Rittich, Gillies Combine for 52 Stops in Game 5 Heat Overtime Loss

San Jose, Calif. – The goaltending tandem of David Rittich and Jon Gillies combined to stop 52 of the 54 shots the San Jose Barracuda threw their way, but unfortunately for the Stockton Heat their season came to an end with a 2-1 overtime loss Tuesday night in Game 5 at the SAP Center. Rittich stopped all 15 shots he faced in the opening frame, before Gillies came in to start the second and proceeded to stop 37 of the 39 shots he saw, including a single-period record for these 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs of 23 stops in the middle stanza. Veteran forward Jamie Devane lit the lamp in the second to put the Heat up 1-0, but that would be the only time, as Troy Grosenick and the Barracuda scored once in the third and again in overtime to seal their spot in the second round.

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 – L 3-5
Game 4 – Stockton vs. San Jose – W 5-3
Game 5 – Stockton at San Jose – OTL 1-2
San Jose wins 3-2

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
No goals
Shots: STK – 9 | SJ – 15

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Jamie Devane (1) shot from the doorstep beats the goaltender glove side off a pass from below the goal line (Kulak, Angelidis assists), 10:38
Shots: STK – 4 | SJ – 23

3rd Period
San Jose goal: F Timo Meier (2) shot on the rush from the nearside faceoff circle beats the goaltender cross-cage blocker side (unassisted), 9:47
Shots: STK – 10 | SJ – 10

Overtime
San Jose goal: F Ryan Carpenter (4) 2-on-1 chance leads to a shot from the slot that beats the goaltender glove side (Goodrow assist), 8:52
Shots: STK – 5 | SJ – 6

GOALIES
W: Troy Grosenick (28 shots, 27 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (39 shots, 37 saves)
David Rittich (15 shots, 15 saves) replaced by Gillies at the start of the second period

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Ryan Carpenter (1 goal) 2- Timo Meier (1 goal) 3- Jon Gillies (39 shots, 37 saves)
Final Shots: STK – 28 | SJ – 54
Power Plays: STK – 0/2 | SJ – 0/5
Jamie Devane (1 goal) scores his first career AHL playoff goal
Jon Gillies (39 shots, 37 saves) earns an AHL playoff career-high in saves (37) and his 23 stops in the second is the most in a single period by any goaltender in this year’s Calder Cup Playoffs so far
Brett Kulak (1 assist) finishes the playoffs on a four-game point and assist streak (4 assists)
Linden Vey led all Heat players in playoff goals (4)
Mark Jankowski and Brett Kulak tied for the team-lead in playoff assists (4)
Vey (4 goals, 1 assist) and Jankowski (1 goal, 4 assists) tied for the team-lead in playoff points
David Rittich led the Heat with two wins, a 2.88 goal-against-average and a .917 save-percentage
Calgary’s top affiliate is now 2-3 all-time in decisive games
The Heat finished third in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs with a 95.5% success rate on the penalty kill (22/23)

QUOTES
“The puck hopped over the defenseman’s stick and that put us in a bad position there and there was a race to puck and their guy had the edge and he slid it over and [Ryan Carpenter] made a great play and shot it in. Obviously, on a power play it’s a tough way to end it. This feeling hurts, but you have to take the positives from this season like the way we got into the playoffs and build on it into the summer.” – Mark Jankowski on San Jose’s overtime goal.

“I thought for the whole overtime period, we had control and we were pressing and we had a lot of opportunities. We had a lot of time in their zone and that led to their penalty and we were very confident on the bench and they got a lucky bounce to end it.” – Jankowski on the way he felt his team played in the overtime period.

“In the overtime, we had the opportunities. We were dictating the play. When you get a power play and you lose on a shorthanded goal it’s a tough way to lose. I think our guys competed and fought until the very end and that’s overtime, you never know what’s going to happen. Any bounce can change things and they got a bounce and they won.” – Mike Angelidis on the overtime period as a whole.

“I think we’ve got two great goaltenders. Jon [Gillies] is a huge prospect for Calgary and [David Rittich] has been unbelievable for us in the playoffs and he was our guy and he was playing really well. I have a lot of respect for what Jon did. He came in there and took a lot of shots, and that’s the kind of guy he is, he carries himself so well. A lot of credit goes to both our goaltenders tonight.” – Angelidis on the play of both goaltenders.

