Weekly News and Notes of the Stockton Heat
Last Week's Record: 1-3-0-0, 2 points
Overall Record: 27-25-2-2, 518 Points Percentage, 6th in the Pacific Division
Last Week's Results:
Mar. 21 - Stockton Heat 0 at Manitoba Moose 3
Mar. 23 - Stockton Heat 2 at Manitoba Moose 3
Mar. 25 - Stockton Heat 2 at Ontario Reign 4
Mar. 26 - Stockton Heat 4 at Ontario Reign 2
This Week's Schedule:
Wed. Mar. 30 - Stockton Heat vs. San Diego Gulls - Stockton Arena (7:00 p.m.)
Fri. Apr. 1 - Stockton Heat vs. Ontario Reign - Stockton Arena (7:30 p.m.)
Sun. Apr. 3 - Stockton Heat at San Diego Gulls - Valley View Casino Center (3:05 p.m.)
3/29 - Josh Robinson signs professional tryout contract with Stockton
3/28 - Derek Grant recalled to Calgary from Stockton
3/28 - Brett Kulak reassigned to Calgary on emergency basis
3/28 - Hunter Shinkaruk reassigned to Calgary on emergency basis
3/28 - Emile Poirier reassigned to Calgary on emergency basis
3/28 - Freddie Hamilton reassigned to Stockton after emergency recall ends
3/28 - Garnet Hathaway reassigned to Stockton by Calgary
3/28 - Mark Owuya released from pro tryout
3/26 - Nick Schneider joins Stockton on ATO after junior season with Medicine Hat ends
3/26 - Tyler Wotherspoon reassigned to Stockton after emergency recall ends
3/20 - Tyler Wotherspoon reassigned to Calgary on emergency basis
Goals: Derek Grant with 27
Assists: Kenny Agostino with 28
Points: Hunter Shinkaruk with 49
PIMs: Hunter Smith with 86
Wins: Kevin Poulin with 14
Losses: Kevin Poulin with 11
GAA (Played at least 10 games): Kevin Poulin with 2.86
SV% (Played at least 10 games): Kevin Poulin with 0.909
Goals For: Week: 8 | Overall: 171
Goals Against: Week: 12 | Overall: 187
Power Play: 46-266 (17.3%), 12th in AHL
Penalty Kill: 184-228 (80.7%), 21st in AHL
Records vs. Opponents
Bakersfield Condors (5-6-0-0)
San Antonio (4-1-0-1) - SEASON SERIES COMPLETED
San Diego (4-3-0-1)
San Jose (2-7-1-0)
Texas (4-1-1-0) - SEASON SERIES COMPLETED
TOTALS vs. PACIFIC: (23-24-2-2)
Iowa (2-0-0-0) - SEASON SERIES COMPLETED
Rockford (1-1-0-0) - SEASON SERIES COMPLETED
Manitoba (2-2-0-0) - SEASON SERIES COMPLETED
TOTALS vs. CENTRAL: (5-3-0-0) - SEASON SERIES COMPLETED
Calgary Flames (NHL)
Record Last Week: 0-3-0, 0 points
Record Overall: 32-38-6, .461 Points Percentage, 5th in Pacific Division
This Week's Schedule:
Mon. Mar. 28- Flames at Arizona (5-2 W)
Wed. Mar. 30- Flames at Anaheim (7:00 p.m. PST)
Thr. Mar. 31 - Flames at Los Angeles (7:30 p.m. PST)
Sat. Apr. 2 - Flames at Edmonton (7:00 p.m. PST)
Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
Record Last Week: 0-2-0, 0 points
Record Overall: 35-25-6, .576 Points Percentage, 2nd in East Division
This Week's Schedule:
Fri. Apr. 1 - Thunder vs. Norfolk (4:00 PST)
Sat. Apr. 2 - Thunder vs. Brampton (4:00 PST)
Sat. Apr. 3 - Thunder vs. Brampton (Noon PST)
News and Notes
Stockton is 14-2-1-0 at home since January 2
The Heat have outscored teams 91-67 at home during that stretch (24 goal diff.)
