Weekly Weather Report from 12/30 to 1/5

Tuesday, 01.07.14 / 3:30 PM
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The Weekly News and Notes of the Stockton Thunder from 12/30 to 1/5 and a look ahead to upcoming match-ups.
THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 17-11-0-4, 38 points (2nd Pacific/4th Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 1-1-0-0

AWAY: Friday, Jan. 10 (6:05 p.m. PST) at Utah Grizzlies
AWAY: Saturday, Jan. 11 (6:05 p.m. PST) at Utah Grizzlies
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STK 2 – SF 4 (1/3/14): For the first time in the history of the sport the Thunder hosted the San Francisco Bulls on the first ice surface painted by the fans. While many fans thought that the ice would lead to a high scoring game, it actually wasn’t as San Francisco’s Tyler Gron and the Thunder’s Matt Bergland had the only goals until the 5:25 mark in the third period. That’s when the Bulls would capitalize on the Thunder getting in penalty trouble as Erics Sevcenko would score on the two man advantage and then he’d once again throw a shot on goal while still on the power play that would be tipped by Jordan Morrison. Landon Oslanski would bring the Thunder back within one but Gron’s empty netter would seal the Thunder’s fate in the first Painted Classic.
STK 5 – SF 0 (1/4/14): While Friday night was a night that penalties cost the Thunder the game, it would be the Bulls turn to get in penalty trouble as they picked up 20 minutes of penalties and put the Thunder on the Power play seven times. The Thunder would dominate the game as James Henry gave the Thunder the lead in the first, Greg Miller and Lee Baldwin (PP) would add to the Thunder lead in the second, and then Mitch Bruijsten and Nathan Deck (PP) would finish off the scoring in the third for the 5 goal advantage. Meanwhile, Parker Milner would record his first pro shutout as he stopped all 32 shots he faced in the 5-0 Thunder win. The Thunder outshot the Bulls 42-32.

Points –Joey Martin (30)
Goals – Garet Hunt (11)
Assists – Joey Martin (23)
Plus/Minus – James Henry (+15)
Penalty Minutes – Garet Hunt (85)

Games Played – Brian Foster (20)
Wins – Brian Foster (13)
Goals Against Average – Parker Milner (2.69)
Save Percentage – Brian Foster (.914)
Shutouts – Brian Foster, Parker Milner (1)

Goals – Several Tied at 1
Assists – Garet Hunt, Joey Martin (2)
Points – Matt Bergland (3)
Wins – Parker Milner (2)
Losses – Brian Foster (1)

Goals – Ryan Hayes (4)
Assists – Several Tied at 3
Points – Corey Trivino (7)
Wins – Brian Foster (6)
Losses – Parker Milner (5)

-Garet Hunt is 3 games shy of 350 in his ECHL career
-Jason Clark is 4 games away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Matt Bergland is 5 points away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Brian Foster is 6 wins shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Ryan Hayes is 7 points away from 150 in his ECHL career and 17 games away from 200
-Corey Trivino is 9 games away from 100 in his ECHL career

-Parker Milner recorded his first career shutout as a professional in a Thunder 5-0 win over San Francisco on 1/4/14
-Shawn Boutin played in his 100th career ECHL game in a Thunder 5-0 win over San Francisco on 1/4/14
-Brian Foster played in his 100th career ECHL game in a loss to San Francisco on 1/3/14
-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.

