Arena: Rabobank Arena
Date: March 11, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 5:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (49GP, 22-19-41)
BAKERSFIELD: F Anton Lander (27GP, 21-21-42)
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|
No chance of upward movement for the Heat tonight but they could pull the Condors a bit closer to them with a victory tonight. Also in action tonight the Iowa Wild visit the Texas Stars with Texas looking to pull to .500. If Stockton were to fall, the Heat would also fall behind Texas due to the Stars having one more regulation or overtime win then the Heat have.
The Tucson Roadrunners are in Ontario tonight as well with the Roadrunners looking to get back to a virtual tie with the Heat. Tucson can only jump the Heat if they win in Ontario and the Heat fall in regulation to Bakersfield.
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The Heat have been streak busting all week, stopping San Jose’s 15-game points streak on Sunday and Bakersfield’s six-game win streak on Wednesday, but now are faced with a chance to bust their own streak of 13-games away from Stockton Arena without a win as they take on the Condors for the final time at Rabobank Arena. The Heat have won four of their last five games including two in-a-row.
LAST TIME VS. BAKERSFIELD
On Wednesday Matt Frattin’s power-play goal would get the Heat on the board and Mark Jankowski would snipe his old college goalie Nick Ellis to capture the 2-0 lead after 20. They’d extend the lead thanks to Tyler Wotherspoon and Jankowski’s second of the night, in the second, just 49 seconds apart. Meanwhile, David Rittich put on another beautiful performance to capture the 30-save shutout, his fifth of the year and second against the Condors.
WHO TO WATCH
While he may go unnoticed by some and certainly slide under the radar for most, Kayle Doetzel is quietly having a great rookie season.
The defensive specialist has been excellent all season long, continually counted on by his teammates for that big blocked shot, that big penalty kill or that solid chip up the boards to clear the danger.
And he’s been even better recently, posting an even or better plus/minus in nine of his last 10 games. A memorable block a week ago helped the Heat end San Jose’s 15-game points streak. For the Heat to escape Bakersfield with a win, we think he’ll have to help his defense once again, providing his consistent, reliable and steady play in his own zone to help his team end their lengthy streak without a win on the road.
Look for Doetzel tonight at Rabobank Arena and maybe tonight is the night Doetzel finally gets his first pro goal!
JANKOWSKI JOINS ELITE COMPANY
On Saturday, Mark Jankowski became the second rookie this season to reach the 20-goal mark and is one of just five rookies who’ve suited up for the Flames AHL affiliate since 2005-06 to reach the 20-goal plateau including David Wolf in 2014-15 (ADK-20G), Markus Granlund in 2013-14 (ABB-25G), Dustin Boyd in 2006-07 (OMA-27G) and David Moss in 2005-06 (OMA-21G).
Not only that, Jankowski is the third ever Heat player to reach 20 in a season, joining Derek Grant (27) and Kenny Agostino (23) who reached the plateau last year. He added two goals on Wednesday taking over as the rookie goal scoring leader with 22 and is just 8 points back of the rookie scoring leader Daniel O’Regan (SJ) who has 49 points.
Jankowski leads all active rookie skaters with 22 goals and is just one behind the rookie scoring leader Jake Guentzel of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who has been up with the Pittsburgh Penguins since January 16.
HEAT SPECIAL TEAMS
The Heat power play may have had a rough go of it to start 2017 but things are starting to get better for the Heat. Despite going 7 for 84 (8.3%) in 2017, the power play has done pretty well recently, going 5 for their last 20 chances (25%). The penalty kill has also been outstanding, killing off 40 of their last 42 penalties (95.2%) dating back to February 17.
Linden Vey has been a force to be reckoned with! He not only has points in five straight (1-7-8) but has points in seven of his last eight (3-9-12) and tied the Heat’s all-time record of five-straight games with an assist set by D Colby Robak to start this season (Robak had 5 assists).
CZECH YOURSELF BEFORE YOUR WRECK YOURSELF
David Rittich stopped all 30-shots the Condors threw his way on Wednesday for his fifth shutout of the year, second most in the AHL. Among qualified goalies, Rittich ranks third with a 2.10 GAA, third with a .930 SV% and leads all rookie goalies in GAA, SV% and SO. He’s now won 3-straight starts dating back to Feb. 26 vs. TEX.
Wednesday saw the Heat get off to a great start against the Condors and it wasn’t just the offense, but the defense as well. David Rittich saw just three, first period shots which set a new season low for fewest shots against in a single period.