“It was very tough being off the ice for six-seven months last season. Personally, I thought I could’ve played a lot better in front of net during the season. But at the end of the day, I’m very fortunate to have a partner as good as [David Rittich]. When I was struggling, he was able to come in and we didn’t skip a beat.” – Jon Gillies on his year as a whole.

“I thought both of the goaltenders tonight were excellent, you don’t want to be in a situation where you have to use both of them, especially in a game like this but [David Rittich] was excellent to start with and [Jon Gillies] did an excellent job preparing for a situation just like this. He came in and he was ready to go. The one strength we knew we had with this group was our goaltending, and both guys gave us an opportunity to win.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the play of both goaltenders

“In every year, you try to raise the level of your group and you try to get your culture to a point where the expectation is winning all the time and last year we weren’t able to accomplish that like we wanted. I think this year we were able to get some of our younger players developed and at the same time we found our way into the playoffs and I think we were a dangerous team to play against. I think know it’s important for us to recognize the importance of expectation. We expect to be a playoff team every year, no matter what our lineup looks like, no matter how young, how old we are, and I think we’ve raised our bar for our expectation for what we want here in Stockton.” – Coach Huska on this year’s group.

Dillon Dube Added to Roster on Amateur Tryout

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proud AHL Affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce that forward Dillon Dube has been added to the Heat roster on an amateur tryout contract.

Dube, a native of Cochrane, AB, was selected in the second round (56th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. Despite missing almost half the regular season, Dube finished fifth on the team in points (55) and averaged 1.38 points-per-game during the regular season. With 21 points in 16 playoff games, Dube is tied seventh in WHL playoff points. He led Kelowna with 14 assists, tied for second on his team with 21 points, and was third on his team with 7 goals in the postseason.

DILLON DUBE (C)
BORN: Cochrane, AB                         DATE: July 20, 1998
HEIGHT: 5’11”                                    WEIGHT: 186 lbs.
Shoots: Left
DRAFTED: CGY – 2nd round, 56th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft
HOW ACQUIRED:  Signed an Amateur Tryout contract with the Stockton Heat on May 1, 2017

Season Team Lge GP G A P PIM GP G A P PIM
2013-14 Kelowna Rockets WHL 0 0 0 0 0 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 16 7 14 21 16
WHL Totals   150 63 85 148 102 53 14 25 39 40

The Stockton Heat play the decisive Game 5 against the San Jose Barracuda tonight at 7:00 at the SAP Center in San Jose.  Join the Heat at the Official Watch Party hosted by the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel located next to Stockton Arena, open to all fans for free.

Fans will be able to watch the game with some terrific food and drink options at the hotel’s restaurant, the Delta Bistro, which will be offering a family pizza special (a two-topping pizza, a pitcher of soda and a salad for four people for $24.99) and for fans 21-years-old and over, Coors Light and Blue Moon bottles will be $1 off!

Plus, a number of raffle prizes will be given away over the course of the evening and Heat Merchandise will be available throughout the night.

Learn more by calling 209.373.1500 or by visiting StocktonHeat.com.

Heat Force Game 5 with Three Unanswered Goals in Third

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat score three unanswered goals in the third period in game 4 Sunday evening to take a 5-3 win over the San Jose Barracuda and force a deciding game 5 at the SAP Center Tuesday night. Heading into the third period tied 2-2, San Jose struck early to go ahead by one; however, Andrew Mangiapane buried the tying goal with five minutes left in the third and Linden Vey followed with a goal of his own as the scoreboard tilted into Stockton’s favor with just three minutes left. An empty netter from Vey would seal the win and book the Heat’s trip back to the Bay for a deciding game 5 this coming Tuesday at the SAP Center. Heat fans not traveling to watch game 5 in person can attend our Game 5 Watch Party at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel free of charge Tuesday night starting at 6:00PM. Fans will be able to watch the game with some terrific food and drink options at the hotel’s restaurant, the Delta Bistro, which will be offering a family pizza special (a two-topping pizza, a pitcher of soda and a salad for four people for $24.99), plus various raffle prizes and much more.

