Arena: Tucson Arena
Date: December 22, 2017
Time: 6:05 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 5:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: LW Andrew Mangiapane (25GP 10-17-27)
TUCSON: C Dylan Strome (15GP 8-18-26)
Get Fired Up as the Heat continue their season-long, seven-game road swing as the team heads to Tucson for the final time this season for a pair of games starting tonight at Tucson Arena. Stockton has started their road swing on a three-game winless skid which dropped them to third behind Tucson and Texas in the Pacific Division.
The Heat have won two-straight games against Tucson, including winning their last game at Tucson Arena back in late November.
LAST TIME VS. TUCSON
Stockton jumped on Tucson early and often at Stockton Arena back on December 9, scoring 12 seconds into the game and developing a 3-0 lead in just 9:15 seconds.
They added to their lead in the second before Tucson made things interesting with a pair of goals just before, and after, the midway point in the third, but Andrew Mangiapane’s goal into the empty net sealed the Heat’s 5-2 win.
WHO TO WATCH
With his loan to Team Canada looming as he readies for the 91st Spengler Cup, tonight we want to keep an eye on defenseman Cody Goloubef.
Goloubef was named to Team Canada’s roster for one of the oldest international tournaments, held in Davos, Switzerland from December 26 through 31, becoming the second Heat player to ever play in the tournament, joining inaugural Heat captain Aaron Johnson as the only Heat player to be named to the tournament. Johnson won gold with Team Canada, their 13th Spengler Cup in the tournament’s history.
Now Goloubef won’t be the only player on Team Canada with Stockton Heat roots, as he’ll join Heat alums, Mason Raymond and Kevin Poulin.
Goloubef though has had a terrific start to his Heat career this season with 4 goals and 8 assists, one of 12 players on the team to record over 10 points and one of four defensemen with over 12 points on the season.
Of his 12 points, eight of them (3-5-8) have come in his last 12 games including 2 goals and an assist against Tucson in three meetings this season.
We think his success will continue as he looks to get ready for the Spengler!
THREE FIRSTS LAST WEEK
The Heat had three “firsts” last week, most notably, Josh Healey’s first professional point on Friday night in Ontario, where he rimmed a puck up off the wall, dropping to Marek Hrivik who completed the shorthanded marker.
Then on Saturday in San Diego, it’d be Tanner Glass getting his first goal as a member of the Heat with defenseman Oleg Yevenko earning his first point as a member of the Heat with an assist on the play. It was Glass’ first AHL goal since January 3, 2017 and it was Yevenko’s first point since April 13, 2017 while playing with Hartford and Cleveland respectively.
STOCKTON GETS ON THE BOARD EARLY
For the past five games, the Heat have got on the board early on, scoring the games first goal 5:11 in a Wednesday game in San Jose, 12 seconds into the game on a Saturday at home against Tucson, took the lead 1:28 into last Wednesday in San Diego took the lead 1:28 into the game, scored 2:26 into the game on Friday and again on Saturday 6:57 into the contest.
The Heat have scored the first goal in 20 of 25 games this season, the most of any AHL team this season, and are 12-7-1-0 when scoing the first goal.
CLOSING IN ON 200
Marek Hrivik is just 3 points away from recording his 200th professional point and 6 points away from recording his 200th AHL point. This year, Hrivik ranks among the league leaders with 26 points on the season (9-17-26), just a single point behind team leader Andrew Mangiapane who has 27 points on the season (10-17-27).
Stockton’s 26.7% conversion on the power play this season against Tucson is their highest percentage against any other team, going 4 for 15 against Tucson in the previous three games.
Especially after Stockton went 1 for 12 last week against San Diego and Ontario, the power play will need to be good in order for the Heat to come up with the victory in Arizona.
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!