Weekly Weather Report from 2/10 to 2/17
The Weekly News and Notes of the Stockton Thunder from 2/10 to 2/16 and a look ahead to upcoming match-ups.
THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 24-20-0-5, 53 points (2nd Pacific/6th Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 2-1-0-0
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: (all times PST)
AWAY: Friday, Feb. 21 (6:05 p.m.) at Colorado Eagles
AWAY: Saturday, Feb. 22 (6:05 p.m.) at Colorado Eagles
AWAY: Sunday, Feb. 23 (1:05 p.m.) at Colorado Eagles
WEEK IN REVIEW:
STK 1 – AK 3 (2/11/14): The Thunder’s woes in Alaska continued for the fourth straight game and it started just 20 seconds into the game. Alaska would score the first goal of the game thanks to former San Francisco Bull Brett Findlay. Sean Escobedo would score his third goal of his career, this time on the power play just a minute later to tie the game at 1-1. It would be a tight game till the very end with Alaska scored with 9 minutes remaining in the third to take the lead. While the Thunder pressed the issue to tie the game, Alaska’s goaltender Gerald Coleman was good the rest of the way and Peter Sivak added in the empty netter to assure Alaska’s fourth-straight win over the Thunder.
STK 4 – AK 3 (2/13/14): Once again Alaska would be the first to strike, but instead of coming early in the first period, it came late…like less than five ticks to go late. Brett Findlay scored in his second straight game to give the Aces the momentum after 20 minutes of play. The Thunder however battled back and came out with an early goal from Mitch Bruijsten, followed by the first of three powerplay goals. Nick Larson and Joey Martin sandwiched an Evan Trupp goal in the second period to take their first lead into the third period against the Aces this season. The Thunder lead would be extended just a couple minutes into the third as Greg Miller scored his 16th of the season once again on the power play. Peter Sivak brought the Aces back within one with about seven minutes to go but Brian Foster was spectacular. The entire game the goaltender made save after save to keep the Thunder in the game but none were bigger than a late third period back door one-timer that Foster stopped. Aces captain Nick Mazzolini was sitting back door and tapped in what looked like the game tying goal, but Foster went post to post in the splits to make the incredible save and give the Thunder their first regular season win in Alaska in three seasons.
STK 1 – UTA 0 (2/15/14): With the nightmarish seven-game road trip now over, the Thunder returned to Stockton Arena to play the Utah Grizzlies. It turned out that it would be a very, very close defensive contest as both teams were playing great team defense, blocking a number of shots and limiting scoring chances. The Thunder were on the power play three times in the first for a total of eight minutes, but Utah’s penalty killers and goaltender Aaron Dell did a great job of assuring the Thunder scorers had little opportunity to shoot. In the dying moments of the second period, Ryan Constant collected a puck at the blue line, but fumbled it momentarily. The defenseman, who looked to be getting ready to fire, had no choice but to wrist one toward net. Joey Martin got a tip of it on the way in on goal and linemate Greg Miller was there to tap it in out of midair for the first and only goal of the game. Parker Milner stopped 17 shots for his second career shutout.
2013-14 TEAM LEADERS:
Points –Joey Martin (46)
Goals – Greg Miller (17)
Assists – Joey Martin (33)
Plus/Minus – James Henry (+12)
Penalty Minutes – Garet Hunt (111)
2013-14 GOALTENDING LEADERS:
Games Played – Brian Foster (32)
Wins – Brian Foster (18)
Goals Against Average – Parker Milner (2.81)
Save Percentage – Parker Milner (.908)
Shutouts –Parker Milner (2)
2013-14 CURRENT STREAKS:
Goals – Greg Miller (2)
Assists – Joey Martin, Ryan Constant (2)
Points – Greg Miller (5)
Wins – Brian Foster, Parker Milner (1)
Losses – n/a (0)
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)
-Lee Baldwin is 5 assists away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Alex MacLeod is 5 games 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
-Corey Trivino is 7 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
-Ryan Constant is 8 goals shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Joey Martin is 10 points shy of 200 in his ECHL career
-Jason Clark is 12 games away from 50 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 one of only two teams who have not been shutout this season (Florida).
-The Thunder are 12-8-0-2 on home ice while 12-12-0-3 in road games. At Stockton Arena the team is +8 in goal differential while on the road the team is -8 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 18-8-0-3 in games when they’ve scored first.
-Stockton is 11-9-0-0 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 21.1%, but on home ice, the Thunder’s PP has struck 23.6% of the time. Away from Stockton Arena, the Thunder are 25 for 127 on the power play, good for a 19.7% conversion rate.
