The Weekly Weather Report 12/9 to 12/15
The Weekly News and Notes of the Stockton Thunder from 12/9 to 12/15 and a look ahead to upcoming match-ups.
THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 13-8-0-3, 29 points (2nd Pacific/5th Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 1-0-0-1
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: (all times PT)
AWAY: Friday, Dec. 20 (7:00 p.m.) at Ontario Reign
HOME: Saturday, Dec. 21 (7:30 p.m.) vs. Ontario Reign
AWAY: Sunday, Dec. 22 (3:00 p.m.) at Ontario Reign
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The Thunder face a busy weekend not just in hockey, but in travel! The Thunder will be in Ontario to start the weekend when they take on the Reign on Friday. Right after the game, both teams will travel back up to Stockton for a Saturday night matchup. Then the teams get right back in the bus as they take a ride back down to Southern California to finish the three-in-three and break for the holidays.
WEEK IN REVIEW:
STK 5 – SF 6 (SO) (12/14/13): After nearly a week off, the Stockton Thunder completed their season long 5-game road trip when they took on the San Francisco Bulls on Saturday at the Cow Palace. The Thunder had themselves a great second period as they developed a three goal lead thanks to two Andrew Clark goals that sandwiched an Alex MacLeod tally. However, the Bulls scored four straight goals to take the lead in the third. Mike Dalhuisen would tie the game up with less than two minutes left in the third in his first game back with the Thunder since being reassigned from the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The game would go to a shootout where Dean Ouellet would score for the Bulls in the first round, followed by a second round tying goal by Joey Martin. It would end in the fifth round as Brett Findlay was able to beat Thunder netminder Brad Phillips for the 6-5 Bulls shootout win.
STK 6 – BAK 5 (12/15/13): Andrew Clark picked up where he left off as he got the scoring started in the first period, only to see the Condors tie the game thanks to Gary Steffes. In the second, Ben Rosen scored his fourth of the year and third against the Condors as he followed up Andrew Clark and Garet Hunt’s shots. Then it’d be the top line combining for a goal as Clark found Hunt in the slot and his shot deflected off of Greg Miller and in. The Condors got one back in the second and then tied the game just 22 seconds into the third, and that’s when the shootout began! Hunt got a goal of his own to take the lead but Erik Burgdoerfer and Steffes’ second of the night gave the Condors the lead with under 8 minutes to play. That lead was short-lived as Andrew Clark broke the tie between he and Hunt for the team lead in goals with his second of the night and fourth in two days. After the first line was involved in all five of the Thunder’s goals, it would be the second line to win it as Matt Bergland’s forecheck led to Joey Martin gathering the puck on the far boards and zipping a pass to Corey Trivino on the back door to give the Thunder the lead they’d never relinquish.
2013-14 TEAM LEADERS:
Points – Andrew Clark (26)
Goals – Andrew Clark (10)
Assists – Andrew Clark (16)
Plus/Minus – James Henry (+10)
Penalty Minutes – Mathieu Gagnon (52)
2013-14 GOALTENDING LEADERS:
Games Played – Brian Foster (16)
Wins – Brian Foster (11)
Goals Against Average – Brian Foster (2.65)
Save Percentage – Brian Foster (.917)
Shutouts – Brian Foster (1)
-Brian Foster is 4 games away from 100 and 8 wins shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Jason Clark is 4 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 7 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
-Garet Hunt is 11 games shy of 350 in his ECHL career
-Matt Bergland is 13 points away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Corey Trivino is 14 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
-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
-The Thunder are 8-4-0-1 on home ice while just 5-4-0-2 in road games. At Stockton Arena the team is +10 in goal differential while on the road the team has allowed 5 more goals than they’ve scored.
-Stockton has played in two overtime and three shootout contests. The Thunder have won both games in extra time and lost all three in the skills competition.
-In the skills competition, the Thunder have scored just 2 of 18 attempts thanks to Joey Martin and former Thunder forward Brayden Irwin. Thunder goaltenders have allowed 5 goals on 18 attempts.
-The Thunder are 9-3-0-2 in games when they’ve scored first.
-The Thunder have the top power play unit in the league as they are just one of two teams (Idaho) that have converted over 20% of their power play chances. The Thunder have an overall conversion rate of 24.1%, but on home ice, the Thunder’s PP has struck 41.9% of the time. Away from Stockton Arena, the Thunder have only scored 8 goals on 56 power play opportunities.
-The Thunder are tied with the Colorado Eagles for having scored the third most goals in the ECHL (80). Only Florida (96) and Idaho (81) have scored more. This averages out to the Thunder scoring 3.33 goals per game.
-The Thunder are averaging 29.58 shots per game while allowing opponents to fire 32.42 per game. The Thunder have outshot opponents 8 times at Stockton Arena and just 3 times on the road.
-Stockton is 8-2-0-1 when leading after the first period, 10-0-0-2 when leading after two, and 9-1-0-1 when they outshoot an opponent. However, the team is 2-7-0-1 when trailing after the second period and 3-7-0-2 when they are outshot by an opponent.
-Oddly, the Thunder are great in games decided by 1 goal, or games decided by 4 or more. In 1-goal games, the Thunder are 8-1-0-3 and in games where the team has finished with a 4-goal or more lead the team is 4-0-0-0.
-Andrew Clark ranks on top of the rookie leaderboard with 26 points. His 16 assists leads all rookies and his 10 goals is 3rd behind Cincinnati’s Wade Megan and Florida’s Kyle Bonis who have 12. In addition, Clark’s 26 points has him tied 6th in the ECHL.
-Andrew Clark joins Alaska’s Peter Sivak as the only two players in the ECHL to score 5 points in a single game this season. Clark registered 2 goals and 3 assists in the December 15th game against Bakersfield.
