PREVIEW: Thunder-Colorado

Saturday, 01.05.13 / 1:11 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

GAME: Stockton Thunder vs. Colorado Eagles
DATE: Saturday, January 5, 2013
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
SITE: Stockton Arena
RADIO: StocktonThunder.com (AmericaOne)/ 92.5 FM (inside Stockton Arena)

VIDEO: Morning skate comments from Stockton Arena – Hunter, Maylan

NHL AFFILIATES

Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers
Colorado Eagles: Winnipeg Jets

HOME GAME PROMOTIONAL NOTES

Tonight’s Promotion: TYLER BUNZ WALL CLING GIVEAWAY (presented by 97.7/98.3 KWIN, In Shape Health Clubs and Pepsi)
National Anthem Singer: Dawn Gonzalez
Public Address Announcer: John Taylor
In-Arena Emcee: Alan Sanchez

NEXT HOME GAME

Friday, Jan. 18 vs. San Francisco Bulls (7:30 p.m.)
INSULATED TUMBLER GIVEAWAY (presented by EZ Network Systems and 104.1 The Hawk)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

The Thunder continues its season series with the Colorado Eagles, starting a stretch of four consecutive games between the two teams which eventually concludes next week in Colorado. The Thunder is 1-1-0 against the Eagles this season and last faced them on Dec. 15 in a 2-1 defeat at Stockton Arena. Saturday’s game concludes a stretch where the Thunder will have played 14 games in 24 days. Colorado comes off a 4-3 loss at San Francisco last night.

2012-2013 Head to Head Schedule: (1-1-0)
Fri. Dec. 14 Colorado 1 at Stockton 4
Sat. Dec. 15 Colorado 2 at Stockton 1
Sat. Jan. 5 Colorado 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 9 at Colorado 6:05 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 11 at Colorado 6:05 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 12 at Colorado 6:05 p.m.

NOTE OF THE NIGHT

The Thunder is 10-0-2 when leading after one period this season.

2012-2013 Head to Head Schedule: (1-1-0)

Fri. Dec. 14 Colorado 1 at Stockton 4
Sat. Dec. 15 Colorado 2 at Stockton 1
Sat. Jan. 5 Colorado 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 9 at Colorado 6:05 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 11 at Colorado 6:05 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 12 at Colorado 6:05 p.m.

LAST THREE GAMES:

AK 3 – STK 1 (1/4/13): Returning to Stockton Arena for the first time in 2013, the Stockton Thunder (18-11-7, 43 points) had a late rally stopped by the Alaska Aces (27-8-0, 54 points), who grabbed a 3-1 win in front of 4,207 fans on Friday. Center Ryan Martindale collected his first goal of the season for the Thunder after being reassigned from the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons last month. Goaltender Cody Reichard made 19 saves for the Thunder, while Alaska’s Gerald Coleman stopped 37 shots.

STK 2 – UTA 1 (1/2/13): Goaltender Cody Reichard made 26 saves while the Stockton Thunder (18-10-7, 43 points) capitalized off two goals just 54 seconds apart in the second period, enough to sink the Utah Grizzlies in a 2-1 victory at Maverik Center on Wednesday. The Thunder, who split the two game series in Utah and improved to 3-1-0 in the head to head series, were led offensively with goals by Justin Maylan and Matt Bergland’s eventual game winner. Andrew Engelage took the loss with 30 saves.

UTA 5 – STK 1 (12/31/12): Riley Armstrong scored a pair of shorthanded goals and added an assist to help the Utah Grizzlies send the Stockton Thunder (17-10-7, 41 points) to a 5-1 defeat before a crowd of 8,226 at Maverik Center on Monday. The Thunder, entering the game with the second best power play in the ECHL and allowing just two shorthanded goals this season, surrendered a team record three shorthanded tallies in the game. Utah held the Thunder to an 0-for-6 clip on the power play. Toni Rajala buried the lone Thunder in the game, a shorthanded breakaway in the third period.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

• Ryan Constant is 3 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Yannick Riendeau is 8 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Mike Little is 2 games away from 100 in his Thunder career

THE ALL-STARS ARE ALIGNED

Two members of the Thunder have been named to play in the ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 23 at Colorado, on a team of All-Stars against the host Colorado Eagles. Defenseman Nathan Deck was named a starter for the game (currently skating in the AHL with Oklahoma City) with 17 points in 19 games. Toni Rajala was selected to the roster as well with 36 points in 27 games. His 18 goals were among the ECHL’s top five at the time of his selection.

ENDURANCE TEST

By the end of tonight, the Thunder will have completed a stretch of playing 14 games in 24 days. The trek began on Dec. 13 at San Francisco which included nine games on the road and separate journeys of over 3,000 miles to Anchorage and 700 miles to Utah.

During the 14 game and 24 day stretch, the Thunder has posted:

• A record of 5-5-3
• Six games of scoring three goals or more
• Ten games of 30 shots on goal or more
• Ten games of scoring at least one power play goal

NO LITTLE ACCOMPLISHMENT

Thunder defenseman Mike Little played in his 100th career ECHL game on Dec. 27 at Bakersfield and helped out offensively with an assist in a 4-2 Thunder win. Little was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team last season and was the first selection in Thunder history.

JUSTIN TIME

Center Justin Maylan is tied for second in ECHL rookie scoring with 30 points this season in 34 games. He collected 12 points in 16 games during the month of December. Maylan has also posted eight multi point games and buried a goal on Wednesday at Utah.

ROLLING IN THE (RIEN)DEAU

Forward Yannick Riendeau had 19 points in 16 games during December and has posted 11 multi point games this season. He earned an assist on Wednesday at Utah and had an eight game assist streak at home end on Jan. 4.

PLAYING THE REICHARD

Thunder goaltender Cody Reichard became the 11th goaltender in Thunder history to earn the ECHL Goaltender of the Week award when he took the honor on Dec. 11. He followed up with two near misses on monthly awards as well – runner up honors for ECHL Rookie of the Month and ECHL Goaltender of the Month (December) with a 4-1-3 record, 2.19 goals against average and .935 save percentage from Dec. 1-31.

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 280 games played.

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