Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: November 5, 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: Hot Pink 2 pucks to the first 750 ladies 18-years-old and over
2016-17 LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Morgan Klimchuk (6GP, 4-5-9)
SAN DIEGO: F Corey Tropp (7GP, 3-6-9)
The Heat continue their five-game homestand tonight versus the San Diego Gulls looking for their second-straight win and third-straight against the Gulls.
LAST TIME VS. SAN DIEGO
Stockton dominated the game on pink ice last night, seeing their defensive success match their offensive success.
The Heat tallied six goals last night, all from different players, and also limited chances, particularly in the first 40 minutes of the game, holding San Diego to 12 shots total after two periods. Things got a little out of hand as a total of 69 PIMS were handed out to the teams in the third period bringing the Heat to a total of 24 PIMS and San Diego a total of 65.
MORE THAN A GAME
Tonight concludes Hot Pink tonight which is now in its 11th season as a signature event for Stockton Hockey teams. 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.
Two points will be up for grabs tonight and Stockton Hockey teams (including the Stockton Thunder (ECHL)) have had success on the pink ice, going 15-6-1-2 all-time on pink ice. Stockton also snapped a five-game losing skid on pink ice last night (three loses as the Thunder added to two from the Heat in 2015-16).
We hope you’ll be at the rink tonight at 7:30 p.m. for a chance to experience a great event and help contribute to a great cause.
WHO TO WATCH
It’s hard to narrow this selection to just one player as there are a few players who have been playing well through the course of the last few weeks but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone better to watch then Heat veteran Linden Vey.
Despite opportunities, the centerman had been a bit snakebitten through the first four games of the season, picking up just one point, an assist during that span. However, in his last three, Vey has exploded offensively in his last three games, putting up 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points during that stretch.
Last night he set up Kenney Morrison’s opening goal, dancing through defenders and laying a pass across the crease for Morrison’s goal which couldn’t have been any easier for the defender to score. He’d add his second assist setting up Matt Frattin midway through the second and would tack on a goal early in the third to extend the Heat lead to five goals.
Vey is a supremely talented offensive player and while it’s shown throughout the season, the bounces are starting to go his way. There certainly don’t seem to be any signs of his three game point and goal streak stopping any time soon, so keep an eye on number 15 tonight!
JUST A COUPLE OF SWEDISH DEFENSEMAN:
The pair will always be compared with one another, what with Rasmus Andersson drafted 53rd overall and Oliver Kylington drafted seven spots later at 60th overall by the Flames in 2015, but as teammates they’ve been incredible.
Both players have had three point nights this season with Andersson picking up 3 assists on October 28 in Tucson and Kylington putting 3 assists up last night against San Diego, which happened to be the most points either player has put up in a single game in their pro careers.
However last night wasn’t all about the points as Kylington was a plus-4 and Andersson was a plus-1 on the night, bringing Oliver to plus-9 on the season and Rasmus at plus-2.
Kylington is tied with Morgan Klimchuk and Texas defenseman Mattias Backman for the league lead in plus/minus with that plus-9 rating.
Meanwhile Andersson is second among rookies with 6 assists and both he and Kylington are tied for fourth among AHL defenseman for the league lead in assists.
JANKO STARRING FOR HEAT
Mark Jankowski is one of the many players playing at the top of his game right now, but as he starts his true rookie season, Jankowski has been one of the best for the Heat and is in fact one game behind departed teammate Colby Robak for the longest point streak of the season for Stockton with five games.
Currently, Jankowski has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last four and now has 14 points in 15 career AHL games. He also tallied his first ever game winning goal last night as a professional.
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 their road trip.
During the three game road trip, the Heat gave up 6 power-play goals and only killed off 68.4% of penalties and the Heat were only able to score 1 power-play goal in 14 attempts during the trip.
And it didn’t look great for the Stockton Heat early on as they kicked off their five game homestand, taking a penalty 35 seconds into the game and seeing Emerson Etem’s deflection whiz past Jon Gillies on the power play to make it four straight games the Heat have surrendered a power-play marker to opposing teams. However, right after that the Heat’s PK would step to the plate and kill off seven more penalties finishing the game killing eight of nine, or 88.8%.
The Heat also added a power-play goal on seven opportunities, bringing their season percentage to 15.6%, the 18th best power-play unit in the AHL.
UP FOR AUCTION
Tonight’s silent auction jerseys available include:
- Team Signed Blank Jersey
- Matt Bailey – Size 56
- Austin Carroll – Size 56
- Ryan Culkin – Size 56
- Keegan Kanzig – Size 58+
- Brett Kulak – Size 56
- Andrew Mangiapane – Size 54
- Kenney Morrison – Size 56
- Brett Pollock – Size 56
- David Rittich – Size 58 Goalie
- Hunter Shinkaruk – Size 54
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, Rasmus Andersson 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.
In four home games this season the Stockton Heat have oddly seen two goalies play against them in all but one game, the overtime defeat to the Tucson Roadrunners. Last night, the Heat chased Dustin Tokarski after ringing him up for 5 goals on 22 shots before Matt Hackett would take the crease for the third period.
Stockton saw Troy Grosenick exit for a brief time due to an equipment malfunction during Opening Night and watched as Mantas Armalis came in for a few moments. Then the Heat would chase Maxime Lagace of Texas from the net, which brought in Philippe Desrosiers to the crease.