It’s been a heckuva month for Andrew Mangiapane.
Ever since opening the scoring for the Heat this season, Mangiapane hasn’t looked back and now leads not only the Heat, but the American Hockey League with five goals and 10 assists.
“I put in a lot of work this summer, going on the ice and working out,” Mangiapane said. “It’s always nice when the hard work pays off, but you don’t really focus on that and instead try to help the team win as much as I can and try and compete every night.”
And there’s no question that Mangiapane is competing every night as he’s also the only player in the AHL to have points in every one of his team’s games to start the season, pacing the league with a nine-game streak.
He’s now one point and game away from tying Mark Jankowski for the longest point streak in Heat team history. Jankowski put in five goals and seven points during a 10-game run last season from March 12 through April 5.
“The streaks are cool looking back at them but you don’t focus on them when they’re happening,” Mangiapane said. “You’re just going out there every day and trying to provide two points for the team. That’s what I focus on, and when the points come they come.”
Mangiapane’s 4th goal of the season. Winger now has a point in all 7 games this season pic.twitter.com/5nefTceAhS
— Stockton Heat (@AHLHeat) October 26, 2017
Heat head coach Ryan Huska is thrilled that Mangiapane has started the season right where he left off during his rookie season.
“He has confidence and that is the one thing you do notice with Andrew,” said Huska. “He is always around the puck and he wants it, which is the sign of a player that feels good about his game.”
“Hopefully he can continue this way, because it has been working for us.”
Mangiapane’s 5th goal of the season has Stockton up two goals heading into the final 20 minutes pic.twitter.com/zxWAPb5byd
— Stockton Heat (@AHLHeat) October 28, 2017
Having played the majority of the season with Jankowski as his pivot and fellow winger Garnet Hathaway, seeing Jankowski get an opportunity to play for the Flames has encouraged Mangiapane to push even harder and hope for his own chance to be called up.
“You don’t know when the call will come or if it will come, so you just have to keep working hard,” Mangiapane said. “It’s definitely nice to see a fellow linemate get an opportunity like Janko has.”
“I know Hath and I are very happy for him.”
It would have been natural to think that after Jankowski’s departure from the top line of the Heat that production would have curtailed but that hasn’t been the case. In the three games last week without Jankowski in the middle, Mangiapane paced the team with five points (two goals, three assists).