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 – L 3-5
Game 4 – Stockton vs. San Jose – W 5-3
Game 5 – Stockton at San Jose – Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00PM

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
San Jose goal: F Daniel O’Regan (2) shot from the nearside faceoff circle beats the goaltender and goes into the net (Labanc, DeSimone assists), 0:58
Shots: STK – 6 | SJ – 10

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Hunter Shinkaruk (2) backdoor tap-in gets past the goaltender’s outstretched blocker (Vey, Frattin assists), 6:21
HEAT GOAL: F Garnet Hathaway (2) puck sneaks underneath the goaltender and is poked in on the goal line (Kylington, Jankowski assists), 7:55
San Jose goal: F Buddy Robinson (3) puck is centered from the nearside corner and is redirected through the goaltender from the slot (DeSimone, Chartier assists), 17:55
Shots: STK – 16 | SJ – 14

3rd Period
San Jose goal: D Tim Heed (2) one-timer from the point gets through traffic and beats the goaltender high glove side (Meier, Chartier assists), 4:38
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (1) scramble in front leads to the puck being chipped past the goaltender’s blocker side and into the net (Kulak, Hathaway assists), 14:55
HEAT GOAL: F Linden Vey (3) backhand shot at the farside post is put short side up and over the goaltender’s shoulder (Shinkaruk, Kostka assists), 17:04
HEAT GOAL: F Linden Vey (4) shot from the blueline goes into the empty net (unassisted), 18:38 (EN)
Shots: STK – 11 | SJ – 13

GOALIES
W: David Rittich (37 shots, 34 saves)

L: Troy Grosenick (32 shots, 28 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Linden Vey (2 goals, 1 assist) 2- Andrew Mangiapane (1 goal) 3- Garnet Hathaway (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 33 | SJ – 37
Power Plays: STK – 0/2 | SJ – 0/3
Linden Vey (2 goals, 1 assist) scores his first game-winning goal of the series and earns his second multi-goal game of the series
Garnet Hathaway (1 goal, 1 assist) earns his second multi-point game of the series
Mark Jankowski (1 assist) is now on a three-game point and assist streak (1 goal, 4 assists)
Brett Kulak (1 assist) is now on a three-game point and assist streak (3 assists)
Mike Kostka (1 assist) is now on a three-game point streak (1 goal, 2 assists)
Andrew Mangiapane (1 goal) is now on a three-game point streak (1 goal, 2 assists)
Hunter Shinkaruk (1 goal, 1 assist) earns his first multi-point game of the series
Oliver Kylington (1 assist) earns his first career AHL playoff point
Stockton is now 2-0-0 on Sundays this postseason; 7-1-0 in Sunday games at Stockton Arena during the regular and postseason combined

QUOTES
“It was a wild game. They got off to a good start and they had us on our heels, but we’ve pretty much done what we’ve done down the stretch. We just stuck with it, grinded away and found a way to win at home.” – Linden Vey with his thoughts of the game. 

“I’ve played with [Hunter] Shinkaruk quite a bit over the course of the season. He always seems like he wants to wrap it and it ended up going back door. The puck popped out and I ended up sneaking it in.” – Vey on his game-winning goal.

“At times, it’s frustrating. I thought from the second period on, we carried the play and started taking it to them. For them to get a goal like that early [in the third], it’s a little bit tough, but we stuck with it. It shows you’re a good team when you can keep coming back and win games like that.” – Vey on going down to begin the third. 

“Win or go home, that was the story tonight. We feel comfortable obviously going there. We had a big win there last time we were there and we can’t afford to keep going down in games. We have to make sure we’re ready right away.” – Vey on preparation for game five on Tuesday.

“We were in a close race to even make the playoffs and we came out of that. We have a great group of guys and we just have so much belief in the system and what we’re doing.” – Andrew Mangiapane on the team’s identity of never quitting. 

“We’re a thorn in the side, for sure, and we’ve been that way for a while. There’s a real strong belief in our group. Even when we got ourselves down in the third period, our bench didn’t change at all. There’s 100% belief that we were going to win the game. It may have been a little more stressful than we would’ve liked, but we got the job done and that’s what’s important. That’s what we needed to do. Find a way to get the game in San Jose. We have one more game to look forward to and we have to find a way to win on the road now.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the team’s never quit attitude. 

“At this time of the year, you’re not winning unless your best players are your best players and I think throughout this series, we’ve seen that. It’s hard for a younger guy not to compete or commit to our uncomfortable areas that we ask our guys to do every game. If a guy like Mike Angelidis is doing it, you can’t not do it. And that’s the great thing about our leadership group. Those guys are playing hard and they’re playing the right way and it’s making sure everyone else is following them. It’s important and it’s allowing us to stay in this series and give us a chance in game five.” – Coach Huska on the young players feeding off the veteran leadership group.

