Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: October 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 5:00 p.m.) Join the Heat Zone Pregame Party on Ring Road from 4-6 p.m.!
Giveaway: The first 1,000 fans will receive a hockey puck featuring the Calgary Flames, Stockton Heat and Kansas City Mavericks
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 5:45 p.m. PST
2016-17 RETURNING LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: C Mark Jankowski (64GP, 27-29-56)
SAN JOSE: C Daniel O’Regan (63GP, 23-35-58)
Get Fired Up because the Heat are back in action tonight as they renew their rivalry against the San Jose Barracuda, in the first official meeting since last year’s tough playoff series. The Heat will once again be wearing special jerseys as they’ll put on the Calgary Flames, Flaming-C jerseys and take to the ice against the Barracuda. There are 15 jerseys available for bid through the silent auction tonight near the South Entry and starting next Wednesday, 15 jerseys available for purchase in the Stockton Fan Attic and 11 jerseys available to bid for online.
There’s more than just jerseys too as the 1,000 fans will receive a hockey puck featuring logos of the Flames, Heat and new ECHL affiliate, the Kansas City Mavericks.
Tonight we debut the Heat Zone, a fan party along Ring Road kicking off every Saturday home game from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., open to the public. The Heat Zone is absolutely FREE to everyone and includes a Kids Zone, Beer Garden, Live Music and food trucks.
Saturday nights are Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser! For just $15, fans 21-years-old and over can pick up a Bud and Burger at Stockton Arena during every Saturday home game, including tonight’s game, during the 2017-18 season.
The Breakaway Cafe will once again be set up in the Arena with Cast Iron Trading Co. and BellaVista Italiana Cucina serving up some delicious dishes and the Brewhaus pouring some terrific craft beers.
Need tickets to the game tonight? Set up your group or purchase your ticket plans by calling 209.373.1500 or single game tickets can be purchased at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office or Ticketmaster.com.
If you’re a Heat365 Member and you haven’t picked up your tickets or Membership Card, there will be a table outside of the Heat365 Bud Light Cold Zone starting at 3:45 p.m. The Heat365 Bud Light Cold Zone will be open to Heat365 Members only beginning at 4:00 p.m. where Members can pick up their Heat365 gifts, meet up with friends before the game and enjoy food and beverage from the Arena at an additional cost.
You can begin to request Bring-A-Friend Tickets for the Friday, October 20 game against the San Diego Gulls by talking with Rachel Kisker. You can call her at 209.373.1730 or find her during the game to RSVP or ask any questions about your membership.
LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
Stockton and San Jose met up in the first round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, ultimately going to a pivotal Game 5. Stockton would strike first but the Barracuda would tie the game up and send it to overtime. After the Barracuda took a Delay of Game penalty, the ensuing faceoff resulted in an errant pass by the Heat that would be chased down by San Jose with Ryan Carpenter putting the dagger past Jon Gillies to give the 3-2 series win to the Barracuda.
Stockton and San Jose have met up 24 times in the last two seasons with the Heat holding just an 8-13-3 record against their NorCal rival. Last year the Heat did improve on their inaugural season performance against San Jose, going 5-5-2-0 last season. In 12 meetings at Stockton Arena, the Heat have gone 6-6-0-0 against San Jose.
WHO TO WATCH
The Heat started the season off with a splash, and not just on the scoreboard. Before they even stepped on the ice last night, Heat General Manager Brad Pascall made a key roster splash signing two veteran defensemen in familiar face Colby Robak and newcomer Cody Goloubef, adding a combined 176 NHL games and 661 AHL games to the blueline.
Both veterans were in the lineup last night and provided a lift to a team that was, at times, under siege from the Condors attack. Goloubef had a few quality chances to score his first as a member of the Heat last night, even ringing one of the post that was so close the referees had to go to the video review to double check on if it went in or not. Two inches down and to the left and Goloubef could’ve added to the Heat lead.
As for Robak, he once again proves to be red hot in a Heat sweater (we think it looks good on him too) as he recorded his sixth assist in his seventh career game with the Heat last night on Garnet Hathaway’s empty netter.
