Weekly Weather Report from 2/17 to 2/23

Tuesday, 02.25.14 / 4:41 PM
By admin

The Weekly News and Notes of the Stockton Thunder from 2/17 to 2/23 and a look ahead to upcoming match-ups.

THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 26-21-0-5, 57 points (2nd Pacific/6th Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 2-1-0-0

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: (all times PST)
HOME: Sunday, March 2 (4:00 p.m.) vs. Ontario Reign

WEEK IN REVIEW:
STK 4 – COL 6 (2/21/14): The Thunder were in hopes of winning their third in a row as they embarked on a trip to Loveland, Colorado to take on the Colorado Eagles in a three-in-three. Just five minutes into the game, newly assigned Adam Brace scored his first goal with the team, but Colorado came back to score three unanswered, two in the first period and one in the opening minute of the second period. Joey Martin would bring the Thunder back within one with Mitch Bruijsten and another new face to the Thunder, Riley Wetmore, picking up helpers. Matt Bergland would tie the game up in the third period but an Eagles powerplay goal and then shorthanded goal near sealed the fate of the Thunder. Shawn Boutin scored just a minute later but Kyle Ostrow’s empty netter would seal the Eagles win over the Thunder.

STK 4 – COL 3 (OT) (2/22/14): The first period saw a ton of penalties called but neither team could take advantage. With 8 seconds remaining in the first, Joey Martin would score his 15th of the year with assists coming from Corey Trivino and Lee Baldwin. Early in the second Colorado tied the game up but just over a minute later, Mathieu Gagnon finally broke through and scored his first career goal, a stuff in. Just 14 seconds later, Corey Trivino made it a 3 to 1 game. Then former Ontario Reign forward Kyle Kraemer took over and scored two goals in the second period to tie the game, and it would remain that way until overtime. The Thunder proved once again that they do not like to lose in overtime contests as Ryan Constant blasted a slap shot past the Colorado netminder 3:48 into the extra period to win the game for the Thunder.

STK 5 – COL 4 (2/23/14): Another quick goal for the Thunder to start this game as once again Joey Martin scored to open game three of three. Kevin Ulanski tied the game about five minutes later. At the 10:20 mark in the first, Riley Nelson was sent to the box for tripping, and it only took the Thunder power play seven seconds to regain the lead thanks to Adam Brace’s second goal as a member of the Thunder. That set off Colorado Head Coach Chris Stewart who threw whatever he could onto the ice. After he picked up a minor penalty for his team and an ejection, the Thunder would once again score on the power play this time from an innocent looking James Henry shot that beat Marc Cheverie. Colorado though would come back again and tie the game up with Trent Daavettila and Jonathan Parker goals. Then with the Eagles picking up a delayed call and Brian Foster on the bench, Corey Trivino walked through the entire team and scored to retake the lead. Another Adam Brace goal late in the third period seemed to seal the deal but Kyle Ostrow scored to bring the Eagles within one, but that would be as close as it got as the Thunder take the regular season series with the Eagles with the 5-4 win.

2013-14 TEAM LEADERS:
Points –Joey Martin (51)
Goals – Greg Miller (17)*
Assists – Joey Martin (35)
Plus/Minus – James Henry (+12)
Penalty Minutes – Garet Hunt (118)
* – no longer a member of the Thunder

2013-14 GOALTENDING LEADERS:
Games Played – Brian Foster (34)
Wins – Brian Foster (19)
Goals Against Average – Parker Milner (2.81)
Save Percentage – Parker Milner (.908)
Shutouts –Parker Milner (2)

2013-14 CURRENT STREAKS:
Goals – Joey Martin (3)
Assists – Joey Martin, Lee Baldwin, James Henry, Corey Trivino (2)
Points – Joey Martin (5)
Wins –Parker Milner (2)
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)

UPCOMING MILESTONES:
-Lee Baldwin is 3 assists away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Alex MacLeod is 3 games shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Corey Trivino is 4 games away from 100 in his ECHL career
-Joey Martin is 5 points shy of 200 in his ECHL career
-Ryan Hayes is 6 points away from 150 in his ECHL career and 17 games away from 200
-Ryan Constant is 7 goals shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Jason Clark is 12 games away from 50 in his ECHL career

RECENTLY ACCOMPLISHED MILESTONES:
-Mathieu Gagnon scored his first career professional goal on 2/22/14 when he stuffed in a goal against Colorado.
-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

