Weekly Weather Report 11/11 – 11/17
THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 7-4-0-1, 15 points (2nd Pacific/4th Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 1-2-0-1
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: (all times PT)
HOME: Wednesday, Nov. 20 (7:00 p.m.) vs. SAN FRANCISCO BULLS
HOME: Friday, Nov. 22 (7:30 a.m.) vs. UTAH GRIZZLIES
HOME: Saturday, Nov. 23 (7:30 p.m.) vs. IDAHO STEELHEADS
HOME: Sunday, Nov. 24 (4:00 p.m.) vs. IDAHO STEELHEADS
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The Stockton Thunder’s season long 6 game home stand rolls along as the Bay Area rival San Francisco Bulls come to town on Wednesday night. The Bulls were able to knock off the Thunder in the first matchup between the teams last Monday. Then the Thunder start a three-in-three to finish off the home stand when the Mountain Division’s Utah Grizzlies come for a Friday night affair and a Saturday and Sunday set against the Idaho Steelheads. The Thunder have beaten the Grizzlies twice at home but have yet to play Idaho this season.
WEEK IN REVIEW
STK 2 – SF 3 (11/11/13): San Francisco’s Mark Lee was able to sneak one past Parker Milner with 2:52 to go in the third. The Bulls would hold on for the win over the Thunder. San Francisco scored two power play goals against the ECHL’s top penalty killing unit.
STK 6 – BAK 2 (11/14/13): An early 10:30 a.m. start time in Bakersfield was kind to the Thunder as they got 2 goals from both Andrew Clark and James Henry, as well as goals from Brayden Irwin and J.P. Burkemper. For Burkemper, it was his first professional goal, as for Irwin, it was his first goal since being released from his tryout with the Utica Comets of the AHL.
STK 1 – ONT 4 (11/15/13): The Thunder had no time to rest and no bodies to play on the blueline as Sean Escobedo received his call up to the Thunder’s AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Thunder played the game with just five defenseman. Parker Milner had his best performance in a Thunder sweater as he stopped 45 of 49 shots but once again took the loss despite making a number of miraculous saves.
STK 3 – BAK 4 SO (11/17/13): After a day off on Saturday, the busy month of November continued as the Condors came to Stockton Arena for the first time. Trailing by 2 goals heading into the third period, the Thunder rattled off 3 straight goals only to see the Condors tie the game up. After killing off a late third period 5 on 3 Condors power play, the game would go to the extra frame and eventually the shootout where Bakersfield’s Jordan Knackstedt scored the only goal to defeat the Thunder.
2013-14 TEAM LEADERS:
Points – Ryan Hayes (15)
Goals – Ryan Hayes, Andrew Clark (5)
Assists – Ryan Hayes (10)
Plus/Minus – James Henry (+8)
Penalty Minutes – Mike Dalhuisen (32)*
*Dalhuisen was recalled by Bridgeport on 11/10/13. Mathieu Gagnon is the active team leader with 31 PIM
2013-14 GOALTENDING LEADERS:
Games Played – Brian Foster (7)
Wins – Brian Foster (6)
Goals Against Average – Brian Foster (1.83)
Save Percentage – Brian Foster (.938)
Shutouts – Brian Foster (1)
-Ryan Hayes is 9 points away from 150 in his ECHL career and 18 games away from 200
-Brian Foster is 13 games away from 100 and 13 wins shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Jason Clark is 13 games away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Matt Bergland is 15 points away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Shawn Boutin is 19 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
-Brayden Irwin is 20 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
-Garet Hunt is 23 games shy of 350 in his ECHL career
-Corey Trivino is 25 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
RECENTLY ACCOMPLISHED MILESTONES:
-Nathan Deck played in his 100th game in his ECHL career
-Ryan Constant played in his 350th game when he suited up against the Condors on 11/10/13. He also scored his 150th career ECHL point against Bakersfield on 11/14/13
-Mathieu Gagnon picked up his 50th career penalty minute in the ECHL when he took a minor penalty in Bakersfield on 11/10/13
-The Thunder is winless in their last two games, marking the first time they’ve lost two in a row (one is regulation, one in shootout).
