Weekly Weather Report from 2/3 to 2/10
The Weekly News and Notes of the Stockton Thunder from 2/3 to 2/10 and a look ahead to upcoming match-ups.
THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 22-19-0-5, 49 points (2nd Pacific/6th Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 1-4-0-0
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: (all times PST)
AWAY: Tuesday, Feb. 11 (8:15 p.m.) at Alaska Aces
AWAY: Thursday, Feb. 13 (8:15 p.m.) at Alaska Aces
HOME: Saturday, Feb. 15 (7:30 p.m.) vs Utah Grizzlies
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WEEK IN REVIEW:
STK 1 – BAK 4 (2/4/14): With the schedule changing due to the San Francisco Bulls ceasing operations, what would have been a four-game road trip turned into a season long seven-game road trip that began with their first of five new road dates, a Tuesday, in Bakersfield. The trip didn’t get off on the best foot as just 1:13 in, Matt Thurber gave the Condors an early lead in which they’d never give up. Jordan Knackstedt and Nicholas Tremblay added goals in the second before the Thunder finally found the back of the net thanks to a Mike Dalhuisen tally, but that would be as close as the Thunder got as Tremblay added an empty netter to seal the win for the Condors. Bako’s netminder Laurent Brossoit dazzled again as he stopped 33 of 34 Thunder shots.
STK 6 – ONT 3 (2/5/14): Having won their last three games in Ontario, it seemed as if a game at Citizens Business Bank Arena was just what the Thunder needed to snap out of a three-game losing streak. The Thunder scored three-straight goals to open the game up as Joey Martin, James Henry, and Lee Baldwin all got the Thunder on the board before Matt Register would pull the Reign within two just before the midway marker in the first. Matt Bergland got the Thunder scorers started again in the second but former SF Bull Sebastian Stalberg scored two-straight goals to get his team within striking distance. However, the Thunder continued to battle through the third and ended up adding two goals (including an empty netter) to snap the streak and get their fourth-straight win on Ontario ice.
STK 2 – AK 4 (2/7/14): A long travel day on Thursday brought the Thunder, or as they would become known in the next two games, the Rough & Ready Islanders, to Alaska for the ECHL’s Hockey Heritage Weekend. Another quick start for the Islanders as J.P. Burkemper used his speed to get the Thunder the early lead that would last only 23 seconds when Brendan Connolly tied the game. Connolly would get his second marker of the period toward the end of the first with Garet Hunt in the box for interference. Alaska captain Nick Mazzolini would add the only goal in the second period before the Isles tried making the comeback. Joey Martin scored 22 seconds before the midway mark in the final period, and while the team from Rough & Ready Island battled hard, an empty netter from Peter Sivak who already had 3 assists in the game sealed the Alaska Aces first win over the Rough & Ready Islanders.
STK 2 – AK 5 (2/8/14): The action began before the game even started as a scrap in warm-ups left Islanders Captain Garet Hunt and Aces defenseman Dustin Molle unavailable for the game. When the game got underway, it would be another early goal for the Thunder as Sean Escobedo notched his second career goal off a James Henry faceoff win just 1:09 into the period. Once again the Aces would respond, and while it wasn’t as quick, it was fierce as Peter Sivak, Nick Mazzolini, and former Bull Jordan Morrison scored three goals in a span of under seven minutes to take a 3-1 lead into the locker room after 20 minutes were in the books. Zach Davies added the only goal in the second for the Aces to extend their lead before Nick Larson scored past the midway mark of the third to bring Rough & ready within two. Another empty netter, this time, by Ross Ring-Jarvi sealed the Aces win to close out Hockey Heritage Weekend. The Islanders outshot the Aces 42 to 35 but Gerald Coleman stood on his head to stop 40 of those 42 shots. Despite the early disagreement in warmups, only 20 combined penalty minutes were given to the teams (12 for STK, 8 for AK).
