CALGARY, AB – The Stockton Heat just ended a five-game road trip with a big 5-3 win over the San Antonio Rampage. They went 4-0-0-1 on the road trip collecting enough points to climb the standings and tie Bakersfield for 4th in the division.
These are the scores from all 5 games:
@Texas Stars: 5-4 win
@Texas Stars: 5-4 Shootout Loss
@Texas Stars: 4-1 win
@San Antonio Rampage: 3-2 win
@San Antonio Rampage: 5-3 win
This was probably the biggest part of the Heat’s season, and they performed well under the pressure. They were on the outside looking in to the Calder Cup playoffs but now their focus is holding down the spot they have. The Heat had a lot of players step up this road trip, but it was mainly Morgan Klimchuk, Mark Jankowski, Linden Vey, and Oliver Killington.
Klimchuk: 5 goals, 3 assists
Jankowski: 2 goals, 3 assists
Vey: 1 goal, 5 assists
Kylington: 1 goal, 4 assists
While the Heat’s offence was clicking they got solid help from their goaltending. Most recently, in the 5-3 win over San Antonio, Jon Gillies stopped 35 of 38 and made a few big saves in the 3rd period when the Rampage were pressing. The Heat also had a couple new faces get into the lineup, Adam Ollas-Mattson and newly signed Josh Healey. Ollas-Mattson had one assist but both him and Healey played very solid defensively.
Morgan Klimchuk continued his fine season and now has 19 goals and 23 assists on the season. Their top guys really contributed this road trip and that was the main reason why they were so successful. Jankowski is having a phenomenal rookie season, with 26 goals and 25 assists on the campaign. I would not be surprised if he didn’t get a few opportunities with the Calgary Flames next season.
Given the success recently, they absolutely can not slow down. They got through the road trip, but the race for fourth in the Pacific Division is still very tight and Bakersfield is currently tied with Stockton with the same amount of games played. The Heat have six games left in the regular season, five of them are at home. They will need to bring their solid road play back home (and a little help from the out of town scoreboard) if they want to qualify for the post-season. It’s going to be an exciting finish to the season!