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Gillies Records Second-Straight Shutout in Win over San Jose

San Jose, Calif. – Jon Gillies kept his shutout streak going, as he earned his second-straight shutout of the season stopping 32-shots in a 2-0 win over San Jose at the SAP Center on Wednesday night. For Gillies, it was his seventh career shutout in the AHL, tying David Rittich for the Heat’s all-time record.  After a scoreless first period, Andrew Mangiapane broke the deadlock when centerman Mike McMurtry put a pass behind the netminder that went through the crease and found the Heat All-Star on the other side.  Mangiapane flipped the backhander toward the net which bounced off the goalie and in to put the Heat on the board and to welcome Mangiapane back to the Heat lineup.  Mangiapane would add a second, scoring into the empty net from his own zone to seal the victory for the Stockton Heat. The Heat return home on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  for Autism Night presented by 51 Fifty and the Carlos Vieira Foundation, where the Stockton Heat will be working to recognize all members of the community affected by disabilities as well as the volunteers and employees that are making a difference in our community helping those affected through proceeds from a silent auction! 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 every Wednesday and 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. Then on Saturday, the fan favorite event, Teddy Bear Toss presented by ABC10 returns to Stockton Arena with fans encouraged to bring stuffed animals to toss on the ice when the Heat score their first goal of the game.

BOX SCORE

HIGHLIGHTS

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
No Goals
Shots: STK – 8 | SJ – 15

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (15) backhand from below the hashmarks while the goaltender scrambled in position glances off goalie’s glove and past the goal line (McMurtry, Lomberg assists), 1:08
Shots: STK – 10 | SJ – 7

3rd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (16) shot from just inside his own zone bounces into the empty net (Wotherspoon, Lomberg assist), 19:21
Shots: STK – 4 | SJ – 10

GOALIES
W: Jon Gillies (32 shots, 32 saves)
L: Troy Grosenick (21 shots, 20 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS
Three Stars: 1- Jon Gillies (32-saves)  2- Andrew Mangiapane (2 goals) 3- Mike McMurtry (1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 22 | SJ – 32
Power Plays: STK – 0/3 | SJ – 0/3
Jon Gillies records his fourth shutout of the season and seventh of his AHL career
Gillies’ seven shutouts ties him with David Rittich for the most shutouts in Stockton Heat team history
Gillies hasn’t given up a goal in 137:48
Andrew Mangiapane (2 goals) scores in his return for the Heat and how has goals in three-straight AHL games dating back to December 28 (5 goals)
Mangiapane recorded his team-leading 11th multi-point game of the year and second multi-goal game of the year
Mike McMurtry (1 assist) records his first point in a Heat sweater and first AHL point since April 5, 2017 while playing with the Texas Stars
Ryan Lomberg (2 assists) records his fourth multi-point game of the year and has 6 points (1-5-6) in his last four games
Stockton earns their second win on a Wednesday of the season, the last time, December 6 in a Jon Gillies 25-save shutout performance

QUOTES
“It was a good play by my linemates there. McMurtry and Lomberg were hard on pucks and it squirted out there and I had an empty net.” – Andrew Mangiapane on his game-winning goal

“I think we kept it pretty simple. When we got into trouble we went high off the glass and we were good on the forecheck. Jon played great and that is what we need back there.” – Mangiapane on the team’s solid defensive play

“He’s a great goalie. He has been playing great all season, even last year and hopefully he has some confidence right now because he is playing great.” – Mangiapane on Jon Gillies earning back-to-back shutouts

“I think a shutout more than anything is a team stat. It takes a lot of things to go right, to not let in a goal for an entire game. I don’t look at it as a personal thing. In terms of what is going right, we had a pretty tough effort against Texas and since then we have been really good defensively and we have kept guys to the outside, boxed out well and done the little things. It has been a great team effort the last couple games so hopefully we can continue that.” – Jon Gillies on his second consecutive shutout

“Obviously we have played behind the same teams for our career so it is special that way. It is a good recognition of our team and how they play in front of us and our systems. It is a cool thing for us as a group to get a good win here and keep it going on Friday.” – Gillies on tying David Rittich for the most shutouts in Stockton Heat history with seven

“It is a road building. It is a gritty win, it is doing the little things for a full 60 minutes and not giving up a goal. Obviously our goaltender did his job and then some, picking up the slack where we let him down a little bit. I think we can take a lot away from this game. That is how you are going to win games down the road and in the playoffs. We need to learn from this win. Not getting frustrated, staying within ourselves and making simple plays and advancing the puck.” – Dalton Prout on the importance of tonight’s win

“Desperation and urgency to get in front of pucks is something that you need to have. There is so much skill coming up through the ranks now that if a puck gets turned over you have to be willing to eat a puck.” – Prout on blocking a big shot in the third period

NEXT HOME GAME
STOCKTON HEAT vs. Ontario Reign
Friday, January 19 @ Stockton Arena
Autism Awareness presented by 51 Fifty Energy Drink & the Carlos Viera Foundation // Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant McDonald’s  // Recycle Coke and Save
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.
For tickets call 209.373.1500 // stocktonheat.com/tickets

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