Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: February 22, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: SportsNet 960 The Fan, AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 6:45 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Matt Frattin photo card given to the first 500 fans
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (42GP, 16-17-33)
TEXAS: F Travis Morin (49GP, 17-25-42)
FANS IN CALGARY CAN TUNE IN TO SPORTSNET 960 THE FAN FOR EXCLUSIVE HEAT COVERAGE
Fans in Calgary can tune the dial to Sportsnet 960 The Fan tonight to listen to the Heat try and take down the Texas Stars. Coverage will begin at 7:45 MT with the game kicking off at 8:00 MT. You can always tune into the Heat for free on Spreaker or iHeartRadio or can watch the game streamed live on AHL Live.
This year the Heat have appeared on Sportsnet 960 The Fan twice, going 1-1-0 in those games!
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.
The Heat host the Texas Stars for just the second time this season looking to try and claw out from a 10-game winless stretch. Meanwhile the Stars find themselves in fifth in the Pacific but have won four of their last 10 games and have lost two straight, one to Chicago and one to San Jose.
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LAST TIME VS. TEXAS
It began early as Morgan Klimchuk scored 2:43 into the game back on the second game of the year only to be followed by Andrew Mangiapane’s first pro goal and Hunter Shinkaruk’s tally 1:22 later. Austin Fyten scored off a rebound in the second but Mark Jankowski scored his first of the year to restore the 3-goal lead. Garnet Hathaway finished the scoring off in the Heat’s dominant 5-1 win.
WHO TO WATCH
No question the player to watch will be Heat Alternate Captain Garnet Hathaway returning to action for the Heat after spending the majority of the season with the Calgary Flames.
After acquiring Michael Stone from Arizona earlier this week, the Flames had to send a player down to Stockton and it happened to be the Heat’s Alternate Captain Garnet Hathaway. Hathaway has done a great job in Calgary this season, playing 26 games for the Flames, recording his first NHL goal back on Nov. 20 in Detroit and recording four assists for a total of 5 points.
Returning to the Heat could be just the prescription the doctor ordered. Hathaway is one of the hardest workers and one of the leaders for the Heat on and off the ice for the last two years, wearing an “A” on his chest in both seasons in Stockton. In just 8 games this year for the Heat, Hathaway recorded 6 points, half of which were goals.
His style of play is easy to love because he generally pulls other players into a similar style. Crash the net hard, battle for pucks in corners, finish checks when you have a chance…all things that Head Coach Ryan Huska has been asking his guys to buy back into as they work to try and pull themselves back into playoff contention.
Look for Hathaway to continue where he left off for the Heat, producing points, playing in all situations and leading by example on the ice.
Plus, it doesn’t hurt that in 7 career games against Texas, Hathaway has 3 goals. Not to mention with Hathaway in the lineup, the Heat are 5-2-1-0 this year and 26-23-1-2 in the last two years.
Keep an eye on number nine tonight! The way he’s been playing, he may not be in Stockton much longer!
POWER PLAY STRUGGLING TO GAIN TRACTION
Unfortunately for the Heat, the power play has had a tough go since the turn of the calendar year. Through 16 games in 2017, the Heat power play has gone 2 for 57 but scored on Saturday night for the first time since January 20 against the Condors.
VEY RECORDS BIG 200TH AHL POINT
After going 21-games without a goal, Linden Vey broke through in a big way on Saturday, recording his second shorthanded goal of the season to snap the streak. He would then assist on Brett Kulak’s goal to earn his seventh multi-point game of the season (1-1-2). Vey’s shorthanded goal was his 200th career AHL point.
For Vey it was his seventh multi-point game of the year, tying him with Mark Jankowski for the most multi-point games on the team.
HEAT VS. STARS ALL-TIME SERIES
The Heat are 5-1-1-0 vs. Texas all-time including 3-0-1-0 at Stockton Arena. Stars leading scorer Travis Morin, who has 42 points, has been held to 3 assists in 5 games vs. Stockton and is minus-1 all-time. Heat leading scorer Mark Jankowski had a goal and 2 assists for his first three-point night of his career in his lone game against the Stars on October 19.
Provided he’s in the lineup, Daniel Pribyl is set to play his 200th pro game, including his 174 games in the top Czech Extraliga and 25 games with the Heat in the AHL.