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Stockton Sunday: Big Playoff Push

A stellar Texas trip puts the Heat right in contention

It took a great five game road trip through Texas, but the Stockton Heat are back in the midst for a playoff spot. During their trip, the Heat went 4-0-1 and picked up nine points to move into a tie for the final playoff spot in the Conference.

The road trip opened with a 5-4 win after the Heat came back from a 4-1 deficit. The next night Stockton fought hard but lost in a shootout 5-4. The Heat completed their trio of games against the Texas Stars with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday.

Last Week’s Games

Tuesday: Stockton Heat 4 @ Texas Stars 1

The Heat had a big night from Hunter Shinkaruk as he picked up a goal and two assists to lead Stockton to victory. Also scoring for the Heat was Ryan Lomberg, Morgan Klimchuk, and Mark Jankowski. Jon Gillies made 22 saves in the victory.

A full recap can be found here

Friday: Stockton Heat 3 @ San Antonio Rampage 2

The Heat jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in San Antonio but the Rampage battled back to tie the game in the second period. Hunter Shinkaruk got the winning goal just over halfway through the third period for Stockton. Also scoring in the game were Morgan Klimchuk and Andrew Mangiapane.

A full recap can be found here

Saturday: Stockton Heat 5 @ San Antonio Rampage 3

It was a wild Saturday for the two teams as things got going quickly. Morgan Klimchuk had a big night with two goals and an assist (including the GWG), while Mike Kostka had two assists on the night. Mikkel Aagaard, Andrew Mangipane, and Ryan Lomberg also scored in the game. Jon Gillies made 35 saves to get the win. Josh Healey also made his professional debut in the game.

A full recap can be found here

Klimchuk may not want to leave Texas after he picked up five goals and three assists in the five games played. Stockton now has points in five straight games and have gone 7-2-1 in their last ten games. Every point is critical to the Heat as they move forward with three tough divisional games next week.

Next Week’s Games

Wednesday: San Diego Gulls @ Stockton Heat

Saturday: San Jose Barracuda @ Stockton Heat

Sunday: Stockton Heat @ San Jose Barracuda

Heat Leading Scorers:

Goals: 26 - Mark Jankowski, 19 - Morgan Klimchuk, 18 - Matt Frattin

Assists: 33 - Linden Vey, 25 - Mark Jankowski, 23 - Morgan Klimchuk

Points: 51 - Mark Jankowski, 48 - Linden Vey, 42 - Morgan Klimchuk

I know I pushed how well Mike Kostka had been doing with the Heat a couple weeks ago, but since his arrival, the Heat have been winning games and he’s been fantastic. He now has 11 points in 10 games and is a +9 with the Heat after having 12 points and a -33 in 46 games with the Senators AHL team.

The Heat and Bakersfield Condors are tied with each having a 0.548 points percentage and a 31-25-6 record with 30 ROW’s. The Condors sit ahead of the Heat based on head-to-head matchups but the two teams meet once more this season. With only six games left, every point matters.

If the Heat can make the playoffs, it’ll be the first time that the Flames and their AHL affiliate have both made the playoffs sine 2006-07. Go Heat Go!