Heat Earn Point in Back-and-Forth Affair with Texas

Cedar Park, Tex. – In yet another wild affair in the Lone Star State, the Stockton Heat earn an important point in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Texas Stars Saturday night. Andrew Mangiapane scored his 15th goal on the season late in the third period to force overtime, following a six-goal second period that saw both teams trade a trio of goals in a span of less than 10 minutes of game time. Unfortunately for the Heat, Gemel Smith would contribute three helpers and score the winner in the shootout to lead Texas to victory. The two teams will square off for the final time this season Tuesday night right back at the H-E-B Center.

OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
Texas goal: F Matej Stransky (22) slap pass from the top of the nearside faceoff circle is redirected in the slot through traffic and beats the goaltender glove side (Morin, Ebert assists), 9:55 (PP)
Shots: STK – 5 | TEX – 5

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: D Oliver Kylington (5) shot from the high slot goes off the bar and in past the goaltender blocker side (Lomberg, Klimchuk assists), 2:25
Texas goal: D Matt Mangene (7) one-timer from the slot beats the downed goaltender and goes into the net (McMurtry, Smith assists), 4:28
HEAT GOAL: D Tyler Wotherspoon (6) one-timer from the nearside faceoff dot goes high glove past the goaltender (Kylington, Klimchuk assists), 7:39 (PP)
Texas goal: F Mike McMurtry (7) shot from the slot beats the goaltender and goes into the net (Smith, Mangene assists), 8:25
HEAT GOAL: F Mike Angelidis (6) rebound on the doorstep off a shot from the point is tucked into the net past the goaltender’s outstretched pad (Ollas Mattsson, Devane assists), 8:54
Texas goal: F Brandon DeFazio (20) shot from the slot off a centering pass beats the goaltender high glove side (Smith assist), 11:44
Shots: STK – 13 | TEX – 12

3rd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (15) rebound is put back over the downed goaltender during a scramble in front of the crease (Jankowski, Hathaway assists), 14:46
Shots: STK – 6 | TEX – 13

Overtime
No goals
Shots: STK – 2 | TEX – 5

Shootout
STK – Linden Vey – missed
TEX – Ethan Werek – goal
STK – Andrew Mangiapane – goal
TEX – Denis Gurianov – missed
STK – Mark Jankowski – goal
TEX – Travis Morin – goal
STK – Hunter Shinkaruk – missed
TEX – Brandon DeFazio – missed
STK – Morgan Klimchuk – missed
TEX – Cole Ully – missed
STK – Mike Kostka – missed
TEX – Gemel Smith – goal

GOALIES
W: Justin Peters (26 shots, 22 saves)
L: David Rittich (35 shots, 31 saves)

PLAYOFF PICTURE

Rank Team GP W L OTL SOL Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 x-*San Jose 58 38 14 2 4 82 0.707 0.712 0.703 0.695
2 x-*San Diego 59 38 16 3 2 81 0.686 0.692 0.683 0.675
3 *Ontario 59 31 18 10 0 72 0.610 0.617 0.608 0.600
4 *Bakersfield 58 29 23 5 1 64 0.552 0.559 0.551 0.542
5 Stockton 59 28 25 4 2 62 0.525 0.533 0.525 0.517
6 Texas 66 30 31 1 4 65 0.492 0.500 0.493 0.485
7 *Tucson 58 24 27 7 0 55 0.474 0.483 0.475 0.466
8 *San Antonio 65 25 33 5 2 57 0.438 0.447 0.439 0.432

*In progress at time of sending

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Gemel Smith (3 assists) 2- Mike McMurtry (1 goal, 1 assist) 3- Brandon DeFazio (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 26 | TEX – 36
Power Plays: STK – 1/5 | TEX – 1/8
Oliver Kylington (1 goal, 1 assist) played in his 100th AHL game and now has points in back-to-back games (1 goal, 3 assists)
Kylington also earns his 4th multi-point game on the season
Mark Jankowski (1 assist) extends his point streak to six games (3 goals, 4 assists)
Tyler Wotherspoon (1 goal) is now on a four-game point streak (2 goals, 2 assists)
Garnet Hathaway (1 assist) now has at least one point in back-to-back games (1 goal, 1 assist)
Morgan Klimchuk (2 assists) now has at least one point in back-to-back games (1 goal, 2 assists)
Klimchuk earns his 7th multi-point game of the year
Adam Ollas Mattsson (1 assist) earns his first career AHL point
The Heat match their team all-time long road point streak (3)
For the 9th time this season, a Heat game lasted past regulation and for the third time it went to a shootout; Stockton is now 1-2 in shootouts this season

QUOTES
“I was proud of our guys for a lot of that game. We gifted them three goals and that’s the one part we’re maybe a little frustrated with, but again we showed resiliency coming back. Unfortunately, we just didn’t get the goal or save we needed to win it in the shootout.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska with his overall thoughts on tonight’s game.

