Weekly Weather Report from 3/10 to 3/18
The Weekly News and Notes of the Stockton Thunder from 3/10 to 3/18 and a look ahead to upcoming match-ups.
THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 28-24-0-6, 62 points (2nd Pacific/6th Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 1-2-0-0
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: (all times PST)
AWAY: Wednesday, March 19 (6:05 p.m.) at Utah Grizzlies
HOME: Saturday, March 22 (7:30 p.m.) vs. Alaska Aces
HOME: Saturday, March 23 (4:00 p.m.) vs. Alaska Aces
WEEK IN REVIEW:
STK 3 – UTA 2 (3/14/14): The weekend started off with a bang for the Thunder, but it first started in the penalty box for both teams as the heat from the game between the teams the week before carried over to this game. The Thunder had 56 minutes in penalties while the Grizzlies had 57 minutes. Both teams also lost players to injury as Brent Gwidt fell injured in the first and the Thunder’s Nick Tremblay fell in the second, playing in his first game back from injury and first with the Thunder. In between the unpleasantries Danick Paquette scored to open the scoring 3:12 into the second but that was responded to by Adam Brace under three minutes later. Ryan Hayes notched his 7th of the year on the power play at the end of the second to give the Thunder the lead. Vinny Scarsella tied the game up at two but Igor Bobkov would clear the puck into the stands and pick up the 30th penalty of the game, a delay of game minor. Corey Trivino would hit Mike Keenan who blasted a shot that was tipped by Hayes on the way past Bobkov to give the Thunder the lead for good.
STK 2 – UTA 4 (3/15/14): The heat didn’t carry over into Saturday’s matchup although the injury bug did. Mike Keenan absorbed a hit, once again, from Danick Paquette and left the game with a lower body injury. It certainly appeared to be an off game for the Thunder who just couldn’t connect with one another and sustain any offensive pressure. Andrew O’Brien scored a Utah powerplay goal in the first followed by another powerplay goal with one minute left in the second by David Vallorani. Mathieu Aubin would make it 3-0 and 18 seconds later Vallorani added his second of the night. The lone bright spot came just past the midway mark of the third when Michal Spacek received a lucky bounce with the goaltender Bobkov out of the net. Spacek put one home to insure that the Thunder weren’t going to be shutout. Spacek goal came short handed with the assists coming from Lee Baldwin and James Henry.
STK 2 – LV 3 (3/16/14): For the first time all year the Las Vegas Wranglers met up with the Stockton Thunder and it didn’t start great for the Thunder. Former Thunder forward Adam Huxley scored his 7th of the year just before the midway mark in the first off a bouncing puck the Thunder defenders were unable to clear. However near the end of the first Sean Escobedo would tie the game up on the powerplay to make it a 1-1 game. Chad Nehring would be the next to score when he was able to move around a sprawled out Brian Foster and wrap the puck in on goal. Vegas would add a third tally in the third and make it that much tougher on the Thunder’s comeback hopes. With Foster on the bench the Thunder finally scored their second, once again, thanks to Escobedo who went down in front of Travis Fullerton and was able to whack the puck home off another Lee Baldwin shot from the point. The game would finish in favor of the Wranglers 3-2.
2013-14 TEAM LEADERS:
Points –Joey Martin (51)
Goals – Greg Miller (17)*
Assists – Joey Martin (35)
Plus/Minus – James Henry (+13)
Penalty Minutes – Garet Hunt (143)
* – no longer a member of the Thunder
2013-14 GOALTENDING LEADERS:
Games Played – Brian Foster (37)
Wins – Brian Foster (20)
Goals Against Average – Parker Milner (2.72)
Save Percentage – Parker Milner (.910)
Shutouts –Parker Milner (2)
2013-14 CURRENT STREAKS:
Goals – Joey Martin (3)
Assists – Lee Baldwin (3)
Points – Joey Martin (5)
Losses – Parker Milner* (2)
* – Milner fell in the shootout last week and in regulation this week
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 5 points shy of 200 in his ECHL career
-Ryan Constant is 7 goals shy of 50 in his ECHL career
-Jason Clark is 7 games away from 50 in his ECHL career
-Ryan Hayes is 11 games away from 200
RECENTLY ACCOMPLISHED MILESTONES:
-Ryan Hayes picked up his 150th point in his ECHL career this past weekend after having a 3 point night on 3/14/14 vs. Utah.
-Lee Baldwin has 50 career assists in the ECHL when he assisted on both goals on 3/16/14
-Alex MacLeod hit the 50 game plateau in his ECHL career while Corey Trivino hit his 100th game in the ECHL this past weekend.
-Riley Wetmore scored his first career ECHL goal on 3/2/14 when he finished a 2-on-0, shorthanded breakaway.
-Mathieu Gagnon scored his first career professional goal on 2/22/14 when he stuffed in a goal against Colorado.
-The Thunder’s streak of being the second to last team to not get shutout ended on 3/4/14 when Laurent Brossoit and the Condors kept the Thunder off the board.
-The Thunder are 14-10-0-3 on home ice while 14-14-0-3 in road games. At Stockton Arena the team is +6 in goal differential while on the road the team is -11 in goal differential.
