Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: December 31, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. (Doors at 4:00 p.m.)
Giveaway: New Year’s Eve Party Favors to the first 3,500 fans
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 4:45 p.m.
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: C Marek Hrivik (27GP 10-19-29)
BAKERSFIELD: RW Ty Rattie (29GP 10-10-20)
Get Fired Up as the Heat completed a stretch of hockey playing 13 of 14 on the road and now return home to kickoff a season-long six-game homestand tonight against the Condors.
In that stretch of 13 road games from November 22 through December 29, the Heat went 6-5-2-1 and won their lone home contest, which was sandwiched between a six-game and seven-game road swing.
Stockton has just 16 road games remaining through the rest of the season, meaning a lot of hockey to be played at Stockton Arena in the New Year.
RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH THE HEAT
Fans can still purchase our New Year’s Eve Pack, which features a pair of tickets to the game this Sunday, December 31 at 5:00 p.m. in either Lower Premium or Upper Premium/Lower End Zone and receive four (4) undated vouchers good for any future Heat home game at Stockton Arena, two (2) Heat hats, two (2) passes to skate at Modesto On Ice and two (2) New Year’s Eve Party Items starting at just $75!
Not only will today’s game feature an indoor firework show after the game, but fans can also purchase $1 hot dogs, $2 sodas and $3 Rita’s Italian Ice all night long. Fans can also purchase our In-Shape 4 Pack of tickets for as low as $40 for all Sunday home games!
Purchase our New Year’s Eve Pack by visiting stocktonheat.com/newyearseve or our In-Shape 4 Pack by visiting stocktonheat.com/inshape4pack. You can also call 209.373.1500 and chat with a ticket representative and reserve a suite for your New Year’s Eve and Fireworks party at Stockton Arena!
LAST TIME VS. BAKERSFIELD
The clubs finished off a back-to-back set to end November and begin December, and on the first day of the current month, the Condors got on the board in the first and second, taking a 2-0 lead into the third.
However, Tyler Wotherspoon scored early in the third and 13 seconds later, set up Joseph Cramarossa’s tying marker to even the game.
Patrick Russell regained the Condors advantage 1:01 later but Morgan Klimchuk sent the game to overtime with his goal just before the midway mark of the third.
Joey Laleggia and Ty Rattie scored in the shootout to gain the extra point against the Heat.
MOVEMENT IN THE ORGANIZATION
In case you missed it, the Calgary Flames made a roster move by acquiring veteran defenseman Dalton Prout from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for goaltender Eddie Lack. Prout, a veteran of 242 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Devils, will wear number 47 as he was immediately assigned to the Stockton Heat.
He has appeared in four games with the Devils this season, accumulating 13 penalty minutes. The Kingsville, Ontario native was originally drafted by Columbus in the 6th round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Then today, Stockton’s leading scorer, Andrew Mangiapane, earned his first NHL call up after the Flames placed Michael Frolik on injured reserve.
WHO TO WATCH
We really liked the way Austin Carroll played against Ontario throughout the game, and so tonight we want to keep an eye on the Heat winger.
Carroll was around the puck and in the play all night, as evidenced by his seven shots on goal, not only a career high for the forward (previous high was five shots in a single game) but also a season-high for the Heat this season.
Last year, Carroll had a knack for scoring big goals last season, with three of his 7 goals game winners to go along with two additional game tying goals, and while it took the forward 10-games to find his first of the season, Carroll picked up where he left off with another game tying goal on Friday in Ontario.
Not to mention, Carroll and his linemates on Friday, captain Rod Pelley and Luke Gazdic, played fast, physical and played a simple game which allowed the line to have some success.
We like to think that will continue tonight against Bakersfield with Carroll looking for yet another big goal.
YEAR IN REVIEW
With the final night of 2017 upon us, we look back at a memorable 2017 in Stockton hockey history.
From setting a second-straight Teddy Bear Toss record with 9,502 in January 2017, to an amazing run at the end of the year, going 14-3-3-1 to clinch their first playoff berth, to a thrilling five-game series over the top team in the Western Conference in San Jose, and to a terrific start to this season, 2017 has been a fun year for Stockton hockey fans.
The team will total 69 games played in 2017, including tonight, and in the previous 68 games, Stockton has gone 34-25-6-3, a .566 points-percentage.
Tonight’s game will be the 30th game of the 2017-18 season.
ALL-STAR COACHING ON THE LINE
Tonight, Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska has a chance to clinch his spot as the coach for the Pacific Division All-Star team if the Heat remain in first at the end of tonight.
The 2018 AHL All-Star Classic takes place on January 28 and 29 in Utica, NY and the coach of each division leader at the end of the night will serve as the head coach for their division during the All-Star festivities.
Stockton’s previous all-stars have been Derek Grant and Mark Jankowski, but a win tonight would certainly seal Huska’s trip to coach in the game.
However, the Heat are in a three-way battle at the top of the division between the Tucson Roadrunners and the San Antonio Rampage, so coaching the Pacific will be one of either Huska, Mike Van Ryn (Tucson) or Éric Veilleux (San Antonio).
For the Heat to remain on top of the division, and send their coach to the All-Star game they can either win the game outright in any fashion, fall in overtime or a shootout combined with a Tucson loss in any fashion or if the Heat fall in regulation, they can still stay on top of the division if Tucson loses in regulation and San Antonio loses in any fashion.
GOLOUBEF BATTLES FOR THE CUP
Heat defenseman Cody Goloubef became the second Heat player to play in the Spengler Cup, joining Aaron Johnson as Heat players to play in the tournament while playing for the Heat and joined Johnson winning a Spengler Cup for Team Canada. It’s the third-straight time Canada has won a Spengler Cup after they beat Team Switzerland this morning 3-0.
Team Canada started the tournament beating Mountfield HK 5-3, then edged hosts HC Davos 2-1, and beat Mountfield again 5-2 yesterday, including a goal from Goloubef, to head to the Spengler Cup Final.
Former Heat goaltender Kevin Poulin pitched the shutout in the final while former Heat forward Mason Raymond also won the Spengler Cup with the club.
The Heat are currently on a three-game win streak on home ice, dating back to November 17. Stockton beat Bakersfield twice at Stockton Arena in mid-November and won their lone home game against Tucson in that stretch of 13 of 14 away from home back on December 9.
The Heat have only lost to San Jose and Manitoba on home ice this year.