PREVIEW: The Way to San Jose
GAME: Stockton Thunder at San Francisco Bulls
DATE: Monday, December 17, 2012
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
SITE: HP Pavilion at San Jose
RADIO: 1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com (AmericaOne)
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Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers
San Francisco Bulls: San Jose Sharks
NEXT HOME GAME
Saturday, Dec. 29 vs. Las Vegas Wranglers (7:30 p.m.)
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The Stockton Thunder meets the San Francisco Bulls in a special Monday night game at HP Pavilion at San Jose, home of the San Jose Sharks. The game is the fourth of 13 meetings between the two teams this season and the Thunder is 0-2-1 in the head to head series. In the last matchup, San Francisco defeated the Thunder 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 13 at the Cow Palace. San Francisco last played on Saturday and defeated the Bakersfield Condors 4-1 at Rabobank Arena. It will be the first game in Thunder history to be played on a current NHL ice surface.
NOTE OF THE NIGHT
The Thunder is 7-0-2 when leading after one period this season.
ABOUT THE STOCKTON THUNDER
The Thunder, in its eighth season of play in the ECHL, plays at Stockton Arena (seating 9,737 fans) which is just 80 miles away from HP Pavilion at San Jose. As an established club in the Premiere ‘AA’ Hockey League, the Thunder has drawn over 1.5 million fans to the Central Valley since 2005-06 and earned recognition with league awards in ticket sales, marketing, media relations, executive and overall excellence. Stockton led the league in attendance from 2005-09 and has earned a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for six consecutive seasons. With Stockton serving as an affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers since 2006-07, eight players have made their debut in the NHL after suiting up for the Thunder. Stockton also was the ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks from 2010-12. Brad Rowbotham is in his third full season as Owner and Chairman of the Thunder.
2012-2013 Head to Head Schedule: (0-2-1)
Fri. Nov. 9 Stockton 1 at San Francisco 4
Sat. Nov. 24 Stockton 3 at San Francisco 6
Thur. Dec. 13 Stockton 3 at San Francisco 4 (OT)
Mon. Dec. 17 at San Francisco 7:30 p.m.*
Fri. Jan. 18 San Francisco 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 19 at San Francisco 7:15 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 20 San Francisco 4:00 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 30 San Francisco 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 16 San Francisco 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 17 at San Francisco 2:15 p.m.
Wed. Mar. 13 San Francisco 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 22 at San Francisco 7:15 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 23 at San Francisco 7:15 p.m.
*Game at HP Pavilion at San Jose
MORE NHL CONNECTIONS
Past history in the ECHL has shown that the road to the NHL begins in Stockton. Eight players with experience in a Thunder uniform have advanced to make their NHL debut since 2006-07:
• Troy Bodie (RW)
• Devan Dubnyk (G)
• Milan Kytnar (C)
• Colin McDonald (RW)
• Ryan O’Marra (C)
• Tim Sestito (LW)
• Liam Reddox (LW)
• Bryan Young (D)
LAST THREE GAMES:
COL 2 – STK 1 (12/15/12): Goaltender Adam Brown made 40 saves on 41 shots, holding off a furious rally from the Stockton Thunder (14-7-5, 33 points) to secure a 2-1 win for the Colorado Eagles in front of 5,291 fans at Stockton Arena on Saturday. The Thunder, who missed their two leading scorers (Harrison Reed and Toni Rajala) due to injuries, avoided a home shutout for the first time since falling to Ontario 4-0 on Dec. 2, 2011. Center Eric Hunter notched the lone Thunder goal late in the third period. Goaltender Tyler Bunz (8-6-3) recorded 31 stops for the Thunder.
STK 4 – COL 1 (12/14/12): In the first meeting between these two teams since the first round of last season’s Kelly Cup playoffs, the Stockton Thunder (14-6-3-2, 33 points) proved it still carries the momentum, rolling past the Colorado Eagles 4-1 at Stockton Arena on Friday. Goaltender Cody Reichard posted his third stellar performance at home, recording 25 saves on 26 shots. Center Harrison Reed recorded two goals, while forward Yannick registered two assists in his seven multi-point game of the season. Colorado’s Kyle Jones made 30 stops in goal.
SF 4 – STK 3 (OT) (12/13/12): 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. 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.
• Ryan Constant is 4 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Mike Little is 5 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
• Yannick Riendeau is 18 assists away from 100 in his professional career
Center Justin Maylan is second among ECHL rookies with 25 points (as of Sunday) and leads all Thunder rookies as well. He has collected five points in the last five games. Maylan has also posted seven multi point games and earned an assist in last Friday’s win over Colorado.
ROLLING IN THE (RIEN)DEAU
Forward Yannick Riendeau has points in eight of the last ten games and has posted seven multi point games this season. He earned an assist on Saturday vs. Colorado and leads the Thunder with 18 assists this season.
PLAYING THE REICHARD
Thunder goaltender Cody Reichard became the 11th goaltender in Thunder history to earn the ECHL Goaltender of the Week award last week. Reichard was awarded the honor on Dec. 11 after he posted a record of 2-0-1, a 2.30 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage for the week of Dec. 3-9.
COVERED WITH OIL
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.
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 270 games played.