Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: January 12, 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 (33GP 10-13-23)
TEXAS: C Travis Morin (38GP 5-30-35)
Get Fired Up as the Stockton Heat and Texas Stars meet up for the final two games between the teams at Stockton Arena with both teams coming off a difficult stretch of hockey. Stockton is 3-4-2-1 in their last 10 games while Texas is 2-4-4-0 in their last 10 contests.
It’s also another Fry Day, presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s. Fans can bring their receipts from participating McDonald’s locations to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office for a buy one, get one free ticket to tonight’s game.
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.
It’s also United Way Night, where the United Way of San Joaquin County will be out to the game and raising money through mobile donations and through a silent auction on the concourse.
LAST TIME VS. TEXAS
Only one goal separated the Heat and Stars back on November 4 and it came from Garnet Hathaway, whose backhander from the right circle bounced off a defender’s skate and past Landon Bow. David Rittich earned his second shutout of the season, stopping 32, while Bow stopped 24 of 25 in the Heat 1-0 win.
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WHO TO WATCH
Eleven games is too many for opposing teams to keep Morgan Klimchuk from scoring a goal, and we think tonight the winger breaks out in a big way.
Klimchuk is your active scoring leader for the Stockton Heat, and has picked up three assists in his last four games and in his last 10 games, Klimchuk has recorded 6 assists.
However, the forward hasn’t scored a goal for the Heat since December 9 when his goal won the game against the Tucson Roadrunners at Stockton Arena. He was tied for second on the team last year in point production against Texas with 7 points (3-4-7), so perhaps tonight is the night that sees Klimchuk seize the bull by the horns and get back in the goal column.
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.
LONE STAR STATE OF MIND
The Stockton Heat have traditionally matched up well against Texas, so much so that the club is 10-1-1-1 in 13 ever games against Texas. When you include the Heat’s record against the other team from the Lone Star State, San Antonio, Stockton is an impressive 18-3-1-3 all-time against the Lone Star State teams.
Ryan Lomberg has been very impressive in his last two games, posting his second and third multi-point games of the season and totaling a goal and 3 assists in his last two. His goal was Stockton’s fifth shorthanded tally of the year that came on Wednesday against Tucson.
Cody Goloubef was named to the Team Canada roster for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He’s one of five players to ever receive the international call from a Calgary Flames top affiliate (John Harrington (USA – 84), Jim Johannson (USA – 88), Kevin Dahl (CAN – 92) and C.J. Young (USA – 92). He’s also one of four with Heat connections on Team Canada joining Heat alums Mason Raymond, Kevin Poulin and Linden Vey.
Today marks the sixth home game on a Friday night inside Stockton Arena and the Heat do pretty well to kick off the weekend. In the previous five Friday home dates, the Heat are 3-1-0-1, and in their 12 Friday games overall this season, Stockton is 6-3-1-2.