“16 times now we’ve seen this team, there won’t be a lot of secrets. There’s not much that we have to try to bring to our player’s attention in regards to something new. I think it’s just shoring up some small areas and making sure we’re committed to playing the way we expect our group to play. I know our guys are going to be up for it. I think our leadership group are going to make sure it happens.” – Coach Huska on game five preparation. 

NEXT GAME
STOCKTON HEAT at San Jose Barracuda
Pacific Division Semifinals – Game 5
May 2 @ SAP Center
Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.

Heat Host San Jose at 4PM with Hopes of Forcing Game 5

San Jose Leads Series 2 – 1
Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: April 30, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 3:45 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Rally Towels Courtesy of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport
PLAYOFF LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (3GP, 1-3-4)
                                                              SAN JOSE: F Ryan Carpenter (3GP, 3-3-6)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from Linden Vey.

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 – L 3-5
Game 4 – Stockton vs. San Jose – Sunday, April 30 at 4:00PM (Tickets)
Game 5* – Stockton at San Jose – Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00PM
*If necessary

GAME FOUR
The #4 seeded Stockton Heat continue their Pacific Division Semifinals series with the #1 seeded San Jose Barracuda tonight in their best-of-five series with Stockton looking to force a Game 5 in San Jose on Tuesday with a win tonight.

After San Jose shut the Heat out in Game 1, Stockton won a shootout in Game 2 at the SAP Center before the series shifted to Stockton.  In Game 3 the Heat were able to tie the game in the second but a timely goal late in the third would propel San Jose to a 2-1 series lead after the 5-3 win.

WHO TO WATCH
The Heat won’t go down without a fight which is why today we’re watching one of the most competitive guys on the Stockton roster who’s had a tremendous season with a number of accolades on his resume.

Voted as the Team MVP, Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, plus, honored by the AHL as an AHL All-Star, the Rookie of the Month of March and as a member of the AHL All-Rookie Team and a nod for the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, Mark Jankowski sure has been an amazing player for the Heat this season.

When Stockton burst out to a division lead early in the year, Jankowski was there.  When the Heat fell on tough times, Jankowski was there.  When Stockton had to play with a playoff mentality from March on through the rest of the season just to get a sniff at a playoff spot…

You guessed it… Jankowski was there.

Tonight with their back against the wall we just know it’s Jankowski’s show and we all have tickets to watch it.  Don’t be surprised if the rookie All-Star puts the Heat on his back today and helps lead his team to a chance to force Game 5 on Tuesday in San Jose.

BATTLE OF THE TOP TWO ROOKIES
Speaking of Jankowski, he and Danny O’Regan were not only the Heat and Barracuda leading scorers, but were the top two point scoring rookies in 2016-17.  While Jankowski was held off the scoresheet with the rest of his team during Game 1, he bounced back beautifully to score the first playoff goal in Heat history and record the first multi-point effort in Heat playoff history, ending Game 2 with a goal and two assists.  Jankowski kept it rolling in Game 3 and ended the game with an assist and points in back to back.

Meanwhile, O’Regan had yet to register a point in the series through the first two games but was able to contribute a goal and an assist for his first playoff points in Game 3.

POWER PLAY
The Stockton Heat ended the regular season with a 16.5% conversion rate on the power play, good for 21st in the AHL including scoring 8 power-play goals on 52 chances against San Jose for a 15.4%.  However, Stockton has fared pretty well on the power-play through the first three games of the series, scoring 3 goals on 16 chances for a 18.8% power-play unit, which ranks fifth in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

PK LAYING IT ALL ON THE LINE
The Stockton Heat went a perfect 4-4 on the penalty kill to open up the series against the AHL’s second best power play and followed that performance up going 6-7 in Game 2 and again, a perfect 3-3 during Game 3.

San Jose’s power-play unit was the second best in the AHL this season at 23.8%, and against the Heat in the regular season went 20.7%, but through the first three games of the series the San Jose Barracuda have a 7.1% conversion of their 14 chances for the third worst power-play in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Heat’s penalty kill is the third best in the playoffs, killing off 92.9% of their penalties taken.

VETERAN LEADERS GENERATING FOR THE HEAT
The Heat love that they have four lines that can generate offense and so many options to help kill penalties but the line of captain Mike Angelidis, Brandon Bollig and Jamie Devane were hard to miss on Friday night in Stockton.

