Heat Steal Home Ice Advantage with 6-4 Win in Game 2

San Jose, Calif. – The Stockton Heat earned their first-ever Calder Cup Playoff win and steal home-ice advantage from the San Jose Barracuda with a 6-4 win at the SAP Center Sunday evening. Stockton got off to a hot start, netting four goals in the first period, but after surrendering three goals to the Barracuda it would be Hunter Shinkaruk that scored the fifth and eventual game-winning goal for the Heat towards the end of the second period. A final sequence in which captain Mike Angelidis blocked a point shot that led to a Linden Vey empty netter would seal the win for the Heat. Stockton will now head home to Stockton Arena, where they’ll host games 3 and 4, as they look to take advantage of home-ice, beginning Friday at 7:00PM.

OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES GAME-BY-GAME
Pacific Division Semifinals
Game 1 – Stockton at San Jose – L 0-4
Game 2 – Stockton at San Jose – W 6-4
Game 3 – Stockton vs. San Jose – Friday, April 28 at 7:00PM
Game 4 – Stockton vs. San Jose – Sunday, April 30 at 4:00PM
Game 5* – Stockton at San Jose – Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00PM
*If necessary

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (1) shot on the rush gets through the defender and slips underneath the goaltender (unassisted), 1:30
HEAT GOAL: F Austin Carroll (1) give-and-go in the corner leads to a shot from the slot that beats the goaltender blocker side (Aagaard assist), 12:22
HEAT GOAL: F Linden Vey (1) shot from the nearside faceoff circle gets past a screen in front and goes past the goaltender short side (Kostka, Jankowski assists), 16:23 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Garnet Hathaway (1) partial breakaway leads to a forehand-backhand move that beats the goaltender blocker side (Kulak, Angelidis assists), 17:07
Shots: STK – 9 | SJ – 15

2nd Period
San Jose goal: D Joakim Ryan (1) shot from the top of the nearside faceoff circle makes its way through traffic and goes high short side past the goaltender (Bergman, Labanc assists), 6:12 (PP)
San Jose goal: F John McCarthy (1) shot from the slot gets through a screen and trickles over the goal line behind the goaltender (Goodrow, Carpenter assists), 7:31
San Jose goal: D Joakim Ryan (2) shot on the rush from the nearside faceoff circle beats the goaltender five-hole (DeSimone, Carpenter assists), 11:02
HEAT GOAL: F Hunter Shinkaruk (1) shot from near circle chipped past the goaltender’s blocker side (Jankowski, Hathaway assists), 17:43
Shots: STK – 5 | SJ – 9

3rd Period
San Jose goal: F Buddy Robinson (1) shot on a breakaway beat the goaltender blocker side (Carpenter assist), 16:19 (SH)
HEAT GOAL: F Linden Vey (2) clearing attempt from the blueline goes down the ice and into the empty net (Mangiapane assist), 18:55 (EN)
Shots: STK – 6 | SJ – 8

GOALIES
W: David Rittich (12 shots, 11 saves)

Jon Gillies (20 shots, 17 saves) replaced by Rittich in the second period
L: Troy Grosenick (19 shots, 14 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Mark Jankowski (1 goal, 2 assists) 2- Joakim Ryan (2 goals) 3- Garnet Hathaway (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 20 | SJ – 32
Power Plays: STK – 1/6 | SJ – 1/7
Mark Jankowski (1 goal, 2 assists) scores the first-ever Calder Cup Playoffs goal in Heat team-history
Jankowski also records his first Calder Cup Playoffs multi-point game
Jankowski now has 5 goals and 4 assists in games that follow Heat shutout losses in the regular season and postseason this year
Garnet Hathaway (1 goal, 1 assist) scores his first Calder Cup Playoffs goal and earns his first Calder Cup Playoffs multi-point game
Austin Carroll (1 goal) scores his first Calder Cup Playoffs goal
Hunter Shinkaruk (1 goal) scores his fifth career Calder Cup Playoffs goal
Linden Vey (2 goals) now has six career Calder Cup Playoff goals
Mikkel Aagaard (1 assist), Andrew Mangiapane (1 assist) and Brett Kulak (1 assist) all earn their first career Calder Cup Playoffs point
Stockton’s six goals is tied for the most goals in a single Calder Cup Playoff game this postseason (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Toronto also have scored six in a single game)

QUOTES
“It was definitely a little crazy. It was probably crazier than we would have hoped. There’s definitely some things that we can take from that to improve on. There’s some things we have to clean up a little bit, but overall, we got the win and that’s all that matters. Obviously, going down two in a five-game series is huge. For us to get the win and split at their ice and go back to Stockton, that’s a big game for us.” – Mark Jankowski on taking the home ice away and learning as the series continues.

