PREVIEW: One More Bout

Sunday, 02.10.13 / 3:04 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

GAME: Stockton Thunder at Alaska Aces
Sunday, February 10, 2013
TIME: 4:05 p.m.
SITE: Sullivan Arena
RADIO: 1280 AM KWSX/ (AmericaOne)


Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers
Alaska Aces: Independent


Friday, Feb. 15 vs. Ontario Reign (7:30 p.m.)
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT (presented by Golden Bear Insurance Company, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Coors Light, Blackwell Heating & Air, The Record, KAT Country 103, and FOX 40 News)


The Thunder returns to Sullivan Arena for a rematch this evening with the Alaska Aces, concluding the season series with three games in three days. The Thunder is 28-30-16 against Alaska in the lifetime series. Alaska defeated the Thunder in the last meeting, 3-2 in a shootout last night at Sullivan Arena. The Thunder is 2-5-2 against Alaska this season and looks to shake off a seven game winless streak in the series.

2012-13 Head to Head Schedule: (2-5-2)

Sat. Nov. 3 Alaska 4 at Stockton 7
Sun. Nov. 4 Alaska 1 at Stockton 5
Wed. Nov. 28 Alaska 6 at Stockton 2
Wed. Dec. 19 Stockton 3 at Alaska 4 (SO)
Fri. Dec. 21 Stockton 1 at Alaska 5
Sat. Dec. 22 Stockton 1 at Alaska 4
Fri. Jan. 4 Alaska 3 at Stockton 1
Fri. Feb. 8 Stockton 1 at Alaska 3
Sat. Feb. 9 Stockton 2 at Alaska 3 (SO)
Sun. Feb. 10 at Alaska 4:05 p.m.


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


AK 3 – STK 2 (SO) (2/9/10): Gerald Coleman made 16 saves, adding four of five stops in the shootout, to help the Alaska Aces escape the Stockton Thunder (24-19-9, 57 points), 3-2 before 4,689 at Sullivan Arena on Saturday. Tyler Bunz made 30 stops, earning the game’s second star including three saves in the first three rounds of the shootout. The Thunder battled back from a one goal deficit on Teigan Zahn’s third period power play goal and got the game’s first goal on another Maxime Boisclair marker.

AK 3 – STK 1 (2/8/13): B.J. Crum broke a 1-1 tie with a power play goal in the third period which stood as the game winner, helping the Alaska Aces send the Stockton Thunder (24-19-8, 56 points) to a 3-1 defeat before 4,010 fans at Sullivan Arena on Friday. The Thunder fell to 2-5-1 in the season series against Alaska and earned its only goal from Maxime Boisclair in the second period.

BAK 4 – STK 3 (2/5/13): A rally from a three goal deficit fell short for the Stockton Thunder (24-18-8, 56 points), victimized by Scott Freeman’s go-ahead goal with 3:22 left in regulation for a 4-3 Bakersfield Condors win at Rabobank Arena on Tuesday. Scott Greenham earned the win with 34 saves. Tyler Bunz took the loss with 23 stops.


• Maxime Boisclair is 4 points away from 100 in his ECHL career
• Garet Hunt is 5 games away from 300 as a member of the Thunder


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.


Thunder forward Maxime Boisclair has picked up nine points in nine games since joining the Thunder as a signed free agent. Boisclair earned a goal last night vs. Alaska and has five goals in 2012-13. Boisclair was named an ECHL All-Star as a member of the Eastern Conference team in 2006-07.


The Thunder has gone on a power trip, having scored a power play goal in 11 of the last 13 games while only going two games in the entire month of January without one. The Thunder has seen center Harrison Reed benefit most from the recent surge, scoring six power play goals (half of the Thunder total) during the stretch. The Thunder went 1-of-2 in last night’s game at Alaska.


Center Justin Maylan is tied for third in the ECHL in rookie scoring with 40 points this season in 49 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 Jan. 27 and is the Thunder all-time leader with 296 games played.