Weekly Weather Report from 1/13 to 1/19
The Weekly News and Notes of the Stockton Thunder from 1/13 to 1/19 and a look ahead to upcoming match-ups.
THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 20-13-0-5, 45 points (2nd Pacific/4th Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 2-1-0-1
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: (all times PST)
AWAY: Friday, Jan. 24 (7:00 p.m.) at Ontario Reign
HOME: Sunday, Jan. 26 (4:00 p.m.) vs. Ontario Reign
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WEEK IN REVIEW:
STK 2 – BAK 7 (1/14/14): After the Thunder split the series in Utah, the team was back in California to play game number 4 of 5 on the road in Bakersfield. It was Brian Foster’s third straight start after Parker Milner was called up to the AHL, and unfortunately it wouldn’t end the way the Thunder wanted it to. Andrew Carroll, Jordan Knackstedt, Ryan Watson and Joel Broda all scored first period goals for the Condors to get the team the early 4-0 lead. Greg Miller would get one back after a really nice play started by Mitch Bruijsten. The big Netherlands native found Joey Martin, who peeled off at the top of the far faceoff circle and hit Miller high slot. The product of Cornell University wristed one past Bakersfield goaltender Laurent Brossoit in the last two minutes of the first period to finally get the Thunder on the board. After a scoreless second period, Martin would score 1:36 into the third to pull the Thunder within two. A few minutes later the Thunder thought they had pulled within one. Miller passed to Alex Macleod who was all alone in front of Brossoit and wristed one past the goaltender. However, the goal would be waved off as the net came off its moorings, and that proved to be the pivotal moment of the game as the Thunder seemed demoralized after the no goal and it showed on the ice as the Condors rattled off three more goals to get the win.
STK 4 – ONT 2 (1/15/14): After a rough game in Bakersfield, the Thunder headed down to Southern California to sunny and warm Ontario, California. After being greeted to the hotel with the earth shaking underneath their feet, the Thunder shook up the Ontario Reign for their second win against the league leaders. Matt Bergland got Stockton on the board first but Derek Couture would answer later in the period when a puck bounced off his shoulder and beat Brian Foster. It’d be the Thunder rattling off three straight goals thanks to Garet Hunt, Mike Dalhuisen, and Ryan Constant to take the 4-1 lead early in the third period. The Reign would score one more at the end of the game, but the Thunder would come away with their second win in as many tries against the Reign on the road.
STK 4 – BAK 3 (SO) (1/18/14): After finishing their five-game road trip in Ontario, the team headed back to Stockton Arena in hopes to avenge their earlier week loss to the Condors. In front of 8,077 fans, the Thunder took the ice for Teddy Bear Toss. It wouldn’t take long for the excited fans to chuck their bears onto the ice! After having a goal waved off in Bakersfield on Tuesday, it’d be Alex MacLeod who’d catch a stretch pass from Sean Escobedo and walk in all alone. He’d fire a wrister that beat former Thunder goaltender Tyler Bunz and set the crowd into pandAmonium just 2:48 seconds into the game. With Bakersfield getting the next two goals to take the lead, it’d be Greg Miller who’d pick up his 10th of the year to tie the game at two late in the second. Bakersfield defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer would break the tie just over a minute into the third period but Joey Martin would answer with the game tying goal around nine minutes later. The Condors were able to kill off a tripping penalty in overtime to send the game to the skills competition. Jordan Knackstedt led off with a goal, but it turned out to be the only one Bakersfield would get as Brian Foster shut the door down the rest of the way and received goals from Mitch Bruijsten and Martin for the Thunder’s second shootout win of the year.
STK 2 – SF 3 (SO) (1/19/14): On a day that many fans were focused on football, the Thunder and Bulls treated the crowd in attendance to a great game, particularly the netminders Brian Foster, playing in his sixth straight start, and Tyler Beskorowany, playing in his seventh straight start. Shawn Boutin would get the Thunder on the board first by just turning and firing a shot on Beskorowany that the goalie was unable to see through the countless bodies in front of him. Foster would stop all 7 shots he faced in the first. Jordan Morrison would get the tying goal midway through the second but Matt Bergland once again scored a big goal for the Thunder and retook the lead 2-1. Foster stopped 10 of 11 in the second period while Beskorowany stopped 10 of 11. Sebastian Stalberg would tie the game up near the end of the third when he walked in the slot, took a shot that was blocked by Boutin, but the puck caromed off Boutin’s body and right back on the stick of Stalberg. The new Bull took advantage of the Thunder goaltender reacting to the first shot and tied the game up at two. The game would go to the skills competition where only Greg Miller was able to beat Beskorowany while both Dean Ouellet and Stalberg beat Foster to secure the extra point for the Bulls. Foster would finish the night stopping 30 of 32, including a number of quality scoring chances for San Francisco.
