The Heat are back on the road for a game against the Top team in the Pacific, the San Jose Barracuda, looking to make it two-straight wins at the SAP Center against one of the team’s fiercest rivals. For Stockton, the win in San Jose came back on October 21 when the Heat were able to defeat the Barracuda 3-1, handing them their first and lone regulation loss of the season.
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Please note the game will not be available at Channel Brewing Co. tonight as the bar is closed.
WHO TO WATCH
After being shutout for the first time on Sunday, look for the Heat to need their best players to come to the forefront, and that’s why tonight Tyler Graovac is the player to watch.
Graovac is off to a great start this year with 10 points in 10 games to start the season, and he’s been that consistent force for the Stockton Heat at both ends of the ice. In the last game against San Jose, Graovac was involved in all three goals the Heat scored for his second three-point night of the season. Look for number 44 to have to continue his strong play tonight for the Heat to be able to hand San Jose their second regulation loss of the year.
MANGIAPANE OFF TO A GREAT START
It’s been a great start to the season for Heat winger Andrew Mangiapane! From October 12 through October 27, Mangiapane had points in seven-straight games with including his team-leading four multi-point efforts on October 12 in Ontario, October 20 against San Jose, a day later in San Jose and this past Wednesday against Bakersfield.
In that span he recorded his 50thAHL assist and is now just 2 points away from recording his 100thAHL point and just 5 goals from his 50thAHL goal. In his last seven games, Mangiapane now has 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points.
COMING OFF THE SHUTOUT
Stockton was shutout for the first time this season by Jordan Binnington of the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday after the goalie stopped 30 Stockton shots. Last season, the Heat were shutout 3 times and bounced back in their next game with a win one time, which happened to be a game in San Jose.
WHAT SPECIAL TEAMS YOU HAVE
The Heat power play has been really good, scoring in seven of their 10 games, posting a 10 for 44 (22.7%) conversion, the ninth best power-play in the league.
The only times the Heat fail to score on the PP this season were two games in Bakersfield and Saturday against the fifth best PK in San Antonio.
Stockton also had scored back-to-back shorthanded goals with Ryan Lomberg assisting on Anthony Peluso’s on October 27 in Bako and scoring his own on Wednesday.
STICK IT TO CANCER
With this month being Hockey Fights Cancer and the Heat have played their signature cancer event, Stick it To Cancer on November 3. After the game as jerseys were being auctioned off to the fans, the players on the Stockton Heat elected to chip in and bid on Adam Ollas Mattsson’s jersey, who tragically lost his mother to cancer six years ago.
Ollas Mattsson also was able to wear the “A” on his chest during the team’s cancer game, his first time serving as an alternate captain for the Heat.
After starting the rivalry off going 0-5-1-0 against the San Jose Barracuda at the SAP Center in 2015-16, Stockton is now 6-4-3-0 since April 17, 2016 at the SAP Center.