-The Thunder have scored the third most goals in the league with 160 behind Alaska with 164 and Cincinnati with 163.
-The Thunder are fourth in the league in goals for per game as they average 3.27 goals per game behind Alaska at 3.35, Cincinnati at 3.33, and Florida with 3.29.
-Stockton is +7 in goals differential in the first period, +3 in the second, -10 in the third, and +3 in overtime.
-The Thunder are averaging 29.82 shots per game while allowing opponents to fire 31.61 per game. The Thunder have outshot opponents 14 times at Stockton Arena and just 10 times on the road.
-Stockton is 13-4-0-2 when leading after the first period, 19-0-0-3 when leading after two, and 16-7-0-1 when they outshoot an opponent. However, the team is 2-15-0-1 when trailing after the second period and 7-12-0-3 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 13-3-0-5 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 17.59 minutes of penalties per game and are second in the league with 56 major penalties.
THUNDER AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS:
-Joey Martin is tied 6th on the points leaderboard with 46. Martin is tied for 3rd in the ECHL with 33 assists.
-Joey Martin also is tied atop the league with 2 Shootout Game-Winners.
-Greg Miller is tied 2nd in the league among rookies with 38 points and tied 2nd among rookies with 17 goals. Miller leads rookies with 7 powerplay goals
-Ryan Constant is tied 2nd in points on the defensive leaderboard with 31 points.
-In addition, Ryan Constant is second in the league with 15 powerplay assists.
-James Henry is 11th in the league among rookies with 29 points.
-In addition, James Henry’s 3 game winning goals sees him tied fourth in the ECHL among rookies.
-Landon Oslanski ranks tied 19th amongst defenseman with 20 points.
-Mathieu Gagnon is tied for 4th in the league with 13 major penalties. All of Gagnon’s majors have been for fighting.
-Brian Foster ranks third in the league in saves made with 919. Foster’s 18 wins sits him third in the league. He has played the second most minutes in the league with 1952.
-Greg Miller leads the team in powerplay goals with 7. Miller is also first in the league among rookies in powerplay goals.
-Joey Martin, Greg Miller 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, Matt Bergland, and the departed Mike Dalhuisen, Brayden Irwin, Nathan Deck and Kirill Kabanov.
- Matt Bergland now leads the Thunder in shots on goal with 110 followed by Joey Martin (107), Garet Hunt (105), and Ryan Constant/Greg Miller (95)
-For Thunder shooters who have fired over 50 shots on net, Greg Miller has the best shooting percentage on the team, having scored on 17.9% of his 95 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:
-Adam Brace reassigned from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to the Stockton Thunder after Bridgeport trades defenseman Mike Dalhuisen to the San Antonio Rampage 2/15/14.
-Mike Keenan loaned from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to the Stockton Thunder on 2/18/14
SEASON TICKET HOLDER EXCLUSIVE EVENT ON FEBRUARY 26
The Thunder will be hosting an exclusive event just for Season Ticket Holders only on February 26th. It will be the Bulletproof Energy Drink Skills and Drills Competition. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. that includes a team autograph session at the conclusion of the competition. Doors will open at 6 o’clock. Check your inbox later this week for complete details!
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.
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 SKATE WITH THE TEAM #2:
The last Season Ticket Holder skate saw many of you, and us, 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.
While Saturday was Star Wars night and there were a TON of great pictures to choose from, but only one truly deserving of a frozen moment.
It was before the game even started when Officer Pat Mayer escorted his partner, Thor, onto the ice to drop the ceremonial first puck. Thor, a K9 Unit with the Stockton Police Department, brought the hammer down on a suspect pulling a gun on an officer at the beginning of the month and was recognized for his heroics to start the game. Thanks again to Officer Mayer and our hero Thor for coming out!
FAN PICTURE OF THE WEEK:
This week’s photo comes to us from James Vallesteros, whose son, Jordan, made this year’s Star Wars Costume contest a hat-trick! That’s right, Jordan has won the Star Wars Costume Contest three years in a row and this year he came as a scout trooper! He wasn’t riding any speeder bikes but he looked awesome in his costume yet again. James explained that everything but the body suit was homemade! Great job James and Jordan!
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
Garth Leone took the picture of a fan at Stockton Arena on Saturday, and let’s just say this gentleman’s suit is so amazing that we had to feature it as the tweet of the week. His suit make Don Cherry’s look lame! #fanofthegame