Arena: Citizens Business Bank Arena
Date: December 15, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: LW Andrew Mangiapane (23GP 10-16-26)
ONTARIO: LW Michael Mersch (22GP 8-10-18)
Get Fired Up as the Stockton Heat look to bounce back after a tough loss on Wednesday in San Diego as they take on the Ontario Reign for the second matchup of the season. Stockton had their five-game unbeaten streak snapped on Wednesday while the Reign have won back to back games and are coming home after a 5-game road trip.
The Heat are 8-11-2-0 all-time against the Ontario Reign including an 0-1-0-0 record this season.
LAST TIME VS. ONTARIO
Back on November 22, Morgan Klimchuk got the Heat on the board first, but the Reign would score the next three goals to take the first meeting by a 3-1 final. Mike Amadio had two goals for Ontario while Keegan Iverson scored his first of the season assisted by former Heat forward Jamie Devane. Goaltender Jack Campbell made 28 saves in the win.
WHO TO WATCH
Tonight we want to keep an eye on Emile Poirier, who we believe has gotten off to a great start this season.
After missing a lot of hockey last year, it’s taken Poirier a bit of time to get into game shape, but boy has he looked good. The Poirier we knew and loved that used his up-and-down speed to blow past defenders, someone who could dipsy doodle around defenders, win puck battles and put the points on the board is back and we love him!
Used in a number of situations including finding himself on the power play and the penalty kill, Poirier is looking good and while he was held off the scoresheet, we think he’s been one of the key players in Stockton’s form all season long and we have a good feeling that if the Heat can get the win tonight in Ontario, Emile Poirier will be one of the reasons Stockton does it.
NOBODY HOTTER THAN HRIVVER
An early poll for Heat MVP through the first 23 games of the year would certainly put center Marek Hrivik on that conversation.
He’s off to a terrific start, recording 25 points (8-17-25) in his first 21 games of the season and is on pace to obliterate his career high of 41 points for the Hartford Wolf Pack established in 2015-16.
For the Wolf Pack, Hrivik recorded back to back 40 point seasons, and spent time with the New York Rangers in the last two seasons, but now with the Flames organization, Hrivik could eclipse those highs and earn himself a call-up to the big club.
Hrivik tied Andrew Mangiapane on Wednesday with his ninth multi-point game, the most on the Heat this season, and has points in four-straight games (2-5-7).
AN UN-FOO-GETABLE WEEK
Spencer Foo had a week to remember, scoring three goals on Wednesday last week to record his first career hat trick, and third ever in Heat history, joining Mark Jankowski (1/20/17 vs. BAK) and Hunter Shinkaruk (4/5/17 vs. SD) as the only Heat players to accomplish this.
Foo would then add his fourth goal in his last two games on Saturday and even recorded his first pro fight later in the game. Then on Wednesday in San Diego, Foo increased his point streak to three-games with an assist on Hrivik’s power-play goal, and now has 4 goals and an assist in his last three-games, the longest point streak of his pro career.
The rookie forward now has 12 points on the season and is one of 11 players on the Heat with over 10 points this season.
STOCKTON GETS ON THE BOARD EARLY
For the past three games, the Heat have got on the board early on, scoring the game’s first goal 5:11 into last Wednesday’s game in San Jose, 12 seconds into the game on Saturday against Tucson and in San Diego took the lead 1:28 into the game.
The Heat may not be shooting a lot in the first, outshot by opponents by 33 shots, but they are making the most of their opportunities, outscoring opponents by 16 goals.
Stockton’s Swedish defensemen, Oliver Kylington and Rasmus Andersson, both recorded first period goals on Wednesday. Andersson now has 16 points on the season, leading the Heat in point production from the blueline.
Tyler Wotherspoon is second with 15 points, recording an assist on Wednesday, Kylington has 14 and Cody Goloubef has 12 and also increased a point streak to three games (1-3-4).
This season through 23 games, after the Stockton Heat have lost a game (which has now occurred seven times this season in regulation and two times in a shootout) the Heat have been able to bounce back with a win in the following game except on one occasion.
That occasion happened to be the last meeting against the Reign, who halted Stockton’s three-game win streak. The Heat would then fall to Tucson in their next game, which still this season is the only time the Heat have lost back-to-back games.
HEAT HOLIDAY PACKS ON SALE NOW
Give the gift of Stockton Heat Hockey this Holiday Season with Heat Holiday Packs!
Join Lombo’s Naughty List which includes six (6) vouchers and an autographed Ryan Lomberg puck for $99, get Klimmer’s Holiday Hat Trick featuring a pair of tickets to Teddy Bear Toss (1/20), Safety Night (2/17) & Star Wars Night (3/3) and a Heat Winter Beanie for just $112, or get Mangiapane’s Gingerbread Special, featuring eight (8) vouchers and a special edition Andrew “Eat (Ginger) Bread” t-shirt starting at $125!
Fans can also purchase our New Year’s Eve Pack, which features a pair of tickets to the game on Sunday, December 31 at 5:00 p.m. in either Lower Premium or Upper Premium/Lower End Zone and receive four (4) undated vouchers good for any future Heat home game at Stockton Arena, two (2) Heat hats, two (2) passes to skate at Modesto On Ice and two (2) New Year’s Eve Party Items starting at just $75!