PREVIEW: Thunder-Steelheads

Friday, 02.01.13 / 12:00 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

GAME: Stockton Thunder vs. Idaho Steelheads
DATE:
Friday, February 1, 2013
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
SITE: Stockton Arena
RADIO: 1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com (AmericaOne)/92.5 FM (in house feed)

TICKETS: Click here
VIDEO: (COMING SOON) Morning skate interview from Stockton Arena

NHL AFFILIATES

Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers
Idaho Steelheads: Dallas Stars

HOME GAME PROMOTIONAL NOTES

Tonight’s Promotion: HOCKEY WITH HEART (presented by BloodSource with Stone Creek Village, Food 4 Less and Rancho San Miguel Markets, 99.3 KJOY, 97.7/98.3 KWIN and KAT Country 103)
National Anthem Singer: Manlio Silva School
Public Address Announcer: DJ Walker
In-Arena Emcee: “Hot Rod”

NEXT HOME GAME

Saturday, Feb. 2 vs. Idaho Steelheads (7:30 p.m.)
FAITH NIGHT
REPLICA JERSEY GIVEAWAY (presented by Financial Center Credit Union, 97.7/98.3 KWIN and News10)
STAR WARS NIGHT

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

The Stockton Thunder will play the first of two straight games against the Idaho Steelheads on Friday at Stockton Arena. Wednesday, defenseman Ryan Constant tied the game in the third period, and goaltender Cody Reichard stopped all three skaters he faced in the shootout to give the Thunder a 4-3 shootout win over the San Francisco Bulls. It was the first win in an extra time game since a 3-2 overtime win against Bakersfield on Oct. 28 (the Thunder had gone winless in the previous seven). Idaho is coming off a southeastern road trip, earning a 4-3 win at South Carolina on Friday before splitting a pair of one-goal games at Gwinnett. This is the first time the Thunder and Steelheads have played since November.

WHAT IS HOCKEY WITH HEART?

Help raise heart awareness and funds by donning red attire as the Thunder host Hockey with Heart to promote ‘National Wear Red Day’ and kick off the ‘Go Red for Women Movement and ‘American Heart Month’ To encourage fitness and a healthy heart, the first 1,000 fans (ages 18 and over) will receive a red Thunder t-shirt from the event. Go Red Passport Cards will be given to the first 1,000 fans (18 and over) to enter to win great prizes. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

2012-13 Head to Head Schedule: (1-1-0)

Wed. Nov. 14 Stockton 2 at Idaho 4
Sun. Nov. 18 Idaho 3 at Stockton 4
Fri. Feb. 1 Idaho 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 2 Idaho 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 30 Idaho 7:30 p.m.

NOTE OF THE NIGHT

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

LAST THREE GAMES:

STK 4 – SF 3 (SO) (1/30/13): Goaltender Cody Reichard blanked all three skaters he faced in the shootout, and the Stockton Thunder (23-16-8, 54 points) came back to win a back-and-forth affair over the San Francisco Bulls 4-3 in a shootout in front of 6,497 fans on Wednesday at Stockton Arena. Defenseman Ryan Constant scored in the third period to tie the game, while center Gabriel Levesque and defenseman Tony DeHart added goals as well. Forward Matt Reber contributed with a pair of assists.

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.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

• Ryan Constant is 1 assist away from 100 in his professional career
• Yannick Riendeau is 5 assists away from 100 in his professional career
• Garet Hunt is 9 games away from 300 as a member of the Thunder

HOME SWEET HOME

The Thunder has made Stockton Arena ideal for home ice advantage this season with a record of 14-6-3. 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 14-6-3
• Totaled ten games of scoring four goals or more
• Outshot the opposition 12 times this season
• Posted 16 games of 30 shots on goal or more
• Collected at least one power play goal in 12 of the last 14 games

THE ALL-STARS ARE ALIGNED

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.

SAINT GABRIEL

Center Gabriel Levesque continued his hot streak by scoring the opening goal just 30 seconds into the game against San Francisco on Wednesday. Having scored three goals and tallied seven points in the last eight games for the Thunder, Levesque has collected 15 assists and 20 points in 42 games in his second year as a pro (all with Stockton).

FEEL THE POWER

The Thunder has gone on a power trip, having scored a power play goal in eight consecutive games and only going two games in the entire month of January without one. With a power play percentage of exactly 20 percent in the last eight games, the Thunder has seen center Harrison Reed benefit most from the recent surge, scoring five power play goals (half of the Thunder total) during the stretch.

JUSTIN TIME

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.

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 played in the 300th game of his professional career against Utah on Sunday and is the Thunder all-time leader with 291 games played.

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