records vs. Opponents

Pacific Division
Bakersfield (1-1-0-0)
Ontario (2-2-1-0)
San Antonio (1-1-0-0)
San Diego (6-0-0-1)
San Jose (2-1-1-0)
Texas (1-0-0-0)
Tucson (2-4-1-0)
TOTALS vs. PACIFIC: (15-9-3-1)

Stockton has had great success against the Central Division this season, and in the first meeting between the Flames and Predators affiliate since December 12, 2014, the Heat shut the then Central Division leading team out (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY)

Central Division:
Charlotte (2-0-0-0)
Grand Rapids (0-0-0-0)
Milwaukee (1-0-0-0)
TOTALS vs. CENTRAL: (3-0-0-0)

Calgary Flames (NHL)
Record Last Week: 2-1-0, 4 points
Record Overall: 22-18-2, 46 points,  4th in Pacific Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Mon. Jan. 9 – Flames at Winnipeg (5:00 p.m. PST)
Wed. Jan. 11 – Flames vs. San Jose (6:30 p.m. PST)
Fri. Jan. 13 – Flames vs. New Jersey  (6:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Jan. 14 – Flames at Edmonton (7:00 p.m. PST)

Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
Record Last Week: 1-2-0, 2 points
Record Overall: 16-10-5, 37 points, 4th in East Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Tue. Jan. 10 – Thunder vs. Elmira (4:00 p.m. PST)
Fri. Jan. 13 – Thunder vs. Manchester (4:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Jan. 14 – Thunder at Manchester  (3:00 p.m. PST)

Jamie Devane has tied his career long point streak (3-games) for the second time this season, having a goal and 2 assists since New Year’s Eve. In his last 8 games, Devane has 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points (PHOTO BY ASVITT PHOTOGRAPHY).

News and Notes

  • Mark Jankowski is tied sixth in the AHL among rookies with 24 points
    • Jankowski also has goals in three-straight road games dating back to December 20 in San Jose
  • Andrew Mangiapane is tied 11th in the AHL among rookies with 22 points
    • He’s tied for the rookie lead with 6 power-play goals
  • Ryan Lomberg ranks third in the AHL with 82 PIMS
    • The 82 PIMS leads among rookies
    • He’s also tied for the most major penalties in the AHL with 6 (all fighting majors)
  • Rasmus Andersson is fifth in the AHL with a plus-18 rating
    • It ranks second among AHL rookies and among AHL defenseman
  • Tyler Wotherspoon ranks third among AHL defenseman with a plus-16 rating
  • David Rittich is third in the AHL with a 1.81 goals-against-average and a 0.936 save-percentage
    • He ranks second in the AHL with 4 shutouts, one behind tying Troy Grosenick (SJ) with five
    • His fourth shutout of the season also breaks a tie with Jon Gillies for the most shutouts all-time for the Stockton Heat
  • Austin Carrol has had his season cut slightly short due to injury, but in 12 games for the Heat this season he is averaging a goal every third game (4 goals total) and has an incredible 33.3% shooting percentage on his 12 shots
  • Emile Poirier’s two-goal night on Saturday was the eighth two-goal night of the season and 28th all-time by Heat players
    • 2 goals in a game is the most scored in a single game by a Heat player
  • The Heat average 16.90 penalty minutes per game, fifth highest in the AHL
  • Stockton’s overtime win over the Tucson Roadrunners on Friday was just the team’s second win past 60 minutes
    • Stockton has a .333 win-percentage when games go to overtime or the shootout in 6 games played
    • It was also the Heat’s second come-from-behind win when trailing after two periods (2-7-1-0)
  • The Heat are eighth in the AHL averaging 3.35 goals per game and seventh averaging 2.68 goals against per game
  • Stockton’s win on Saturday pushes the team to a 5-0-0-0 record at home on Saturday nights and 8-1-1-0 in the 10 Saturday games this season
  • Stockton is 3-0-0-0 this season vs. the Central Division and 8-3-0-0 all-time
  • Saturday’s game against Milwaukee was the first time all season that both the Heat and their opponent was tied in shots (35)
  • Jankowski’s game winner on Friday night was his second game winner of the year, tying him with Oliver Kylington, Linden Vey, Morgan Klimchuk, Austin Carroll and Andrew Mangiapane for the most on the team with two

Wotherspoon returns to the Stockton Heat and is just a point away from 50 in his AHL career (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

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
  • Jamie Devane is 3 games away from 200 in his AHL career
  • Linden Vey is 3 points away from 200 in his AHL career
  • Brandon Bollig is 4 PIMS away from 500 in his AHL career
  • Hunter Shinkaruk is 5 assists from 50 in his AHL career
    • Shinkaruk is also 5 points away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Keith Aulie is 6 PIMS away from 200 in his AHL career
  • Emile Poirier is 8 points away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Morgan Klimchuk is 11 games away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Kenney Morrison is 15 games away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Coach Ryan Huska is 15 wins away from 100 in his AHL career

Recently Accomplished Milestones

  • None