PREVIEW: Thunder-Bulls

Wednesday, 01.30.13 / 12:00 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

GAME: Stockton Thunder vs. San Francisco Bulls
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
SITE: Stockton Arena
RADIO: 1280 AM KWSX/ (AmericaOne)/92.5 FM (in house feed)

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The Stockton Thunder will look to ride the momentum off the team’s latest win into a midweek battle with the division rival San Francisco Bulls. The Thunder its coming off a dramatic 2-1 win over the Utah Grizzlies on Sunday which saw defenseman Ryan Constant earn the 100th assist of his professional career and forward Garet Hunt play in the 300th game of his professional career. The Thunder has lost the last two meetings with San Francisco, who is coming off a three-game series at Alaska in which they took two games from the Aces.

2012-13 Head to Head Schedule: (2-4-1)

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 Stockton 6 at San Francisco 4 *
Fri. Jan. 18 San Francisco 2 at Stockton 5
Sat. Jan. 19 Stockton 2 at San Francisco 4
Sun. Jan. 20 San Francisco 5 at Stockton 2
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


The Thunder is 12-2-3 when leading after one period this season.


STK 2 – UTA 1 (1/27/13): A rock solid Cody Reichard (11-7-5) made 39 saves in goal and helped the Stockton Thunder (22-16-8, 52 points) avoid a winless weekend with a 2-1 victory over the Utah Grizzlies in front of 4,033 at Stockton Arena on Sunday. Forward Yannick Riendeau and center Harrison Reed each found the back of the net for the Thunder. Defenseman Ryan Constant earned an assist (the 100th of his professional career) on Riendeau’s goal and finished with two assists on the night.

UTA 4 – STK 3 (OT) (1/26/13): The fur was flying in the Stockton Thunder’s eighth-annual Teddy Bear Toss game, which saw thousands of teddy bears fly onto the ice in a wild affair. The back-and-forth battle went to overtime thanks to Mitch Wahl’s goal with 30 seconds left in regulation, and Mark Isherwood won it in overtime for the Utah Grizzlies, sending the Stockton Thuder (21-16-5-3, 50 points) to a 4-3 defeat in front of 8,026 fans at Stockton Arena on Saturday. Center Harrison Reed led the way with two goals, including the teddy bear goal just over five minutes into the first period. Center Justin Maylan chipped in with a goal in the third period.

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.


• Ryan Constant is 1 assist away from 100 in his professional career
• Yannick Riendeau is 5 assists away from 100 in his professional career <br• Garet Hunt is 10 games away from 300 as a member of the Thunder


The Thunder has made Stockton Arena ideal for home ice advantage this season with a record of 13-6-3. 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 13-6-3
• Totaled nine games of scoring four goals or more
• Outshot the opposition eleven times this season
• Posted 15 games of 30 shots on goal or more
• Collected at least one power play goal in eleven of the last thirteen 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 a point per game in his last seven 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 38 points this season in 44 games. He collected 12 points in 16 games during the month of December. Maylan has also posted nine multi point games this season.


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 played in the 300th game of his professional career against Utah on Sunday and is the Thunder all-time leader with 290 games played.