Stockton continues to lead the league in average shots for per game with 34.25
Saturday was Stockton's ninth win on the road which takes them out of last for fewest road wins this season (Manitoba and Springfield have 8)
Stockton has the following matchup's remaining this season
Four against San Diego (three at Stockton Arena and one on the road)
Two against Ontario (two at Stockton Arena and two on the road)
Two against San Jose (two at Stockton Arena and one on the road)
One against Bakersfield (on the road)
TOTALS: 9 games remaining (six at Stockton Arena, three on the road)
Stockton was shutout for the third time this season on Monday against the Manitoba Moose. All three goaltenders to do it have played time in the NHL with Peter Buday shutting the Heat out in November, Michael Leighton doing the job in January and now Conner Hellebuyck in March.
Despite ranking as the 12th best power play in the AHL, Stockton hasn't scored a power-play goal since the March 19 overtime win over the Bakersfield Condors. Stockton went 0 for 15 on the power play last week
Stockton's Saturday night shutdown of Ontario's power play was the first time the Zap Zone Penalty Kill Unit has killed off every penalty (4/4) taken since March 11 against the Texas Stars (3/3)
Stockton finishes its road portion of the schedule at Citizens Business Bank Arena winning two of six (2-4-0-0). Stockton beat Ontario on New Year's Eve on the road and again last Saturday
Stockton is 5-6-0-0 during road games on Saturday, the most wins on the road on any day of the week
However that was the final Saturday road game of the year
Stockton is 14-7-1-0 on Saturday's overall
Stockton hosts San Diego at home in three of the four remaining matchups. The Heat have gone 3-0-0-0 against San Diego at Stockton Arena
Oliver Kylington snapped a streak of 16 games without a point on Saturday (plus 16-games he missed due to injury) with an assist. Kylington's last points were a pair of assists he had on December 31 in Ontario
Morgan Klimchuk snapped a scoring drought as well, picking up an assist on Saturday to snap a 17-game scoreless skid as his last point came on January 30. In addition, Klimchuk missed four-games due to injury during that stretch
Pat Sieloff matched his goal output from last year with his second goal of the year on Saturday against the Ontario Reign
Derek Grant is once again tied for third in the AHL with 27 goals while Hunter Shinkaruk is tied for fifth in the league in goals with 26
Yann Sauve is 5 points away from 50 career AHL points
He's also 11 PIMS away from 200 in his AHL career
Drew Shore is 3 assists from his 100th career AHL assist
Shore is also a game away from playing his 200th career AHL game
Pat Sieloff is 6 games away from playing his 100th AHL game
Kenny Agostino is 10 points away from 100 in his AHL career
Dustin Stevenson is 9 games away from playing his 100th AHL game
Recently Reached Milestones
Colton Orr's 10 minute misconduct penalty on Monday pushed the forward over the 600 AHL PIMS plateau, giving him 608 to go along with his 1186 PIMS in his NHL career
Power Play Struggles
Despite the Heat currently possessing the 12th-best power play in the AHL with a 17.3% conversion rate, they have gone without a goal on their last 15 opportunities with the man advantage.
Their last power-play goal came on March 19th against Bakersfield when Derek Grant netted his 26th goal of the year.
Many times a team's power play is the reason they win a game, but the opposite can be said for Stockton, as their power play has had multiple opportunities to bring them closer in games they lost by a goal or two.
Certainly the absences of some key members of their top units can be pointed to as a reason for their struggles. Players like Jakub Nakladal and Freddie Hamilton were regulars on the Heat power play, but were called up to Calgary to help the big club, while Aaron Johnson, the veteran quarterback of the power play, is out with a lower-body injury.