2013-14 TEAM LEADERS:
Points –Joey Martin (37)
Goals – Garet Hunt (13)
Assists – Joey Martin (27)
Plus/Minus – James Henry (+14)
Penalty Minutes – Garet Hunt (93)
2013-14 GOALTENDING LEADERS:
Games Played – Brian Foster (26)
Wins – Brian Foster (16)
Goals Against Average – Parker Milner (2.69)
Save Percentage – Parker Milner (.913)
Shutouts – Brian Foster, Parker Milner (1)
2013-14 CURRENT STREAKS:
Goals – Several Tied at 1
Assists – Greg Miller (2)
Points – Greg Miller (2)
Wins – Parker Milner (2)
Losses – Brian Foster (1)
2013-14 SEASON LONG STREAKS:
Goals – Ryan Hayes (4)
Assists – Joey Martin (5)
Points – Corey Trivino (7)
Wins – Brian Foster (6)
Losses – Parker Milner (5)
-Joey Martin is 2 goals away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Nathan Deck is 2 assists shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Ryan Hayes is 6 points away from 150 in his ECHL career and 17 games away from 200
-Lee Baldwin is 7 assists away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Ryan Constant is 8 goals shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Corey Trivino is 8 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
-Alex MacLeod is 11 games shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Jason Clark is 12 games away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Joey Martin is 19 points shy of 200 in his ECHL career
RECENTLY ACCOMPLISHED MILESTONES:
-Garet Hunt picked up his 50th career goal in his 350th career game against the Ontario Reign on 1/15/14.
-Matt Bergland picked up two points against Ontario on 1/15/14 to secure 50 career points in the ECHL.
-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
-The Thunder are 10-6-0-1 on home ice while just 8-6-0-3 in road games. At Stockton Arena the team is +12 in goal differential while on the road the team has allowed one more goal then they’ve scored.
-Stockton has played in three overtime and seven shootout contests. The Thunder have won all three games in extra time and have won two shootout games.
-In the skills competition, the Thunder have scored just 7 of 40 attempts thanks to Joey Martin (x3), Mitch Bruijsten (x2), Greg Miller and former Thunder forward Brayden Irwin. Thunder goaltenders have allowed 9 goals on 41 attempts.
-The Thunder are 15-4-0-3 in games when they’ve scored first.
-The Thunder was able to secure the season series against the Condors on 1/18/14 when the team beat the Condors for the 5th time (5-2-0-1). The teams face off only one more time in Bakersfield.
-The Thunder have the top power play unit in the league as they along with the Toledo Walleye and Evansville Icemen, are the only teams that have converted over 20% of their power play chances. The Thunder have an overall conversion rate of 20.5%, but on home ice, the Thunder’s PP has struck 27.1% of the time. Away from Stockton Arena, the Thunder are 15 for 92 on the power play, good for a 16.3% conversion rate.
-The Thunder were one of the last three teams to not allow a shorthanded goal, but that streak ended on the Thunder’s 34th game of the season when Utah’s Michael Pelech scored a shorthanded breakaway goal.
-The Thunder have scored the most goals in the league with 129. Cincinnati is second with 127 followed by Evansville (124), Alaska (123) and Florida (122).
-The Thunder tied with the Florida Everblades for fourth in the league in goals for per game as they average 3.39 goals per game behind Cincinnati, Evansville, and Alaska.
-Stockton is +8 in goals differential in the first period, +8 in the second, -8 in the third, and +3 in overtime.
-The Thunder are averaging 30.03 shots per game while allowing opponents to fire 31.47 per game. The Thunder have outshot opponents 13 times at Stockton Arena and just 7 times on the road.
-Stockton is 11-3-0-2 when leading after the first period, 15-0-0-3 when leading after two, and 14-5-0-1 when they outshoot an opponent. However, the team is 2-10-0-1 when trailing after the second period and 5-7-0-3 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 11-2-0-5 and in games where the team has finished with a 4-goal or more lead the team is 7-1-0-0. The Thunder have only won two games when the game is decided by 2 or 3 goals in 12 tries.
-Andrew Clark now ranks tied fifth on the rookie leaderboard with 26 points despite missing the last 14 games due to a call up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
-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.
-Joey Martin is tied 8th with Anthony Nigro of the Idaho Steelheads on the points leaderboard with 37. Martin is tied for 1st in the ECHL with 27 assists along with four other players.
-Greg Miller is tied 8th in the league among rookies with 23 points.
-Ryan Constant is tied first in points with Evansville’s Matt Krug and Fort Wayne’s Jace Coyle on the defensive leaderboard with 24 points (6-18-24).
-Mitch Bruijsten has 13 points (4-9-13) in 14 games played since signing with the Thunder on December 20th.
-Greg Miller leads the team in Powerplay goals with 5. Miller is also tied first in the league among rookies in Powerplay goals with San Francisco’s Chris Crane.
-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, Mike Dalhuisen, and the departed Brayden Irwin and Kirill Kabanov.
-James Henry’s 3 game winning goals sees him tied first in the ECHL among rookies.