You may recall Robak suited up for the Heat to start 2016-17, had a five-game assist streak (which still stands tied as the longest assist streak in Heat history) and totaled 5 points in 6 games before he signed an AHL contract with the Utica Comets.
Both players stand to form up a formidable defensive leadership group along with alternate captain Tyler Wotherspoon, providing a presence on and off the ice with some of the Flames top prospects. Look for them to continue to be formidable on that backend tonight against the Barracuda.
IN JANKO WE TRUST
The story of the week for the Stockton Heat was the assignment of Mark Jankowski this past Tuesday to the Stockton Heat after a terrific push to make the Flames to start the year. The forward out of Providence College racked up the honors last year, being named an AHL All-Star, given an AHL Rookie of the Month nod in March, named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team, making his NHL debut, leading the Heat in scoring, matching a Heat record of 27 goals in a single season, becoming the Heat’s All-Time Leading Scorer and we could continue to rattle off a few more too, but for the sake of time, you get the picture!
With the honors outlined above, it’s no wonder that Jankowski got off to a fantastic start to his season last night, scoring two goals (including a shorthanded game winner) and adding an assist for his first 3-point night since March 1, 2017. His shorthanded goal was the second of his career and it was his sixth career game winner.
After the first night of AHL play in the books, Jankowski is tied for the third best offensive output, sitting behind only Chicago’s Alex Tuch and former Heat forward and current Grand Rapid Griffin Turner Elson who had 4 point nights in their season debuts. Tuch recorded a hat trick and had an assist while Elson had a goal and three helpers to open up the season.
GILLIES ROCK SOLID IN SEASON OPENER
The only way Jankowski becomes the hero last night is by the goaltending performance from fellow Providence College Friar Jon Gillies who was in mid-season form last night.
Gillies was stellar facing 20 shots in the first period alone and a total of 42 in the contest, ranking as the third most shots he’s ever faced in his AHL career. His 41 saves made is also a third-best mark in his career, as is the fact that Gillies has been the starting goaltender for the Heat for three-straight home openers, surrendering just 3 goals in those games and posting a 3-0-0-0 record and stopping 88 of the 91 shots faced (0.967).
Whether Gillies or David Rittich get the nod between the pipes tonight, Stockton will have a terrific tender between the pipes as they try and start the season off going 2-0 for the second-straight season.
POWERING HIS PLAY
There’s something about the power play and Andrew Mangiapane as the Heat forward has been lethal when his club has a man advantage. Of his 21 career AHL goals, 12 of them have been power-play markers.
Last night, he recorded not only a power-play goal, but also the first goal of the Heat’s season, joining an exclusive three-man list which includes Derek Grant from the 2015-16 season and Matt Frattin from the 2016-17 season as the players who’ve scored the first goals of a season.
Interestingly enough, last year Mangiapane was the lone assist on Frattin’s goals, making him involved in opening tallies for two-straight seasons.
If you include the end of last season, the Heat put a regular season points streak on the line tonight, which stems from March 24 through April 15 of the 2016-17 season when the Heat went 7-0-3-1. Including last night’s win, the Heat now find themselves on a 12-game points streak during regular season play.
HOCKEY NIGHT IN STOCKTON NEXT SATURDAY
The Heat are back in action a week from tonight as the team hosts the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. for Night of Champions as we celebrate the many champions in our community. Whether it be athletic, academic or community based achievement, we want to recognize some of the great people who make Stockton a great place to live, work and play.
It’s also another Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser! For just $15, fans 21-years-old and over can pick up a Bud and Burger at Stockton Arena during every Saturday home game this season!
The Breakaway Cafe will once again be set up in the Arena with some local restaurants serving up some delicious dishes and the Brewhaus pouring some terrific craft beers. Pregame with the Heat as the Heat Zone will once again be rocking a fan party along Ring Road from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Heat Zone includes a Kids Zone, Beer Garden, Live Music and food trucks and is FREE and open to the public!
Set up your group or purchase your ticket plans by calling 209.373.1500 or by visiting stocktonheat.com/tickets.