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January 19, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) Stockton Thunder

THUNDER 2008-09 OVERALL RECORD: 17-17-5, 39 points

LAST WEEK: 3-0-0

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: (all times PT)

vs. PHOENIX ROADRUNNERS (Friday - 7:30 p.m.; Sunday - 4:00 p.m.) - 1420 KSTN, B2 Networks

The Thunder faces the Phoenix RoadRunners for the third time this season beginning Friday, the first time the teams meet this season at Stockton Arena. The Thunder is 16-4-1 lifetime against Phoenix and went 2-0-0 against in a two-games series at U.S. Airways Center on Jan. 6 and Jan. 8. The Thunder last defeated Phoenix 8-2 on Jan. 8. The game on Friday is the first after the ECHL All-Star break and continues a six-game homestand for Stockton. Both teams meet again on Sunday, Jan. 25 at Stockton Arena to end the homestand.

vs. ALASKA ACES (Saturday - 7:30 p.m.) - 1420 KSTN**, B2 Networks

The Stockton Thunder host the Alaska Aces at Stockton Arena for the second time this season on Saturday, marking the fifth overall meeting between both clubs this year. The Thunder is 10-13-5 in the lifetime matchup vs. Alaska with five wins coming in sudden-death overtime in the last two seasons. The Thunder finished with a record of 5-5-0 vs. Alaska in 2007-08. The teams last met on Jan. 3 with the Thunder defeating the Aces 2-1 in OT at Sullivan Arena. The Thunder is 3-0-1 against Alaska this season.

1420 KSTN is the Thunder's flagship radio station and all Thunder games can be heard live on the Internet (free-of-charge) and are available for viewing at a $7 "pay-per-view" charge at www.stocktonthunder.com, courtesy of B2 Networks. Radio broadcaster Mike Benton provides play-by-play commentary, with the "Thunder Forecast" pre-game show starting 15 minutes before each broadcast.

** Saturday radio broadcast potentially joined in progress

PROMOTIONAL NEWS

Friday, Jan. 23 vs. Phoenix RoadRunners, 7:30 p.m.

EDMONTON OILERS JERSEY NIGHT

- The Thunder will salute their NHL affiliate by donning Edmonton Oilers jerseys (RBK Edge model) for Friday's game!

ACADEMIC ALL-STARS NIGHT (presented by California Welding Supply & Guaranty Bank)

- Local-area students (at participating San Joaquin County schools) who meet academic goals receive free tickets to tonight's game!

PLAYER POSTER NIGHT (presented by Comcast & 104.1 The Hawk)

- All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative poster with select Thunder players in Edmonton Oilers jerseys!

Saturday, Jan. 24 vs. Alaska Aces, 7:30 p.m.

EDMONTON OILERS JERSEY-OFF-OUR-BACK NIGHT (presented by Comcast & 104.1 The Hawk)

- The Thunder will salute their NHL affiliate by donning Edmonton Oilers jerseys (RBK Edge model) for Saturday's game - all fans in attendance are invited to bid on the jerseys in a post-game auction held on the ice surface of Stockton Arena!

Sunday, Jan. 25 vs. Phoenix RoadRunners, 4:00 p.m.

FAMILY DAY (Presented by MetroPCS, 99.3 KJOY)

- $34 family upper premium / end zone admission (four tickets, four hockey pucks) with coupon available by visiting participating MetroPCS locations.

ACADEMIC ALL-STARS NIGHT (presented by California Welding Supply & Guaranty Bank)

- Local-area students (at participating San Joaquin County schools) who meet academic goals receive free tickets to today's game!

Show someone you care with the Stockton Thunder and Edible Arrangements!

This season during every Sunday home game one lucky fan will be awarded a beautiful and delicious fruit bouquet courtesy of Edible Arrangements. If you have a co-worker, friend, or family member you feel deserves special recognition, log on to www.StocktonThunder.com and nominate them for the Edible Arrangements Sentimental Moment!

Go Green With the Thunder's "Easy Being Green" Campaign!

Join the Thunder in the cause for "going green" in the Thunder's "Easy Being Green Campaign!" All fans who exchange ten bottles or 20 cans to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office the day of any Wednesday home game will receive a free ticket voucher for that game, redeemable for $4 off the full admission price!