TEAM NOTES:
-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 14-13-0-3 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 four overtime and seven shootout contests. The Thunder have won all four 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) and former Thunder forwards Greg Miller and Brayden Irwin. Thunder goaltenders have allowed 9 goals on 41 attempts.
-The Thunder are 20-9-0-3 in games when they’ve scored first.
-Stockton is 13-10-0-0 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 20.7%, but on home ice, the Thunder’s PP has struck 23.6% of the time. Away from Stockton Arena, the Thunder are 27 for 141 on the power play, good for a 19.1% conversion rate.
-The Thunder are tied second in most goals in the league with 173 with Cincinnati behind only Alaska with 175.
-The Thunder are tied 2nd in the league in goals for per game with Cincinnati as they average 3.33 goals per game behind Alaska at 3.37.
-Stockton is +8 in goals differential in the first period, +2 in the second, -11 in the third, and +4 in overtime.
-The Thunder are averaging 29.71 shots per game while allowing opponents to fire 31.73 per game. The Thunder have outshot opponents 14 times at Stockton Arena and just 11 times on the road.
-Stockton is 15-4-0-2 when leading after the first period, 20-0-0-3 when leading after two, and 17-7-0-1 when they outshoot an opponent. However, the team is 2-16-0-1 when trailing after the second period and 8-13-0-3 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 15-3-0-5 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 21 tries.
-The Thunder pick up an average of 17.85 minutes of penalties per game and are 1st in the league with 60 major penalties.

THUNDER AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS:
-Joey Martin is tied 6th on the points leaderboard with 4516. Martin is 4th in the ECHL with 35 assists.
-Joey Martin also is tied atop the league with 2 Shootout Game-Winners.
-Ryan Constant is 2nd in points on the defensive leaderboard with 33 points. His 26 assists sees him tied atop the defensive leaderboard.
-In addition, Ryan Constant is second in the league with 15 powerplay assists.
-James Henry is 11th in the league among rookies with 32 points.
-In addition, James Henry’s 3 game winning goals sees him tied 3rd in the ECHL among rookies.
-Mathieu Gagnon is tied for 3rd in the league with 15 major penalties. All of Gagnon’s majors have been for fighting.
-Brian Foster ranks 2nd in the league in saves made with 979. Foster’s 19 wins sits him third in the league. He has played the second most minutes in the league with 2071.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:
-With Greg Miller now gone, Joey Martin leads the team in powerplay goals with 6. Miller had 7.
-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, Landon Oslanski, Shawn Boutin, Matt Bergland, Adam Brace, Ryan Constant, and the departed Brayden Irwin, Nathan Deck, Greg Miller, Mike Dalhuisen and Kirill Kabanov.
- Matt Bergland now leads the Thunder in shots on goal with 118 followed by Joey Martin (116), Garet Hunt (109), and Ryan Constant (101)
-For Thunder shooters who have fired over 50 shots on net, James Henry has the best shooting percentage on the team, having scored on 15.9% of his 82 shots.

INJURY REPORT:
-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
-Shawn Boutin was placed on the 21-day IR with an upper body injury on 2/22/14

LAST WEEK’S ROSTER MOVES:
-Riley Wetmore reassigned to the Stockton Thunder from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on 2/20/14
-Andrey Pedan reassigned by the New York Islanders to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on 2/20/14
-Nicholas Tremblay acquired by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers from the Oklahoma City Barons in exchange for forward Greg Miller on 2/19/14
-Nick Larson reassigned to the South Carolina Stingrays by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on 2/19/14
-Mike Keenan loaned to the Stockton Thunder by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 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 Drinks Skills and Drills Competition. The event will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. that includes a team autograph session after the conclusion of the competition. Doors will open at 6 o’clock. You should have multiple messages in your inboxes! If you don’t call your rep today or call 209-373-1500 to speak to any representative!

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.

FROZEN MOMENT:
Saturday was a big win for the Thunder but certainly big for Mathieu Gagnon who scored his first professional goal in the game. Gagnon stuffed one home in the second period to give the Thunder the 2-1 lead over the Eagles. Gagnon also fought Jesse Mychan in the first period of that contest.

FAN PICTURE OF THE WEEK:
This week’s picture comes from blogger Tasha Hudick who happened to be in Colorado for the weekend series between the Thunder and Eagles. Tasha, who writes for The Pink Puck, captured this shot before warmups!

TWEET OF THE WEEK:
John passed another congratulatory tweet, this time to Corey Trivino for his Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight) against the Eagles on Saturday. Trivino fought in the first period, got out of the box and assisted on Joey Martin’s late period tally, and then scored his own a the 3:53 mark of the second to complete his Gordie Howe hatty!