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Prospect Of The Week: Mark Jankowski

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Mark Jankowski is settling right in with the Stockton Heat.

The rookie, who joined the Heat on an amateur tryout after signing an entry-level deal with the Calgary Flames last month, dressed for all three games Stockton played this past week and looked right at home with his new team.

While he was held pointless in the Heat's first game last week, a 4-1 loss to Ontario, he responded by posting three points in the following two contests.

On Saturday, the Heat dropped a 6-2 decision to the San Diego Gulls but Jankowski was named the game's third star after he set up both of Stockton's goals.

His first helper came on a power play goal from Kenny Agostino at the 8:27 mark of the second period, giving him his second professional point.

Jankowski's second assist was a short-handed effort. He managed to get behind the Gulls net and sent a quick pass to Garnet Hathaway, who one-timed it past the San Diego netminder.

"[Mark Jankowski] made a great play at the end of the penalty kill. He came around the net and made a great, skilled pass. I just tried to get as much as I could on it," Hathaway said afterwards.

Jankowski wrapped up the week by scoring his first professional goal in a 5-4 overtime win over San Diego.

With the game tied up at one in the second period, Jankowski was able to give his club the lead on the power play. He corralled a rebound off the back boards and tucked it behind the goaltender.

"It was a greasy one – kind of needed that one to get me going I guess," he said. "I saw the point shot off the faceoff bounce off the glass and I just tried to take it to the net right away. I think it hit the goalie or one of their defence and went in. It’s good to get that one off my back."

Jankowski, who had four shots on net on Sunday, was named the game's second star.

The Heat have three final regular season games ahead of them. They start their week in Bakersfield on Tuesday and wrap up with a home-and-home set against the San Jose Barracuda on the weekend.

"I think everyone is pretty confident after that win," Jankowski said on Sunday night. "You can never get too high and never get too low. After yesterday’s game we couldn’t get too low and after tonight’s game we can’t get too high. We’re going to have to stay focused and go into Bakersfield and have this type of game again."

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