The Weekly Weather Report: 12/2 to 12/8
The Weekly News and Notes of the Stockton Thunder from 12/2 to 12/8 and a look ahead to upcoming matchups.
THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 12-8-0-2, 26 points (2nd Pacific/5th Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 1-2-0-0
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: (all times PT)
AWAY: Saturday, Dec. 14 (7:30 p.m.) at San Francisco Bulls
HOME: Sunday, Dec. 15 (4:00 p.m.) vs. Bakersfield Condors
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After nearly a week off, the Stockton Thunder complete their season long 5-game road trip when they take on the San Francisco Bulls on Saturday at the Cow Palace. The Thunder are 1-1-0-0 against the Bulls this season with both previous matchups coming on home ice. Then, the team will then turn back to Stockton as they host the Bakersfield Condors on Sunday at Stockton Arena. The Thunder sport a 3-1-0-1 record against the Condors with only one game coming at home for the Thunder. The Thunder won the first three matchups against the Condors but have dropped the last two, the first in a shootout and the second on Bakersfield’s “Teddy Bear Toss Night” on November 30th.
WEEK IN REVIEW:
STK 3 – IDH 6 (12/4/13): Idaho got the scoring started early in the first as they tallied two quick markers, but the Thunder responded with a couple of their own thanks to Michal Spacek and Garet Hunt. Unfortunately the Steelheads scored the next three and tacked on another after Brayden Irwin scored for the Thunder in Idaho’s 6-3 win.
STK 2 – IDH 4 (12/6/13): The Thunder got a day to practice before they were back on the ice trying to snap the three-game losing streak and four-game winless streak. With Brad Phillips getting his second start of the year, the Thunder came out playing solid defense, but eventually, Idaho’s shot total began to stack up and the Steelheads began to capitalize on chances. The Steelheads outshot the Thunder in the first two periods 28-18 while scoring on three chances. The Thunder awoke from their slumber in the third period to nearly catch the Steelheads in shots, but they couldn’t catch them on the scoreboard. Idaho’s Austin Fyten completed his hat trick performance with an empty net tally to seal the Idaho win. Garet Hunt and Ryan Constant were the Thunder’s goal scorers.
STK 4 – IDH 3 (12/7/13): The Thunder were determined to carry the momentum they had earned in the third period of Friday’s contest. All was going well until Brock Montgomery scored for the Steelheads to unleash the “Teddy Bear Toss” at CenturyLink Arena. The Thunder however, were quick to respond as they would get a goal from Nathan Deck and then carry the momentum into the second period when Joey Martin scored and Deck scored his second of the night. Martin would add another one as the Thunder would go on to snap the five-game winless streak with a 4-3 win. The Thunder outshot the Steelheads 41-31 and the game saw 128 penalty minutes being handed out to both teams.
2013-14 TEAM LEADERS:
Points – Andrew Clark, Ryan Constant (18)
Goals – Brayden Irwin, Garet Hunt (8)
Assists – Ryan Constant (14)
Plus/Minus – James Henry (+12)
Penalty Minutes – Mathieu Gagnon (52)
2013-14 GOALTENDING LEADERS:
Games Played – Brian Foster (15)
Wins – Brian Foster (10)
Goals Against Average – Brian Foster (2.50)
Save Percentage – Brian Foster (.921)
Shutouts – Brian Foster (1)
-Brian Foster is 5 games away from 100 and 9 wins shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Jason Clark is 6 games away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Ryan Hayes is 7 points away from 150 in his ECHL career and 17 games away from 200
-Shawn Boutin is 9 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
-Brayden Irwin is 10 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
-Garet Hunt is 13 games shy of 350 in his ECHL career
-Matt Bergland is 14 points away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Corey Trivino is 16 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
RECENTLY ACCOMPLISHED MILESTONES:
-Michal Spacek scored his first professional goal when he blasted a slap shot past Idaho’s Pat Nagle on 12/4/13
-Michal Spacek scored his first professional point when he picked up an assist on the tying goal 11/27/13
-Landon Oslanski scored his first professional goal when he fired a clapper from the point on 11/20/13 against J.P. Anderson of San Francisco
-Stockton snapped their season long five-game winless streak and four-game losing streak when they beat the Steelheads on 12/7/13.
