Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: September 29, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 6:00 p.m.)
Broadcast: Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
2016-17 RETURNING LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Morgan Klimchuk (66GP, 19-24-43)
BAKERSFIELD: F Joey LaLeggia (67GP, 20-18-38)
Get Fired Up because hockey is back tonight as your Stockton Heat play host to the Bakersfield Condors! While the Heat will be playing in their first preseason tune-up game, the Condors played last night at Rabobank Arena, shutting out the San Jose Barracuda 6-0.
PRESEASON TICKETS ARE ONLY $10!
General Admission tickets for tonights game are on sale now for just $10 at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office and Ticketmaster! Need to set up a last minute group? No problem as the Stockton Heat can get your group of 10 or more people into tonights game for just $8 per seat!
You can call the Heat Front Office for any questions tomorrow starting at 8:30 a.m. at 209.373.1500.
HEAT365 PRESEASON ROOKIE CAMP
We want to make sure all Heat365 Members take full advantage of all the great amenities that come with your membership along with utilizing your new online ticket manager to its fullest extent! Tonight in the Bud Light Cold Zone starting at 4:30, all Heat365 Members are invited to a pregame event where you can not only learn tips about maximizing your Membership, but also allow Members to pick up some of their Heat365 gifts including their lanyard, pins and jerseys!
Our event will cover:
- How to manage your Membership on your new Online Account Manager including how to email tickets to friends and family, change account information and purchase additional tickets
- The Heat365 early entry into the Bud Light Cold Zone
- How to use your Heat365 Membership Cards for entry and for perks
- Member of the Month Opportunities
- Bring-a-Friend Dates and Referral Days
- Sign-ups for the Post Game Photos
- How to become a Stockton Heat Ambassador
- And More!
LAST TIME VS. BAKERSFIELD
The last time against Bakersfield was quite the memorable one because it was the game that allowed the Heat to clinch their first-ever playoff berth!
Leading in the standings, the Heat only needed a point to clinch their first trip to the Calder Cup Playoffs and the club got off to a good start with Oliver Kylington ripping a wrister over goalie Nick Ellis to give the Heat the early lead. However, the Condors would answer in the second with a shot through traffic that fooled Heat goaltender David Rittich to tie the game at one.
With the pressure on the Condors to pull out a regulation win, they opted to pull Ellis from the cage late and fortunately for the Heat, they alleviated that pressure thanks to an empty net goal from Ryan Lomberg which put the Heat into the postseason.
WHO TO WATCH
While lineups could certainly change in the preseason at a moments notice, one thing always remains consistent this time of year. Players who are on a tryout have to stick out and have very little time to do so.
In the case of one tryout player in particular, Colby Robak has already stuck out for the Heat in his career. The veteran defenseman attended the Flames camp on a tryout last year, eventually signing a Pro Tryout Contract with the Heat after a terrific camp and stuck out offensively early on.
Robak established a then Heat record long five-game assist streak (5 assists) to start the year, but would leave the Heat after his sixth game because of a contract offer with the Utica Comets across the country. The blueliner continued his hot start and would go on to record 33 points between the Comets and Heat which would go down as his second best statistical season of his career after his sophomore season when he recorded 39 points.
He, along with many others, will be looking to make an impression on the Heat coaching staff and management as he looks to procure an AHL contract with the Heat this season. Gone though is his old number 43 jersey as he’ll be wearing number 27.
I’M GLAD I CALLED THAT GUY
After being a pest to both the Stockton Thunder and Stockton Heat, Joseph Cramarossa joined the Northern California side just yesterday after signing an AHL contract with the club.
Then part of the Utah Grizzlies, Cramarrossa played just three games in his ECHL career back in 2013-14 and recorded an assist against the Stockton Thunder inside Stockton Arena. Most recently, Cramarossa could be seen donning the Gulls crest on the front of his sweater, providing a ton of energy and a couple big goals against the Heat in 2015-16.
Last year, Cramarossa played primarily in the NHL, suiting up for the Anaheim Ducks in 49 games before being claimed of the waiver wire by the Vancouver Canucks and playing 10 games for the club. Having stuck around Flames camp for a long time, Cramarossa showed enough to keep him in the organization as he looks to play that same hard-nosed, high-energy game in hopes of returning to the show sooner rather than later.
Spencer Foo will make his pro debut for the Stockton Heat after committing to the Calgary Flames over the offseason after a terrific career at Union College. In his three years at Union, Foo was just shy of going a point-per-game in his NCAA career, recording 112 points (49-63) in 113 career games.
He turned heads with his skill and finesse during the Penticton Young Stars Classic, combining with Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane to form the most dangerous line for the Flames in the tournament. Look for Foo to get involved offensively this preseason as one of the big offensive weapons the Heat will have at their disposal.
VETERAN CAPTAIN LOOKING TO LEAD HEAT
For the last four years, centerman Rod Pelley has served as the Albany Devils team captain, leading his team in three of his four seasons to the postseason. A veteran of 256 NHL games and a player who will undoubtedly hit the 500 AHL game milestone early this season, Pelley brings not only his gritty, high-energy style to the Heat, but certainly will serve as one of the stronger voices in the Heat dressing room.
An undrafted player out of Ohio State University, Pelley has played most of his career within the New Jersey Devils organization, playing for the Devils in the NHL or AHL in all but one of his 12 seasons pro. Look for Pelley to be a contributor on the penalty kill and someone who can be highly reliable in the faceoff circle as well.
Speaking of Ohio State University, there are quite a few Buckeye’s on the Heat’s preseason roster. We know that Pelley was a member of Ohio State but so too was his college teammate in veteran blueliner Tyson Strachan.
On the younger side, it was Josh Healey who was signed by the Flames after his NCAA season ended and brought up to the Heat at the tail end of last year.
DON’T MISS OUR PORT PROUD, STOCKTON PROUD HOME OPENER ON OCT. 6
The 2017-18 regular season gets underway on Friday, October 6 for our Port Proud, Stockton Proud Home Opener presented by the Port of Stockton as the Heat will host the Condors at 7 PM.
The first 2,500 fans to enter the building will receive an Official Stockton Heat Stadium Cup which is refillable at Stockton Arena all season long at a discounted price! Upon exit after the game, 2,500 fans will receive a Heat Magnetic Schedule, sponsored by Chase Chevrolet and the Port of Stockton as well.
Tickets are on sale now but you can save and get a limited edition Opening Night Roster T-shirt through our Opening Weekend Combo Pack. A $100 value, the package includes two Lower Premium tickets to the October 6 and 7 games and a pair of t-shirts for just $65.
Order your Opening Weekend Combo Packs by visiting stocktonheat.com/homeopener2017 or to set up your groups or purchase your ticket plans, call 209.373.1500.