Apart from being on the ice often, they all got involved in the offense, with Angelidis scoring a power-play goal, his first Calder Cup Playoff goal since May 11, 2013 while playing for the Syracuse Crunch.

For Stanley Cup winner Brandon Bollig, it was his first every Calder Cup Playoff goal (although he’s playing in his first Calder Cup Playoff series) but last scored in a Stanley Cup Playoff game against the Anaheim Ducks on May 5, 2015 while playing with the Calgary Flames.

As for Devane, who entered the playoffs with five previous Calder Cup Playoff games, recorded his first playoff point in his eighth career game, an assist, on Bollig’s tally.

IT TAKES TWO BABY
With his 20th of the season on the regular season finale, Andrew Mangiapane joined Mark Jankowski as the only players to reach the 20-goal plateau.  Jankowski and Mangiapane were the only pair of rookie teammates in the AHL this season to hit the 20-goal mark.

It’s the first time a pair of rookies skating for the Flames Top Affiliate scored 20 in a single season since Chuck Kobasew and Matthew Lombardi did it for the Saint John Flames back in 2002-03.

SUNDAY’S ARE FOR THE BOYS
Stockton didn’t have too many Sunday games this year, just five during the regular season and one playoff game in San Jose a week ago today.  In the six Sunday affairs, the Heat are 3-2-1-0 including a 2-0-0 record at Stockton Arena.

They did come away with the Game 2 win on Sunday, April 23 on the road at the SAP Center so in the playoffs, the Heat are 1-0 on Sundays. All-time, the Heat are 9-6-2 on Sunday games and 6-1-0 at Stockton Arena on Sundays in the regular season and postseason combined.

INTERESTING FACT
Stockton will hope to join the Providence Bruins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms as teams that are able to force Game 5 while the Ontario Reign will look to accomplish the same goal tomorrow.

The Bruins and Phantoms both play Game 5 tonight.  If both Stockton and Ontario can force a Game 5, they’d play on Tuesday next week.

WHAT’S NEW IN STOCKTON TONIGHT
We’ll need another rowdy effort from fans as the Heat look to take down the top seed in the Pacific Division and force Game 5. Fans will receive Rally Towels courtesy of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport upon entering the Arena to help cheer on the boys.

Plus, all Heat365 Members and 2016-17 Full Season Ticket Holders are invited to the Pregame Party starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Bud Light Cold Zone where we’ll have live music from local band The Box Music with some delicious food options like brats, sausages, Hawaiian Hot links and much more will be available for purchase for fans ready to cheer on the Heat.

Don’t have tickets to Game 4? Call 209.373.1500 and learn about available options including group tickets starting at just $10!

Our new Spirit Station located on the Fandeck is back up and running open to all fans! Make signs to cheer on the Heat,  get temporary “Fired Up for the Cup” tattoos and can get their face painted or balloon animals made early in the night!

Get your raffle tickets for tonight’s jersey raffle for a chance to win a team signed, game worn Garnet Hathaway jersey!

The Second Intermission Chuck-A-Puck is revamped for loads of prizes once again including a game issued Jamie Devane signed jersey and you can participate in our new Text-To-Win promotion where fans at the game can text 209.916.8136 for a chance to win an autographed item delivered to them by Frankie!  Speaking of everyone’s favorite bird, Frankie-Oke sponsored by Chase Chevrolet returns during the second intermission so start tuning your voice!

The Stockton Fan Attic will continue to sell the limited edition Heat playoff t-shirt but sizes are limited so get yours today!

Once again, fans can enter to win a 20-person group night for the Heat’s Opening Night in 2017-18!  Head over to the Bruce’s Body Shop Sales and Service Table located just inside the North Concourse and enter to win!  The winner will be announced in the third period!

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.

Heat to Host Game 5 Watch Party at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce that the team will host a Calder Cup Pacific Division Semifinals Game 5 Watch Party, open to all fans free of charge, at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel on Tuesday, May 2 starting at 6:00 p.m.

Fans will be able to watch the game with some terrific food and drink options at the hotel’s restaurant, the Delta Bistro, which will be offering a family pizza special (a two-topping pizza, a pitcher of soda and a salad for four people for $24.99). Fans 21-years-old and over can purchase bottles of Coors Light and Blue Moon for $1 off as well!

Plus, a number of raffle prizes will be given away over the course of the evening and Heat Merchandise will be available throughout the night.

