Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: January 6, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. PST doors)
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker & iHeartRadio beginning at 7:15 p.m. PST
Giveaway: Heat Caps to the first 750 adults and teens 13-years-old and over
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey/Mark Jankowski (24GP, 8-15-23) / (26GP, 8-15-23)
TUCSON: D Kyle Wood (26GP, 7-21-28)
The Heat play their second to last game against the Tucson Roadrunners tonight looking for just their second win over the newest Pacific Division rival. Stockton is 1-4-1-0 against Tucson, with their lone win coming back on November 26 in Tucson. Their final meeting is the last game of the year on April 15. The Heat are hoping to avoid tying their record of six games without a win as they attempt to snap a five game winless skid (0-3-2-0).
Plus, the first 750 adults and teens 13-years-old and over will receive a Heat cap courtesy of ChemStation and CES Cleaning Solutions.
LAST TIME VS. TUCSON
The teams met up in Stockton just before the New Year with Ryan Lomberg scoring just 6:44 into the game, putting back a Kayle Doetzel shot from the point past Marek Langhamer.
However, it was yet again Tucson’s power-play unit that got the team going, scoring three straight power-play goals in a matter of 3:55 during the second period. They’d add their only even strength goal of the game in the third to complete the comeback win 4-1. It was the second time that Tucson scored 3 power-play goals against Stockton this season.
WHO TO WATCH
Sometimes your best players just need a couple goals to get their mojo back and that’s what we feel happened to Andrew Mangiapane on New Year’s Eve in Ontario. After going five games without a point and being shuffled among other lines, Mangiapane finally snapped the drought in a big way.
He’d score his fifth power-play goal of the season on a back door tap in during the first period and would add a second power-play marker, his sixth of the year, from behind the goal line, bouncing it off the back of Jack Campbell and in.
Andrew Mangiapane has been a great goal scorer for the Heat this season, and during the Heat’s recent skid, he’s been held in check, but that all ended last Saturday and we expect Mangiapane to regain his form once again for tonight’s game against the Roadrunners in hopes of earning the victory.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR
Mark Jankowski is set to follow in the footsteps that Derek Grant walked last year as the second ever Heat player to be named to the AHL All-Star game. Jankowski is tied for the team lead with 23 points, seventh among rookie skaters in the AHL.
He is one of 13 first-year players to receive the All-Star nod and one of six among the Pacific Division team. Since 1995, 93% of All-Star Game participants have gone on to compete in the NHL, which bodes well for Jankowski as he made his NHL debut with Calgary back on November 28.
Most recently, Jankowski registered his fifth multi-point game of the season and second 3-point night of the season on New Year’s Eve in Ontario, scoring a goal and adding 2 assists.
During this stretch that the Heat have gone winless in five-straight, one of the easy things to point to have been the penalties. Since the streak began back on December 20, Stockton was the most penalized team (143 PIMS in that span, average went up just shy of 3 minutes per game) and the team has been whistled for 29 minor penalties and 5 major penalties.
The Heat are now the sixth most penalized team in the league averaging 17.14 minutes per game. In the last meeting, Stockton and Tucson set the AHL high of 162 combined PIMS (90 for Stockton, 72 for Tucson). The 90 minutes for the Heat was not only the most in team history but also the highest by a team this season in the AHL.
STOCKTON PENALTY KILL TAKES A HIT
Stockton has given up power-play goals in each of their last three games and four of the last five, going 61.5% during the winless skid. That’s 21% less than their season average of 82.5%. The PK dropped from third to 11th in the AHL.
Unfortunately the team with the tied, third best power-play in the league (25%) is coming to town and this season, Tucson is 30.6% on the power play against Stockton, scoring 11 goals on 36 opportunities.
Stockton has struck on the power play in back-to-back games (3 goals) and are 23.8% in their last 10 games, above the season average of 20.3%. The Heat are 4 for 27 (14.8%) on the power play against Tucson.