TEAM LEADERS:

Points - Ryan Huddy (41)

Goals - Ryan Huddy (23)

Assists - Kenny MacAulay, Cleve Kinley (20)

Plus/Minus - Daryl Marcoux (+15)

Penalty Minutes - Garet Hunt (136)

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

o Kenny MacAulay is 1 game away from 100 in his professional career

o Ryan MacMurchy is 1 game away from 100 in his professional career

o Matt O'Dette is 14 points away from 100 and 14 PIM's away from 900 in his ECHL career

o Damian Surma is 7 assists away from 100 in his pro career

TEAM NOTES:

oRyan Huddy leads the Thunder and is tied for fourth in the ECHL with 23 goals

oKenny MacAulay is tied for 8th among ECHL defenseman with 23 points

oRookie James Bates is on a five-game scoring streak with 12 points (4g-8a)

Stockton leads the ECHL in attendance with an average of 6,794 fans (13 games) Stockton is 7-0-1 under Head Coach Matt Thomas Stockton is tied for second in the ECHL with 12 road victories

The team's upcoming schedule for the coming week is as follows: (subject to change, all times PT)

***ECHL All-Star break is Jan. 20-22

TUE. JAN. 20:

10:00 a.m. - Thunder optional skate at Stockton Arena

3:45 p.m. - ECHL ALL-STAR SKILLS COMPETITION in Reading, PA. (Sovereign Center)

(www.B2CableTV.com)

WED. JAN. 21:

10:00 a.m. - Thunder optional skate at Stockton Arena

4:00 p.m. - 2009 ECHL ALL-STAR GAME in Reading, PA. (Sovereign Center)

(1420 KSTN / www.B2CableTV.com)

THURS, JAN. 22:

4:00 p.m. - Practice at Stockton Arena

FRI, JAN. 23:

10:00 a.m. - Morning skate at Stockton Arena

6:00 p.m. - Media availability ends

7:30 p.m. - GAME VS. PHOENIX

1420 KSTN / StocktonThunder.com

SAT, JAN. 24:

10:00 a.m. - Morning skate at Stockton Arena

6:00 p.m. - Media availability ends

7:30 p.m. - GAME VS. ALASKA

StocktonThunder.com

SUN. JAN. 25:

No morning skate

2:30 p.m. - Media availability ends

4:00 p.m. - GAME VS. PHOENIX

1420 KSTN / StocktonThunder.com

MON. JAN. 26:

Day off

WEEK IN REVIEW

1/18/09 - IDA 3 at STK 4 (OT): All-Star forward Ryan Huddy scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner just 27 seconds into sudden-death overtime, to lift the Stockton Thunder (17-17-5, 39 points) to a come-from-behind 4-3 OT win over the Idaho Steelheads before 4,658 at Stockton Arena on Sunday. The Thunder won their seventh game in a row in the finale before the ECHL All-Star break and are now 7-0-1 since Dec. 31 under Head Coach Matt Thomas, who were aided by a goal each from Ryan Constant and James Bates. Goaltender Bryan Pitton made 23 saves and the win moved his record to 9-10-2. Idaho received a goal each from Marty Flichel, Bryan McGregor and Mark Bomersback.

1/17/09 - IDA 3 at STK 4: Igor Gongalsky scored a pair of goals and goaltender Andrew Perugini made 27 saves to lift the Stockton Thunder (16-17-5, 37 points) to their sixth straight victory, 4-3 over the Idaho Steelheads on "Teddy Bear Toss Night," before a crowd of 7,884 at Stockton Arena on Saturday night. Gongalsky was aided by goals from Mike Lalonde and Ryan Huddy, who increased his goal-scoring streak to five consecutive games. Idaho received goals from Marty Flichel, Darrell Hay and Mark Bomersback, who fell for the third time in five games. Stockton improved to 6-0-1 in its first seven games under Head Coach Matt Thomas. Gongalsky's first period goal triggered the Stockton Arena crowd to shower the ice with stuffed animals, to be donated to the United Way of San Joaquin County. In the past three years of the event hosted by the Thunder, there have been 11,000 stuffed animals donated for the cause.

1/16/09 - LV 2 at STK 7: The first line of Ryan Huddy, Mike Lalonde and James Bates combined for 10 points and six goals, helping turn a four-goal first period into a Stockton Thunder (15-17-5, 35 points) 7-2 rout of the Las Vegas Wranglers before a crowd of 6,902 at Stockton Arena on Friday night. The win, which opened a six-game homestand for the Thunder and increased their winning streak to five games, tied a team record for most goals in one game (7) at home. Lalonde's four points (2g-2a) tied his single-game career-high and Bates posted the first multi-goal game of his career. Huddy pitched in with two goals of his own and Damian Surma contributed with a third period power-play goal. It also made head coach Matt Thomas a winner in his Stockton Arena coaching debut, putting the Thunder at a 5-0-1 record since he took over as Thunder head coach.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

(courtesy of The Record)

"I think we have a lot of confidence in our team right now, and even when we're down we can come back and win," Huddy said. "The whole game we thought we were going to win."

- Thunder all-star forward Ryan Huddy after a 4-3 OT comeback win vs. Idaho, The Record, 1/19/08

"Yeah, I have to go back to the snow again," Thomas said with a laugh. "It's a tremendous honor to be voted in by your peers, and I do see the irony of going back as coach of the Thunder. It's interesting."

- Head Coach Matt Thomas on being named to coach the National Conference at the 2009 ECHL All-Star Game (second in his career, Atlantic City was his first with the game in Reading in 2005), The Record, 1/7/08

STOCKTON THUNDER STATISTICS (as of Jan. 19, 2009)

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