 

Heat Comeback Falls Just Short in Game 3 Loss to San Jose

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat battle back from down two goals, but ultimately fall to the San Jose Barracuda 5-3 in game 3 of their Pacific Division Semifinals series Friday night at Stockton Arena. After falling behind by two early, Heat captain Mike Angelidis sparked the comeback with his power-play goal in the second, before Brandon Bollig buried his first of this year’s playoff season less than two minutes later to draw the score even. Despite a goal from Mike Kostka in the waning minutes of the third, a pair of San Jose goals that preluded the veteran defenseman’s tally would swing the game and the final score in the Barracuda’s favor. Stockton and San Jose will now look to a game 4 Sunday evening at 4:00PM at Stockton Arena with the Heat needing the win to stay alive.

OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

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 – L 3-5
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: F Barclay Goodrow (1) backdoor shot beats the goaltender blocker side off a pass across the goalmouth (Carpenter, DeSimone assists), 3:49
San Jose goal: F Daniel O’Regan (1) shot from the high slot is redirected past the goaltender and into the net (Bergman, Mueller assists), 19:44
Shots: STK – 8 | SJ – 10

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Mike Angelidis (1) rebound on the doorstep is put past the downed goaltender (Mangiapane, Jankowski assists), 11:48 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Brandon Bollig (1) rebound in the slot is shot past the goaltender in traffic and into the net (Kulak, Devane assists), 13:16
Shots: STK – 12 | SJ – 13

3rd Period
San Jose goal: F Ryan Carpenter (3) point shot through traffic leads to a rebound that is put back past the goaltender in front (Heed, McCarthy assists), 15:17
San Jose goal: F Timo Meier (1) 2-on-1 break leads to a shot that beats the goaltender five-hole and goes into the net (Chartier assist), 16:43
HEAT GOAL: D Mike Kostka (1) shot from the point gets through traffic and gets past the screened goaltender (unassisted), 19:32 (PP)
San Jose goal: F Buddy Robinson (2) shot from the blueline on the rush goes past the defender and into the empty net (McCarthy, O’Regan assists), 19:45 (EN)
Shots: STK – 13 | SJ – 10

GOALIES
W: Troy Grosenick (33 shots, 30 saves)
L: David Rittich (32 shots, 28 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Ryan Carpenter (1 goal, 1 assist) 2- Mike Angelidis (1 goal) 3- Troy Grosenick (33 shots, 30 saves)
Final Shots: STK – 33 | SJ – 33
Power Plays: STK – 2/7 | SJ – 0/3
Mark Jankowski (1 assist) now has at least one point and assist in back-to-back games (1 goal, 3 assists)
Mike Angelidis (1 goal) has at least one point in back-to-back games (1 goal, 1 assist)
Angelidis also scored his first AHL playoff goal since 5/11/13 with the Syracuse Crunch
Brett Kulak (1 assist) has at least one point and assist in back-to-back games (2 assists)
Mike Kostka (1 goal) now has at least one point in back-to-back games (1 goal, 1 assist)
Andrew Mangiapane (1 assist) now has at least one point and assist in back-to-back games (2 assists)
Brandon Bollig (1 goal) scores his first career AHL playoff goal
Jamie Devane (1 assist) earns his first career AHL playoff point

QUOTES
“Obviously, we’re proud of the way we pushed back. You go down 2-0 to a team that’s that good, that game can go one of two ways at that point and I think down the stretch we definitely showed some push back. We showed that we have that in us and we just have a really good character room. It’s something that we take pride in. Maybe we could have gotten off to a better start, but I don’t think we played that poorly. We just had to clean up a few little areas. The second period, we showed our push back and in the third, it was a toss up.” – Mike Kostka on battling back in the second period. 

“I think trying to find a way to get the puck through. If we have to drive it to the net, we have to drive it into the net. Use simple shots and just going to the net. It’s playoff hockey, everyone’s playing their best, everyone’s playing good defense, you have to get pucks to the net and traffic in front. You have to have guys around to pay the price.” – Mike Angelidis on what it’s going to take to get the offense going.

“I think you play desperate. You’re not playing conservative in the playoffs. You have to play hard, but you never sell the ship before a win or goal. We have to go out there and give it everything we’ve got. We’re fighting for our lives now and it’s a do-or-die situation for us, so I think we have to play a hard fought game and shoot pucks, go to the net and see where it goes from there.” – Angelidis on going into a must-win game on Sunday.

