Weekly Weather Report 12-23 to 12-29

Thursday, 01.02.14 / 2:57 PM
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The Weekly News and Notes of the Stockton Thunder from 12/23 to 12/29 and a look ahead to upcoming match-ups.

THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 16-10-0-4, 36 points (2nd Pacific/4th Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 2-1-0-0

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: (all times PT)
HOME: Friday, Jan. 3 (7:30 p.m.) vs. San Francisco Bulls
AWAY: Saturday, Jan. 4 (7:30 p.m.) at San Francisco Bulls
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WEEK IN REVIEW:
STK 2 – SF 5 (12/27/13): The Thunder fell to the Bulls 5-2 last night on the road at the Cow Palace. After an evenly-matched first 40 minutes led to a 1-1 tie going into the third period, the game opened up with the Thunder taking the lead. However, the Bulls reeled off four unanswered goals, including two in a span of 33 seconds to grab their third victory in four games against the Thunder this season. The Thunder played with a short bench as they only had 9 forwards (instead of the usual 10) available for the game, and captain Garet Hunt received a game misconduct penalty just 40 seconds into the first period.
STK 7 – SF 6 (12/28/13): The Thunder recovered from giving up a lead in the third period to beat the SanFrancisco Bulls in overtime 7-6, Saturday night. Forwards Mitch Bruijsten, Alex MacLeod and Greg Miller all had 2 goal games and the second line of Bruijsten, Miller and Joey Martin combined to put up 10 points between them. The Thunder outscored the Bulls 4-1 in the second period to take a 5-4 lead into the third. That slipped away, with MacLeod rifling home a tying goal to send it to OT. In the extra frame, Miller took a pass from Garet Hunt and beat Bulls’ goalie J.P. Anderson to clinch the win and give the Thunder the most goals they have scored in a single game all season.
WE PAINT the Ice STK 5 – SF 1 (12/29/13): The Thunder kicked off Kids Take Over Stockton Arena Night presented by We Paint, Dr. Lester Low Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, and Naf’s Ice Paints with a bang as they rattled off four-straight goals to start the game in the first period. Matt Bergland, James Henry shorthanded, Mike Dalhuisen, and Nick Larson all scored to kick off the game. The Bulls would score their first on a power play late in the second, but the Thunder would regain their four goal advantage thanks to Landon Oslanski early in the third. Parker Milner made 31 of 32 saves in the win while Garet Hunt and Alex MacLeod picked up 12 and 11 minutes in penalties respectively.

2013-14 TEAM LEADERS:
Points – Andrew Clark, Joey Martin (26)
Goals – Garet Hunt (11)
Assists – Joey Martin, Corey Trivino (19)
Plus/Minus – James Henry (+13)
Penalty Minutes – Garet Hunt (79)

2013-14 GOALTENDING LEADERS:
Games Played – Brian Foster (19)
Wins – Brian Foster (13)
Goals Against Average – Brian Foster (2.69)
Save Percentage – Brian Foster (.915)
Shutouts – Brian Foster (1)

UPCOMING MILESTONES:
-Brian Foster is 1 games away from 100 and 6 wins shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Shawn Boutin is 1 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
-Jason Clark is 4 games away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Garet Hunt is 5 games shy of 350 in his ECHL career
-Ryan Hayes is 7 points away from 150 in his ECHL career and 17 games away from 200
-Matt Bergland is 7 points away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Corey Trivino is 9 games away from 100 in his ECHL career

RECENTLY ACCOMPLISHED MILESTONES:
-Nick Larson scored his first goal in a Thunder uniform on 12/29/13 when he beat San Francisco’s Tyler Beskerowany with a backhand in the first period.
-Lee Baldin registered his first point in a Thunder sweater on 12/20/13 against the Ontario Reign when he helped set up a Ben Rosen goal that tied the game in the third period. Baldwin would come back and score his first goal as a member of the Thunder on a 12/22/13 win over the Ontario Reign.
-Mitch Bruijsten registered his first ECHL assist when he found Joey Martin for the Thunder’s second goal in a win against the Reign on 12/22/13. Bruijsten would not be done as he would add his second helper later that game for his first two ECHL points.
-Michal Spacek scored his first professional goal when he blasted a slap shot past Idaho’s Pat Nagle on 12/4/13

