PREVIEW: Three’s A Charm

Sunday, 11.04.12 / 8:00 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

GAME: Stockton Thunder vs. Alaska Aces
DATE: Sunday, November 4, 2012
TIME: 4:00 p.m.
SITE: Stockton Arena
RADIO: (AmericaOne)
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VIDEO: Game day preview from Stockton Arena


Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers
Alaska Aces: Independent


Today’s Promotions: THUNDER GOES PINK VII (presented by St. Joseph’s Medical Center in association with Union Bank and Food-4-Less and Rancho San Miguel Markets), FAMILY DAY
AUTOGRAPH BOOTH: Garet Hunt, Eric Hunter
“FUN GUY” EMCEE: Alan Sanchez


Friday, Nov. 16 vs. Utah Grizzlies, 7:30 p.m.


The Thunder wraps up Thunder Goes Pink VII against the Alaska Aces at Stockton Arena. The Thunder is 27-25-14 against Alaska in the lifetime series. The game will feature several players with NHL playing experience, including Thunder forward Philippe Cornet and Alaska forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Joey Crabb and Nate Thompson.


The weekend is a Thunder signature promotional event designed to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. Proceeds from ticket sales, memorabilia auctions and more will benefit St. Joseph’s Foundation – Breast Health Services. The Thunder will wear special pink jerseys and play on pink ice at Stockton Arena.

2012-2013 Head to Head Schedule:

Sat. Nov. 3 Alaska 4 at Stockton 7
Sun. Nov. 4 Alaska 4:00 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 28 Alaska 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 19 at Alaska 8:15 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 21 at Alaska 8:15 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 22 at Alaska 8:15 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 4 Alaska 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 8 at Alaska 8:15 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 9 at Alaska 8:15 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 10 at Alaska 4:05 p.m.


STK 7 – AK 4 (11/3/12): Philippe Cornet had a four point night while Toni Rajala posted two goals and an assist to lead the Stockton Thunder (6-1-1, 13 points) offense in a 7-4 blowout win over the Alaska Aces before a crowd of 8,018 at Stockton Arena on Saturday. Goaltender Tyler Bunz earned the win in net with 28 saves while all but five Thunder skaters registered a point in the game.

STK 6 – BAK 1 (11/2/12): Justin Maylan put forth a two-goal effort as the Stockton Thunder (5-1-1, 11 points) took care of the Bakersfield Condors (3-5-1, 7 points) in a 6-1 victory to open Thunder Goes Pink VII in front of 5,717 fans on Friday at Stockton Arena. The Thunder claimed its fifth win in the last six games and was also aided by Cody Reichard’s 19 saves in net.

STK 3 – BAK 2 (OT) (10/28/12): Tony DeHart’s blast from the high slot with six seconds left in sudden death overtime lifted the Stockton Thunder (4-1-1, 9 points) to a 3-2 victory over the Bakersfield Condors before 5,062 fans at Stockton Arena on Sunday. The Thunder outshot the Condors 45-26 and were helped out with additional goals from Ryan Constant and Toni Rajala.

• Ryan Constant is 12 games away from 300 in his ECHL career
• Ryan Constant is 10 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Harrison Reed is 8 games away from 300 in his professional career
• Yannick Riendeau is 3 points away from 100 in his ECHL career


When suiting up in special pink jerseys and playing on pink ice, the Thunder holds a record of 11-1-3 in the all time “Thunder Goes Pink” series which dates back to the 2006-07 season. Stockton has won six of its last seven games in pink and took three points in two games last season against Utah in a 1-0 shootout defeat on Nov. 4 and 3-2 win the next evening.


The Thunder has drawn over 200,000 fans for seven straight seasons to Stockton Arena, totaling over 1.5 million through the turnstiles since opening in 2005-06. There have been 17 sellouts at Stockton Arena in Thunder history and last season, there were seven crowds of 7,000 or more at Thunder home games. The Thunder drew a club record 244,085 fans to Stockton Arena in 2006-07. Last season, the Thunder ranked third in ECHL attendance.


The Thunder enters today ranking third in fewest goals allowed per game (2.3) in the ECHL. In addition, the Thunder defense has allowed just 24.8 shots per game, ranking third fewest in the entire league. Only once has a team surpassed 30 shots on goal on the Thunder defense this season, which allowed a season low 17 shots to the Ontario Reign in a 4-0 victory on Oct. 13.


A total of 11 players are on the Thunder roster that have playing experience in the NHL or American Hockey League: Jordan Henry, Cameron Brodie, Philippe Cornet, Ryan Constant, Tony DeHart, Garet Hunt, Eric Hunter, Yannick Riendeau, Justin Maylan, Kristians Pelss and Harrison Reed.