-If you are a believer in stats than this is a telling one in preparation for the upcoming weekend series against Utah. The Thunder are 8-3-0-0 against Mountain division teams including a 3-0-0-0 record against the Grizzlies this season.
-The Thunder are 10-6-0-1 on home ice while just 7-5-0-3 in road games. At Stockton Arena the team is +12 in goal differential while on the road the team has allowed the same amount of goals they have 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 12-4-0-2 in games when they’ve scored first.
-The Thunder have the top power play unit in the league as they the only team that has converted over 20% of their power play chances. The Thunder have an overall conversion rate of 22%, but on home ice, the Thunder’s PP has struck 31.3% of the time. Away from Stockton Arena, the Thunder are 12 for 75 on the power play, good for a 16% conversion rate.
-The Thunder are second behind only Florida in the ECHL in goals scored. Stockton has tallied 110 goals, just one shy of Florida’s league leading 111.
-The Thunder are fourth in the league in goals for per game as they average 3.44 goals per game behind Cincinnati (3.48), Florida (3.47), and Evansville (3.47).
-Stockton is +11 in goals differential in the first period, +6 in the second, -4 in the third, and +3 in overtime.
-The Thunder are averaging 29.97 shots per game while allowing opponents to fire 31.75 per game. The Thunder have outshot opponents 12 times at Stockton Arena and just 5 times on the road.
-Stockton is 11-3-0-1 when leading after the first period, 14-0-0-2 when leading after two, and 12-4-0-1 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 7-0-0-0. The Thunder have only won one game when the game is decided by 2 or 3 goals in 10 tries.
-The Thunder have had the most success against the Bakersfield Condors, having gone 4-1-0-1 against the Pacific Division rival, however, the Thunder have posted just a 1-4-0-2 record against the league best Ontario Reign.
-Stockton is one of three teams that have not allowed a short handed goal this season (South Carolina, Ontario).

-Andrew Clark now ranks tied second on the rookie leaderboard with 26 points. His 16 assists is behind only Fort Wayne’s Scott Fleming. Despite missing the last 8 games due to a call up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
-Joey Martin is tied 12th with Peter Sivak of the Alaska Aces on the points leaderboard with 30. Martin is tied for 4th in the ECHL with 23 assists along with Colorado’s Kevin Ulanski and three behind Colorado’s Trent Daavettila for the league lead.
-Andrew Clark joins Alaska’s Peter Sivak and Ontario’s Kyle Kraemer as the only three 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 leads all rookie defenseman in points with 17. Oslanski is tied 10th among all defenseman in points.
-Landon Oslanski is also tied for third in Powerplay goals among defenseman with 3.
-Ryan Constant ranks second in points on the defensive leaderboard with 20 points (5-15-19).
-Nathan Deck is 13th among defenseman with 15 points (4-11-15).
-James Henry leads the team with a +13 rating. His +13 plus/minus is tied second with Fort Wayne’s Scott Fleming and South Carolina’s Jeremy Price and behind only Colorado’s Mark Nemec (+17)
-Mitch Bruijsten has 8 points (3-5-8) in 8 games played.
-Greg Miller leads the team in Powerplay goals with 4. He is also tied second in the league among rookies in Powerplay goals with South Carolina’s Marc Hagel and Evansville’s Jeremy Langlois.
-Joey Martin and James Henry lead the team with 3 Game Winning goals. Other game winners came from Andrew Clark, Garet Hunt, Ryan Hayes, Corey Trivino, Greg Miller, Landon Oslanski, Shawn Boutin, and the departed Brayden Irwin and Kirill Kabanov.
-James Henry’s three game winning goals has him tied with only South Carolina’s Marc Hagel for the most game winners scored by rookies in the ECHL.
-Andrew Clark still leads the team in shots with 77 followed by Joey Martin (69), Garet Hunt (68), and Nathan Deck (64).
-Despite missing the last 11 games, and a total of 16 this season, Mathieu Gagnon is third in the league among rookies with 8 fighting majors.
-Brian Foster ranks fourth in the league in saves made with 582. Foster’s 13 wins sits him third in the league.

-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
-Jason Clark was retroactively placed on the 21-day IR with an upper body injury on 12/26/13

-Corey Trivino was loaned to the Portland Pirates of the AHL on 1/2/14

For the first time in the history of the sport, two hockey teams squared off on an ice surface painted entirely by fans. A total of 845 participants, mostly children, painted the ice surface on December 29, 2013 and then watched the Thunder play on that very surface on January 1, 2014. The results were remarkable.

While the Thunder would end up falling in We Paint the Ice Night presented by We Paint, Dr. Lester Low Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and Naf’s Ice Paints to the San Francisco Bulls, it was an amazing show of hockey on a one-of-a-kind sheet of ice.

