PREVIEW: Thunder-Reign

Wednesday, 02.20.13 / 12:00 AM
By Stockton Thunder Staff

GAME: Stockton Thunder at Ontario Reign
DATE: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
SITE: Citizens Business Bank Arena
RADIO: StocktonThunder.com (AmericaOne)
WATCH PARTY: Fat’s Grill

VIDEO: Morning skate report at Ontario

NHL AFFILIATES

Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers
Ontario Reign: Los Angeles Kings

NEXT HOME GAME

Sunday, Feb. 24 vs. Ontario Reign (4:00 p.m.)
PUCK/FAMILY DAY (Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Farmers Insurance Company, 99.3 KJOY, Angelina’s Italian Cuisine, and 97.7/98.3 KWIN)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

The Thunder returns to play with a three game winning streak on Wednesday at Citizens Business Bank Arena against the Ontario Reign, continuing a four game road trip. The Thunder is 2-1-1 in the season series and last faced the Reign on last Friday in a 2-1 overtime win at Stockton Arena. The Thunder leads the all-time series over Ontario with a record of 25-14-6. Ontario comes off a 6-3 loss against Colorado on Sunday. The Thunder will face Ontario five times in the next six games. The Thunder has a “magic number” of eight points to secure a tie for a Kelly Cup Playoff berth.

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

Fri. Oct. 12 Ontario 2 at Stockton 1
Sat. Oct. 13 Stockton 4 at Ontario 0
Fri. Nov. 30 Stockton 4 at Ontario 5 (OT)
Fri. Feb. 15 Ontario 1 at Stockton 2 (OT)
Wed. Feb. 20 at Ontario 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 22 at Ontario 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 24 Ontario 4:00 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 2 at Ontario 6:00 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 3 Ontario 4:00 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 10 Ontario 4:00 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 15 at Ontario 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 16 Ontario 7:30 p.m.

NOTE OF THE NIGHT

The Thunder is 13-3-3 when leading after one period this season.

LAST THREE GAMES:

STK 3 – SF 1 (2/17/13): Goaltender Tyler Bunz made 26 saves for his first win since Jan. 5 and the Stockton Thunder (27-20-9, 63 points) used a pair of second period goals to sink the San Francisco Bulls in a 3-1 victory before 4,123 fans at the Cow Palace on Sunday. The win gave the Thunder their first three-game win streak since late November and meant their first win at the Cow Palace this season.

STK 4 – SF 0 (2/16/13): Goaltender Olivier Roy helped the Thunder close out Military Appreciation Weekend in style, stopping all 34 shots he faced and recording the fifth shutout of his professional career in a 4-0 victory for the Stockton Thunder (26-20-9, 61 points) over the San Francisco Bulls in front of 7,526 fans on Saturday at Stockton Arena. Center Gabriel Levesque lead the Thunder with two goals, while forward Matt Reber finished with two assists. Center Eric Hunter and forward Matt Bergland each chipped in with a goal.

STK 2 – ONT 1 (OT) (2/15/13): Defenseman Brandon Davidson, making his ECHL debut, scored two clutch goals in the third period and sudden death overtime to lift the Stockton Thunder (25-20-9, 59 points) to a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory in overtime over the Ontario Reign before 5,145 fans at Stockton Arena on Friday. Returning to the Thunder after his “Rookie of the Year” campaign last season, goaltender Olivier Roy (1-0-0) made 29 saves in victory with teammates clad in black, white and silver camouflage jerseys for “Military Appreciation Weekend.” Ontario’s Dustin Carlson (1-1-2) stopped 18 shots.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

• Maxime Boisclair is 3 points away from 100 in his ECHL career

HELLO (AGAIN)

The Thunder was boosted by recent additions to their lineup with goaltender Olivier Roy and defenseman Brandon Davidson assigned to the team from Oklahoma City last Tuesday. Roy was named Thunder “Rookie of the Year” last season when he broke the team record with four shutouts. Davidson, an Oilers sixth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had a career high 13 goals in 69 games last season with Regina (WHL) and added 49 points (3rd in team scoring), earning a selection on the WHL Second All-Star Team (Eastern Conference).

TO THE MAX

Thunder forward Maxime Boisclair has picked up eleven points in thirteen games since joining the Thunder as a signed free agent. Boisclair has scored four goals in the last eight games 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.

FEEL THE POWER

The Thunder has gone on a power trip, having scored a power play goal in 16 of the last 18 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-3 in Sunday’s game against San Francisco.

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 is the Thunder all-time leader with 300 games played.

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