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Heat Start Long Road Swing Tonight in San Diego

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Arena: Valley View Casino Center
Date: December 13, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: LW Andrew Mangiapane (22GP 10-16-26)
                                         SAN DIEGO:  LW Giovanni Fiore (21GP 6-8-14)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from Rod Pelley.

TONIGHT
Get Fired Up as the Stockton Heat play the San Diego Gulls, putting their five-game point streak on the line as the team embarks on a season-long, seven-game road swing.  Stockton just came back from playing six games on the road, posting a 3-2-0-1 record, but now have the targets placed on their back as they took over as the Pacific Division’s number one team with their win over Tucson last Saturday.

 

LAST TIME VS. SAN DIEGO
It’s been awhile since the last time these two teams met, but it started out great for the Heat as Brett Findlay scored just 27 seconds into the game and both Garnet Hathaway , Andrew Mangiapane and Tyler Wotherspoon recorded 3 point nights as the Heat doubled up the Gulls 6-3 back on November 10 at the Valley View Casino Center.

David Rittich made 23 saves to earn the win.

WHO TO WATCH
He may not be getting his due, but the Stockton Heat need centerman Brett Findlay and his skillset every night.

Since taking over as the center on Andrew Mangiapane’s line after Mark Jankowski got called up, Findlay has recorded 3 goals and 8 assists, and as you’ve heard Coach Huska say, one of the key reasons why Findlay finds success is because he plays the game with pace.

And as a people who had seen Findlay dominate in the ECHL with the San Francisco Bulls and Alaska Aces during the Thunder Hockey era in Stockton, it’s exciting to see a player who was maybe a little undervalued earlier in his career start to get his just desserts.

Findlay just got done recording his fourth multi-point game of the season on Saturday against Tucson, and we like the new look to that line featuring Findlay, Mangiapane and Ryan Lomberg, who’s filled in beautifully in a similar role to one that Garnet Hathaway played before his call to Calgary.

Look to number 36 in red tonight if the Heat are to beat the Gulls on the road.

MR. 700
The Heat have seen Rod Pelley play his 500th AHL game on October 28 in Bakersfield, Colby Robak play his 500th pro game (NHL + AHL) on November 22 in Ontario and provided he’s in the lineup, will now get to see Tanner Glass play his 700th pro game.

Glass has played 518 NHL games with Florida, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers and Calgary to go along with 175 games in the AHL with Rochester, Hartford and Stockton and a brief six-game stint in the top league in Slovakia with HC Banska Bystrica during the 2012-13 NHL Lockout.

This season, he has two assists on the season and in his last game, racked up a single game high (for the Heat that is) of 19 penalty minutes, standing up for a nasty slash across the face of Morgan Klimchuk.  He’s a terrific teammate, a good option for the Heat at center and we congratulate him for such a lengthy pro hockey career.

SHINKARUK GETS ON THE BOARD QUICK
Hunter Shinkaruk has goals in back-to-ba

Stockton Police and Fire Departments Unite With Food 4 Less and Rancho San Miguel Markets to Ensure Everyone a Healthy Holiday Meal

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The 22nd Annual Stockton Fire/Police Department and Food 4 Less Turkey Brigade will take place Thursday, December 14th at 8:30am.   Stockton Fire and Police officers will load 400 turkeys totaling 6,000 pounds (3 tons) onto Fire trucks, Police vehicles and the Food 4 Less truck to help feed hungry families during the holiday in front of the Food 4 Less Hammer Lane location.

Heat hit the Road for Seven before Returning Home

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HEAT GAMES COMING UP THIS WEEK

The Stockton Heat hit the road for a season-long seven-game road swing beginning in San Diego on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. before heading to Ontario for a Friday night game in Ontario at 7:00 p.m. and then one last trip to San Diego on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. as well.

Catch the games live by watching the Heat on AHL Live! Available in various packages to meet your needs, fans can purchase the Heat road games only ($124.99), all Heat games ($199.99), a 10-game pass ($64.99), 5-game pass ($34.99) or an All-Access pass featuring every AHL game this season ($349.99).  In addition, individual games can be streamed for just $7.99!

This week’s broadcasts start at 6:45 p.m.!

HEAT HOME GAMES COMING DOWN THE PIKE

Stockton Heat vs. Bakersfield Condors
Sunday, December 31 (5:00 p.m. faceoff – 4:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
It’s time to ring in the New Year with your family for our Kid’s New Year’s Fireworks display taking place inside Stockton Arena after the game! There will also be New Year’s Eve party favors handed out to fans at doors! Sunday’s are all about the numbers one, two three and four!  One is for $1 hot dogs served all night long, two is for the $2 sodas keeping your thirst quenched and three is for the $3 Rita’s Italian Ices to satisfy your sweet tooth!  Of course the number four is for the In-Shape Health Club 4 Packs, saving you up to $24 on a four pack of tickets to the game! Fans can also purchase our New Year’s Eve pack, which gets you a pair of tickets to the game on Sunday, December 31 at 5:00 p.m. in either Lower Premium or Upper Premium/Lower End Zone and receive four (4) undated vouchers good for any future Heat home game at Stockton Arena, two (2) Heat hats, two (2) passes to skate at Modesto On Ice and two (2) New Year’s Eve party favors starting at just $75!