“I think we’ve been comfortable in that area for much of this season. We went through that rough stretch when I thought we were a little fragile, but I don’t think there’s a game where we feel we’re out of it. We have some guys that put the puck in the net, but we don’t want to put ourselves in a situation where we have to score five every night to win.” – Coach Huska on the team’s ability to play from behind once again to earn the point.

“I think it’s important for the guys to have their day tomorrow to get some rest after working in these two games. We’ll have an up-tempo practice Monday to get their legs under them again and make sure we’re sharp with our details and our discipline come Tuesday.” – Coach Huska on the focus moving into Tuesday’s rubber match.

“I had the puck on my stick and fresh legs, so I just tried to get the defender off me and got a lane in the middle. I was fortunate to make a good shot and it got through.” – Oliver Kylington on his goal in the second.

“I’ve learned a lot about how the game works in North America. I take all the things I’ve learned with me and it’s helping me grow my confidence on the ice. I just try to do my job and make the hard plays to continue to improve.” – Kylington on playing in his 100th AHL game tonight.

“Coming back in the last two games like we have is really good for the group. Obviously, you want to win the game in the end, but I think it’s a positive sign to comeback like that. We have a strong mentality and we know we can battle back in those situations. At the same time, we need a better start so we don’t have to play from behind like that.” – Kylington on battling back on back-to-back games.

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Diego Gulls
April 5 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive a Andrew Mangiapane Photo Card
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.

Flames Sign Defenseman Josh Healey

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed defenseman Josh Healey from Ohio State University to a two-year, entry-level contract that starts in the 2017-18 season. The 22-year-old will join the Flames AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat, later this week on an amateur try-out.

Healey, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, has played four years at OSU and this season he skated in 35 games for the Buckeyes and led the club’s blueliners with 25 points and 21 assists. In his college career, Healey has played 133 games and recorded 60 points (12G, 48A) and 212 PIMs.

JOSH HEALEY – DEFENSE
BORN: Edmonton, AB           DATE: July 12, 1994
HEIGHT: 6’1”                         WEIGHT: 205 lbs.
SHOOTS: Left
ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on March 25, 2017

Season

Team

Lge

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

2010-11

Sherwood Park Crusaders

AJHL

1

0

0

0

2

2011-12

Sherwood Park Crusaders

AJHL

47

2

10

12

59

9

0

2

2

2

2012-13

Sherwood Park Crusaders

AJHL

53

10

13

23

126

10

1

3

4

11

2013-14

Ohio State University

Big-10

33

1

4

5

18

2014-15

Ohio State University

Big-10

32

2

7

9

58

2015-16

Ohio State University

Big-10

33

5

16

21

66

2016-17

Ohio State University

Big-10

35

4

21

25

70

 

TOTALS

Big-10

133

12

48

60

212

 

 

AJHL

101

12

23

35

187

19

1

5

6

13

Heat Bring in Three Time CIS Champion Braes on ATO

Cedar Park, TX. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce that Cam Braes has been added to the roster on an Amateur Tryout with the Heat.

Braes, 26, is a three-time University Cup Champion with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Varsity Reds of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning the cup in 2013, 2016 and last Sunday as UNB took down the University of Saskatchewan by a 5-3 final. Braes recorded 4 goals in the victory and was named to the CIS All-Tournament Team.

CAM BRAES – CENTER

BORN: Shawnigan Lake, BC, CAN              DATE: January 12, 1991
HEIGHT: 5’11”                                                WEIGHT: 185 lbs.
Shoots: Left
DRAFTED: Undrafted
HOW ACQUIRED:  Signed an Amateur Tryout contract with the Stockton Heat on March 25, 2017