-The Thunder have the top power play unit in the league having converted 22.9% of their chances. On home ice, the Thunder’s PP has struck 41.4% of the time. Away from Stockton Arena, the Thunder have only scored 7 goals on 54 power play opportunities.
-The Thunder are averaging 17.64 minutes in penalties per game while opponents are averaging 17.36 minutes in the sin bin per game.
-The Thunder are tied with the Orlando Solar Bears and the Ontario Reign for the league lead in major penalties as all have received 28 majors.
-Stockton is 8-3-0-1 when they score first.
-The team has posted a 9-1-0-0 record when they outshoot opponents and a 2-7-0-2 record when being outshot by opponents.
-The Thunder are averaging 29.5 shots per game while opponents are averaging 32.41 shots against the Thunder.
-The Thunder have 17 players on the active roster including Goaltender Brian Foster who have registered a point on the season. Only Jason Clark and goalie Brad Phillips have yet to register a point.
-Garet Hunt has scored 4 goals in his last 6 games. He has double the amount of goals (8) than fighting majors (4). Hunt, who has lead the ECHL in penalty minutes in his career, has only 1.64 penalty minutes per game (36 minutes in 22 games played)
-Andrew Clark leads the league in shots taken among rookies with 68 shots on goal (also a team lead). His 18 points ranks him 3rd amongst rookies.
-Landon Oslanski is tied 16th in the ECHL among rookies with 12 points.
-James Henry leads the Thunder’s active roster by scoring on 19.2% of his 26 shots on goal. Henry’s +12 mark currently is tied 1st in the league among rookies with Colorado’s Mark Nemec.
-Ryan Constant is 1st in the league in points among defenseman with 18. He also leads the league among defenseman with 14 assists. Constant has also picked up penalties in 5 straight games (From 11/29 to Present). The longest such streak, which still remains active, for the Thunder is to current Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman Mike Dalhuisen, who had picked up penalties in 7 straight games before being called up to the AHL.
-Mathieu Gagnon is tied 1st in the league with 8 fighting majors
-Brian Foster is 3rd among goaltenders in the league with 445 saves behind San Francisco’s Tyler Beskorowany and Wheeling’s Mike Condon. Foster is also tied 4th in wins with 10 along with Condon.
-With his 2 Powerplay Goals against the Idaho Steelheads on 12/7/13, Nathan Deck has now pulled into a three-way tie for 2nd in the league among defenseman with 3 Powerplay Goals with Ontario’s Jake Newton and Las Vegas’ Jeff May.
-Ryan Hayes was placed on the 21-day IR with an upper body injury on 11/27/13
-Alex MacLeod remains on the 21-day IR with a lower body injury (Placed on IR 10/17/13).
LAST WEEK’S ROSTER MOVES:
THIS YEAR IN THUNDER HOCKEY: 2013
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The Stockton Fan Attic will have special holiday hours from now through December 23rd. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday until the 23rd will see the Fan Attic open from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Of course you can always check out the Fan Attic online at StocktonFanAttic.com.
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With no home games for the Thunder since November, we’ll have to go back to November 29th when this photo by Asvitt Photography was taken! With Ontario leading the game 1-0, the Thunder would rely on their Captain, Garet Hunt, to knot the game up midway through the first.
FAN PICTURE OF THE WEEK:
Fans that came to the watch party at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel on Saturday got more than a Thunder victory…some delicious birthday cake! The Thunder celebrated Thunder Hockey Booster Club President Robert Holzer’s birthday at the party and everyone enjoyed cake, especially the birthday boy!
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
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@StocktonThunder Awesome win.. Travel safe back home!!see you on the 14th in San Francisco and on the 15th…Our Rules..Our Club…Our House— Cheryl kuckowicz (@kuckowicz) December 8, 2013