Through social media, word began to spread of the event throughout the United States and Canada as the game would eventually become known as The Painted Classic due to it being played just two days after the NHL played their Winter Classic.

Eventually what resulted was something special. The Thunder fans brought positive attention to the entire Stockton community and while many were concerned about the ice surface having an impact on the hockey, a 4-2 final and the word from Head Coach Rich Kromm, defenseman Mike Dalhuisen, and the rest of the Thunder players (and even the Bulls players) assured fans that it didn’t have much of a bearing on the game.

The crowd for the January 3 game was simply breathtaking as the 4,869 fans in Stockton Arena made some of the loudest noise heard all season, and, they all left their own personal mark (literally!) on the history of the sport.

The Thunder received coverage, nationally, internationally and locally on the internet, on social media, and on television! Check out all the coverage here! If you spot the Thunder’s “Painted Classic” anywhere else, be sure to let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or by emailing Team Marketing Manager Brandon Kisker!

The Thunder follow up “We Paint the Ice Night” with their next home game on January 18th when the Bakersfield Condors are in town for Teddy Bear Toss night! Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals to the game and when the Thunder score their first goal, chuck them out onto the ice. All of the stuffed animals that are collected will be donated to The United Way. Bring your group or get your tickets now as over 5,000 tickets have already been sold!

On Sunday, January 19th prior to the Thunder taking on the San Francisco Bulls at 4:00 p.m., the Thunder will be hosting a Chalk Talk for Season Ticket Holders only, as they’ll have the privilege to speak with Thunder Head Coach Rich Kromm and ask questions about the game, how the team has been doing, and the finer points of coaching. Season Ticket Holders will enter through the conference room doors located near the North Entry at 2:30. Chalk Talk will begin at approximately 2:40 and will go for 20 minutes.

Many of you have been asking and they’ve finally arrived! If you are a Season Ticket Holder, be sure to pick up your holiday gift at the Thunder Information Booth located near the North Entry and the Silver Bullet Bar beginning on January 19. We don’t want to let the surprise out yet, but it’s something special that can be hung up!

The votes are in! Congratulations to Aaron Slatkin who took this amazing shot of Mike Dalhuisen stepping onto the ice at Stockton Arena. Team Photographer Gabe Willett chose this picture based on the difficulty of capturing in low lighting, and even more impressive was the fact that Mr. Slatkin captured this moment on a PHONE and not a camera!

For his efforts, Mr. Slatkin opted for the $200 gift certificate to the Fan Attic at Stockton Arena! Congratulations once again and thanks to everyone for submitting your wonderful photos!

On February 1st, the Thunder will host Hockey with Heart and Faith Night at Stockton Arena. If you have a Heart Walk team, be sure to log on to StocktonThunder.com/Heart to sign your team up for a great fundraising opportunity.

It just so happens that the game on Saturday the 1st will also be Faith Night. Bring your faith group to the Arena and stick around after the game for activities celebrating faith. For more information on how you can bring your group to Faith Night, call a Thunder ticket Representative at 209-373-1500.

No shocker here as this picture has been the Facebook cover photo since after “We Paint the Ice Night”. Asvitt Photography captured this great picture of the painted ice with the Western Conference Championship Banner. Our banner means so much to this city, and to pair that up with the ice that put our city and our team on the nation’s radar is certainly a special thing.

No doubt that during “Kids Take Over Stockton Arena” and “We Paint the Ice”, it was such a fun time watching the kids enjoy their time at the stadium. Here is a group of young fans who were enjoying watching their team take to the ice that the city painted!

ESPN catches a lot of flak from hockey fans about coverage, but they were one of the big reasons why this event became known throughout the United States. The event, which became known as the #PaintedClassic on Twitter, was an extreme success thanks in part to publicity like this. This tweet generated 2,038 retweets and 2,052 favorites and incited a number of hockey fans nationwide to ask the question, “Will it be difficult to find the puck?”