Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: November 4, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST (Doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 7:15 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Pink Water Bottles to the first 750 ladies 18-years-old and over
2016-17 LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Morgan Klimchuk (5GP, 4-4-8)
SAN DIEGO: F Corey Tropp (6GP, 3-6-9)
The Heat kick off a five-game homestand, the longest of the 2016-17 season, on pink ice tonight and tomorrow for Hot Pink 2. For the Heat, they are coming off a three-game roadtrip that saw the team pick up two big points against the San Diego Gulls, their opponents for tonight’s game.
LAST TIME VS. SAN DIEGO
San Diego may have gotten the first goal but it’d be Stockton who’d have the last laugh with a big 7-5 win to open up their road portion of the schedule.
While the Heat would come out on top it’d be a real barnburner at Valley View Casino Center that nearly saw a 6-3 lead evaporate but in the end, Morgan Klimchuk’s second of the night proved to be the game winner.
In fact, Klimchuk and fellow teammate Daniel Pribyl would tie a Heat team record for most points in a game with four. Pribyl had a goal and 3 assists while Klimchuk had 2 goals and added two helpers.
MORE THAN A GAME
Tonight kicks off a signature event for Stockton hockey teams that is now 11 years in the making. Hot Pink 2 presented by Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center is the team’s signature cancer event that sees the ice painted pink, the Heat sporting black and pink sweaters and of course raising money for St. Joseph’s Foundation – Breast Health Services.
During the Stockton Thunder’s (ECHL) reign from 2006-2015, fans raised $247,085 to help local women impacted by the disease while fans added $13,815 to the grand total last year during the Stockton Heat’s first pink event. In total, over $260,000 have been raised for a great cause through ticket sales, jersey auctions, silent auction items, mystery pucks and more.
We hope you’ll be at the rink tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. both nights for a chance to experience a great event and help contribute to a great cause.
WHO TO WATCH
With so many storylines kicking off Hot Pink 2 tonight, it’s hard not to watch goaltender Jon Gillies who could get the start tonight after not playing in Stockton’s final game of October. It was nearly a year ago that Gillies would tweak his hip at the end of the first period of the first Hot Pink 1 game, making these Hot Pink 2 games the symbolic anniversary to having a year away from the ice, but a year of getting healthier.
With so many around him impacted by various forms of cancer, Hot Pink 1 was billed as a meaningful impactful game for him, personifying the friends and family he’s seen fight the deadly disease. What happened was one final period of flawless hockey.
Look for a focused, determined and healthy Jon Gillies to pick right up where he left off after that Hot Pink 1 game tonight. We certainly will.
SWAPPING VETERAN BLUELINERS
While Colby Robak served as a terrific veteran defenseman for the Heat during the first six games of the year, the defenseman was released from his tryout contract and signed a deal with the Utica Comets leaving a bit of a whole on the defensive side of the ice.
While defenseman Keegan Kanzig was recalled from Adirondack, the team was searching for a blueliner with more experience to help the back end and found a terrific one with Keith Aulie.
Robak may have been a good puck mover but Aulie provides a steadier defensive game that has seen him suit up in 167 NHL games with Toronto, Tampa Bay and Edmonton. This also isn’t the first “Heat” team Aulie has played for as he suited up for the Abbotsford Heat in 2009-10, his rookie season pro after being drafted by the Flames in 2007.
He was included in a trade that saw Dion Phaneuf swap to Toronto and landed current Flame, Matt Stajan, along with four others in Calgary.
SPECIAL TEAMS KEY
While the only blemishes on Stockton’s record have been at the hands of the Tucson roadrunners, the blemishes on the penalty kill recently trace back to San Diego.
The Heat gave up 6 power-play goals and only killed off 68.4% of penalties in their last three games. Meanwhile, the Heat have only been able to score 1 power-play goal in their last 14 attempts.
Stockton did score two shorthanded goals during their road trip but surrendered one as well.
UP FOR AUCTION
Tonight’s silent auction jerseys available include:
- Team Signed Blank Jersey
- Mikkel Aagaard – Size 56
- Keith Aulie – Size 58
- Jamie Devane – Size 58
- Kayle Doetzel – Size 56
- Stepan Falkovsky – Size 58+
- Tom McCollum – Size 58 Goalie
- Daniel Pribyl – Size 58
- Linden Vey – Size 56
Most jerseys will not be available to take home right away but may become available on Saturday for pickup or in the upcoming weeks at Heat games or through the Stockton Heat Front Office. Saturday night will feature another Silent Auction that will include another team signed jersey plus jerseys from Matt Bailey, Brett Pollock, Brett Kulak, Keegan Kanzig, Andrew Mangiapane, Rasmus Andersson, Kenney Morrison, Ryan Culkin, David Rittich and Austin Carroll.
The Live Auction after the game will feature jerseys from Hunter Smith, Matt Frattin, Emile Poirier, Brandon Bollig, Tyler Wotherspoon, Oliver Kylington, Garnet Hathaway, Ryan Lomberg, Morgan Klimchuk, Jon Gillies, Hunter Shinkaruk and captain Mike Angelidis.
Freddie Hamilton’s game issued jersey will be available through the online auction while Mark Jankowski’s jersey will be up for auction through the AHL’s website. Jerseys are subject to change.
Stockton hockey teams are 14-6-1-2 all time on the pink ice but have fallen on hard times recently. The Stockton Thunder (ECHL) lost their last three on pink ice on February 20, 21 and 22, 2015 and the Heat fell in two games on November 6 and 7, 2015, putting Stockton hockey teams on a five-game pink losing streak. The Heat are looking to even up their record on pink ice with two big wins against the Gulls this weekend.