Losing Derek Grant and Hunter Shinkaruk to call-ups are two more blows to Stockton's power play, but Hamilton has been reassigned back to Stockton and will undoubtedly return to his spot on his off wing on the power play where he racked up seven goals on the man advantage.
Grant, Shinkaruk Take Goal Race to Calgary
In case you haven't been paying close attention, Derek Grant and Hunter Shinkaruk have been locked in a pretty tight race towards 30 goals this season ever since the two became teammates back on NHL Trade Deadline Day.
Grant missed a little over a month due to a broken jaw and would have more than likely been over the 30-goal plateau had it not been for the injury.
Shinkaruk had a slow start in the goal scoring department once he joined the Heat, but has since found his stride and given Grant a run for his money at the top of the team standings.
Shinkaruk tied Grant Saturday in Ontario with his 26th of the year, but Grant broke a three-game goal drought with an empty netter that sealed the win and retook the lead.
Now both have been called up by Calgary and will put their race on hold for the time being. Although with those guys' abilities, there is a good chance they start a whole new goal race with the Flames.
Players Nearing Career Highs
Below is a look of players who've eclipsed their career high, met their career high or are nearing their career high in points
Players Who've Established a New Career High in Points
Kenney Morrison (New Career High: 37GP 3-9-12 | Previous High: 2014-15 - 10GP 2-4-6)
Pat Sieloff (New Career High: 44GP 2-9-11 | Previous High: 2014-15 - 48GP 2-3-5)
Hunter Shinkaruk (New Career High: 59GP 26-23-49 | Previous High: 2014-15 - 74GP 16-15-31)
Kenny Agostino (This Season's Stats: 56GP 19-28-47| Career High: 2014-15 - 67GP 15-28-43)
Derek Grant (This Season's Stats: 36GP 27-18-45 | Career High: 2014-15 - 73GP 21-17-38)
Players Nearing their Career High in Points
Brett Kulak (This Season's Stats: 53GP 3-9-12| Career High: 2014-15 - 26GP 4-9-13) - 1 point away
Bryce Van Brabant (This Season's Stats: 54GP 7-7-14| Career High: 2014-15 - 52GP 8-7-15) - 1 point away
Turner Elson (This Season's Stats: 55GP 12-15-27| Career High: 2014-15 - 59GP 17-13-30) - 3 points away
Drew Shore (This Season's Stats: 53GP 9-24-33| Career High: 2014-15 - 47GP 12-25-37) - 4 points away
Freddie Hamilton (This Season's Stats: 53GP 16-19-35| Career High: 2013-14 - 64GP 22-21-43) - 8 points away
Purchase or Renew Your Season Tickets for a Chance to Win Heat and Flames Jerseys!
For fans who purchase full-season tickets or renew their season tickets for the 2016-17 season, they will be entered into a drawing to win one of four very cool jerseys!
During the game on Friday, April 1, those fans who qualify will be entered for a chance to win a Drew Shore Heat jersey that will be drawn at random at the game. On Saturday, April 9, a Heat Team-Signed jersey will be up for grabs and the final in-game drawing will be held on April 16 where a Derek Grant Heat jersey will be given to a lucky winner. There will be one more drawing after the regular season ends where an autographed jersey from Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano will be given to a lucky winner!
To qualify, either purchase your new full-season tickets or if you're renewing, just make sure you've made at least one payment towards next season's seats. Each seat in your account will give you one entry into winning the jerseys!
Call 209.373.1500 and talk with your account representative today! For more information on 2016-17 full season tickets, and the special "season ticket holder" only perks, click here!
Best of luck!
Donate Your Unused Tickets
For mini-plan or full season ticket holders who have unused tickets, call your representative today and donate your unused seats for Military Appreciation on April 16. Your unused seats will be donated to local active, reserve and veteran soldiers as well as their families!
Don't have any unused seats but still want to donate? Call 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com to learn more about donation plans perfect for your business, non-profit or group!
The Heat will also be wearing special Military Appreciation jerseys which were released last week.
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