Arena: H-E-B Center
Date: March 28, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 5:15 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (56GP, 25-23-48)
TEXAS: F Travis Morin (66GP, 20-31-51)
With the season wrapping up we want to give you all the scenarios to understand what can happen depending on the outcome of tonight’s contests in the Pacific Division, and since it’s not as easy as looking just at the points, we want to show you the playoff scenario, which you can see below, with the teams in GREEN currently sitting in a playoff spot.
|Rank||Team||GP||W||L||OTL||SOL||Current Pts||Current PCT||PCT with W||PCT with OT/SOL||PCT with L|
|1||x- San Jose||60||39||14||2||5||85||0.708||0.713||0.705||0.697|
|2||x- San Diego||60||38||17||3||2||81||0.675||0.680||0.672||0.664|
Just two playoff spots up for grabs as Ontario, Bakersfield, Texas and Stockton have the best chances to come down with those spots.
Bakersfield, who holds that final playoff spot in the Pacific for now, will host the Manitoba Moose tonight while the Tucson Roadrunners will host the San Antonio Rampage prior to the Heat playing in San Antonio this weekend. A Heat win coupled with a Bakersfield loss could bring the Heat within three points of overtaking the Condors for fourth.
Just nine games remain on the schedule for both the Heat and Condors with one final meeting between the teams on April 14.
HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
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The Heat play game three of a season-long five-game road trip tonight to conclude the season series with the Texas Stars. Stockton won the first meeting at the H-E-B Center on Friday, coming from behind to capture the 5-4 win but fell in a shootout on Saturday.
Fans can catch the game live on Spreaker, iHeartRadio and AHL Live as the Heat try to earn points in their fourth-straight road game tonight!
LAST TIME VS. TEXAS
The Stars kicked off the scoring in the first and for the second straight game, we were treated to a wild second period where the teams combined for six goals, alternating every other goal until Texas maintained their one goal lead heading into the third. It would be Andrew Mangiapane who’d tie the game late in the third to send it to overtime and eventually the shootout.
Mangiapane and Mark Jankowski put the pressure on Texas but Travis Morin’s goal would keep the game going and in the sixth round, Gemel Smith, who had three assists in the game, would win it for the Stars for the 5-4 final.
WHO TO WATCH
It’s absolutely incredible to see that 19-year-old Oliver Kylington has already played 100 games in his young career, but he’s not only hit an incredible milestone so early in his career, he’s also been one of the best performers during this road trip!
It was back on December 16 in a road game against San Diego that Oliver last picked up a multi-point game but he’s done it during both of the games last weekend against the Texas Stars, recording two assists on Friday night and following it up with a tremendous individual effort for his fifth goal of the season and adding another assist for his third and fourth multi-point efforts of the season.
The young defenseman may have struggled after his loan to the World Junior Championships, going his first 13 games back in the AHL with a single point, but right now the defenseman is peaking at the right time for the Heat.
We think that Kylington has shown no signs of slowing, so expect the points to fall for the young man tonight in the Texas finale. Should he pick up a point, he’d do something he’s only done once in his AHL career, which is pick up a three-game points streak.
OLLAS MATTSSON IMPRESSES IN NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT
Going from one Swede to another, Adam Ollas Mattsson, who’s been added to the Heat roster on an Amateur Tryout Contract, has been impressive through his first two games.
His defensive play has been sound as evidenced by his first shift in North America, being put out on the penalty kill with defensive partner Keith Aulie, and his first touch of the puck in the AHL with a clearance all the way down the ice. Ollas Mattsson was sharp when it came to the small passes getting pucks out of danger and making quick but smart passes for wingers to get pucks out of the defensive zone.
He followed up that first game with his first AHL point, recording an assist in just his second game in North America, finishing the weekend with that assist and going plus-2 despite 9 goals being scored against the Heat during the two games against Texas.
LONE STAR STATE OF MIND
The Heat have gone 8-1-1-1 all-time against the Stars in 11 games against, outscoring them 41-30 in that span. At the H-E-B Center, the Heat are 3-1-0-2 and if you include the home of the Rampage, Stockton is 4-2-0-2 all-time in the state of Texas.
JANKOWSKI ATOP THE ROOKIE LEADERBOARD
Rookie centerman Mark Jankowski sits atop the rookie goal scoring leaders with 25 goals in 56 games for the Heat this season, and is tied second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 48 points. Since 2005-06 only five rookies have scored 20 or more goals for the Flames AHL affiliate.
Jankowski is has tied Markus Granlund (ABB) who had 25 goals in 52 games and is two away from tying Dustin Boyd (OMA) who had 27 in 66 games, the most by a Flames AHL rookie since 05-06.
The forward is also on a six-game point streak, (3-4-7), one game away from tying his career best and the Heat’s all-time record held by Jankowski, Linden Vey and Derek Grant.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
This five-game road trip matches the longest stretch away from home in Heat history, which occurred from March 19 through the 26th during the 2015-16 season. The Heat posted a 1-4-0-0 record on that trip.
Last season the Heat went 10-21-1-2 away from Stockton Arena and will look to surpass that mark tonight after picking up their 10th road win on Friday. The Heat have tied a team best, three-straight road games picking up points going 2-0-0-1 in their last three.
WOTHERSPOON PICKING UP THE POINTS
Tyler Wotherspoon is third in the AHL with a plus-28 rating but what’s been catching up to his defensive prowess has been his offensive production! He’s established a new career-best four-game point streak (2-2-4) surpassing his previous high of three games and with goals in back-to-back games, Wotherspoon has tied his career best.
In his last 11 games, Wotherspoon has scored 4 goals and added 3 assists and is just six points from tying his career best of 24 points scored in 2014-15 with the Adirondack Flames.
The Heat earned their three points last week in come from behind efforts, picking up their third win this season when trailing after 40 minutes on Friday and by forcing the shootout on Saturday, the Heat have picked up at least a point in six games when trailing after two periods.