Season Team Lge GP G A P PIM GP G A P PIM
2012-13 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 71 11 8 19 37
2013-14 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 65 8 17 25 62 14 0 1 1 7
Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 69 25 28 53 86 11 1 1 2 2
Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 71 31 30 61 109
2014-15 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 44 24 21 45 54
Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 30 17 20 37 26 14 2 13 15 14
2015-16 Univ. of New Brunswick CIS 26 8 14 22 20 7 3 6 9 6
Univ. of New Brunswick CIS 28 11 12 23 18 4 2 0 2 2
2016-17 Univ. of New Brunswick CIS 28 7 17 24 14 7 2 5 7 4
Univ. of New Brunswick CIS 12 8 4 12 24 5 0 3 3 2
Univ. of New Brunswick CIS 27 15 27 42 24 9 6 4 10 2
WHL Totals 350 116 124 240 374 39 3 15 18 23
CIS Totals 121 49 74 123 100 32 13 18 31 16

The Heat continue their five-game road trip through Texas tonight against the Stars at 5:00 p.m. PST.  You can catch the Heat as they continue their push for the playoffs on Spreaker, iHeartRadio and AHL Live for every game.

The Heat return to California to play five of their last six on home ice, including Saturday, April 8 where the first 500 kids 12-years-old and younger will take home an Oliver Kylington bobblehead courtesy of Central State Credit Union! For tickets to that game, or to the four other remaining home games at Stockton Arena, by calling 209.373.1500 or by visiting StocktonHeat.com.

Heat Score Four Unanswered to Kickoff Texas Trip with a Win

Cedar Park, Tex. – After trailing 4-1 in the second period, the Stockton Heat proceed to score four unanswered goals to battle back and take the lead in what would conclude as a 5-4 win over the Texas Stars Friday night. Mark Jankowski got the comeback started with his 25th goal of the year, before Garnet Hathaway, Tyler Wotherspoon and Morgan Klimchuk finished off the win with respective goals of their own. The Stockton Heat and Texas Stars will be right back at it inside the H-E-B Center Saturday night when the two teams meet for the second of their three-straight meetings at 5:00PM/PT.

OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
Texas goal: F Jason Dickinson (9) shot from the nearside faceoff circle redirects off a defender and is tapped into the net on the backdoor (Bodnarchuk, Dowling assists), 2:35 (PP)
Texas goal: D Dillon Heatherington (2) rebound kicks out the farside faceoff circle and is put back past the goaltender and into the net (Ully, Herbert assists), 15:02
Shots: STK – 7 | TEX – 14

2nd Period
Texas goal: F Ethan Werek (10) one-timer in the slot off a pass from below the goal line beats the goaltender blocker side (Stransky, Morin assists), 1:34
HEAT GOAL: F Linden Vey (15) deke on the rush is tucked underneath the goaltender five-hole and goes into the net (Bollig, Kylington assists), 2:20
Texas goal: F Ethan Werek (11) one-timer from the slot gets through a defender and beats the goaltender short side (McNeill assist), 13:20
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (25) one-timer from the nearside faceoff circle makes its way through traffic and goes past the goaltender high glove side (Kostka, Vey assists), 16:33 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Garnet Hathaway (7) blocked shot leads to a partial breakaway and a shot that goes low glove side past the goaltender (unassisted), 18:21 (SH)
Shots: STK – 11 | TEX – 5

3rd Period
HEAT GOAL: D Tyler Wotherspoon (5) shot from the point redirects off a defender in traffic and gets by the screened the goaltender (unassisted), 3:08
HEAT GOAL: F Morgan Klimchuk (15) shot on the rush from the nearside faceoff circle goes through the goaltender’s five-hole and into the net (Carroll assist), 11:39
Shots: STK – 11 | TEX – 8

GOALIES
W: David Rittich (9 shots, 9 saves)

Jon Gillies (18 shots, 14 saves) replaced by Rittich in the second period
L: Justin Peters (29 shots, 24 saves)

PLAYOFF PICTURE

Rank Team GP W L OTL SOL Current Pts Current PCT PCT with W PCT with OT/SOL PCT with L
1 x-San Jose 58 38 14 2 4 82 0.707 0.712 0.703 0.695
2 *San Diego 58 38 15 3 2 81 0.698 0.703 0.695 0.686
3 Ontario 58 30 18 10 0 70 0.603 0.610 0.602 0.593
4 *Bakersfield 57 28 23 5 1 62 0.544 0.552 0.543 0.534
5 Stockton 58 28 25 4 1 61 0.526 0.534 0.525 0.517
6 Texas 65 29 31 1 4 63 0.485 0.492 0.485 0.477
7 Tucson 58 24 27 7 0 55 0.474 0.483 0.475 0.466
8 *San Antonio 64 25 32 5 2 57 0.445 0.454 0.446 0.438