TEAM NOTES:
-The Thunder are 10-5-0-1 on home ice while just 6-5-0-3 in road games. At Stockton Arena the team is +14 in goal differential while on the road the team has allowed 5 more goals than they’ve scored.
-Stockton has played in three overtime and four shootout contests. The Thunder have won all three games in extra time and lost all four in the skills competition.
-In the skills competition, the Thunder have scored just 2 of 27 attempts thanks to Joey Martin and former Thunder forward Brayden Irwin. Thunder goaltenders have allowed 6 goals on 27 attempts.
-The Thunder are 11-4-0-2 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 22.8%, but on home ice, the Thunder’s PP has struck 34.8% of the time. Away from Stockton Arena, the Thunder are 10 for 68 on the power play, good for a 14.7% conversion rate.
-The Thunder are second behind only Florida in the ECHL in goals scored. Stockton has tallied 103 goals, just one shy of Florida’s league leading 104.
-Stockton is +10 in goals differential in the first period, +4 in the second, -3 in the third, and +3 in overtime.
-The Thunder are averaging 29.50 shots per game while allowing opponents to fire 31.97 per game. The Thunder have outshot opponents 11 times at Stockton Arena and just 4 times on the road.
-Stockton is 10-3-0-1 when leading after the first period, 13-0-0-2 when leading after two, and 11-3-0-1 when they outshoot an opponent. However, the team is 2-8-0-1 when trailing after the second period and 4-7-0-2 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 9-2-0-4 and in games where the team has finished with a 4-goal or more lead the team is 6-0-0-0. The Thunder have only won one game when the game is decided by 2 or 3 goals in 9 tries.
-Andrew Clark is tied atop the rookie leaderboard with 26 points. His 16 assists is behind only Fort Wayne’s Scott Fleming. Despite missing the last 6 games due to a call up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Clark’s 26 points has him tied 12th in the ECHL along with teammate Joey Martin.
-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.
-Landon Oslanski is tied with Colorado’s Daniel Johnston for the rookie lead in points among defenseman with 16. Oslanski is tied 8th among all defenseman in points.
-Landon Oslanski is also tied for third in Powerplay goals among defenseman with 3.
-Ryan Constant remains on top of the defensive leaderboard with 19 points (5-14-19).
-Nathan Deck is tied 13th among defenseman with 13 points (3-10-13).
-James Henry leads the team with a +13 rating. His +13 plus/minus is second behind Colorado’s Mark Nemec (+16)
-Mitch Bruijsten has 6 points (2-4-6) in 6 games played.
-Greg Miller leads the team in Powerplay goals with 4.
- Joey Martin leads the team with 3 Game Winning goals. Other game winners came from Andrew Clark, Garet Hunt, Ryan Hayes, Corey Trivino, Greg Miller, Landon Oslanski, James Henry, Shawn Boutin, and the departed Brayden Irwin and Kirill Kabanov.
-Andrew Clark still leads the team in shots with 77 followed by Joey Martin (64), Garet Hunt (62), and Nathan Deck (61).
-Brian Foster ranks second in the league in saves made with 561. Foster’s 13 wins sits him third in the league.

INJURY REPORT:
-Ryan Hayes was placed on the 21-day IR with an upper body injury on 11/27/13
-Michal Spacek was retroactively placed on the 21-day IR with an upper body injury on 12/14/13

LAST WEEK’S ROSTER MOVES:
None

MAKING HOCKEY HISTORY:
For the first time in hockey history, fans were allowed on the ice to paint it after the Thunder’s 5-1 win over the Bulls on Sunday in preparation for “WE PAINT the Ice Night” on January 3rd, presented by We Paint, Dr. Lester Low Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, and Naf’s Ice Paints.

