PREVIEW: Thunder-Colorado

Wednesday, 01.09.13 / 12:59 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

GAME: Stockton Thunder at Colorado Eagles
DATE: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
TIME: 6:05 p.m.
SITE: Budweiser Events Center
RADIO: 1280 AM KWSX/ (AmericaOne)


Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers
Colorado Eagles: Winnipeg Jets


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The Thunder continues a four game series with the Colorado Eagles which shifts to the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. The Thunder is 2-1-0 against the Eagles this season and last faced them on Saturday in a 5-3 victory at Stockton Arena. At the end of the series on Saturday, the two teams will have completed the entire season series schedule. Wednesday’s game is the first time the Thunder visits Colorado since sweeping the Eagles, 3-0 in the opening round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs last season.

2012-2013 Head to Head Schedule: (2-1-0)

Fri. Dec. 14 Colorado 1 at Stockton 4
Sat. Dec. 15 Colorado 2 at Stockton 1
Sat. Jan. 5 Colroado 3 at Stockton 5
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.


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


STK 5 – COL 3 (1/5/13): Center Eric Hunter put forth a dominant performance—two goals and one assist—as the Stockton Thunder (19-11-7, 45 points) never trailed in a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Eagles (17-16-3, 37 points) in front of 5,322 fans at Stockton Arena on Saturday. Forward Garet Hunt notched the game-winner with a shorthanded goal in the third period. Yannick Riendeau chipped in with two assists, while Thunder goaltender Tyler Bunz (11-8-3) and Colorado’s Kyle Jones each stopped 35 shots.

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.


• Ryan Constant is 3 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Yannick Riendeau is 6 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Mike Little is 1 game away from 100 in his Thunder career


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.


At the end of last Saturday, the Thunder 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 posted:

• A record of 6-5-3
• Seven games of scoring three goals or more
• 11 games of 30 shots on goal or more
• 11 games of scoring at least one power play goal


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.


Center Justin Maylan leads the ECHL in rookie scoring with 32 points this season in 35 games. He collected 12 points in 16 games during the month of December. Maylan has also posted nine multi point games and buried a goal and an assist last Saturday vs. Colorado


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


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.


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 281 games played.