*All in progress at time of sending

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Morgan Klimchuk (game-winning goal) 2- Ethan Werek (2 goals) 3- Dillon Heatherington (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 29 | TEX – 27
Power Plays: STK – 1/4 | TEX – 1/4
Mark Jankowski (1 goal) scores his 25th goal on the season (leads all AHL rookies)
Jankowski is now on a five-game point streak (3 goals, 3 assists)
Jankowski ties Markus Granlund as the second most prolific rookie scorer the Flames have had on their AHL team since 2005-06
Tyler Wotherspoon (1 goal) is now on a three-game point streak (1 goal, 2 assists)
Linden Vey (1 goal, 1 assist) earns his 12th multi-point game of the year (leads team)
Adam Ollas Mattsson made his AHL debut and finished with a plus-2 rating
Morgan Klimchuk scores his third game winner of the season
Garnet Hathaway (1 goal) scores his first shorthanded goal of the season
Heat are 8-1-1 all-time vs. Texas and are 3-1-0-0 at the H-E-B Center all-time
The Heat match the most road games won in a single season (10)
The Heat won for just the third time when trailing after two periods of play (3-18-2-0)
Stockton scores their seventh shorthanded goal of the season

QUOTES
“I think it went pretty well. It felt a little weird compared to Sweden, but I felt pretty good out there. The rink is smaller and the forwards don’t have much space compared to back home. That’s the thing I noticed the most out there.” – Adam Ollas Mattsson on his AHL debut tonight.

“Going through a game like this I got to be a little more into the group. All the guys are pumped up and I got pumped up too. This is a really great group of guys and I feel like one of the guys already. Winning a game like this made it a lot easier.” – Ollas Mattsson on having his first AHL game end in a comeback victory.

“Just being on the ice with the guys and being in the room – there’s no better feeling than winning a battle with the guys. I love being in there with those guys every day. It’s different when it’s a practice, but there really is no better feeling than getting fired up for game day with these guys. I missed it being out this last month and every game down the stretch is big for us. I’m just fired up to be back in the room.” – Mike Angelidis on playing his first game back from injury.

“[Texas] is a fast, skilled team. We have to come out and play hard hockey. We have to get pucks in deep and have a good forecheck. Our guys have been paying the price and blocking a lot of shots – just playing a good team game. We have to keep that going.” – Angelidis on the focus heading into Saturday’s tilt.

“It’s a byproduct of the team and the coaching staff. It makes it easy to go out there and perform when I get to play with the guys that I’ve been fortunate enough to play with. It’s definitely a cool accomplishment.” – Mark Jankowski on scoring his 25th goal as a rookie tonight.

“It was all confidence. Everyone in that room knew we could come back and everyone believed we would. We all bought in and fortunately we came through.” – Jankowski on the feeling in the locker room after the initial comeback in the second.

“I thought in the first we were working to get our legs underneath us and [Texas] took advantage of a couple opportunities we gave them. In the second I thought there were two things that got us going and those were Brandon [Bollig’s] fight and Garnet [Hathaway’s] shot block. Once we got that second goal, the belief really returned to our bench and that was an important win for us.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska with his thoughts on the turning point in tonight’s game.

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Diego Gulls
April 5 @ Stockton Arena
First 500 fans receive a Andrew Mangiapane Photo Card
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.

Flames Sign Prospect Dillon Dube

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Dillon Dube to a three-year entry-level contract. He was the Flames second round pick (56th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Dube, a native of Cochrane, Alberta, is playing his third full season with the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets and he has 55 points (20G, 35A) in 40 games this year. The 18-year-old also played for the silver medal-winning Team Canada squad at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Toronto and Montreal earlier this season.

DILLON DUBE – CENTER
BORN: Cochrane, AB            DATE: July 20, 1998
HEIGHT: 5’11”                       WEIGHT: 192 lbs.
SHOOTS: Left
DRAFTED: 2nd round (56th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013-14 Kelowna Rockets WHL 1 0 0 0 0
2014-15 Kelowna Rockets WHL 45 17 10 27 12 18 5 6 11 8
2015-16 Kelowna Rockets WHL 65 26 40 66 50 18 2 5 7 16
2016-17 Kelowna Rockets WHL 40 20 35 55 40
  TOTALS WHL 150 63 85 148 102 37 7 11 18 24

Flames Assign Garnet Hathaway to Stockton

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned forward Garnet Hathaway to their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat.