Stockton Heat vs. San Antonio Rampage
Friday, January 5 (7:00 p.m. faceoff – 6:00 p.m. doors) – Stockton Arena
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! It’s also Rotary Club International Night, where all 53 Rotary Clubs in District 5220 will compete to sell the most tickets and raise the most funds in an effort, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to help end polio! You can purchase tickets, which also includes a donation to help fight the world’s polio epidemic by purchasing tickets from your local Rotary Club or by purchasing them online.  We’ll also have local food from Bella Vista Italiana Cucina, Cast Iron Trading Co. and Town & Country Cafe along with some great craft beer options available inside the arena as the Breakaway Cafe will be available to fans in the building all night long.

First 1,000

Two Wins Last Week Propel Heat to Division Lead

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The Heat Index is Presented by Enviro Smog

Spencer Foo scores 4 goals, Marek Hrivik records 5 points and two Heat Forwards reach the 10-goal plateau as Heat gain first place in the Pacific

Records
Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-1, 4 points
Overall Record: 14-6-0-2, 0.682 Points Percentage, 1st in the Pacific Division

Last Week’s Results
Dec. 6 – Stockton Heat 6 at San Jose 0
Dec. 9 – Stockton Heat 5 vs. Tucson 2

This Week’s Schedule
Wed. Dec. 13 – Stockton Heat at San Diego Gulls – Valley View Casino Center (7:00 p.m.)
Fri. Dec. 15 – Stockton Heat at Ontario Reign – Citizens Business Bank Arena (7:00 p.m.)
Sat. Dec. 16 – Stockton Heat at San Diego Gulls – Valley View Casino Center (7:00 p.m.)

Recent Transactions
12/11 – Kayle Doetzel recalled by Stockton Heat from Kansas City Mavericks (ECHL)

Jon Gillies ranks among the AHL leaders in all major goaltending categories including sharing the league lead of 2 shutouts this season (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA)

Team Leaders
Goals: Garnet Hathaway* with 11
Assists: Andrew Mangiapane and Marek Hrivik with 16
Points: Andrew Mangiapane with 26
PIMs: Ryan Lomberg with 48
Wins: Jon Gillies with 8
Losses: Jon Gillies with 5
GAA (Goalies with 360+ minutes): David Rittich* with 2.17
SV%(Goalies with 360+ minutes): David Rittich* with .931
*currently called up to the Calgary Flames

Team Stats
Goals For: Week: 11 Overall: 77
Goals Against: Week: 2 | Overall: 54
Power Play: 19-95 (20.0%)
, 5th in AHL
Penalty Kill: 87-103 (84.5%), 8th in AHL

Records vs. Opponents

Pacific Division
Bakersfield (6-0-0-1)
Ontario (0-1-0-0)
San Antonio (0-0-0-0)
San Diego (3-0-0-1)
San Jose (1-2-0-0)
Texas (1-0-0-0)
Tucson (2-1-0-0)
TOTALS vs. PACIFIC: (13-4-0-2)

Central Division:
Cleveland (0-0-0-0)
Grand Rapids (1-0-0-0)
Manitoba (0-2-0-0)
Milwaukee (0-0-0-0)
TOTALS vs. CENTRAL: (1-2-0-0)

Spencer Foo had a week to remember. Recording his first pro hat trick on Wednesday and totalling 4 goals from the second period on Wednesday night to early on in the game on Saturday at home against Tucson (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

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Robak Shines in Stockton Symphony Performance

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Heat defenseman, Colby Robak performed with the Stockton Symphony on Sunday at Atherton Theatre on the campus of Delta College. This holiday performance kicked off the partnership between the Stockton Heat and the Stockton Symphony and it was actually Robak’s first time at an orchestra performance.

Robak read the Christmas story, ‘Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus’ during the symphony’s beautiful rendition of the song ‘Elgar Nimrod.’ The Christmas story comes from the elegant editorial response from the New York Sun in 1897 responding to a girl Virginia if Santa Claus is real.

 

Robak Shines in Stockton Symphony Performance

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Heat defenseman, Colby Robak performed with the Stockton Symphony on Sunday at Atherton Theatre on the campus of Delta College. This holiday performance kicked off the partnership between the Stockton Heat and the Stockton Symphony and it was actually Robak’s first time at an orchestra performance.

Robak read the Christmas editorial response, ‘Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus’ during the symphony’s beautiful rendition of Elgar’s song ‘Nimrod’, a story coming from the New York Sun in 1897 responding to a girl named Virginia who asked if Santa Claus is real.

Heat Fans Donate Toys, Heat Players Deliver Them

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On Saturday night, the Stockton Heat partnered with the United Way of San Joaquin County to collect toys for children this holiday season, and Heat fans responded to donate 162 toys!

Ranging from skateboards, to Star Wars toys, dolls, Nerf guns and more, a number of the toys were taken to the Children’s Home of Stockton on Monday by Heat forwards Luke Gazdic and Austin Carroll.

However judging by the pictures, it wasn’t just the toys that were donated that was appreciated by the kids, but also the time as well, and for Gazdic, time spent behind a piano too!

In addition, we partnered with ABC10 to give fans an opportunity to participate in the Angel Tree, a national program from the Salvation Army that allows a family to purchase gifts for a child this holiday season.  We’re happy to say that 33 tags were returned to Stockton Arena complete with a number of great gifts that will surely brighten the holiday season for kids in our community.

Thank you all for your contributions!

Join the Flames Organization and share what you are doing in your community – small or large, every bit matters – on social media using the hashtag #BeTheReason! Whether it is you spreading kindness in your community, if you are the recipient of a kind deed or witness kindness in action, we want to see!

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