Arena: Rabobank Arena
Date: November 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 5:45 p.m. PST
2016-17 LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Mark Jankowski (11 GP, 3-9-12)
BAKERSFIELD: F Taylor Beck (10GP, 5-11-16)
After completing the team’s longest homestand of the year, the Heat now embark on a four-game road trip starting in Bakersfield less than 24 hours after an emotional OT win for the club over the Ontario Reign.
LAST TIME VS. BAKERSFIELD
Stockton needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive cut the deficit to within one just 2:40 into the third period, however, that would kick off a wild 8-goal third that saw the Condors extend their lead with five of those goals, dousing the Heat’s chance at the postseason. However Mark Jankowski, playing in his sixth game of the season, scored his second goal of his pro career in the loss.
WHO TO WATCH
Tonight we’re keeping an eye on forward Ryan Lomberg for the Stockton Heat.
It’s hard not to notice the forward, what with his heart, tenacity, speed and pot stirring abilities, but the forward is quietly putting together a season that could easily earn him that NHL contract he’d love to have.
Last night, Lomberg drew three of the five penalties and set up Brandon Bollig’s tally just seconds before the first period was set to expire. The feisty forward now sits at 5 points on the year and is leading the Heat with 35 penalty minutes, four more than fellow linemate Brandon Bollig.
You see him on the penalty kill, you see him show up for every shift, you see him in every scrum and now you’re seeing him prove every night that size isn’t everything. Look for Lomberg to continue to toe the line and become a thorn in the side of the Condors tonight.
RITTICH BACKSTOPPING THE HEAT
David Rittich may have seen his shutout streak stop at 74:50 seconds when Ontario scored their only goal of the night, but that would be the only goal the Czech native would allow, leading the Heat to their second-straight win.
Rittich has allowed that one goal in his last 46 shots faced and on Nov. 12 against San Antonio, became the third goalie (Gillies, Kevin Poulin) to earn shutouts for the Heat. The first-year North American goalie has a 2.00 GAA and a 0.922 SV% in his four starts this season.
BAIL-ING THE HEAT OUT:
With such a close game last night against the Ontario Reign, the Heat needed someone to step up and that man was Matt Bailey.
The former San Diego Gull chipped in his first point with the Heat, an assist, on Brandon Bollig’s first period snipe before adding his first goal with the club to win the game in OT, following up a Morgan Klimchuk shot.
For Bailey, it was his first multipoint effort since March 30 which came against the Stockton Heat (1-1-2) and was Bailey’s first game winning goal of his AHL career.
KLIMCHUK TAKES SOLE POSSESSION OF SECOND ON TEAM IN POINTS:
With his assist on the Heat’s final tally last night, Morgan Klimchuk broke a tie with Andrew Mangiapane with his 11th point of the season. More importantly, Klimchuk insured that for the first time, he would not go three games without a point. He sits a single point behind Mark Jankowski for the team lead.
After ranking as low as 23rd in the AHL on the penalty kill mere weeks ago, the Heat have figured things out and now rank eighth in the AHL killing 86.8% of penalties.
Last night to what was the top PP in the league, Stockton killed off three chances, including an early double minor to the Reign. Stockton has now gone four-straight without surrendering a power-play tally and have killed off their last 23 of 24 penalties.