Hathaway, a 2015 free agent signing, has played 26 games for the Flames this season and has five points (1G, 4A) and 44 PIMs. He has also skated in 20 games for the Heat and has 15 points (6G, 9A) and 29 PIMs.

GARNET HATHAWAY – RIGHT WING
BORN: Kennebunkport, ME       DATE: November 23, 1991
HEIGHT: 6’2”                           WEIGHT: 210 lbs.
SHOOTS: Right
ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on April 12, 2015

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010-11 Brown University ECAC 31 5 9 14 42
2011-12 Brown University ECAC 26 3 5 8 48
2012-13 Brown University ECAC 33 6 15 21 47
2013-14 Brown University ECAC 31 6 9 15 41
2013-14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 8 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 0 10
2014-15 Adirondack Flames AHL 72 19 17 36 77
2015-16 Stockton Heat AHL 44 8 13 21 39
2015-16 Calgary Flames NHL 14 0 3 3 31
2016-17 Stockton Heat AHL 20 6 9 15 29
2016-17 Calgary Flames NHL 26 1 4 5 44
  TOTALS NHL 40 1 7 8 75
    AHL 144 33 39 72 155 1 0 0 0 10
    ECAC 121 20 38 58 178

Ollas Mattsson Excited to Arrive in North America

It may have been a long travel day for new Heat defenseman Adam Ollas Mattsson leaving Stockholm and traveling to San Francisco International Airport to join his new team, but it was totally worth it for the 20-year-old Swede.

“I’ve been waiting for the call to come over here since my season ended,” Ollas Mattsson explained,  “so it’s really exciting to be here.”

A call was placed to him late in the evening that wrapped up his amateur tryout contract with the Stockton Heat, and was told to get on a plane the next day.  From Stockholm to San Francisco, with a quick pitstop in Newark, New Jersey, Ollas Mattsson is now ready to bring his game to North America for the first time.

What he totes with him is some vastly impressive experience with one of the top leagues in the world that only few know much about, the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), the top division of pro hockey in Sweden.

“When you look at him as a young guy coming in that’s the thing,” Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska said.  “The elite league in Sweden is a fast, skilled league and he was able to play in that with a lot of older men, so I think the smarts that he has or his ability to play in that league shows off the smarts he has.”

Ollas Mattsson continues the scouting report as well.

“It’s a good league with a lot of good players but it’s the only league I’ve known so I can’t compare it to anything,” Ollas Mattsson said.  “Some guys that played in the NHL for a long time but finish their careers there.  I don’t think a lot of people know the Swedish League much but I can definitely say there’s a lot of skill and talent there.”

Which makes his statline in his first full season playing exclusively in the SHL that much more impressive.  Against some grown men, some of which have experience playing in some of the other best levels of hockey the world has to offer, Ollas Mattsson was plus-3 in 52 games played while also chipping in a goal and three assists.

His defensive ability is what caught the eye of the Flames in 2014 when he was selected in the sixth round, 175th overall by the Calgary Flames.

“He’s been at a few developmental camps so we’ve seen him over the summers,” Huska said.  “He’s just a guy who does a good job defending.  I think he’s a hard guy to play against, he’s got some big size and will work to clean up the front of the net and someone that can be used in a shut down role.”

Now, Ollas Mattsson, who still hasn’t signed an entry level contract with the Flames since being drafted, has a chance to show the NHL club what he can bring to the table and how he can take his experience playing in a solid pro league and apply that to the AHL experience he’ll garner during his amateur tryout.

In his first handful of practices, the 6-foot-4 defenseman admitted jet lag has set him back a bit, waking up about three to four hours before guys even begin to arrive at Stockton Arena to start their days, but he’s adjusting to life in North America both on and off the ice.

On the ice it’s been the help of veteran blueliner Keith Aulie, who’s been paired with him through his first two practices with the Heat, and we’ve already seen firsthand how Aulie has been able to impact the games of the other young defenseman like Kayle Doetzel and Kenney Morrison.

“[Aulie’s] helped me a lot since I’ve gotten here,” Ollas Mattsson admits.  “He tells me all the drills, which is hard in the beginning because you don’t know them, and tells me what I should look out for, so he’s been really helpful already.”

Off the ice, the most helpful thing for Ollas Mattsson is another Swedish defenseman in the dressing room already. A year after Ollas Mattsson was taken in the NHL Draft, his friend and former teammate Oliver Kylington would be selected by the Flames, assigned to the Heat, and now is able to use his experience over the last two years to help bring his buddy along.