“I thought we were a little too fancy in the first period where we were overpassing at times instead of shooting. I liked good portions of our game here tonight. I thought it was a good hockey game until [San Jose] scored their third goal. I felt that we were coming as the game when the game was tied at 2-2 but they found a way to get the important goal.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on the game as a whole.

“We had our looks, we had our chances late even when they scored that third goal, we came right back and had that great chance in front and their goaltender made a great save. The only thing we want to make better the next time we go out is making sure we’re not making things more complicated than they need to be whether that’s moving the puck quicker or shooting when you have that option. I think if we can build on it, we can send this series back to San Jose and that’s what our challenge is now.” – Coach Huska on what they have to do to send the series to a game five in San Jose.

“Our team always plays it’s best when we’re in a tough spot and we are right now. We’re facing elimination and the good thing for us is that Sunday’s in our building where we can look to get some momentum back and then look forward to take it back to San Jose.” – Coach Huska on what he is looking for from his team on Sunday.

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

Stockton Hosts Playoff Hockey Tonight at Stockton Arena

Series Tied 1 – 1
Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Rally Towels Courtesy of Chase Chevrolet
PLAYOFF LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (2GP, 1-2-3)
                                                              SAN JOSE: F Ryan Carpenter (2GP, 2-2-4)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from Brett Kulak.

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 (Tickets)
Game 4 – Stockton vs. San Jose – Sunday, April 30 at 4:00PM (Tickets)
Game 5* – Stockton at San Jose – Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00PM
*If necessary

GAME THREE
The #4 seeded Stockton Heat continue their Pacific Division Semifinals series with the #1 seeded San Jose Barracuda tonight in their best-of-five series with Stockton tying the series in Game 2 and stealing home ice advantage from the San Jose Barracuda as the series shifts to Stockton.

After San Jose shut the Heat out in Game 1, Stockton stormed to a big early lead that they added to in the late goings of the second and third period to take a 6-4 win at the SAP Center.  Stockton went 5-5-2-0 during the regular season against the Barracuda and were 3-3-0 against San Jose at Stockton Arena.

WHO TO WATCH
Tonight we want you to keep an eye on Heat centerman and veteran leader Linden Vey.  

Vey was fantastic in Game 2, scoring a beautiful power-play snipe past Troy Grosenick and then added an empty netter for his first two-goal playoff game since May 4, 2013 while playing for the Los Angeles Kings affiliate in Manchester.

Sunday was his fourth career postseason multi-point game and third career multi-goal effort in the postseason.

Linden Vey is a matchup problem for San Jose, who must decide which defensive pairing will see Mark Jankowski’s unit and which will see his, and that’s why we like him to continue to lead the Heat offensively tonight.

STORM THE GATES
Two days after not being able to beat Troy Grosenick, the Stockton Heat stormed the league’s winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award and put up four goals in the first period on just nine shots (0.556 SV%) and in total, scored five times on 19 shots against the netminder (0.737 SV%).

The four-goal first period ties not only the Heat’s most goals in a single period, which occurred five times in 2016-17 and a total of six previous occasions in Heat history (team record).  Including this year’s regular season matchups versus San Jose, Stockton has scored 18 goals on 123 shots in first periods for a 14.6 SH%.

Mark Jankowski’s opening goal 1:30 into the first is tied for the second fastest goal in this campaign, behind Brandon Bollig’s goal 18 seconds into the regular season finale and tying a Ryan Lomberg tally back on November 27 in Tucson.

BATTLE OF THE TOP TWO ROOKIES
Young Mark Jankowski and Danny O’Regan were not only the Heat and Barracuda leading scorers, but were the top two point scoring rookies in 2016-17.  While Jankowski was held off the scoresheet with the rest of his team on Friday, he bounced back beautifully to score the first playoff goal in Heat history and record the first multi-point effort in Heat playoff history, ending the game with a goal and two assists.  In games after the Heat are shutout this season (five times), Jankowski has scored 5 goals and added 4 assists for 9 points.

Meanwhile, O’Regan has yet to register a point in the series and is a minus-3.

DONNING THE FLAMING C
This year a total of nine players were called up to the Calgary Flames including Goalies Jon Gillies and David Rittich, Defenseman Brett Kulak, Tyler Wotherspoon and Rasmus Andersson, along with Forwards Garnet Hathaway, Linden Vey, Hunter Shinkaruk and Mark Jankowski.