-9 of Clark’s 26 points have come on the power play, which is second behind only William Rapuzzi on the rookie power play points leaderboard.
-Clark leads the Thunder, and ECHL rookies, with 77 shots. The next closest Thunder player is linemate Garet Hunt, who has thrown 55 on net.
-Alex MacLeod scored his first goal in a Thunder uniform in his first game with the team on December 14th after missing the first 22 games with a lower body injury. For MacLeod, it was his first goal since March 9th, 2013 when he was with the South Carolina Stingrays.
-The streak has ended. Mike Dalhuisen’s penalty minute streak ended Sunday against the Condors as the big Netherlands native had previously picked up a penalty in 8 straight ECHL contests (34 minutes). Dalhuisen’s streak began on Opening Night and lasted all the way to December 14th. That is the tied for the second longest such streak in the ECHL this season (Note that Dalhuisen was called up to the AHL during this streak).
-Dalhuisen brings more than physicality as he scored his 4th goal of the season on December 14th in San Francisco. He has scored on 16% of his shots this year courtesy of his over 100 mph slap shot.
-Ryan Constant remains on top of the defensive leaderboard with 18 points (4-14-18). His 14 assists sees him tied for first with Fort Wayne’s Jace Coyle.
-James Henry leads the team with a +10 rating.
-Andrew Clark and Joey Martin lead the team with 3 power play tallies. Clark leads the team with 9 power play points followed by Ryan Constant’s 7 power play points (all assists).
-Andrew Clark, Joey Martin, and Garet Hunt lead the team with 2 Game Winning goals each. Other game winners came from Ryan Hayes, Corey Trivino, Landon Oslanski, James Henry, Shawn Boutin, and the departed Brayden Irwin and Kirill Kabanov.
-Mathieu Gagnon is tied 2nd in the league with 8 major penalties.
-Brian Foster ranks third in the league in saves made with 473. Foster’s 11 wins sits him 4th in the league.
-Ryan Hayes was placed on the 21-day IR with an upper body injury on 11/27/13
-J.P. Burkemper was placed on the 21-day IR with an upper body injury on 12/8/13
LAST WEEK’S ROSTER MOVES:
-Mike Dalhuisen assigned to the Thunder from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on 12/11/13
-Nick Larson assigned to the Thunder from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on 12/11/13
-Brayden Irwin traded to the Greenville Road Warriors in exchange for defenseman Lee Baldwin on 12/13/13
MAKING HOCKEY HISTORY:
For the first time in hockey, the Thunder will be allowing kids to paint the ice after the December 29th game which begins at 4:00 p.m as part of the WE PAINT the Ice Night presented by We Paint, Dr. Lester Low Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and Naf’s Ice Paints. Stockton youth will get the chance to doodle and paint on the ice, and then the Thunder will host the Bulls on January 3rd while skating on the very ice surface that the kids painted.
NOW HIRING KIDS 12 AND UNDER:
In addition to the painting, December 29th will also be Kids Take Over Stockton Arena Night presented by We Paint, Dr. Lester Low Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and Naf’s Ice Paints. Members of Thor’s Puck Patrol can apply online for a number of different jobs including:
Storm Squad (5)
Chuck-A-Puck Cleanup Crew (16)
Music/Goal Horn Operator (3)
Assistant Zamboni Driver (3)
Social Media (1)
Off-Ice Official (3)
Public Address of Team Introductions (1)
Fun Guy (1)
Fun Girl (1)
Ticket Sales (2)
The first 200 Puck Patrol members to apply will be guaranteed a spot to paint the ice. In addition, the first 100 season ticket holders to have sign their Puck Patrol member up will also be guaranteed painting spots. The remaining spots will be offered on a first come, first serve basis during the game on December 29th.
Remember that Puck Patrol members get in FREE on December 29th, but if you act now, Puck Patrol members and their families can take advantage of special ticket rates for January 3rd. Non-kids club members can also take advantage of special ticketing deals by heading to StocktonThunder.com/WePaint.
THIS YEAR IN THUNDER HOCKEY: 2013:
Share your best photo showing your Thunder pride in all of 2013 on Facebook. Whether you took a great picture during the run to the Kelly Cup finals at the beginning of 2013 or you snapped an amazing shot this side of the summer! Is it a great action shot? Did you catch your fan section at the exact moment of goal nirvana? Or did you snap a photo of you, your family, or your friends showcasing some serious Thunder pride? As long as your photograph captured the spirit of the Stockton Thunder’s 2013, you’ll have a chance to win your choice of a pair of season tickets for the remaining regular season schedule or $200 to the Fan Attic at Stockton Arena! You can read the complete rules here or submit your photo now!
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.
GO BUCK NAKED FOR THE HOLIDAYS:
The “Buck Naked Holiday Plan” combines two of the greatest assets our region has to offer — the excitement of Stockton Thunder hockey and the splendor of fine wine!
For $98, receive six Lower Premium vouchers or $88 for six Lower Endzone or Upper Premium vouchers, and for a buck more, you’ll receive a $60 gift certificate from award winning online wine retailer, NakedWines.com! For complete details on this and more holiday plans, or to place your order now, go to StocktonThunder.com.
This photo captured by Asvitt Photography is the exact moment that Andrew Clark scored his second goal of the game and finished off his 5 point night on December 15th. Clark’s goal was the game tying tally that set up Corey Trivino’s game winner moments later.
FAN PICTURE OF THE WEEK:
We captured a photo of a young man on Sunday showing some big love to our affiliation, sporting his Johnny Tavares, New York Islanders jersey and his Thunder hat.
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
This tweet came to you from San Francisco as Thunder fans traveled very well to that game and made a lot of noise! Follow the Thunder on Twitter @StocktonThunder!