STK 3 – AK 4 (2/9/14): With the Heritage jerseys tucked away until the teams meet at Stockton Arena on March 22, the Rough & Ready Islanders were back to being the Stockton Thunder. For the first time during the weekend, it’d be the Aces who’d score first as Brendan Connolly was unleashed on a breakaway after a terrific pass from who else, Nick Mazzolini. Than it’d be Connolly’s turn to feed Mazzolini, as the Aces captain unleashed a one-timer that beat Brian Foster. Fortunes changed early in the second when Landon Oslanski blasted a shot cleanly past Coleman from the point through traffic. The Aces response would be, once again, quick as just 19 seconds later, Peter Sivak would restore the Aces two goal advantage. Just 6:03 after he had scored to bring the Thunder within one, Oslanski did it again, same spot, same shot, and the Thunder were once again within striking distance. Then things took a turn for the worse when Zach Davies hammered Joey Martin from behind. Nick Larson jumped the Alaska defenseman to defend his teammate and would end up putting the Aces on the power play. Before the game restarted after the ruckus, Head Coach Rich Kromm would pick up a bench minor and then get sent to the Thunder locker room leaving the team without their coach, and their captain. Alaska would score just 26 seconds into the 5-on-3 power play thanks to Nick Mazzolini. Credit the Thunder for not giving up because Greg Miller would score his team leading 15th goal of the season toward the end of the period to give the Thunder a chance. Unfortunately, it was going to be a tough go because Sean Escobedo was whistled for dragging an Alaska player down and putting the Thunder on the PK to end the game. Alaska did a great job of playing keep away and ended up running time out to claim their third win against the Thunder. The Aces had eight opportunities with the man advantage but could only convert on one of them. The Thunder however went one for four on the powerplay boosting their overall conversion rate to 20.8%.
2013-14 TEAM LEADERS:
Points –Joey Martin (42)
Goals – Greg Miller (15)
Assists – Joey Martin (30)
Plus/Minus – James Henry (+13)
Penalty Minutes – Garet Hunt, Mathieu Gagnon (99)
2013-14 GOALTENDING LEADERS:
Games Played – Brian Foster (31)
Wins – Brian Foster (17)
Goals Against Average – Brian Foster (2.89)
Save Percentage – Brian Foster (.907)
Shutouts – Brian Foster, Parker Milner (1)
2013-14 CURRENT STREAKS:
Goals – Several tied at (1)
Assists – James Henry (2)
Points – James Henry, Landon Oslanski (2)
Wins – n/a
Losses – Brian Foster (4)
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)
-Ryan Hayes is 6 points away from 150 in his ECHL career and 17 games away from 200
-Lee Baldwin is 6 assists away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Ryan Constant is 8 goals shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Alex MacLeod is 7 games shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Corey Trivino is 8 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
-Jason Clark is 12 games away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Joey Martin is 14 points shy of 200 in his ECHL career
RECENTLY ACCOMPLISHED MILESTONES:
-Joey Martin picked up his 50th career ECHL goal on 2/7/14 against the Alaska Aces.
-Garet Hunt picked up his 14th goal of the season on 2/1/14 to break his previous personal record of 13 goals in a season.
-Sean Escobedo scored his first professional goal off a deflection on 2/1/14
-The Thunder are 11-8-0-2 on home ice while 11-11-0-3 in road games. At Stockton Arena the team is +7 in goal differential while on the road the team is -7 in goal differential.
-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 17-8-0-3 in games when they’ve scored first.
-Stockton is 9-8-0-0 against Mountain Division opponents and 13-11-0-5 against Pacific Division opponents.
-The Thunder have the top power play unit in the league as they are the only team that have converted over 20% of their power play chances. The Thunder have an overall conversion rate of 20.8%, but on home ice, the Thunder’s PP has struck 26.2% of the time. Away from Stockton Arena, the Thunder are 21 for 118 on the power play, good for a 17.8% conversion rate.
-The Thunder have scored the most goals in the league with 154 followed by Florida with 152, and Alaska and Cincinnati with 150.
-The Thunder are third in the league in goals for per game as they average 3.35 goals per game behind Alaska at 3.41 and Florida at 3.38
-Stockton is +8 in goals differential in the first period, EVEN in the second, -8 in the third, and +3 in overtime.
-The Thunder are averaging 29.98 shots per game while allowing opponents to fire 31.72 per game. The Thunder have outshot opponents 13 times at Stockton Arena and just 10 times on the road.
