Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: February 2, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 6:00 p.m.)
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: C Marek Hrivik (30GP 10-19-29)
SAN JOSE: LW Rudolfs Balcers (40GP 10-19-29)
The Stockton Heat play host to the San Jose Barracuda for just the second time this season as the teams kick off a home-and-home series that carries over tomorrow in San Jose. The teams have met five times this season with the Heat having gone 2-2-1-0 against their NorCal rival with seven meetings, counting tonight, remaining.
Stockton is coming off a difficult month of January that saw the team go 4-5-0-1 and are looking to rebound during the month of February.
It’s another Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s! Fans who eat at a participating McDonald’s location can bring their receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office and with a purchase of one ticket, can get one ticket free! To find a participating McDonald’s location nearest you click here!
Plus, during all Friday home games during 2018, fans can bring an empty can or bottle of any Coca-Cola product to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office to receive $5 off any regular priced ticket. One can or bottle required per ticket discount. Subject to availability. Stockton Arena retains the right to select seating locations.
Be sure to check out the all-new, Ironstone Vineyard Wine Cave where fans can purchase full bottles of some of the finest wine in our area to drink during Arena events! Plus, you’ll be able to take home the plastic travel decanter to use (provided there’s no wine left in it at the end of the night, since all wine must stay inside the confines of Stockton Arena). Visit the Wine Cave located just inside the North Entry!
LIGHT LIKE THE PROS AT OAK PARK ICE ARENA
Oak Park Ice Arena – has been nominated to win a free Eaton Ephusus LED sports lighting system valued at over $50,000. We need your daily vote now through the end of today to help get Oak Park into the Top 10!
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Oak Park is a beloved community rink for Youth Ice Hockey, Figure Skating and Family Recreational activities including Open Skate, Fundraisers, and events.
Voting is now open to the public and will end tonight. Everybody with a valid email can vote once per day. If Oak Park remains in a Top 10 spot, voting will restart on Monday, February 5.
LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
Back on January 17, Stockton faced San Jose in a midweek clash and did their best to take down their rival on the road. Andrew Mangiapane, who returned to the lineup from the Flames bye week, scored to take the lead and then added another in the empty net, while Jon Gillies recorded the 32-save shutout for his second consecutive shutout, in a 2-0 win over the Barracuda.
WHO TO WATCH
Tonight we want to keep an eye on centerman Marek Hrivik as he returns to Stockton Arena for the first time since December 31.
To start the New Year, Hrivik found himself called up to Calgary, playing 3 games with the Flames and making brief cameos with the Stockton Heat in San Jose on February 17 during the Flames bye week, and again last Saturday against the Texas Stars in Cedar Park.
And while the Heat must be happy to have the terrific faceoff taker back in the lineup, Hrivik hasn’t been picking up the points like he had been at the beginning of the year. In fact, Hrivik has gone four AHL games without a point, and was held pointless in his three NHL games in Calgary, meaning the last point he recorded, an assist, came back on December 28 in San Jose.
We think that’s far too long without a point for the talented forward out of Slovakia, and we also think that ends tonight. So keep an eye on number 12 as the Heat host San Jose tonight.
PITY THE FOO
Through his first 30 games as a pro, Spencer Foo had just 6 goals and 7 assists, but in his last 9 games, the forward has doubled his goal total to 12, added 5 assists and now has 24 points on the season. Last week, he recorded 3 goals and 2 assists in two games against Texas and was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, the first Heat player to ever record that honor.
The last Flames prospect to be named the Player of the Week was Sven Baertschi of the Abbotsford Heat, who had 3 goals and 5 assists in 3 games back on the week ending on April 6, 2014. Others to be named a Player of the Week (named since the 1994-95 season) while playing for the Flames AHL affiliate include Krys Kolanos (2012), Leland Irving (2011), Kolanos (2011), Mikael Backlund (2010), Irving (2009), Kyle Greentree (2009), Matt Keetley (2008), Grant Stevenson (2008), Curtis McElhinney (2007), McElhinney (2006), Brent Krahn (2006), Krahn (2004), Dany Sabourin (2003), Dave Roche (2000), Rico Fata (2000), Martin St. Louis (1999), Tyler Moss (1998) and Dwayne Roloson (1996).
POLLY WANT A HATTY
Coming into last Friday’s game, Brett Pollock had scored one AHL goal, back on April 10, 2016 while on an ATO with the Stockton Heat after his junior season with the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) came to a close.
However, he was a man possessed on Friday night in Texas.
Driving to the net, Pollock scored the tying goal in the second period and managed to get his second of the night in a similar fashion, after Colby Robak’s shot was stopped by Landon Bow, but the loose puck lay on the ice momentarily and was jammed in by a falling Pollock.
Then came goal number three of the night as Pollock buried the backdoor feed from Rasmus Andersson to become the fourth Heat player to record a hat trick, joining Mark Jankowski, Hunter Shinkaruk and Spencer Foo as the only players to have accomplished that feat. Three of the Heat’s four hat trick’s all-time have been from rookie skaters with Shinkaruk being the only experienced player to record one.
Pollock did it against an organization that drafted him 45th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and was all smiles after the game.
He then followed that up with his fourth goal of the weekend on Saturday and now has goals in back-to-back games (4 goals) and points in three-straight (4-1-5), his longest consecutive points streak of his career.
ALL-STAR WORTHY PERFORMANCE
Rasmus Andersson became the third player to appear in the AHL All-Star Classic, joining Derek Grant (2016) and Mark Jankowski (2017). Andersson had 2 goals and 3 assists in the 4 games for the Pacific Division during the challenge, the most points ever by a Heat player at the Classic, beating Grant who had 2 goals and an assist in 3 games.
Not only that, Andersson finished third in the hardest shot challenge with a 101.5 mph blast.
January was a difficult month for the team when it comes to the special teams, posting a season worst 7.9% conversion on the power play and 79.4% kill rate on the penalty kill. Previously, Stockton hadn’t dipped below 16.3% on the power play and 81.4% on the penalty kill.
Stockton is playing against the team they have posted the third-best penalty kill percentage against in San Jose, killing off 87.5%* of the Barracuda’s power-play chances, but are facing the team they are third-worst against on the power play, as Stockton has only converted on 13%* of their chances.
*against teams Stockton has played more than one game against