RECAP: Rocky Road

Thursday, 12.13.12 / 11:35 PM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

Thunder battles for point in overtime, Sivak earns power play winner

FINAL STATS: Box score
AUDIO: Game highlights – Thunder Replay

SAN FRANCISCO – Peter Sivak’s power play goal, just 1:13 into sudden death overtime, helped the San Francisco Bulls send the Stockton Thunder (13-6-5, 31 points) to a 4-3 overtime defeat before 2,549 fans at the Cow Palace on Thursday.

Eric Hunter (left) lays a hit on San Francisco's Simon Danis-Pepin in the second period.

The Thunder, who squandered a pair of one goal leads in the third period, garnered a point in for the fifth time in the last six games. Thomas Heemskerk earned the win for the Bulls with 33 stops.

Daniil Tarasov converted off a Thunder turnover behind the net and stashed a wrist shot past Tyler Bunz at the 6:31 mark of the opening period to lift the Bulls to a 1-0 edge.

The Thunder responded on Harrison Reed’s second period power play goal for a 1-1 tie with 9:03 left, when he finished a third chance rebound at the front of the net after Tony DeHart was stopped off the rush.

Eric Hunter lifted a nifty backhander over Thomas Heemskerk’s shoulder for a 2-1 lead at 6:10 of the third period, but Kris Belan responded with his third goal of the season at 9:51 for a 2-2 tie.

A power play goal by Ryan Constant – a one timer set at the left circle from Justin Maylan – restored the Thunder edge at 3-2 with 6:12 to play. Another turnover behind the Thunder net turned into a game tying goal from Andrew Crescenzi, who stashed the puck into an open net with 2:56 to play in regulation for a 3-3 tie.

Peter Sivak’s tenth goal of the season ended the game with 1:13 elapsed in overtime on a wrist shot from the left circle.

Bunz took the overtime loss with 34 saves.

NOTES: The Thunder scratched Matt Reber, Kevin Noble and Toni Rajala … the Thunder cashed in at a 2-of-4 effort on the power play … Maylan now has points in 10 of his last 12 games … the Thunder fell to 0-2-1 in the series against San Francisco … the two teams next meet on Monday, Dec. 17 at HP Pavilion at San Jose.

The Thunder returns to play tomorrow at Stockton Arena, hosting the Colorado Eagles at 7:30 p.m. (1280 AM KWSX/

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1. SF – P. Sivak
2. SF – K. Belan
3. SF – J. Clendenning