A total of 845 participants created artwork using special ice paint provided by Naf’s Ice Paints and SMG. Some fans wrote their names, tributes to friends or family, good luck messages to the Thunder, a couple country flags, and even a few of our favorite characters like Mickey Mouse, Raphael from TMNT, and Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Check out the coverage from Fox 40!

A NEW CROP OF SPORTS EXECUTIVES:
Painting aside, Sunday was “Kids Take Over Stockton Arena Night” presented by We Paint, Dr. Lester Low Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, and Naf’s Ice Paints. The newest 47 members of the Thunder family did an excellent job in everything they did. Our Storm Squad members helped out by getting the fans excited for the game, our Chuck-a-Puck cleanup crew did an awesome job clearing the ice in a very timely manner.

Our Music/Goal Horn operators played us some great tunes and did an awesome job blowing the horn with the 5 goals, the changing of the guards, and the Thunder win! Our Assistant Zamboni Drivers learned about the machine and also went for a fun little ride around the ice, while our Ushers did the best job to escort you to your seats and help out in any way they could. How about our Journalist who partnered with Scott Linesburgh of the Stockton Record, the Blogger who shadowed Tasha Hudick of The Pink Puck, or even our Beat Writer who wrote the game recap on StocktonThunder.com!

Our Broadcasters kept everyone entertained and informed while our Public Address Announcer did a killer job getting the team pumped up for the game, and maybe, just maybe, he could be to thank for the 4 goal first period! Our Fun Kids came just as advertised as they helped Alan with all the fun activities during the game and our Ticket Sales kids may very well be hired full time due to their hard and diligent work! Our Photographer captured the event beautifully while our Social Media was the best it’s ever been! Finally, our Off-Ice Officials did a great job keeping track of the stats and reporting it for all of us to enjoy, and draw conclusions from. Great job to all of our kids who participated and an excellent job to all of you!

THIS YEAR IN THUNDER HOCKEY: 2013:
The finalists have been selected by the judges and voting is underway to determine the best picture displaying Thunder spirit or pride, during the year of 2013. We have Shannon Pinkham’s photo featuring little Olivia. This picture was selected by Team President Brian Sandy because of how cute it was. Another finalist is Hayli Faison’s photo selected by Head Coach Rich Kromm. Coach selected this picture based on the fact it was introducing our game to a younger generation.

Team Photographer Gabe Willett chose a really cool picture taken by Aaron Slatkin of one of the fans’ new favorite players entering the ice. Mike Dalhuisen has only been with the Thunder for a short time, but the fans rally for the man with the booming slapper, and iron fists! Gabe chose this picture because as he says, it’s difficult to capture this quality of photo in such low lighting.

Team Captain Garet Hunt selected Randy Shipman’s photo of his son John’s Thunder bedroom. Garet loved the bed and all of the things that the 10-year-old has collected over the years. Finally, Marketing Manager and Broadcaster Brandon Kisker chose Staci Rede’s photo holding the Western Conference Championship Trophy because 2013 was the most memorable year in Thunder history. Kisker also finds it fun and unique that the trophy dons a new plaque for each game, including these special “Pink Weekend” plaques that really draw your attention!

Vote now as it ends 11:59PM on January 1st. The winner will be announced on January 2nd.

FROZEN MOMENT:
Our 7-year-old Team Photographer Ella Gorski captured this great shot of the first star of Sunday’s game, Parker Milner. Great job capturing this week’s Frozen Moment Ella!
Photo by 7-Year-Old Ella Gorski

FAN PICTURE OF THE WEEK:
There were so many great pictures to choose from but this picture of a mother and son painting on the ice was just one of many examples of families painting on the ice. To see other pictures of the ice, check out the Stockton Thunder’s Facebook Page.
Fan Shot

TWEET OF THE WEEK:
Our 10-year-old Social Media expert Christa Martin tweeted during the “Kids Take Over Stockton Arena Event”, and this exchange made us smile, so for this week, it’s the “Tweets” of the week! Follow the Thunder on Twitter @StocktonThunder!