Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: April 15, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST (Doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Giveaway: Frankie the Firebird photo cards to the first 500 fans
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 7:15 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (64GP, 27-29-56)
TUCSON: F Chris Mueller (67GP, 19-48-67)
It’s the final game of the regular season as the Heat host the Tucson Roadrunners for the eighth and final time this season. The Roadrunners have had the Heat’s number all season long, with the Heat going 2-4-1-0 against Tucson this season, however six of the eight matchups occurred when the Roadrunners were still in first place 24 games into the season.
For Fan Appreciation, the Stockton Fan Attic will feature special discounts so you can outfit yourself and your family in Heat gear for the summer, plus we’ll hand out the team awards like MVP, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Unsung Hero, Rookie of the Year, Community Service Award Winner, and of course the coveted Fan Favorite Award!
For Heat365 Members, you’ll have your final chance to meet a couple Heat players as our Heat365 Fan Draft concludes in the Conference Room in the North Entry starting at 6:45 p.m.!
PACIFIC DIVISION SEMIFINALS VS. SAN JOSE STARTS NEXT FRIDAY
The Stockton Heat clinched a playoff berth last night after a tight defensive battle with the Bakersfield Condors, getting more than just the point they needed to clinch, but the win.
That sets up a Pacific Division Semifinals matchup between the Heat and the San Jose Barracuda in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs beginning next week. Stockton is 5-5-2 against San Jose this year.
In the best-of-five series, Game 1 takes place in San Jose next Friday at 7:00 p.m. with Game 2 on Sunday in San Jose at 3:00 p.m.
The series shifts to Stockton on Friday, April 28 for Game 3 at 7:00 p.m. where the first 2,500 fans will take home a Fired Up for the Cup Rally Towel courtesy of Chase Chevrolet. If necessary, Game 4 will be in Stockton on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. with fans taking home another Rally Towel courtesy of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport and the series would end in San Jose for Game 5 if necessary on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Learn about setting up your group tickets for the playoffs, or how you can get the first round matchups for free by becoming a Heat365 member by calling 209.373.1500.
LAST TIME VS. TUCSON
The Heat rang in the New Year in thrilling fashion as the Roadrunners came to Stockton Arena for the first game of 2017.
Jamie Devane scored early in the first period only to find Kyle Wood knot the score up and then Christian Fischer take the Tucson lead in the second. It may have been an unlikely hero, but it was Keith Aulie who’d blast a rebound past Adin Hill to send the game to OT in the third.
In overtime, the Heat controlled possession with Kenney Morrison going across the ice to Morgan Klimchuk. Klimchuk drew some attention, found Mark Jankowski and Janko did the rest, scoring his ninth of the season just 1:04 into OT for the 3-2 win.
WHO TO WATCH
You heard Head Coach Ryan Huska say it last night, but expect the regular season finale to feature a lot of brand new faces for the Stockton Heat including a couple players who could be making their pro debuts tonight.
That’s why tonight the who to watch will be Matthew Phillips and Cam Braes. They’ve both been practicing with the team for a little while now, Braes since his season ended in championship fashion for his University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds (UNB) back on March 25 and Phillips since his Victoria Royals were ousted from the Western Hockey League playoffs back on April 7.
Braes won three Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships during his time at UNB and in the championship game against the University of Saskatchewan, Braes scored four of his team’s five goals in the 5-3 UNB win.
Phillips was very impressive this season for the Victoria Royals, becoming one of five WHL players to score 50 goals and was tied ninth in the WHL with 90 points. Drafted by the Flames during last year’s NHL Entry Draft in the sixth round, 166th overall (the exact same spot that Andrew Mangiapane was taken in 2015 by the way), Phillips recorded three hat tricks for Victoria this season and was his team leader in goals and points.
We’re excited for one or both to get into the lineup tonight and show what they can bring to the pro game and also show the depth that Stockton will have come playoff time.
JANKOWSKI RACKING UP THE ACCOLADES
Rookie centerman Mark Jankowski sits atop the rookie goal scoring leaders with 27 goals in 64 games for the Heat this season, and is second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 56 points, just a point behind San Jose’s Daniel O’Regan.
Jankowski’s next goal will pass Dustin Boyd (OMA) as the most goals scored by a rookie for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 and will make him the most prolific scorer in a single season for the Stockton Heat, beating Derek Grant (27). He’s also a point away from tying Kenny Agostino for the most points for the Heat in a single season (57).
Jankowski had 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points in the month of March which earned him the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honors, just the third time a Flames AHL rookie has been named to the award since 1997 joining Sergei Varlamov (STJ – April 1999) and Markus Granlund (ABB – February 14).
A week ago, Jankowski earned another honor as he was named to the 2016-17 AHL All-Rookie Team. Since the AHL began naming an All-Rookie team in 1996-97 only five other players in the Flames organization have earned this honor including J.S. Giguere (Goaltender – 1997-98), Rico Fata (Forward – 1999-00), Daniel Tkaczuk (Forward – 1999-00), Micki DuPont (Defenseman – 2000-01) and Joni Ortio (Goaltender – 2013-14).
The Heat currently find themselves on a team record long 10-game points streak (7-0-2-1) dating back to March 24.
Most impressive though is Stockton’s ability to turn their season around when the chips were down. From December 26 through February 18, the Heat went 4-14-3-0 dropping them from first to seventh.
However, from February 22 through the end of the season, Stockton went 15-4-2-1 including this current point streak the Heat find themselves on.
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 last week 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.
ENTIRE ORGANIZATION PLAYS EXTRA HOCKEY
For the first time since 2006-07, the entire Calgary Flames organization plays postseason hockey as the Adirondack Thunder, Stockton Heat and Calgary Flames all battle for their respective cups.
Back in 2006-07, it would be the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights who won the West Division with a 49-25-5-1 record in the AHL while the Flames finished third in the Northwest Division after a 43-29-10 season.
Calgary’s ECHL affiliate, the Las Vegas Wranglers, won the Pacific Division by going 46-12-6-8. The coach of that Vegas team? None other than current Flames Coach Glen Gulutzan.
The current Calgary Flames play Game 2 in Anaheim tonight at 7:30 while the Thunder face the Manchester Monarchs in Game 2 at 3:00. Both the Flames and Thunder are down one game in their respective best-of-seven series.
If he suits up tonight, Ryan Lomberg would be the first player in Heat history and first player for the Flames AHL affiliate since Garth Murray back in 2009-10 (Abbotsford) to suit up in every game for his team in a single season.
Lomberg has been a real ironman for the Heat this year, featuring in all 67 games thus far and with his goal last night into the empty net, made sure the Heat were pushed through to the playoffs.
In Stockton Hockey history, only four players ever suited up for every game in a single season with the most recent to do it, current Adirondack Thunder forward James Henry who played in all 72 games for the Stockton Thunder (ECHL) in 2014-15.
Should Lomberg suit up tonight it’d be the 29th time in the Calgary Flames Affiliate history that a player dressed in every game in a season for the Flames Top Affiliate. Of the previous 28 occurrences, 12 were rookie skaters including Tucson Roadrunners Head Coach Mark Lamb, who dressed for every game for the Moncton Golden Flames back in 1984-85.
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!
For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.