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Rittich’s Second Shutout of the Season, Hathaway’s Goal, Lead Heat Past Texas

Stockton, Calif. – Garnet Hathaway’s second period goal combined with David Rittich’s 32-saves helped the Heat slide past the Texas Stars, 1-0.  Hathaway’s goal came on the power play after Marek Hrivik won an offensive zone faceoff and the Heat alternate captain skating the side of the right circle and backhanding a shot that ricocheted off Texas goaltender Landon Bow and off his own defenseman and in.  In the third period, Texas poured the pressure on the Heat but Rittich stayed strong between the pipes and was able to record his second shutout of the season and seventh of his AHL career.  Andrew Mangiapane was held pointless in the game for the first time this season, snapping his 10-game point streak which remains tied for the longest such streak in Heat history.   The Stockton Heat host the Manitoba Moose for the final time this season on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  Fans can enjoy $.50 wings and $4 bottomless popcorn during the game! Then catch the Heat on AHL Live on Friday when the team heads down to San Diego for a 7:00 p.m. showdown against the Gulls at the Valley View Casino Center.


1st Period
No goals
Shots: STK – 11 | TEX – 13

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: F Garnet Hathaway (7) backhander from right-wing circle right off the draw goes off goaltender and deflects in off defender’s skate (Hrivik assist), (PP), 8:07
Shots: STK – 7 | TEX – 8

3rd Period
No Goals
Shots: STK – 7 | TEX – 11

W: David Rittich (32 shots, 32 saves)
L: Landon Bow (25 shots, 24 saves)

Three Stars: 1- Garnet Hathaway (GWG)  2- David Rittich (32-saves) 3 – Marek Hrivik (1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 25 | TEX – 32
Power Plays: STK – 1/5 | TEX – 0/5
David Rittich earns his second shutout of the season stopping all 32-shots he faced and has seven career shutouts in the AHL, which continues to rank as the most by a Heat goaltender all-time
Rittich is one of three AHL goalies to have 2 shutouts on the season
Rittich is now seventh in the AHL with a 2.00 goals-against-average and tied third with a .937 save-percentage
Andrew Mangiapane’s 10-game point streak is snapped, tying the longest such streak in Heat history. Mangiapane had 16 points (6-10-16)
Mangiapane remains in a three-way tie for the league lead in points with Lehigh Valley’s Danick Martel and Hershey’s Chris Bourque
For Garnet Hathaway it was his first career game winning goal in the American Hockey League
Hathaway’s 7 goals are tied for the second most in the AHL
The Stockton Heat lead the AHL with three shutout victories this season (October 14, October 27, November 4)
The Stockton Heat have scored power-play goals in four-straight games
Stockton is 10-1-1-1 all-time against the Texas Stars including a 6-0-1-0 record at Stockton Arena.  The team is 17-3-1-2 against both of the teams from the Lone Star State
The Heat are now 3-2-0-0 during the team’s cancer events and are currently on a three-game cancer game win streak with the pair of wins against San Diego on November 4 and 5 during the 2016-17 season. Including the ECHL totals, Stockton Hockey teams are now 17-6-1-2 during the team’s cancer events

“I thought he was excellent tonight. There were some times where I thought we were on our heels and he made the big save when we needed it.” – Ryan Huska on David Rittich’s shutout

“When you look at it at the end of the night, we won the special teams game even though it was a 1-0 score it was the difference in the game. It was great for our power play to get a goal, but even better for our penalty kill to do what it did.” – Huska on winning the special teams battle

“You have to make them work, tonight’s game was a work game. There wasn’t a lot of room on the ice, there weren’t a lot of plays made, but the guys worked and that is one thing that at the end of it, you will feel it after a game like tonight because it was hard there was a lot of physical play.” – Huksa on the physical nature of tonight’s game

“Our crowd was excellent tonight. This is what makes this building a special building to play in. We have great fans. It was loud and they get involved, and after Ryan Lomberg’s fight tonight I thought they were really engaged in the game and it is really easy for the guys to feed off the energy they had tonight.” – Huska on the terrific crowd of over 7,000 tonight

“Everyone is touched by Cancer. There are some guys that are really close to it unfortunately, but everybody in some way has had to deal with it, and for us to be able to celebrate with those who have earned the right to be cancer survivors is special. One of our messages to our players was to feel fortunate for our health and be able to play a game we love.” – Huska on how special Cancer Night is to the team

“I don’t know if I can remember the last minute because it was so crazy, shot after shot. My teammates played very well in our zone and they helped me so much with blocked shots and clearing the zone.” – David Rittich on the hectic ending

“They are a good offensive team and they had some good chances, but [David Rittich] was strong tonight and he was our backbone.” –Hathaway on David Rittich’s big shutout

“We learned last night that you can’t give up so many grade-a chances and expect to win and we got some bad bounces last night, but we cleaned that up tonight.” – Hathaway on improving from last night’s game

STOCKTON HEAT vs. Manitoba Moose
Wednesday, November 8 @ Stockton Arena
$.50 wings and $4 bottomless popcorn
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.
For tickets call 209.373.1500 //

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