-Sunday’s game against Bakersfield marked the first time the Thunder went to a shootout. It was only the second game the Thunder played in extra time.
-The Thunder continue to be the most dangerous power play in the league having scored on 25.5% of opportunities.
-In particular, the Thunder’s power play unit on home ice is vicious. They’ve had the extra man advantage 18 times at Stockton Arena and have scored on 9 of those opportunities, giving them a 50% conversion rate in front of their fans.
-The Thunder’s penalty kill is just as dangerous as they have killed off 90.6% of power plays ranking them 4th in the league.
-Stockton is 5th in the league in goals for per game, averaging 3.25/game. They rank 7th in goals against per game, averaging 2.58/game.
-The Thunder allowed a season high 49 shots to the Ontario Reign on 11/15/13.
-Stockton has the 2nd most major penalties in the league with 19 behind only the Ontario Reign with 20.
-Only three players on the active roster have yet to register a point this season (not including goalies).
-Andrew Clark leads the team with 35 shots on goal.
-Andrew Clark is tied for 5th among rookies in points with 11. Clark is also tied 1st among rookies in power play points with 7.
-J.P. Burkemper recorded his first professional point when he set up James Henry’s second goal against the Condors. The 22 year old from St. Louis, MO wasn’t done as he’d score the 6th and final goal of the morning, his second pro point in his first pro game and his first professional goal on 11/14/13.
-Greg Miller recorded his first goal in a Thunder sweater and first professional goal in the shootout loss to Bakersfield on 11/17/13
-Ryan Hayes is tied for 5th in the league in points with 15.
-Brian Foster ranks 4th in the league with a 1.83 GAA
-James Henry had his first multi-goal performance in his professional career against Bakersfield on Thursday morning with two goals.
-Mathieu Gagnon is 2nd among rookies in fighting majors with 5 and 4th among active rookies in penalty minutes with 31.
-Ryan Constant is tied for 6th among defenseman in points with 8 and tied 1st among defenseman with those 8 assists.
-Ben Rosen played his first game on the blueline since he was at Boston College. The defenseman was converted into a forward, and back again for the 11/17/13 game against the Condors.
-Alex MacLeod remains on the 21-day IR with a lower body injury (Placed on IR 10/17/13).
LAST WEEK’S ROSTER MOVES:
-Dave Guy signed as an emergency backup by Thunder 11/17/13
-Parker Milner recalled by Bridgeport (AHL) 11/17/13
-Sean Escobedo recalled by Bridgeport (AHL) 11/15/13
-Austin Mayer released by the Thunder 11/13/13
-Jason Clark assigned to the Thunder by the NY Islanders 11/13/13
-Greg Miller assigned to the Thunder by Bridgeport 11/13/13
-Kirill Kabanov reassigned by the NY Islanders to Bridgeport 11/13/13
-Brayden Irwin returned on loan from Utica (AHL) 11/12/13
-Wednesday’s game against San Francisco will be another “Family Day” at Stockton Arena. For only $38 you get four tickets located in the Upper End Zone, four hot dogs, and four sodas. Order online at StocktonThunder.com and you’ll receive a hat at no extra charge! In addition to “Family Day”, the team will also be hosting “College Night”. Bring your fraternity, sorority, alumni association, sports team, major or college club to the game at a discounted group rate. Call 209-373-1500 for more information or to set your group up!
-The upcoming three-in-three beginning Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24 will be a part of the “Share Your Thanksgiving” food drive to benefit the Emergency Food Bank and Family Services of Stockton/San Joaquin. Fans are encouraged to bring canned food to donate and will receive $1 off their ticket price for each can of food (minimum ticket price is $7 and excludes glass, club and suite seating locations and cannot be combined with other offers). Season Ticket Holders who’d like to donate get one entry into a raffle per can of food. The lucky winner will be watching an upcoming Thunder home game from a suite! Additionally, the first 2,000 fans on each day will receive a Thunder player poster! Fans can get a Mike Dalhuisen poster on Friday, Ryan Hayes on Saturday, and Mathieu Gagnon on Sunday!