“We actually played together when we were 16 back home in Djurgardens under-16 team, and then in the summers we often hangout back in Stockholm so we know each other pretty well,” Ollas Mattsson explains of his relationship with Kylington. “It’s a lot easier to get here when there are a couple familiar faces to talk to, and even talk a little Swedish to.  Everything off the ice, I’m kind of lost at since I’m new, so Oliver’s helped me out a lot off the ice.”

The pair played together during the 2011-12 season playing eight games together.  Kylington had 6 goals and 11 points in that span while the defensive minded Ollas Mattsson had 4 assists and was plus-8.

And should he come back to the Heat from his recall to the big club, Rasmus Andersson would be another familiar face for Ollas Mattsson as the pair had played on Sweden’s national team together at the under-16, under-17, under-18 and under-20 levels including suiting up together during the 2015-16 World Junior Championships last year.

Ollas Mattsson is expected to make his North American debut during the Heat’s season-long five-game road trip taking the team through Austin, Texas and San Antonio, Texas through the rest of the month and the start of April.

Heat Announce Roster Moves

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce that goaltender Mason McDonald and defenseman Keegan Kanzig have been assigned to the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL.

The Heat head out on a lengthy five-game road trip through Texas starting on March 24 and carrying through April 1.  You can catch the Heat as they continue their push for the playoffs on Spreaker, iHeartRadio and AHL Live for every game and fans in Calgary can listen to the Heat live on Sportsnet 960 The Fan on March 24, March 28 and April 1.

The Heat return to California to play five of their last six on home ice, including Saturday, April 8 where the first 500 kids 12-years-old and younger will take home an Oliver Kylington bobblehead courtesy of Central State Credit Union! For tickets to that game, or to the four other remaining home games at Stockton Arena, by calling 209.373.1500 or by visiting StocktonHeat.com.

Five Regular Season Home Dates Remain as Heat Push for Playoffs

HEAT HIT THE ROAD THIS WEEK:

The Heat hit the road for the longest road trip of the season playing the Texas Stars on Friday at 5:30 p.m. PST, Saturday at 5:00 p.m. PST, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. PST before heading to San Antonio next week to face the Rampage on Friday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. PST and again on April 1 at 5:00 p.m. PST

Catch all the games live on Spreaker or iHeartRadio or watch the game on AHL Live with the broadcast starting 15 minutes before the scheduled puck drop.  Plus the Heat will be featured on the flagship station of the Calgary Flames, Sportsnet 960 the Fan, on Friday and Tuesday against Texas and Saturday against San Antonio!

HEAT HOME GAMES IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

The first 500 fans 12-years-old and younger will pickup an Oliver Kylington bobblehead on April 8!

Stockton Heat vs. San Diego Gulls
Wednesday, April 5 (7:00 p.m. faceoff – 6:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
The first 500 fans will take home an 8″ x 10″ photo card featuring Heat rookie Andrew Mangiapane! It’s another Family Day presented by KJOY and Sutter Health!  Get four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks through our Pride Pack, which starts at $39!  For Heat365 Members, you’ll have a chance to meet a couple Heat players as our Heat365 Fan Draft returns tonight in the Conference Room in the North Entry starting at 6:15 p.m.!

Stockton Heat vs. San Jose Barracuda
Saturday, April 8 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
The first 500 Kids 12-years-old and younger get to take home another bobblehead as one of the top ranked prospects for the Calgary Flames, Oliver Kylington, will be enshrined with his own bobblehead presented by Central State Credit Union!  Plus, it’s Law & Order night.  No not the TV show, but the real-life people who help keep our community safe!  We’ll salute the people who protect and serve our community with special ceremonies and with a fundraiser as each Law & Order package purchased will help raise funds for the San Joaquin County Fallen Peace Officers Foundation through a special ticket package which includes access to a tailgate at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel starting at 5:00 p.m., a ticket to the game and a special edition hat for just $25.

HEAT HOME GAMES COMING DOWN THE PIKE:

Stockton Heat vs. Ontario Reign
Wednesday, April 12 (7:00 p.m. faceoff – 6:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
The first 500 fans will take home an 8″ x 10″ photo card commemorating the first hat trick in team history scored by none other than Mark Jankowski! It’s the final Family Day presented by KJOY and Sutter Health!  Get four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks through our Pride Pack, which starts at $39!  For Heat365 Members, you’ll have a chance to meet a couple Heat players as our Heat365 Fan Draft returns tonight in the Conference Room in the North Entry starting at 6:15 p.m.!

