Thunder Look for Revenge Against Bulls
The Stockton Thunder (14-10-0-4) take on the San Francisco Bulls (11-15-2-1) at home at Stockton Arena in the middle contest of their three-game weekend set. The puck drops at 7:30 PST.
Tonight’s game is “Garet Hunt Bobblehead Night” with the first 1,000 fans entering Stockton Arena receiving a free, special edition Garet Hunt bobblehead featuring the Thunder captain dropping the gloves and preparing to duke it out with an opponent. Fans should arrive early to avoid missing out on this special gift. Stockton Arena doors open one hour before game time at 6:30 p.m.
Hunt will be available after the game to sign autographs with fellow forward Mitch Bruijsten at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, approximately 30 minutes after the game.
The Thunder are looking to avenge a 5-2 loss to San Francisco last night on the road at the Cow Palace. The Bulls overcame a 2-1 deficit in the third period by scoring four unanswered goals, including two in a span of 33 seconds, to grab the win. The Bulls have now won three of the first four meetings between the two teams this season.
The game started off on a sour note for the Thunder as captain Hunt was given a game misconduct just 40 seconds into the first period along with a major penalty for boarding. That dropped the Thunder down to just eight forwards as the team was already one short of the usual ten coming into the game due to injuries.
The Thunder received goals from Shawn Boutin and Corey Trivino in the contest. Boutin deflected home a shot by defensive partner Lee Baldwin to tie the game at 1-1 in the second period. Baldwin picked up his 3rd point with the Thunder on the play in just his fifth game since being traded to Stockton from the Greenville Road Warriors.
Trivino’s goal was a power play tally that put the Thunder on top 2-1 in the third period. The goal extended his point-streak to seven straight games, a season-high for a Thunder player, passing defenseman Landon Oslanski’s six-game point-streak from November 14-23. Trivino has posted 12 points on 2 goals and 10 assists in that span and is second on the team in points with 24.
Goaltender Parker Milner became the first Thunder goalie to face the Bulls for a second time this season after Milner, Brian Foster and the recently traded Brad Phillips all had one appearance against San Francisco going into last night’s game. Milner stopped 28 of 32 shots faced, giving up 4 goals in the loss.
The Thunder also take on the Bulls at home again tomorrow on Sunday, December 29, at 4:00 p.m. It’s the Thunder’s “Kids Take Over Stockton Arena” day as kids will be helping with all facets of running Stockton Arena during the game with jobs such as ticket sales executive, off-ice official, broadcaster and much more. Following the game, up to 500 kids will be allowed onto the ice to showcase their artistic talent by painting on the ice itself. The Thunder will then play a game on the newly redecorated surface on January 3rd. There will be 200 painting spots available for kids to sign up on the day of the game at the Thunder booth on the fan deck. For more information visit StocktonThunder.com.