San Jose Leads Series 2 – 1
Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: April 30, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 3:45 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Rally Towels Courtesy of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport
PLAYOFF LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (3GP, 1-3-4)
SAN JOSE: F Ryan Carpenter (3GP, 3-3-6)
Pacific Division Semifinals
Game 1 – Stockton at San Jose – L 0-4
Game 2 – Stockton at San Jose – W 6-4
Game 3 – Stockton vs. San Jose – L 3-5
Game 4 – Stockton vs. San Jose – Sunday, April 30 at 4:00PM (Tickets)
Game 5* – Stockton at San Jose – Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00PM
The #4 seeded Stockton Heat continue their Pacific Division Semifinals series with the #1 seeded San Jose Barracuda tonight in their best-of-five series with Stockton looking to force a Game 5 in San Jose on Tuesday with a win tonight.
After San Jose shut the Heat out in Game 1, Stockton won a shootout in Game 2 at the SAP Center before the series shifted to Stockton. In Game 3 the Heat were able to tie the game in the second but a timely goal late in the third would propel San Jose to a 2-1 series lead after the 5-3 win.
WHO TO WATCH
The Heat won’t go down without a fight which is why today we’re watching one of the most competitive guys on the Stockton roster who’s had a tremendous season with a number of accolades on his resume.
Voted as the Team MVP, Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, plus, honored by the AHL as an AHL All-Star, the Rookie of the Month of March and as a member of the AHL All-Rookie Team and a nod for the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, Mark Jankowski sure has been an amazing player for the Heat this season.
When Stockton burst out to a division lead early in the year, Jankowski was there. When the Heat fell on tough times, Jankowski was there. When Stockton had to play with a playoff mentality from March on through the rest of the season just to get a sniff at a playoff spot…
You guessed it… Jankowski was there.
Tonight with their back against the wall we just know it’s Jankowski’s show and we all have tickets to watch it. Don’t be surprised if the rookie All-Star puts the Heat on his back today and helps lead his team to a chance to force Game 5 on Tuesday in San Jose.
BATTLE OF THE TOP TWO ROOKIES
Speaking of Jankowski, he and Danny O’Regan were not only the Heat and Barracuda leading scorers, but were the top two point scoring rookies in 2016-17. While Jankowski was held off the scoresheet with the rest of his team during Game 1, he bounced back beautifully to score the first playoff goal in Heat history and record the first multi-point effort in Heat playoff history, ending Game 2 with a goal and two assists. Jankowski kept it rolling in Game 3 and ended the game with an assist and points in back to back.
Meanwhile, O’Regan had yet to register a point in the series through the first two games but was able to contribute a goal and an assist for his first playoff points in Game 3.
The Stockton Heat ended the regular season with a 16.5% conversion rate on the power play, good for 21st in the AHL including scoring 8 power-play goals on 52 chances against San Jose for a 15.4%. However, Stockton has fared pretty well on the power-play through the first three games of the series, scoring 3 goals on 16 chances for a 18.8% power-play unit, which ranks fifth in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
PK LAYING IT ALL ON THE LINE
The Stockton Heat went a perfect 4-4 on the penalty kill to open up the series against the AHL’s second best power play and followed that performance up going 6-7 in Game 2 and again, a perfect 3-3 during Game 3.
San Jose’s power-play unit was the second best in the AHL this season at 23.8%, and against the Heat in the regular season went 20.7%, but through the first three games of the series the San Jose Barracuda have a 7.1% conversion of their 14 chances for the third worst power-play in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Heat’s penalty kill is the third best in the playoffs, killing off 92.9% of their penalties taken.
VETERAN LEADERS GENERATING FOR THE HEAT
The Heat love that they have four lines that can generate offense and so many options to help kill penalties but the line of captain Mike Angelidis, Brandon Bollig and Jamie Devane were hard to miss on Friday night in Stockton.
Apart from being on the ice often, they all got involved in the offense, with Angelidis scoring a power-play goal, his first Calder Cup Playoff goal since May 11, 2013 while playing for the Syracuse Crunch.
For Stanley Cup winner Brandon Bollig, it was his first every Calder Cup Playoff goal (although he’s playing in his first Calder Cup Playoff series) but last scored in a Stanley Cup Playoff game against the Anaheim Ducks on May 5, 2015 while playing with the Calgary Flames.
As for Devane, who entered the playoffs with five previous Calder Cup Playoff games, recorded his first playoff point in his eighth career game, an assist, on Bollig’s tally.
IT TAKES TWO BABY
With his 20th of the season on the regular season finale, Andrew Mangiapane joined Mark Jankowski as the only players to reach the 20-goal plateau. Jankowski and Mangiapane were the only pair of rookie teammates in the AHL this season to hit the 20-goal mark.
It’s the first time a pair of rookies skating for the Flames Top Affiliate scored 20 in a single season since Chuck Kobasew and Matthew Lombardi did it for the Saint John Flames back in 2002-03.
SUNDAY’S ARE FOR THE BOYS
Stockton didn’t have too many Sunday games this year, just five during the regular season and one playoff game in San Jose a week ago today. In the six Sunday affairs, the Heat are 3-2-1-0 including a 2-0-0 record at Stockton Arena.
They did come away with the Game 2 win on Sunday, April 23 on the road at the SAP Center so in the playoffs, the Heat are 1-0 on Sundays. All-time, the Heat are 9-6-2 on Sunday games and 6-1-0 at Stockton Arena on Sundays in the regular season and postseason combined.
Stockton will hope to join the Providence Bruins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms as teams that are able to force Game 5 while the Ontario Reign will look to accomplish the same goal tomorrow.
The Bruins and Phantoms both play Game 5 tonight. If both Stockton and Ontario can force a Game 5, they’d play on Tuesday next week.
WHAT’S NEW IN STOCKTON TONIGHT
We’ll need another rowdy effort from fans as the Heat look to take down the top seed in the Pacific Division and force Game 5. Fans will receive Rally Towels courtesy of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport upon entering the Arena to help cheer on the boys.
Plus, all Heat365 Members and 2016-17 Full Season Ticket Holders are invited to the Pregame Party starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Bud Light Cold Zone where we’ll have live music from local band The Box Music with some delicious food options like brats, sausages, Hawaiian Hot links and much more will be available for purchase for fans ready to cheer on the Heat.
Don’t have tickets to Game 4? Call 209.373.1500 and learn about available options including group tickets starting at just $10!
Our new Spirit Station located on the Fandeck is back up and running open to all fans! Make signs to cheer on the Heat, get temporary “Fired Up for the Cup” tattoos and can get their face painted or balloon animals made early in the night!
Get your raffle tickets for tonight’s jersey raffle for a chance to win a team signed, game worn Garnet Hathaway jersey!
The Second Intermission Chuck-A-Puck is revamped for loads of prizes once again including a game issued Jamie Devane signed jersey and you can participate in our new Text-To-Win promotion where fans at the game can text 209.916.8136 for a chance to win an autographed item delivered to them by Frankie! Speaking of everyone’s favorite bird, Frankie-Oke sponsored by Chase Chevrolet returns during the second intermission so start tuning your voice!
The Stockton Fan Attic will continue to sell the limited edition Heat playoff t-shirt but sizes are limited so get yours today!
Once again, fans can enter to win a 20-person group night for the Heat’s Opening Night in 2017-18! Head over to the Bruce’s Body Shop Sales and Service Table located just inside the North Concourse and enter to win! The winner will be announced in the third period!
HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever. This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.
Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.
For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.