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Friday, April 14 (7:30 p.m. faceoff – 6:30 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
Today we salute our military by inviting active duty, reserves and veterans out to the game while recognizing those who protect and serve our freedoms throughout Military Appreciation Night sponsored by Delta Truck Center, Chase Chevrolet and St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center!  Thanks in part to the Stockton Heat Season Ticket Members, various sponsors and the team tickets will be donated to allow military members and their families to come out to the game!  The Heat will also wear special jerseys that are a tribute to the military, including a special nod to the nearby Travis Air Force Base.  All the jerseys will be auctioned off in an effort to raise money for Welcome Home Heroes Foundation, who assist veterans in San Joaquin County assimilate back to life in California, providing assistance and care for veterans and their families to make the night even more memorable, we’ll be handing out our final bobblehead of the season to the first 500 adults and teens 13-years-old and over.  Heat forward Austin Carroll’s Bobblehead Night, presented by Vernon Transportation, is extremely unique as it will be the first time a Heat bobblehead will be wearing the special military jersey! Fans can also purchase $1 hot dogs at the concession stands but are limited to five per customer while supplies last! For Heat365 Members, you’ll have a chance to meet a couple Heat players as our Heat365 Fan Draft returns tonight in the Conference Room in the North Entry starting at 6:45 p.m.!

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR OUR LOYAL SEASON TICKET MEMBERS:

A little rain last year didn’t keep us from having fun as we just shifted into the ballroom at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel! Rain or shine, we’ll have a BBQ with the players and our full Season Ticket Holders!

The final Chalk Talk session with Head Coach Ryan Huska is on Wednesday, April 5 at 5:45 p.m., so come prepared to the game with your playoff push questions!

The Spring BBQ at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel is rapidly approaching too!  On Friday, April 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the team will meet with Full Season Ticket Members over some delicious food, to celebrate spring and to say thank you for your support all season. RSVP now through Monday, April 3rd by calling your ticket rep or filling out this brief form!

Bring a friend with your aptly named, “Bring-A-Friend” voucher in the back of your ticket book is good for the game on Wednesday, April 12 against the Ontario Reign.  Give the ticket to a friend and have them redeem the voucher through the Stockton Heat Front Office any time before 3:00 p.m. on April 12.  The ticket cannot be redeemed over the phone or through the box office, however the office is open Monday through Friday till 5:30 p.m.

reminder for Full Season Ticket Members that Military Appreciation Night is coming up on April 14.  If you have any unused tickets that you’d like to donate to active duty, reserve or veterans of our military, please reach out to your ticket representative.  In addition, if you are interested in purchasing additional tickets to donate, one of our account executives would be glad to assist you and include those tickets in the donation to our troops!

Plus, Heat365 memberships are on sale now! Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that not only includes tickets for the entire season, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities. Learn more by calling your ticket rep or by visiting StocktonHeat.com/Heat365.

All renewed Heat365 Members can participate in our “Fan Draft” where Members can get their photo taken with a couple Heat players before the game begins.  Located in Conference Room B in the North Entry, the “Fan Draft” begins 15 minutes after doors open and ends 15 minutes before the scheduled puck drop.  Get your picture taken again on April 5, April 12, April 14 and April 15!

For more information on upcoming events, and for the latest Season Ticket Member News, visit StocktonHeat.com/STH or follow @AHLHeatTix on Twitter!  To learn how to become a Heat365 Member and attend awesome events like these, call 209.373.1500 and speak with an Account Executive today or visit StocktonHeat.com!

No need to use your own phone when you book your group with the Heat, instead we’ll take a picture for you!  However, Frankie is always down for a nice selfie too!

GROUP PERK OF THE WEEK:

We all love Frankie the Firebird, so who wouldn’t want to get a group picture taken with the Heat’s lovable mascot?

For groups of 35 or more, take your group up to the Fan Deck before the game and grab a picture with Frankie that you can use as your Facebook profile picture, a good Instagram shot, or to print out and hang on your wall!

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:

 

As part of Law & Order Night, fans can take advantage of this great package that not only gives you a fun night out, but gives you access to some exclusive events!

For just $25, the Law & Order pack comes with a Lower Premium ticket to Law & Order Night on Saturday, April 8, gives you access to a tailgate party (complete with food) at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel starting at 5:00 p.m. and a special edition Stockton Heat Law & Order hat while supplies last!