-Joey Martin now leads the Thunder in shots on goal with 87 followed by Garet Hunt (85), Andrew Clark (77), and Nathan Deck (76).
-For Thunder shooters who have fired over 50 shots on net, Greg Miller has the best shooting percentage on the team, having scored on 15.4% of his 65 shots.
-Brian Foster ranks second in the league in saves made with 739. Foster’s 16 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
LAST WEEK’S ROSTER MOVES:
-Dave Guy released as emergency backup goaltender 1/20/14
-Dave Guy added as emergency backup goaltender 1/14/14
FASTEST GOAL IN TEAMS TEDDY BEAR TOSS HISTORY:
Last year, former Thunder forward Harrison Reed struck 5:14 seconds into the first period to send the bears onto the ice, but that record was broken during this year’s Teddy Bear Toss as Alex MacLeod scored just 2:48 seconds into the game after receiving a pass from Sean Escobedo to put the Nelson, BC native in on former Thunder goalie Tyler Bunz all alone. MacLeod’s wrister sent the crowd into a frenzy as fans chucked the bears onto the ice. The bears were then collected and donated to the United Way of San Joaquin.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER SKATE WITH THE TEAM:
Season Ticket Holders have their first opportunity to skate with the team after Sunday’s game against the Ontario Reign. If you are a season ticket holder and would like to reserve your spot to skate, call your ticket representative or email them and let them know that you want to attend! The deadline to RSVP is Friday at 5:30 p.m., and be sure to tell your rep if you need skates and what size. All those participating in the skate will have to sign a waiver at the Community Corner on the Fan Deck on Sunday.
If you plan to use your own skates instead of renting, be sure to drop your skates off at the Thunder Information Booth on Sunday as you will not be permitted to have your skates with you in your seat. Tie your skates together and drop them off at the Information Booth where they will then be marked with your name and sent to the tunnel to await your pick up after the game.
CHANGE OF DATE ON THORS PUCK PATROL SKATE:
Due to player availability, the Skate with the Team for Thor’s Puck Patrol members was moved from January 22nd to Wednesday, February 12th at Oak Park Ice Arena from 6:30 to 7:30. This change was necessary to make sure that all the players could come out and skate with all the members of Thor’s Puck Patrol instead of just a few players.
GET YOUR HEART WALK OR FAITH GROUPS READY:
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 the Thunder front office at 209-373-1500 to set yours up today.
ROUGH & READY ISLANDERS:
The team announced last week that Stockton Thunder will become the Rough & Ready Islanders for three games only this season as part of the ECHL’s Heritage Hockey Weekend event. Both the Thunder and the Alaska Aces were tasked with coming up with an identity that pays tribute to their respective NHL affiliates while also recognizing the areas in which they hail from. Team President Brian Sandy was the mind behind the Rough & Ready Islanders name and jerseys as he worked with Port City Marketing Solutions and The New York Islanders to come up with this one of a kind jersey. Fans can preorder the jersey until 5 p.m. January 23rd on the Stockton Fan Attic website. Rough & Ready Island is a former U.S. Naval base, and supply and ordnance depot during World War II, located just three miles west of Downtown Stockton. In June of 2000, the island was transferred to Stockton port officials and has been a big source of economic growth and development for the city.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER GIFT AVAILABLE NOW:
If you haven’t picked your Season Ticket Holder gift up, you’ll want to at the Thunder Information Booth during home games, or the Thunder Front Office during normal business hours to pick up your very own replica of the 2012-13 Western Conference Championship banner!
Easy choice as this week was dominated by Teddy Bear Toss promotion. Whether saw our many questions about the Teddy Bear Toss on Facebook or Twitter, heard about it thanks to Thunder Mystery Theater on D.J. Walker in the Morning on Kat Country, or were there to witness the packed house toss over thousands of teddy bears (and a stuffed banana with dreadlocks). Last week was all about the toss, and thanks to Asvitt Photography and Alex MacLeod, fans didn’t have to wait long to donate their stuffed animals. Just look at the pure joy on the face of MacLeod who said that was one of the biggest goals he’s ever scored. While this was a fun shot, there was equal fun in the next shot taken a split second afterwards thanks to a photobomb from a famous fish!
FAN PICTURE OF THE WEEK:
While there were so many great pictures sent to us featuring the tossing of the bears, this one captures exactly what hockey is all about. Chris and Jill Allison sent us a few pictures on Twitter of their kids enjoying either their first or second ever Thunder game. We’re so glad your family had fun and that you continue to introduce our sport to your kids, their friends, and everyone else you come across!
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
The beneficiary of all these bears is the United Way of San Joaquin county and they sent this tweet out to thank everyone who participated and donated the bears! Be sure to thank them for everything they do for our community!
We would like to thank @StocktonThunder & their fans for all of the teddy bears that we're (donated) thrown on the ice at Saturday's game.— United Way SJC (@UnitedWaySJC) January 20, 2014