PREVIEW: Thunder at Bakersfield

Saturday, 10.27.12 / 12:00 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

GAME: Stockton Thunder at Bakersfield Condors
DATE: Saturday, October 27, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
SITE: Rabobank Arena
RADIO: 1280 AM KWSX/ (AmericaOne)
WATCH PARTY: Fat’s Grill

VIDEO: Morning skate interview with head coach Matt Thomas


Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers
Bakersfield Condors: Independent


Sunday, Oct. 28 vs. Bakersfield Condors, 4:00 p.m.


The Stockton Thunder returns to play with a weekend “home and home” series with the Bakersfield Condors, starting tonight on the road at Rabobank Arena. It will be the first of 11 meetings between both teams this season. The Thunder has an all time winning record of 29-27-12 against Bakersfield and has met the Condors once in the playoffs – a best of seven series won by the Thunder 4-1 in the 2010 Conference Semifinals. It will also be a reunion between Thunder head coach Matt Thomas and Bakersfield counterpart Matt O’Dette – previously a Thunder defenseman, captain and assistant coach from 2008-11. Thomas has the upper hand in the matchup with a lifetime 8-5-0 record.

2012-2013 Schedule:

Sat. Oct. 27 at Bakersfield 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 28 Bakersfield 4:00 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 2 Bakersfield 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 23 Bakersfield 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 1 Bakersfield 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 9 at Bakersfield 5:00 p.m.
Thur. Dec. 27 at Bakersfield 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 28 at Bakersfield 7:00 p.m.
Tue. Feb. 5 at Bakersfield 7:00 p.m.
Thur. Feb. 21 at Bakersfield 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 17 Bakersfield 4:00 p.m.


• Ryan Constant is 16 games away from 300 in his ECHL career
• Ryan Constant is 12 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Harrison Reed is 12 games away from 300 in his professional career
• Yannick Riendeau is 6 points away from 100 in his ECHL career


STK 5 – LV 4 (10/20/12): Cameron Brodie’s first goal in two seasons snapped a tie game with 15.3 seconds left in regulation and lifted the Stockton Thunder (2-1-1, 5 points) to a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Las Vegas Wranglers before 4,584 fans at Orleans Arena on Saturday. Brodie, who buried a wrist shot off the rush, capped another victory for Stockton that featured last minute heroics against the Wranglers in the last four seasons. Goaltender Cody Reichard, making his first start in the pro ranks, earned the win with 26 stops.

LV 3 – STK 2 (10/19/12): Scott Campbell scored a game winning goal 30 seconds into sudden death overtime, lifting the Las Vegas Wranglers to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Stockton Thunder (1-1-1, 3 points) before 5,656 fans at Orleans Arena on Friday. The Thunder got help with goals by Teigan Zahn and Philippe Cornet. Goaltender Tyler Bunz was tagged with the overtime loss despite being credited with 21 saves while counterpart Joe Fallon stopped 16 shots.

STK 4 – ONT 0 (10/13/12): Tyler Bunz made 17 saves for his first professional win and shutout, and Matt Reber had two goals and an assist to lead the Stockton Thunder (1-1-0, 2 points) to a 4-0 victory over Ontario Reign before 9,616 fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Saturday. The Thunder, who turned the tables on Ontario one night after dropping the home opener at Stockton Arena, were helped out additionally with goals from Tony DeHart and Gabriel Levesque.


A total of ten players are on the Thunder roster that have playing experience in the NHL or American Hockey League: Cameron Abney, Cameron Brodie, Philippe Cornet, Ryan Constant, Tony DeHart, Garet Hunt, Eric Hunter, Yannick Riendeau, Justin Maylan and Harrison Reed.


Garet Hunt was named the sixth captain in Thunder history on Oct. 12, taking the “C” for the first time in his career for full-time duty. Hunt served as an alternate captain for the Thunder last season and has helped guide the team to the playoffs for four straight seasons since his 2008-09 rookie campaign. Hunt is the Thunder all time leader with 248 games played.


The Edmonton Oilers return as the NHL affiliate of the Thunder for the seventh straight season, helping advance eight players from the Thunder onto playing in the National Hockey League. The Thunder has also never missed the playoffs since first connecting with the Oilers in 2006-07. Edmonton has won five Stanley Cup championships and sent seven players onto induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Among the players assigned to Stockton, beginning this season, was LW Philippe Cornet, who made his NHL debut with Edmonton and led the AHL affiliate Oklahoma City Barons with 24 goals last season.


Tyler Bunz became the first goaltender in Thunder history since Glenn Fisher (2007-08) to record a shutout in his first win as a professional, accomplishing the feat on Oct. 13 at Ontario in a 4-0 win (17 saves). His feat was the 25th shutout in club history. Bunz also had a shutout streak of 137:49, ending in the third period of an Oct. 19 game at Las Vegas.


Through the first four games, every Thunder player on the active roster has hit the scoresheet with at least one goal or one assist except three players – two are goaltenders Tyler Bunz and Cody Reichard. In last Saturday’s 5-4 win at Las Vegas, five Thunder players recorded a goal and 11 skaters who suited up registered a goal or an assist. Only four skaters did not record a shot on goal.