Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: January 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors at 6:00 p.m.)
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m.
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: LW Morgan Klimchuk (32GP 10-13-23)
TUCSON: RW Nick Merkley (26GP 17-17-34)
Get Fired Up as the Heat look to continue their good play this season over the Tucson Roadrunners, looking for their fifth-straight win over the team that currently holds the top spot in the division. After falling in the first meeting back on November 24, Stockton has beaten Tucson four-straight times by a combined score of 15-6 and is now 6-5-2-0 all-time against Tucson.
Tonight at the game, fans can bring an empty can or bottle of a Coca-Cola product to recycle at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office for $5 off any regular priced ticket. Plus, fans can purchase $.50 wings and $4 bottomless popcorn at the game!
LAST TIME VS. TUCSON
It was a close game between the two Pacific Division rivals just before the Christmas Break where the Heat pulled out a 2-1 win in Tucson. Marek Hrivik opened the scoring before Adam Clendening answered with a shot that bounced off a Heat defenseman and in. The Heat were in trouble at the end of the first period, whistled on a penalty shot, but then Heat goalie Eddie Lack made the save. He’d shut the door the rest of the way and Brett Findlay would score in the next period as the Heat grinded out the win.
WHO TO WATCH
We’ve been super impressed by Darren Nowick and his contributions skating in between Morgan Klimchuk and Hunter Shinkaruk, and we think it’ll continue against Tucson.
Nowick picked up an assist in his Heat debut last Friday and once again contributed, but got his first goal in a Heat sweater the following night against San Antonio. Especially when you consider he hadn’t played a game since November 26 for the club’s ECHL affiliate, the Kansas City Mavericks, Nowick was engaged in the game and looked like he had skated with Shinkaruk and Klimchuk for years.
Look for the Long Beach, California native to continue his terrific play with the club and earn more time in his home state!
YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR
The Heat saw two players named to the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic in Andrew Mangiapane, who ranks among the league’s elite scorers despite being called up to Calgary on Dec. 31, and Rasmus Andersson who is tied 9th among AHL defenseman with 21 points.
Both players have been teammates since 2014-15 when they were teammates in the OHL with the Barrie Colts and both were drafted in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by Calgary.
They join Derek Grant (2015-16) and Mark Jankowski (2016-17) as Stockton Heat representatives to the game.
ALL ABOUT ANDY
Rasmus Andersson certainly deserves to be an AHL All-Star this season, and last Saturday with 34 seconds left, Andersson’s point shot through traffic won the game for the Heat and snapped a four-game winless skid.
It was Andersson’s second game winner of the season and third multi-point game of his season.
POIRIER PLAYS 200
Today we celebrate 200 pro games for Emile Poirier. Selected 22nd overall in 2013, Poirier has played parts of five seasons within the Flames organization, compiling 191 AHL games with Abbotsford, Adirondack and Stockton to go along with 8 games in the NHL with Calgary.
Poirier is nine games away from playing in his 200th AHL game and is 8 goals away from his 50th AHL goal.
The Stockton Heat have been outshot by opponents in 16 games this season but are 9-4-1-2 in those games, including a 6-0-0-1 mark at Stockton Arena. The Heat are 20th, averaging 29.56 shots for & allow the 9th most shots on average w/ 31.41.