-Stockton is 13-4-0-2 when leading after the first period, 17-0-0-3 when leading after two, and 15-7-0-1 when they outshoot an opponent. However, the team is 2-15-0-1 when trailing after the second period and 6-11-0-3 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 11-3-0-5 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 four contests when the game is decided by 2 or 3 goals in 19 tries.
-The Thunder pick up an average of 18.04 minutes of penalties per game and are second in the league with 54 major penalties.
THUNDER AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS:
-Joey Martin is 8th on the points leaderboard with 42. Martin is tied for 4th in the ECHL with 28 assists.
-Joey Martin also is tied atop the league with 2 Shootout Game-Winners.
-Greg Miller is tied 3rd in the league among rookies with 33 points and 2nd among rookies with 15 goals. Miller leads rookies with 6 powerplay goals.
-Ryan Constant is tied 4th in points on the defensive leaderboard with 28 points.
-In addition, Ryan Constant is tied for second in the league with 13 powerplay assists.
-James Henry is 10th in the league among rookies with 29 points.
-James Henry is tied fourth in the league among rookies with a +13 rating.
-In addition, James Henry’s 3 game winning goals sees him tied second in the ECHL among rookies.
-Landon Oslanski ranks tied 16th among defenseman with 20 points. Oslanski’s 8 goals have him tied with Reading rookie defenseman Michal Cajkovsky for most goals among rookie d-men, the same player he is tied with on the defensive points leaderboard.
-Mathieu Gagnon is tied for third in the league with 13 major penalties. All of Gagnon’s majors have been for fighting.
-Mike Dalhuisen is tied for fourth among rookies with 9 major penalties. All of Dalhuisen’s majors have been for fightning.
-Brian Foster ranks second in the league in saves made with 885. Foster’s 17 wins sits him third in the league. He has played the most minutes in the league with 1892.
-Greg Miller leads the team in powerplay goals with 6. Miller is also first in the league among rookies in powerplay goals.
-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, Matt Bergland, and the departed Brayden Irwin, Nathan Deck and Kirill Kabanov.
-Matt Bergland now leads the Thunder in shots on goal with 103 followed by Joey Martin (101), Garet Hunt (97), and Ryan Constant (89)
-For Thunder shooters who have fired over 50 shots on net, Greg Miller has the best shooting percentage on the team, having scored on 17.4% of his 86 shots.
-Ryan Hayes was placed on the 21-day IR with an upper body injury on 11/27/13
-Jason Clark was retroactively placed on the 21-day IR with an upper body injury on 12/26/13
LAST WEEK’S ROSTER MOVES:
-Andrey Pedan reassigned from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to the Stockton Thunder by the New York Islanders 2/6/14
The Youth Jerseys have arrived and for fans that received the letter during the January 26th game can pick up your jersey anytime from the Front Office during business hours or simply pick them up at the Thunder Information booth during any of the home games. Just bring your letter that you received to redeem your jersey and again, we apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.
A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY:
Actually…that’s not true at all. It should be more like “In the near future in an ice rink on West Fremont Street”!
Either way the Star Wars Universe will be taking over Stockton Arena and we encourage all fans to come dressed in your best/favorite Star Wars costume and join the 501st Legion to celebrate Star Wars night this Saturday on February 15th when the Thunder host the Utah Grizzlies at 7:30. If you are in need of tickets, you may be interested in the “Galaxy Far, Far Away” plan, which features two tickets to the game as well as four additional vouchers you can use at anytime starting at $58!
You won’t want to miss the Thunder Lightsaber Thunder-stick giveaway either! The first 1,000 fans in the building receive a pair of lighted thunder-sticks! You can also come in costume and enter the costume contest for your chance to win a Zamboni ride during the second intermission! May the force be with you!
YOU GOTTA KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM…KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM:
That’s right fans the Delta Casino’s 5th Annual Stockton Thunder Charity Poker Tournament will be held Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. The tournament includes a dinner, 7 tickets to a Thunder game of your choice, tournament t-shirt, Thunder hat, and entry into the tournament!