Gillies, Rittich and Andersson made their NHL debuts for the Flames at the end of the season while Mark Jankowski made his back on November 28.  Compared to last year, the Heat had 16 players called up with five making their NHL debuts.

PK LAYING IT ALL ON THE LINE
The Stockton Heat went a perfect 4-4 on the penalty kill to open up the series against the AHL’s second best power play and followed that performance up going 6-7 in Game 2. While they don’t show up on the scoresheet, the Heat came up big in the blocked shot department, with key contributions from three leaders in Stanley Cup winner Brandon Bollig, alternate captain Garnet Hathaway and captain Mike Angelidis, who blocked a dramatic shot at the end of Game 2 and having to scurry to the bench on all fours.

While the individual stats are immeasurable, Stockton’s 90.9% PK unit ranks tied fifth in the AHL this postseason.

RITTER PLAYS THE HERO
After the Barracuda scored three in the third period, the Heat would make a goaltending change and turn to David Rittich between the pipes.  Rittich, who had 10 games of playoff experience with BK Molada Boleslav in the Czech Extraliga prior to this season.

He came in and made an immediate impact, making two-highlight reel saves to keep the Heat in the lead.  He finished the night stopping 11 of 12 and earned the Heat’s first ever postseason win.  Rittich was 2-2-2 in 6 games against San Jose during the regular season and had a 3.35 GAA and 0.906 SV% against the Barracuda.

IT TAKES TWO BABY
With his 20th of the season on the regular season finale, Andrew Mangiapane joined Mark Jankowski as the only players to reach the 20-goal plateau.  Jankowski and Mangiapane were the only pair of rookie teammates in the AHL this season to hit the 20-goal mark.

It’s the first time a pair of rookies skating for the Flames Top Affiliate scored 20 in a single season since Chuck Kobasew and Matthew Lombardi did it for the Saint John Flames back in 2002-03.

SHOOTING GALLERY
The San Jose Barracuda are fourth in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, averaging 34 shots through the first two games while the Heat are 14th of 16 teams averaging 24 shots per game.  This isn’t new though as San Jose outshot Stockton by 101 shots in the regular season.  The Heat had the better shooting percentage then (11.6% to 9.2%) and now as well (12.5% to 11.8%).

INTERESTING FACT
May 10, 2014.

That was the last time playoff hockey was played in Stockton Arena with the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder playing postseason hockey.  The Thunder won four of six games at Stockton Arena during the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

WHAT’S NEW IN STOCKTON TONIGHT

The Heat look to take advantage of home ice advantage with the first playoff hockey games in Stockton since 2013-14. Fans will receive Rally Towels courtesy of Chase Chevrolet upon entering the Arena to help cheer on the boys.

Plus, all Heat365 Members and 2016-17 Full Season Ticket Holders are invited to the Pregame Party starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Bud Light Cold Zone where we’ll have live music from local band Mondo with some delicious food options like brats, sausages, Hawaiian Hot links and much more will be available for fans ready to cheer on the Heat.

Check out our new Spirit Station located on the Fandeck open to all fans! Make signs to cheer on the Heat,  get temporary “Fired Up for the Cup” tattoos and can get their face painted or balloon animals made early in the night!

Our Second Intermission Chuck-A-Puck is revamped for loads of prizes for both game nights including a chance to win an autographed Kayle Doetzel game worn jersey, a GymStars Birthday package, Rita’s Italian Ice and Dicks Sporting Goods coupons, Heat hats and more!

Participate in our new Text-To-Win promotion where fans at the game can text 209.916.8136 for a chance to win an autographed item delivered to them by Frankie himself!  Speaking of everyone’s favorite bird, Frankie-Oke sponsored by Chase Chevrolet returns during the second intermission so start tuning your voice!

Get your raffle tickets for tonight’s jersey raffle for a chance to win an autographed, game worn Ryan Lomberg jersey from the inaugural season!

Available tonight at the Stockton Fan Attic is the Heat’s first ever playoff t-shirt!  Sizes are limited so get yours today!

Fans can enter to win a 20-person group night for the Heat’s Opening Night in 2017-18!  Just head to the Bruce’s Body Shop Sales and Service Table located just inside the North Concourse and fill out the form to enter!  The winner will be announced in the third period!

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

Plus, new members signing up for their membership will receive tickets to the first round of the playoffs for FREE!  Stockton hosts Game 3 on Friday, April 28 at Stockton Arena with the potential to host Game 4 if necessary.

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.