PREVIEW: Toss That Teddy

Saturday, 01.26.13 / 12:00 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

GAME: Stockton Thunder vs. Utah Grizzlies
DATE: Saturday, January 26, 2013
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
SITE: Stockton Arena
RADIO: (AmericaOne)/92.5 FM (in house feed)

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Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers
Utah Grizzlies: Calgary Flames


Tonight’s Promotion: TEDDY BEAR TOSS
(presented by Dorfman Pacific, KAT Country 103, and News10)
National Anthem Singer: Bristow Middle School
Public Address Announcer: DJ Walker
In-Arena Emcees: Alan Sanchez, Hot Rod


Sunday, Jan. 27 vs. Utah Grizzlies (4:00 p.m.)
FAMILY DAY (presented by Sutter Gould, Farmers Insurance, and 99.3 KJOY)


The Stockton Thunder faces the Utah Grizzlies at Stockton Arena in the eighth annual Teddy Bear Toss game. The Thunder is 3-2-0 against the Grizzlies this season. Friday night, the Thunder took a 2-1 lead into the third period before the Grizzlies scored three goals in the final frame for a 4-2 win. The Thunder suffered their first loss after leading after two periods this season. The Thunder is 4-1-2 all-time in Teddy Bear Toss games.

2012-13 Head to Head Schedule: (3-2-0)

Mon. Nov. 12 Stockton 9 at Utah 6
Fri. Nov. 16 Utah 2 at Stockton 6
Mon. Dec. 31 Stockton1 at Utah 5
Wed. Jan. 2, 2013 Stockton 2 at Utah 1
Fri. Jan. 25 Utah 4 at Stockton 2
Sat. Jan. 26 Utah 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 27 Utah 4:00 p.m.


The Thunder is 12-2-2 when leading after one period this season.


UTA 4 – STK 2 (1/25/13): Ian Schultz scored twice and sparked a third period rally to help the Utah Grizzlies send the Stockton Thunder (21-16-4-3, 49 points) to a 4-2 defeat before 4,256 fans at Stockton Arena on Friday. Playing in his first game with the Thunder, forward Maxime Boisclair notched his first goal with the Thunder in the first period. Center Harrison Reed collected an assist on Boisclair’s goal and added one of his own in the second period.

SF 5 – STK 2 (1/20/13): Wrapping up a three-game series with their Northern California rivals, the Stockton Thunder (21-15-4-3, 49 points) were outgunned and outpaced by the San Francisco Bulls (15-20-1-4) in a 5-2 loss in front of 5,838 fans at Stockton Arena. Center Gabriel Levesque (two points) and forward Matt Bergland each found the back of the net for the Thunder.

SF 4 – STK 2 (1/19/13): Kris Belan broke a 2-2 tie with 6:04 left in the third period and Taylor Nelson hung on for 32 saves to help the San Francisco Bulls defeat the Stockton Thunder (21-14-7, 49 points), 4-2 at the Cow Palace on Saturday. Mike Little and Harrison Reed contributed offensively with goals for the Thunder. Goaltender Cody Reichard took the loss with 27 saves.


• Ryan Constant is 2 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Yannick Riendeau is 5 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Garet Hunt is 2 games away from 300 in his professional career


The Thunder has made Stockton Arena ideal for home ice advantage this season with a record of 12-6-2. They are in the midst of playing eight of the nine games at home and will start a season long seven game homestand on Jan. 20. Below is a look at key figures for the Thunder at home this season:

At home this season, the Thunder has:

• A record of 12-6-2
• Totaled nine games of scoring four goals or more
• Outshot the opposition ten times this season
• Posted 13 games of 30 shots on goal or more
• Collected at least one power play goal in nine of the last 11 games


Thunder center Justin Maylan took part in the ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 23 at Colorado. Maylan represented Stockton well, chipping in with an assist in the second period to help the ECHL All-Stars cruise to a 7-3 win over the Colorado Eagles. The rookie center earned his first trip as a replacement for Toni Rajala on the squad. Originally, the Thunder had Rajala and defenseman Nathan Deck (replaced with Ontario’s Chris Huxley) selected to the ECHL All-Star Team in early January. Both are continuing to skate in the American Hockey League with Oklahoma City. Deck was named a starter for the game (currently skating in the AHL with Oklahoma City) with 17 points in 19 games. Rajala’s 18 goals were among the ECHL’s top five at the time of his selection.


Center Gabriel Levesque closed out the pre-All-Star break schedule on a hot streak, scoring two goals and tallying seven points in the last five games for the Thunder. Levesque, who has collected four goals and 16 assists in 39 games in his second year as a pro (all with Stockton), buried the Thunder’s final goal against San Francisco last Sunday and collected an assist against Utah on Friday.


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. Little also played in his 100th career Thunder game Jan. 9 at Colorado.


Center Justin Maylan is tied for third in the ECHL in rookie scoring with 34 points this season in 42 games. He collected 12 points in 16 games during the month of December. Maylan has also posted nine multi point games this season.


Forward Yannick Riendeau had 19 points in 16 games during December and has posted 12 multi point games this season. He earned a pair of goals last Saturday at 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 288 games played.