Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat defeated the Bakersfield Condors by a score of 6-3 on Friday night at Stockton Arena – thanks in no small part to Mark Jankowski and his hat trick. Jankowski’s hat trick goes down as the first in Heat team history, while the rookie also added an assist for good measure. Along with Jankowski’s big night, Hunter Shinkaruk would finish the night with four assists, setting a Stockton Heat record for most assists in one game including assists in all three of Jankowski’s goals. Tyler Wotherspoon and Ryan Lomberg would also provide critical goals to secure Stockton’s victory. The Stockton Heat will now look ahead to Teddy Bear Toss Saturday night, as these same two teams square off at 7:30 p.m.
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (11) Pass from the corner to the far post is tapped into the net past the goalie’s right pad (Klimchuk, Shinkaruk assists), 4:20
Bakersfield Goal: F Patrick Russell (2) two on one breakaway creates a cross ice pass that is one-timed past the goal tender’s blocker (Sallinen, Allen assists), 9:53
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (12) pass from behind the net into the low slot is one-timed past the goaltender (Shinkaruk, Kylington assists), 10:30
Bakersfield Goal: D Joey LaLeggia (6) blocked shot makes the puck fall into the lower face-off circle and the following shot beats the goaltender’s blocker side (Beck, Oesterle assists), 12:39 (PP)
Shots: STK – 9 | BAK – 9
HEAT GOAL: F Ryan Lomberg (5) cross ice pass to a man coming out of the penalty box creates a shot that beats the goaltender’s blocker side (Jankowski, Klimchuk assists), 1:27
HEAT GOAL: D Tyler Wotherspoon (3) pass from the high point to the top of the face-off circle creates a shot that beats the goaltender’s blocker side (Shinkaruk assist), 13:44
Shots: STK – 6 | BAK – 10
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (13) shot from the point through traffic creates a rebound that is followed up and put past the goaltender (Andersson, Shinkaruk assists), 4:34 (PP)
Bakersfield Goal: F Jesse Puljujarvi (2) cross ice pass to the face off circle for a one-timer that beats the goaltender’s blocker side (Beck, Reinhart assists), 10:30 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (10) turnover in the attacking zone gets passed into the slot for a tap into the empty net (Frattin assist), 17:50 (EN)
Shots: STK – 11 | BAK – 13
W: Jon Gillies (32 shots, 29 saves)
L: Nick Ellis (25 shots, 20 saves)
Three Stars: 1. Mark Jankowski (3 goals, 1 assist) 2. Hunter Shinkaruk (4 assists) 3. Tyler Wotherspoon (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 26 | BAK – 26
Power Plays: STK – 1/3 | BAK – 2/4
Mark Jankowski (3 goals, 1 assist) scored the first hat trick in Stockton Heat team history. Previously, he became the 29th player in team history to score two goals in a game.
The Heat went 102 total games in team-history before their first hat trick
Jankowski also provided his sixth multi-point game of the year which ties for the team lead in multi-point games with Linden Vey and Morgan Klimchuk
Both Shinkaruk and Jankowski become the 8th and 9th players in team history to record four point games
Hunter Shinkaruk (4 assists) set the Stockton team record for most assists in one game
Shinkaruk is now on a three-game point streak, provided his fourth multi-point game of the year and his first four-point game of the year, his first four assist night of his career and second ever four point game of his AHL career.
Morgan Klimchuk (2 assists) provided his sixth multi-point game of the year tying the team lead in multi-point games with Jankowski and Vey
Stockton snapped their power play drought after going scoreless in the last 22 opportunities
Brandon Bollig returned to action after missing six games due to injury
Stockton improves to 2-0 when getting outshot by their opponents at home
Tyler Wotherspoon’s first game winning goal since April 1st, 2016 vs Ontario
Stockton are now on a three game home winning streak
“[Hunter Shinkaruk] held it on the blueline and I don’t know if he saw me or not but I called for it and he got it over. I just tried to get the puck through and got it up top. When you get a goal late like that, going into the third period, it gives your team momentum. I thought it helped the confidence heading into the third and the boys fed off it.”-Tyler Wotherspoon on his eventual game-winning goal in the second.
“There was a lot of hard work that happened to get back. I’m lucky we have a great trainer here [Marc Paquet] that helped me get back into game shape and it was a fun night. Any time you have linemates like I have, they make it pretty easy on you.” Hunter Shinkaruk on getting back into the lineup and picking up four assists with linemates Mark Jankowski and Morgan Klimchuk.
“I was pumped. I’ve been there and know how exciting it is in this league to get three and obviously to be in on all three of them and to see the excitement on [Mark Jankowski’s] face on that third one – it’s a great accomplishment. Three goals in a game is tough to do at this level and it was great to be a part of.”- Shinkaruk on Mark Jankowski’s hat trick.
“My whole line was going all night, so it just made life easy to play with those two guys and it was a good feeling to help the team get the win. It’s a little different than the one in preseason, it was in a game that matters, a big divisional game for us. The big thing was helping the team win.”- Mark Jankowski on his first career hat trick.
“I think it’s just like any other game. You take the positives out of the game and you find the things you need to work on as well and you go through video. Tonight’s game is over and we have to focus on the next one. Hopefully if we play like this, we play a hard, good-structured game and can get a streak going. I’ll be happy if anyone scores the [Teddy Bear Toss] goal tomorrow.” – Jankowski on taking momentum into tomorrow’s game.
“It’s a big win for us. Things haven’t been easy on this stretch for us. This was a night where we needed someone to step up and we talked to our group all week. Mark [Jankowski] and his line [Morgan Klimchuk and Hunter Shinkaruk] were excellent tonight right from their first shift. They were able to maintain that right through and had some great jump. They were one of the real big reasons we had success tonight.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on his team’s performance Friday night.
“You’re always happy for a player’s success, but you’re even happier that you’re getting the win. I think that the [Klimchuk, Jankowski, and Shinkaruk] line played the right way all night and good defensively and they created their opportunities by not sitting back and waiting to see how things were going to happen tonight. They were one of our lines that went out there and got after it. I’m happy for them with the way they played, but more happy for the group on getting the win.” – Coach Ryan Huska on Jankowski’s hat trick and the win overall.
NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Bakersfield Condors
January 21 @ Stockton Arena
Teddy Bear Toss
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.