Heat Look to String Wins Together tonight in San Jose
Arena: SAP Center
Date: January 17, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m.
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: LW Andrew Mangiapane (29GP 14-19-33)
SAN JOSE: LW Rudolfs Balcers (34GP 8-17-25)
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Get Fired Up as the Stockton Heat and San Jose Barracuda meet up for the fifth time this season, and fourth time in San Jose.
On the heels of Jon Gillies’ third shutout of the season, the Heat are looking to string together back-to-back wins for the first time since December 22 and 23, which happened to be games played away from Stockton Arena. Stockton hasn’t played a road game since December 29 and has earned points in two of three games at the SAP Center this season (1-1-1-0).
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LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
With the Heat in the lead at the SAP Center heading into the third period, San Jose had to come out guns blazing, and that they did, with goals from Julius Bergman and Nick DeSimone just 1:18 apart early in the third to capture the lead.
However, Hunter Shinkaruk’s shot through the legs of the goalie with under five to play sent the game to overtime, where Rudolfs Balcers was able to capture the extra point for San Jose.
WHO TO WATCH
We’re excited to see a few players return from Calgary tonight, so tonight is a trifecta of players to watch in Andrew Mangiapane, Marek Hrivik and Ryan Lomberg.
For Mangiapane, it was a reward for a job well done in Stockton, and with the big club on a break till Saturday, it was important for him to keep some positive momentum going. After debuting for the Flames on New Year’s Eve, Mangiapane skated in seven games with the Flames going a perfect 7-0-0 with him in the lineup. He even saw some time reunited with his AHL linemates to start the season in Mark Jankowski and Garnet Hathaway.
He also remains the team leader in points despite having only played 29 games for the Heat this season.
Marek Hrivik made his Flames debut on Calgary’s last win over the Carolina Hurricanes, his first NHL game since January 7, 2017 while playing with the New York Rangers. Hrivik is right behind Mangiapane with 29 points in 28 games played this year.
Finally Ryan Lomberg, who may not have gotten to play, but earned his first call-up to the Calgary Flames of his career and got a glimpse of what life is like in the NHL, if even for a day. Lomberg is a blue collar, hard worker, having moved on from the ECHL to the AHL, and then earning a NHL contract from the Flames last season to his first call-up a day after his own bobblehead night in Stockton.
We know Lomberg will use that experience as fuel to get himself another opportunity to go up and show Flames fans what he has in the tank.
But in the meantime, keep an eye on these three, you never know how long you’ll have the opportunity to do that in person.
YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR
The Heat saw two players named to the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic in Andrew Mangiapane, who ranks among the leagues elite scorers despite playing with the Flames from December 31 to January 14, and Rasmus Andersson who is tied 7th among AHL defenseman with 22 points.
Both players have been teammates since 2014-15 when they were teammates in the OHL with the Barrie Colts and both were drafted in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by Calgary. They join Derek Grant (2015-16) and Mark Jankowski (2016-17) as Stockton Heat representatives to the game.
WHAT A BOUNCE BACK
Last Saturday was a signature win for the Heat, bouncing back from that 7-2 defeat, tying a team record for most goals given up in a single game (last occurred @ SJ on March 1, 2016, 1-7 Loss) to shutout the Stars 2-0.
Jon Gillies made 28 saves for his third shutout of the season, ranking him first in the AHL, and he also finds himself in the Top 10 for with a 2.43 GAA and 0.921 SV%. Gillies now has six career AHL shutouts, one behind David Rittich for the Heat team record.
Cody Goloubef was named to the Team Canada roster for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
He’s one of five players to ever receive the international call from a Calgary Flames top affiliate (John Harrington (USA – 84), Jim Johannson (USA – 88), Kevin Dahl (CAN – 92) and C.J. Young (USA – 92).
He’s also one of four with Heat connections on Team Canada joining Heat alums Mason Raymond, Kevin Poulin and Linden Vey. He’s one of five players with Heat connections to be named to the 2018 Olympic Games as Jakub Nakladal was named to the Czech Republic roster as well.
Stockton will be playing their eighth game on a Wednesday night this season tonight in San Jose, and unfortunately, things haven’t gone well for the Heat, having gone 1-5-0-1 on Wednesday nights this season. However their last win on a Wednesday night came three Wednesday games back, on December 6, and just so happened to be in San Jose where the Heat beat the Barracuda and shut them out 6-0.
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