Talk about ‘trial by fire'...pun intended! No sooner had the college career of Flames prospect Mark Jankowski ended and he was signing a new deal with the Calgary Flames and found himself in the American Hockey League with the Stockton Heat Friday night.
As reported on the Stockton Heat website, in his debut with the Heat, Janko made an immediate impact on two close calls as he nearly assisted on a beauty from Drew Shore and provided a screen on a shot from the point that just missed the net.
He did however get his first professional point as he and Drew Shore assisted on Tyler Wotherspoon's game-winning goal to lift the Heat past the Ontario Reign 3-2.
Goalie Nick Schneider was also a big help stopping 31 of 33 shots to pick up his 1st professional win in only his 2nd start. Schneider played a great game in his 1st start stopping 34 of 37 shots and handled the puck well in a losing effort to the San Diego Gulls.
This season while playing college hockey for the Providence College Friars, Jankowski tallied 15 goals and 25 assists for a total of 40 points in just 38 games according to the Providence College Friars website.