The tourney will last no more than 5 hours and prizes and the location will be announced at a later date. Thunder players will be participating and one will be at every table. Plus, if you knock out a Thunder player, you win a special knock out prize!
Tournament is $100 to enter and proceeds from the event will go to the Stockton Thunder Foundation! Sign up now by visiting StocktonThunder.com/Poker or call Mike Weaver at (209) 373-1507.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER CHALK TALK #3:
Head Coach Rich Kromm will host his third Chalk Talk of the season on February 15th at 6:15 for Season Ticket Holders only. Due to the 501st using the Conference rooms, Season Ticket Holders are asked to come in through South Doors and we’ll have the Chalk Talk in Section 122.
Coach will answer a few questions from broadcaster Brandon Kisker to get things going, and then take your questions on the state of the team, or just general hockey questions. Coach will answer questions for about 15 minutes before he’ll head down to the dressing room to prepare the boys!
SEASON TICKET HOLDER SKATE WITH THE TEAM #2:
The last Season Ticket Holder skate saw many of you, and us (namely Mr. Dalhuisen) create some special memories, and it’s time once again to sign up for the next skate taking place after the game on March 2nd. Sign up today by calling your ticket rep or the Thunder main office at (209) 373-1500 or email Tickets@StocktonThunder.com.
EVERYONE DESERVES A GOODBYE:
Fans it’s time to give the San Francisco Bulls faithful a chance to say goodbye to their team. San Francisco Bulls fans! The entire Stockton Thunder organization would like you to join us on Sunday, March 2nd for a special night dedicated to honoring your commitment and love for the San Francisco Bulls and the sport of hockey.
By purchasing this pack, you’ll receive:
- Pregame meal beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel (located across from Stockton Arena) with your fellow SF Bulls fans, SF Bulls Front Office Staff, Game Day Staff, and the Cow Belles.
- Seat to the Stockton Thunder vs Ontario Reign game beginning at 4 p.m. (Doors open at 3 p.m.)
- Post game meet-and-greet beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m. with former San Francisco Bulls players from the Ontario Reign (30-minute meet-and-greet at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel)
Tickets start at just $20. Purchase your pack now by going online to StocktonThunder.com/SFBulls.
BUSY BIRTHDAY MONTH:
The Thunder have a few birthdays upcoming in February. On February 1st, the Thunder wished J.P. Burkemper a Happy 23rd Birthday and last week the Thunder wished Brian Foster a Happy 27th Birthday.
On February 8th, Shawn Boutin turned 24 and to end the busy birthday month, Jason Clark will turn 22 on February 27th. February and October are the Thunder’s busiest birthday months with 4 a piece.
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and in under a month, two different teams held events similar to the Thunder’s “We Paint the Ice Night” also known as “The Painted Classic”. First the Central Hockey League’s Arizona Sundogs did their own take on the ice painting as they combined the painting with their Pink the Rink event and asked their fans to write names of people impacted by the disease in their life. Over 300 names were written on the ice for the game that was played on February 1st.
Then came the Florida Everblades who did their own “Paint the Ice Night” on February 7th and wouldn’t you know…the good people with the Everblades and Estero, Florida gave a tribute to you fan’s for being the first ones to paint the ice! Thanks Florida fans for the nice gesture and we hope you had as much fun painting as we did!
FAN PICTURE OF THE WEEK:
Ok, so this is a bit misleading this week but we liked it so much it’s going to be our fan…or rather…a photo from special guest commentator/fan favorite Mike Dalhuisen. He snapped a photo of him “mean mugging” the camera while also starting #CalebLookWeird…and he kind of does! Dalhuisen sat out Saturday’s game with a minor injury and did his first game as a color commentator and we feel he did a great job!
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
This week’s tweet is from Jessa who caught the Thunder game on the NHL Network on Sunday morning! It was so cool that everyone across the country had the opportunity to see ECHL hockey on TV and even cooler that our team was one of two that was featured. While we wish the game resulted in a Thunder, or, Rough & Ready Islanders win, it was still a cool thing to see the organization be a part of! Hope everyone enjoyed the coverage on Antenna TV, CSN California, and the NHL Network.