“The key is we have to get in front of their goalie. [Troy Grosenick] is a great goalie. He’s proven himself. We have to make sure to get pucks on net and create traffic. I think he’s one of those guys who can make big saves and he’s gotten them in first place. They’re a good team and we have to make sure we get ugly goals and get pucks on net.” – Mike Angelidis on the keys to beating San Jose netminder. 

“We have to go home and take advantage of home ice there. Going back home to Stockton, we have great fans, and just play our game at home. Right now, it’s a close rivalry and going back home is going to be a battle. We get home advantage, but I think it’s going to be a battle no matter what. They’re going to play their game and we have to be ready.” – Angelidis on the series shifting back to Stockton tied. 
“[San Jose] was coming back in the game and I just got the puck in the slot and found some net. That was huge for the guys to get that two-goal lead back. It gave us some confidence that this is our game. We’re going to try and cut down the ups-and-downs the next game, but I was lucky enough to help out the guys.” – Hunter Shinkaruk on his game-winning goal in the second.
“It was a strange game, but we needed the win. It wasn’t do-or-die yet for us, but that was an important game for us to try and get the split. We found a way. There were a lot of different things that were going on in that game from the goals to the penalties to the different situations, but we found a way. I can say I was real proud of a lot of our players in regards to the shot blocks tonight. We had some guys that sacrificed a lot tonight. It was a big win for us.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the importance of the win and what it took. 
“The puck went in for us. In the first period on Friday night, we had some chances, but [Troy] Grosenick made some saves. Tonight, they went in for us. Really, when it comes down to it, I thought they had the better start than we did tonight, but we found a way to score and that really is the difference.” – Coach Huska on the differences between games 1 and 2.
“I don’t think it gets enough play or talk. Guys that are willing to do that for their teammates. There’s a lot of guys that can shoot the puck real hard and they know when they’re blocking shots, it’s going to hurt and they continually do that over and over. Some of the shot blocks tonight were perfectly timed and they consistently did it. Those are three guys [Mike Angelidis, Brandon Bollig, and Garnet Hathaway], but there’s so many more tonight that were a part of it. From our defensemen in front of the net, Keith Aulie and [Tyler Wotherspoon]. Really, everybody did a good job of putting themselves in the way of a lot of shots tonight.” – Coach Huska on the importance of blocking shots in game two.
NEXT HOME GAMES
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Jose Barracuda
Pacific Division Semifinals – Game 3
April 28 @ Stockton Arena
First 2,500 fans receive a Heat Rally Towel courtesy of Chase Chevrolet
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.

STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Jose Barracuda
Pacific Division Semifinals – Game 4
April 30 @ Stockton Arena
First 2,500 fans receive a Heat Rally Towel courtesy of Stockton Metropolitan Airport
Doors @ 3:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 4:00 p.m.

Gillies Stops 32 in Game 1 Heat Loss

Stockton, Calif. – Despite a flurry of scoring chances and a 32-save performance from Jon Gillies, the Stockton Heat fall to the San Jose Barracuda 4-0 in game 1 of their Pacific Division Semifinals series Friday night. Hunter Shinkaruk led the Heat in shots with 5, while Mark Jankowski and Tyler Wotherspoon also earned a couple grade-A chances on net. Unfortunately, they ran into a tough goaltender in Troy Grosenick, who stopped all 28 shots he faced to earn the win. With San Jose leading the series 1-0, the Stockton Heat now look forward to a pivotal game 2 matchup right back at the SAP Center Sunday afternoon, as the Heat look to steal home ice advantage from the Barracuda.

OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES GAME-BY-GAME
Pacific Division Semifinals

Game 1 – Stockton at San Jose – L 0-4
Game 2 – Stockton at San Jose – Sunday, April 23 at 3:00PM
Game 3 – Stockton vs. San Jose – Friday, April 28 at 7:00PM
Game 4* – Stockton vs. San Jose – Sunday, April 30 at 4:00PM
Game 5* – Stockton at San Jose – Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00PM
*If necessary

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
San Jose goal: D Tim Heed (1) shot on the rush beats the goaltender high glove side (unassisted), 6:38
Shots: STK – 10 | SJ – 10

2nd Period
San Jose goal: F Ryan Carpenter (1) 2-on-1 leads to a one-timer that gets past the goaltender high glove side (Robinson, Ryan assists), 3:34
Shots: STK – 10 | SJ – 15

3rd Period
San Jose goal: F Ryan Carpenter (2) rebound in front is poked past the downed goaltender and into the net (Chartier, Mueller assists), 11:37
San Jose goal: F Kevin Labanc (1) shot from center ice goes into the empty net (Goodrow, Chartier assists), 19:21
Shots: STK – 8 | SJ – 11

GOALIES
W: Troy Grosenick (28 shots, 28 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (35 shots, 32 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Troy Grosenick (28 shots, 28 saves) 2- Ryan Carpenter (2 goals) 3- Tim Heed (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 28 | SJ – 36
Power Plays: STK – 0/3 | SJ – 0/4
Jon Gillies stops 32 shots in his first-ever AHL Calder Cup Playoffs appearance
Tonight was the first game in the Calder Cup Playoffs from the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate since April 30, 2014 (Abbotsford Heat)
The Heat penalty kill starts the playoffs perfect (4/4) after ending the season allowing just one in their last 20 attempts

QUOTES
“We definitely had our chances. At the end of the day we lost, but I didn’t think it was a 4-0 game. I thought there were a few chances that we needed to capitalize on, but San Jose took advantage of their chances and that’s why the result was what it was.” – Morgan Klimchuk on tonight’s loss.

“Obviously, we play San Jose a lot during the regular season and we have a lot of guys who have played a lot of games here and a lot of guys who have won and they did a good job of helping the guys who haven’t been in this situation before. We’re definitely looking for a better result on Sunday.” – Klimchuk on the team not playing with nerves in this game.

“We have to make some changes whenever you lose like that, but I thought we did some good things tonight. You have to look at the positives and limit the odd-man rushes and things like that.” – Klimchuk on what needs to change for Sunday.

“Playoffs are a different animal for sure. You have to do all the little things right. I think we got a little aggressive a few times and that caused a few 2-on-1 chances, but we’ll learn from it and come out hard Sunday.” – Tyler Wotherspoon with his thoughts on tonight.

“To me, it didn’t really feel like a 4-0 game. We had some real good looks tonight but we weren’t able to capitalize on those chances. And if you look at San Jose, they were able to capitalize on their chances. To me that was the difference in the game, I wasn’t disappointed with the effort or the way we played, I thought we did a lot of good things tonight.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the game as a whole.

“You have to give their goaltender [Troy Grosenick] some credit. You’re getting good scoring chances right in front of the net and he’s making saves. There were a few opportunities that we missed. We missed the net on some grade-A chances and that’s something that we can’t be doing. If we continue to get some good chances in the next game, they’ll fall for us.” – Coach Huska on capitalizing on chances Sunday.

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Jose Barracuda
Pacific Division Semifinals – Game 3
Friday, April 28 at Stockton Arena
First 2,500 fans receive a Heat Rally Towel Courtesy of Chase Chevrolet
Doors at 6:00PM, Puck drop at 7:00PM

Heat Assign Mason McDonald to Adirondack

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce that goaltender Mason McDonald has been assigned to the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL. In addition, goaltender Joel Rumpel has been released from his professional tryout.

McDonald made his AHL debut on April 15, helping Stockton earn a point and end the regular season with points in 11-straight games.  McDonald joins the Thunder in the midst of their first round series against the Manchester Monarchs, which continues into Game 5 tomorrow night.