-Stockton has played in four overtime and eight 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 8 of 44 attempts (a league worst .182 success rate) thanks to Joey Martin (x3), James Henry and former Thunder forwards Greg Miller, Mitch Bruijsten and Brayden Irwin. Thunder goaltenders have allowed 12 goals on 46 attempts.
-The Thunder are 21-9-0-4 in games when they’ve scored first.
-Stockton is 14-11-0-1 against Mountain Division opponents and 14-13-0-5 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%, but on home ice, the Thunder’s PP has struck 21.9% of the time. Away from Stockton Arena, the Thunder are 27 for 144 on the power play, good for a 18.8% conversion rate.
-The Thunder are 3rd in the league in goals for per game with 3.24 behind Cincinnati (3.41) and Alaska (3.34).
-Stockton is +7 in goals differential in the first period, EVEN in the second, -12 in the third, and +4 in overtime.
-The Thunder are averaging 28.90 shots per game while allowing opponents to fire 31.36 per game. The Thunder have outshot opponents 15 times at Stockton Arena and just 11 times on the road.
-The Thunder are tied for fourth in the league in goals per game having scored 3.17 per game.
-Stockton is 15-4-0-2 when leading after the first period, 22-0-0-4 when leading after two, and 17-8-0-1 when they outshoot an opponent. However, the team is 2-19-0-1 when trailing after the second period and 10-15-0-4 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 16-4-0-6 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 five contests when the game is decided by 2 or 3 goals in 24 tries.
-The Thunder pick up an average of 18.28 minutes of penalties per game and are 1st in the league with 68 major penalties.
THUNDER AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS:
-Joey Martin is tied 14th on the points leaderboard with 51 despite being called up to the AHL.
-Joey Martin also is tied atop the league with 2 Shootout Game-Winners.
-Ryan Constant is tied sixth in points on the defensive leaderboard with 33.
-In addition, Ryan Constant is tied second in the league with 15 powerplay assists.
-Adam Brace is tied third in the league among rookies with 4 game winning goals. -James Henry is tied 14th in the league among rookies with 35 points.
-Mathieu Gagnon is tied for third in the league with 17 major penalties. All of Gagnon’s majors have been for fighting.
-Brian Foster ranks third in the league in saves made with 1054. Foster’s 20 wins sits him tied fifth in the league. He has played the second most minutes in the league with 2249.
-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 127 followed by Joey Martin (116), Garet Hunt (116), and Landon Oslanski (116)
-For Thunder shooters who have fired over 50 shots on net, James Henry has the best shooting percentage on the team, having scored on 16.1% of his 87 shots.
-Shawn Boutin was placed on the 21-day IR with an upper body injury on 2/22/14
LAST WEEK’S ROSTER MOVES:
-J.P. Burkemper traded to the Toledo Walleye for undisclosed terms on 3/11/14
-Mitch Bruijsten traded to the Fort Wayne Komets for future considerations on 3/13/14
-Alan Quine reassigned to the Thunder by the New York Islanders on 3/17/14
-Joey Diamond reassigned to the Thunder by the New York Islanders on 3/17/14
-Riley Wetmore recalled by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on 3/17/14
-Adam Brace recalled by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on 3/17/14
SEAN JACKSON KNOWS WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM…KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM:
The Delta Casino 5th Annual Stockton Thunder Charity Poker Tournament was held Wednesday, March 12 at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. The first Thunder player to be knocked out of the tournament would be Riley Wetmore but he was knocked out in time to buy back in.
That ended up working out because the Thunder player would be the second to last player knocked out for good as he and Ryan Hayes lasted quite awhile in the tournament.
In fact, Hayes lasted so long in the tournament he’d be the final player taken out and would finish second! It would be Section 101’er Sean Jackson who would claim the top prize of a suite night next season, free entry into next years tournament, and the coveted winners plaque. He continued to remind Hayes that no Thunder player has ever won the tournament.
GET READY TO GET ROUGH
Get ready for the Thunder to get Rough & Ready with the team’s Rough & Ready Islanders jerseys on March 22 when the team takes on the Alaska Aces here at Stockton Arena. The first 1,000 fans in the building receive a mini bobblehead of Thor sporting his Rough & Ready Islanders jersey. Team issued jerseys will be available in a number of different ways including live, silent, and online auctions during and after the game.
ROUGH & READY IRISH RED BEER
You fans really did a number on the Thunder’s new beer, Rough & Ready Irish Red! The response to everything, the videos, the shirts, and of course the beer was truly overwhelming.
Even Thunder owner Brad Rowbotham got to enjoy a Rough & Ready Irish Red on the broadcast Friday night with broadcaster Brandon Kisker with both men being impressed by the smoothness of the beer!
The response to everything was so overwhelming that by Sunday the beer was out and the certain sizes of the shirts were out as well!
DBI Beverage and team president Brian Sandy has reassured everyone that there will be more beer and more shirts for fans 21 and over this weekend!
Asvitt Photography captured the emotion of Sean Escobedo as his second goal of the night brought the Thunder within striking distance in the dying moments of Sunday’s game against Vegas. Unfortunately the Thunder were unable to find the back of the net a third time and fell 3-2.
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
Speaking of Rough & Ready Irish Red, it was a hit on social media including this one from many of our fans including @krstnonthecoast!