PREVIEW: Thunder-Las Vegas

Wednesday, 12.05.12 / 1:21 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

GAME: Stockton Thunder vs. Las Vegas Wranglers
DATE: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
SITE: Stockton Arena
RADIO: 1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com (AmericaOne)/92.5 FM (inside Stockton Arena)
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Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers
Las Vegas Wranglers: Independent

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TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

The Thunder takes on the Las Vegas Wranglers tonight at Stockton Arena to wrap up a three game homestand. The Thunder is 2-0-1 this season against the Wranglers and in the last matchup Stockton won 3-1 last night. The games feature a reunion from the past for Matt Thomas (Stockton head coach) and Ryan Mougenel (Las Vegas head coach) – the two formerly coached together in Stockton and Fresno while Thomas coached Mougenel, a former forward, in Atlantic City.

UPCOMING MILESTONES


• Ryan Constant is 4 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Mike Little is 11 games away from 100 in his ECHL career

NOTE OF THE NIGHT

The Thunder is 6-0-2 when leading after one period this season.

2012-2013 Head to Head Schedule:

Fri. Oct. 19 Stockton 2 at Las Vegas 3 (OT)
Sat. Oct. 20 Stockton 5 at Las Vegas 4
Tue. Dec. 4 Las Vegas 1 at Stockton 3
Wed. Dec. 5 Las Vegas 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 8 at Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 29 Las Vegas 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 8 Las Vegas 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 9 Las Vegas 7:30 p.m.

NOTE OF THE NIGHT

The Thunder has a goal differential of +16 (81 goals scored, 65 goals allowed), tied for third in the ECHL.

LAST THREE GAMES:

STK 3 – LV 1 (12/4/12): The Stockton Thunder (12-5-3, 27 points) snapped a four-game winless skid, using a three-goal second period to defeat the Las Vegas Wranglers 3-1 at Stockton Arena on Tuesday. Goaltender Cody Reichard (4-1-1) had his best start of the season, stopping 38 shots. In his return to the Thunder, forward Toni Rajala scored to continue his ECHL-leading scoring streak at 12 games. Centers Phil Mangan and Harrison Reed each found the net. Las Vegas’ Joe Fallon made 22 saves.

BAK 5 – STK 5 (SO) (12/1/12): Battling back from a two goal deficit in the third period, the Stockton Thunder (11-5-3, 25 points) was forced to settle for one point as the Bakersfield Condors scored in all three shootout attempts for a 5-4 win before 6,516 fans at Stockton Arena on Saturday. Center Phil Mangan led the Thunder with two goals. Forward Yannick Riendeau (one goal, one assist) and center Justin Maylan (two assists) each contributed two points as well. Goaltender Tyler Bunz (8-4-3) made 30 saves for the Thunder.

ONT 5 – STK 4 (OT) (11/30/12): Colton Yellow Horn finished off a rally by the Ontario Reign with a game winning goal just 27 seconds into sudden death overtime, sending the Stockton Thunder (11-5-2, 24 points) to a 5-4 overtime loss at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday. The Thunder held a 3-1 lead in the third period and was paced by Yannick Riendeau’s three points and Harrison Reed’s pair of goals.

JUSTIN TIME

Center Justin Maylan leads all Thunder rookies with 20 points in 18 games this season (2nd, ECHL rookies) and has collected ten points in the last eight games. Maylan collected an assist last night against Las Vegas.

RAJALA RAGE

Forward Toni Rajala carries a 12 game point scoring streak which began on Oct. 20 and leads the ECHL for the longest streak this season. He earned Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week honors on Nov. 20, the same day he earned his first recall to the AHL. Rajala left the Thunder that day with 11 goals which was tied for the ECHL lead.

DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE?

The Thunder announced on Dec. 4 that it will play in a game on Monday, Dec. 17 (7:30 p.m.) at HP Pavilion at San Jose (home of the San Jose Sharks since 1993) against the San Francisco Bulls. It will be the first game in Thunder history to be played on a current NHL ice surface. Tickets for the game are free and will be available to the general public beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com (space permitting – season ticket holders of the San Jose Sharks and San Francisco Bulls will have first-priority for seating). Parking is free on a first-come, first-served basis in the HP Pavilion-controlled parking lots. A “Toys for Tots” toy drive will also be hosted at the North and South Entrances of the arena.

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.

AN OFFENSE DRESSED TO THE NINES

The Thunder tied a club record for most goals in a game (9) on Nov. 12 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 on Nov. 12. The Thunder is averaging 4.0 goals per game this season, ranking third in the ECHL.

UPCOMING MILESTONES


• Ryan Constant is 4 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Mike Little is 11 games away from 100 in his ECHL career

OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN

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 264 games played.