The Heat kick off the Pacific Division Semifinals series against the San Jose Barracuda in San Jose tonight at 7:00 p.m. with Game 2 taking place at the SAP Center on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

The Heat host the Barracuda for Game 3 on Friday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. where the first 2,500 fans receive a red Heat Rally Towel courtesy of Chase Chevrolet.

For tickets, or to book your group of 10 or more people, call 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com/Playoffs.

Flames Assign Goaltender Jon Gillies to Stockton

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned goaltender Jon Gillies to their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat.

Gillies, Calgary’s third round pick (75th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, has played 39 games for Stockton in his second pro season and has an 18-14-1 record with a shutout, a 2.93 GAA and a .910 SV%. The 23-year-old leads the Heat goalies in games played and wins as the club is set to start their Calder Cup playoff run against the San Jose Barracuda on Friday night. 

JON GILLIES – GOALTENDER
BORN: Concord, NH     DATE: January 22, 1994
HEIGHT: 6’6”               WEIGHT: 225 lbs.
CATCHES: Left
DRAFTED: 3rd round (75th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft

Season

Team

Lge

GP

Min

GA

EN

SO

GAA

W

L

T

Svs

Pct

2010-11

Indiana Ice

USHL

25

1447

68

0

3

2.82

15

6

2

656

0.906

2011-12

Indiana Ice

USHL

53

2967

137

0

3

2.77

31

11

9

1478

0.915

2012-13

Providence College

H-East

35

2105

73

0

5

2.08

17

12

6

992

0.931

2013-14

Providence College

H-East

34

2027

73

0

4

2.16

19

9

5

979

0.931

2014-15

Providence College

H-East

39

2301

77

0

4

2.01

24

13

2

1029

0.930

2015-16

Stockton Heat

AHL

7

363

14

0

2

2.31

2

3

1

162

0.920

2016-17

Stockton Heat

AHL

39

2215

108

2

1

2.93

18

14

1

1088

0.910

2016-17

Calgary Flames

NHL

1

60

1

0

0

1.00

1

0

0

27

0.964

 

TOTALS

NHL

1

60

1

0

0

1.00

1

0

0

27

0.964

 

AHL

46

2578

122

2

3

2.84

20

17

2

1250

0.911

 

 

H-East

108

6433

223

0

13

2.08

60

34

13

3000

0.931

 

 

USHL

78

4414

205

0

6

2.79

46

17

11

2134

0.912

Heat Add Goalie Parsons on Amateur Tryout

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce that the club has added goaltender Tyler Parsons on an Amateur Tryout through the team’s chase for the Calder Cup.

Parsons, 19, was selected by the Flames in last year’s NHL Entry Draft and signed earlier this spring to a contract with Calgary which begins in 2017-18.  Parsons is an extremely decorated junior hockey goaltender who won the Memorial Cup with the London Knights last year while being named the Memorial Cup’s Most Outstanding Goaltender and winner of the Dave Pinkney Trophy for the lowest team goals-against-average.

This season, Parsons had an OHL best .925 save-percentage and won a gold medal with the United States during the 2017 World Junior Championships.

TYLER PARSONS (G)

BORN: Chesterfield, Michigan         DATE: September 18, 1997
HEIGHT: 6’1”                                       WEIGHT: 193 lbs.
CATCHES: Left
DRAFTED: CGY – 2nd round, 54th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft
HOW ACQUIRED:  Signed an entry level contract with the Calgary Flames on 3/20/17

Season Team Lge GP Min GA EN SO GAA W L T Svs Pct
2014-15 London Knights OHL 33 1647 97 1 0 3.53 15 10 2 920 0.905
2015-16 London Knights OHL 49 2835 110 3 4 2.33 37 9 3 1287 0.921
2016-17 London Knights OHL 34 2000 79 2 4 2.37 23 6 5 977 0.925
OHL Totals   116 6482 286 6 8 2.65 75 25 10 3184 0.918

The Heat kick off the Pacific Division Semifinals series against the San Jose Barracuda in San Jose this Friday at 7:00 p.m. with Game 2 taking place at the SAP Center on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

The Heat host the Barracuda for Game 3 on Friday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. where the first 2,500 fans receive a red Heat Rally Towel courtesy of Chase Chevrolet.

For tickets, or to book your group of 10 or more people, call 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com/Playoffs.