That’s not all though as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the San Joaquin County Fallen Peace Officers Foundation!

Learn more about this fun event by calling 209.373.1500 or place your order now on StocktonHeat.com!

Lomberg Thrilled for Opportunity, Ready to Prove his Worth

“Got it!”

Lomberg said with a smile, referring to his first NHL Contract that he signed on Sunday with the Calgary Flames.

Just a month ago a story on the AHL website spoke with Lomberg as he was set out on his goal to earn a contract.

That article…February 16. No contract.

This article…March 22. Contract in pocket.

“It’s a big relief,” Lomberg said.  “Something I was shooting for since I can remember so to finally have all the papers signed and done, it’s pretty exciting. It’s out of the way and now I can focus on doing whatever I can to help my team win here and make a case for getting called up as soon as I can.”

And yet even with his contract in tow Lomberg quickly turns his focus back to his current objective.  Getting the Heat to the playoffs.

“Obviously my number one goal is to play for the Calgary Flames and win a Stanley Cup but in the here and now, I want to win the Calder Cup,” Lomberg said. “I’ll go from there.”

February 16…his coach hoped he would be signed.

March 22…his coach thrilled he has now signed.

“The work he’s put in for us has been excellent and I’m really thrilled he’s been able to earn this contract,” Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska said. “We really love him here.”

Ryan Lomberg scores one of his eight goals this season against the Bakersfield Condors.  Lomberg has 19 points in 57 games this season for the Heat (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

What’s in that contract though really.  That’s what Lomberg has to now decide.

Sure the contract states he’s a prospect of the Flames, and that yes, someday he could wear the “Flaming C” on his chest in front of 20,000+ fans, but it doesn’t mean he’s made it.

“I’m aware of the fact that just because I’m signed with the Flames doesn’t mean the work stops,” Lomberg explains.  “I’m level headed about the fact that I’m going to have to work a lot harder if I want the opportunity to get called up and prove I belong in the NHL.”

And his coach knows that work will continue.  He saw Lomberg in his first pro season last year go through ups and downs and come out the stronger.  He saw him sent down to the ECHL twice last year when maybe he wasn’t the most deserving candidate to go down.

Lomberg stuck with the plan though.  He put in the work and is driven to prove he belongs.

Sound familiar?  Sound like the path of Garnet Hathaway?

Just a little bit.

“Ryan is also a great example to a lot of other players that if you put in the time and work, it can pay off,” Huska continued.  “So having a guy around with that kind of character, like Garnet Hathaway a few years back, I think is an excellent thing to your dressing room.  What he brings to the team is invaluable.”

The tale of the tape in this one was 6’6″ Tinordi against 5’8″ Lomberg, all because the Heat forward took exception to a hit laid on teammate Rasmus Andersson (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

That last question, what he brings to the table is now one that Flames fans search for and Lomberg must show them.

If you take his coaches word for it, you’ll hear exactly what Heat fans have known for two years now and what Flames fans can look forward to.

“He’s an energy guy is one way for me to put it,” Huska explains.  “He’s in the game and involved all the time, and he forces people around him to be ready because he competes, tries to get under peoples skin, he’s a tough kid and he’s quick. There’s a lot to his game people will like.”

“The part that will draw you most to him though is that agitator role, that he does a very good job of it.”

So a team of Matthew Tkachuk, Garnet Hathaway and Ryan Lomberg? Watch out NHL.  The Calgary Flames could be the most hated team by opposing teams and fans alike.

That always gets Lomberg going too.  He loves the role of villain.  He’s evoked strong feelings of hockey fans in California, being universally loved by Heat fans but universally despised by opposing AHL teams and fans.

Seems like we’ve heard similar stories about Tkachuk and Hathaway this year with the Flames too.  The prospect of playing on the same team as them even got the newest Flames prospect excited.

“I’d look forward to that possibility for sure,” Lomberg said with a laugh and a smile. “Tkachuk and Hath too…it’d be a lot of fun for us, not a lot of fun for everyone else.”

“I’m laughing thinking about it.”

A little more work and effort and Lomberg can turn that from a fun idea to reality.  His contract, which kicks in next year, could make his dream come true, but in the meantime, he’ll continue to focus on helping the Heat push for the postseason and contend for a Cup.

Then it’s back to work in hopes of having an opportunity to show he belongs up top.