Heat debuts at home with blowout win

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stockton heatSTOCKTON — It was quite an opener for the Stockton Heat as the team won 7-0 over the Rockford IceHogs in its first home game in the AHL.

Before a crowd of 6,543 fans, the Heat scored four goals in the first period alone. Players credited fans with providing an electric atmosphere.

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The team’s first-ever at-home goal was scored by center Derek Grant.

“It’s always exciting for us to come into a new city and new rink with a lot of energy,” Grant said. “We fed off that crowd early and it showed on the scoreboard. Scoring the first goal is a good feeling. I think the crowd was a big part of the game tonight.”

Rookie goaltender Jon Gillies posted a 19 saves in his first career pro start.

The Heat next hit the ice in Stockton at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15 when they take on the San Jose Barracuda.

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