PREVIEW: Bearing Arms

Friday, 11.16.12 / 12:00 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

GAME: Stockton Thunder vs. Utah Grizzlies
DATE: Friday, November 16, 2012
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
SITE: Stockton Arena
RADIO: StocktonThunder.com (AmericaOne)/92.5 FM (inside Stockton Arena)
TICKETS: Click here

VIDEO: Dan Ringwald morning skate interview from Stockton Arena

NHL AFFILIATES

Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers
Utah Grizzlies: Calgary Flames

HOME GAME PROMOTIONAL NOTES

Tonight’s Promotion: TEAM PHOTO GIVEAWAY (presented by In Shape Health Clubs, Ripon Powerplay Sports Arena, KHOP 95.1 and KAT Country 103)
National Anthem Singers: Mae Hensley Junior High
Public Address Announcer: Mike McKnight
In-Arena Emcee: DJ Walker

NEXT HOME GAME

Sunday, Nov. 18 vs. Idaho Steelheads, 4:00 p.m.
TEAM PHOTO GIVEAWAY (presented by In Shape Health Clubs, Ripon Powerplay Sports Arena, KHOP 95.1 and KAT Country 103)
FAMILY DAY (presented by Sutter Gould Medical Foundation with 99.3 KJOY)

TODAY’S MATCHUP

The Stockton Thunder takes on the Utah Grizzlies tonight at Stockton Arena for the second of seven meetings this season between the two teams. The Thunder holds a lifetime record of 25-26-6 against Utah and defeated the Grizzlies 9-6 in the season series opener at Maverik Center on Monday. The Thunder is 7-2-0 in the last nine games and carries a 4-1-0 record at home this season. The Thunder also faces a stretch where they will play seven of the next nine games at home.

2012-2013 Head to Head Schedule:

Mon. Nov. 12 Stockton 9 at Utah 6
Fri. Nov. 16 Utah 7:30 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 31 at Utah 5:05 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 2, 2013 at Utah 6:05 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 25 Utah 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 26 Utah 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 27 Utah 4:00 p.m.

NOTE OF THE NIGHT

The Thunder carries a goal differential of +15 (49 goals scored, 34 goals allowed) which is tied for third in the ECHL.

LAST THREE GAMES:

IDH 4 – STK 2 (11/14/12): Kael Mouillierat broke a 2-2 tie with his second goal of the night early in the third period, topped off by an empty net goal to help the Idaho Steelheads send the Stockton Thunder (8-3-1, 17 points) to a 4-2 defeat before a crowd of 2,746 at Century Link Arena on Wednesday. Ryan Constant and Toni Rajala chipped in with goals for the Thunder, who battled back from a 2-0 deficit. Tyler Beskorowany earned the win in net with 28 saves.

STK 9 – UTA 6 (11/12/12): Forwards Toni Rajala and Philippe Cornet combined for seven points and the Stockton Thunder (8-2-1, 17 points) tied a club record for most goals in a game, pummeling the Utah Grizzlies in a 9-6 victory before 5,659 fans at Maverik Center on Monday. The Thunder buried five goals in the second period and tied the single game record for most goals, set originally on Dec. 10, 2011 against Bakersfield. Six Thunder players registered multi point games while the power play capitalized on a 3-for-6 effort in the game.

SF 4 – STK 1 (11/9/12): The Stockton Thunder (7-2-1, 15 points) saw their six-game win streak and eight-game unbeaten streak end at the hands of the San Francisco Bulls who used a three-goal third period to down the Thunder 4-1 Friday night at the Cow Palace. The loss was the Thunder’s first regulation loss since a 2-1 defeat to Ontario on Opening Night at Stockton Arena. In goal for Stockton, Cody Reichard (2-1-0) made 27 saves, while San Francisco’s Thomas Heemskerk (2-5-1) stopped 31 shots.

AN OFFENSE DRESSED TO THE NINES 

The Thunder tied a club record for most goals in a game (9) on Monday in a 9-6 victory at Utah, matching the record previously set on Dec. 10, 2011 against Bakersfield. The Thunder also notched a season high for most goals (5) in a period, accomplishing the feat in the second period at Maverik Center. In total, the Thunder is averaging 4.0 goals per game this season, ranking third (as of Thursday) in the ECHL. 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

• Ryan Constant is 8 games away from 300 in his ECHL career
• Ryan Constant is 10 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Harrison Reed is 4 games away from 300 in his professional career
• Yannick Riendeau is 1 point away from 100 in his ECHL career

BOLTING OUT OF THE GATE

The Thunder’s 7-1-1 record was its best nine game stretch to begin the season since 2006-07, when the Thunder and Edmonton Oilers were in the first season of their affiliation agreement. During that stretch, the Thunder offense earned six occasions where they produced four goals or more in a game.

THUNDER CROWDS ROLL IN

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.

RAJALA RAGE

Thunder forward Toni Rajala has assumed the lead among all ECHL rookie scorers with 17 points in 12 games. He registered a season high four point effort (1g-3a) against Utah on Monday and is on a nine game scoring streak.

THE DECK IS STACKED

Defenseman Nathan Deck has points in seven of his last nine games and leads all Thunder defensemen with 10 points in 12 games (T-7, ECHL). Deck is in his second year with the Thunder and was named the team’s “Unsung Hero” at the end of last season.

NEARLY A TONI AWARD WINNER

Thunder rookie forward Toni Rajala was named runner up for Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week last Tuesday, narrowly finishing behind Michael Forney of Colorado. Rajala earned seven points and was +3 in three games to help the Thunder go 3-0-0 against Alaska and Bakersfield from Nov. 2-4.

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