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December 3, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) Stockton Thunder

THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 11-5-3, 25 points (2nd Pacific/4th Western Conference)

LAST WEEK: 0-1-2

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: (all times PT)

vs. LAS VEGAS WRANGLERS

HOME: Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 4-5 - 7:00 p.m. *

ROAD: Saturday, Dec. 8 - 7:05 p.m. **

Radio: 1280 AM KWSX/ StocktonThunder.com

The Thunder takes on the Las Vegas Wranglers for three consecutive games this week including two at Stockton Arena on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Thunder is 1-0-1 this season against the Wranglers and in the last matchup Stockton won 5-4 at Orleans Arena on Oct. 20. The games feature a reunion from the past for Matt Thomas (Stockton head coach) and Ryan Mougenel (Las Vegas head coach) - the two formerly coached together in Stockton and Fresno while Thomas coached Mougenel, a former forward, in Atlantic City.

at BAKERSFIELD CONDORS

Sunday, Dec. 9 - 5:00 p.m.

Radio: 1280 AM KWSX/ StocktonThunder.com (joined in progress on radio)

The Stockton Thunder continues a three game road trip visiting the Bakersfield Condors on Sunday. It will be the sixth of 11 meetings between both teams this season and the Thunder has dominated the series so far with a 4-0-1 record, outscoring the Condors at a 23-14 clip. They carry a record of 33-27-13 against Bakersfield and settled for a 5-4 shootout defeat in the last meeting on Dec. 1. It will also be another reunion between Thunder head coach Matt Thomas and Bakersfield counterpart Matt O'Dette - previously a Thunder defenseman, captain and assistant coach from 2008-11. Thomas has the upper hand in the matchup with a lifetime 12-5-1 record.

* Denotes exclusive online coverage for Tuesday

** Denotes potentially joined in progress on radio

The team's upcoming schedule for this week is as follows :

(subject to change, all times PT)

Tuesday, DEC. 4

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

5:30 p.m. - Pre-game media access ends

7:00 p.m. - GAME vs. LAS VEGAS

StocktonThunder.com

Wednesday, DEC. 5

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

5:30 p.m. - Pre-game media access ends

7:00 p.m. - GAME vs. LAS VEGAS

1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com

Thursday, DEC. 6

10:00 a.m. - Practice at Stockton Arena

Friday, DEC. 7

10:00 a.m. - Practice at Stockton Arena

Travel to Las Vegas after practice

Saturday, DEC. 8

11:15 a.m. - Morning skate at Orleans Arena

7:05 p.m. - GAME at LAS VEGAS

1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com

Sunday, DEC. 9

No morning skate

5:00 p.m. - GAME at BAKERSFIELD

1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com

Monday, DEC. 10

Day off

2012-13 TEAM LEADERS:

Points - Toni Rajala (23) - T-10, ECHL

Goals - Toni Rajala (11)

Assists - Toni Rajala, Harrison Reed, Nathan Deck (12)

Plus/Minus - Eric Hunter (+12)

Penalty Minutes - Garet Hunt (79)

UPCOMING MILESTONES

- Ryan Constant is 1 game away from 300 in his ECHL career

- Ryan Constant is 4 assists away from 100 in his professional career

- Mike Little is 12 games away from 100 in his ECHL career

TEAM NOTES

- Toni Rajala has an 11 game scoring streak with 23 points in that span

- Justin Maylan is tied for second among ECHL rookies with 19 points

- Eric Hunter is tied for fourth in the ECHL with a +12 rating

- Stockton ranks fifth in the ECHL at 22.6 percent on the power play

- Stockton is 7-2-1 at home this season

- Stockton is fifth in ECHL attendance with an average of 5,405 fans per game

PROMOTIONAL NEWS - UPCOMING HOME GAMES

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 5 vs. Las Vegas Wranglers (7:00 p.m.)

WHAT: FAMILY DAY (presented by Sutter Gould Medical Foundation with 99.3 KJOY)

Family Day offers four tickets, hot dogs and soft drinks for $34. A free Thunder cap is also included when purchasing at www.StocktonThunder.com.

WEEK IN REVIEW

BAK 5 - STK 5 (SO) (12/1/12): Battling back from a two goal deficit in the third period, the Stockton Thunder (11-5-3, 25 points) was forced to settle for one point as the Bakersfield Condors scored in all three shootout attempts for a 5-4 win before 6,516 fans at Stockton Arena on Saturday. Center Phil Mangan led the Thunder with two goals. Forward Yannick Riendeau (one goal, one assist) and center Justin Maylan (two assists) each contributed two points as well. Goaltender Tyler Bunz (8-4-3) made 30 saves for the Thunder.

ONT 5 - STK 4 (OT) (11/30/12): Colton Yellow Horn finished off a rally by the Ontario Reign with a game winning goal just 27 seconds into sudden death overtime, sending the Stockton Thunder (11-5-2, 24 points) to a 5-4 overtime loss at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday. The Thunder held a 3-1 lead in the third period and was paced by Yannick Riendeau's three points and Harrison Reed's pair of goals.

AK 6 - STK 2 (11/28/12): The Stockton Thunder (11-5-1, 23 points) saw their seven-game home winning streak ended in front of 3,316 fans at Stockton Arena, falling to the Alaska Aces 6-2 on Wednesday. Defenseman Ryan Constant led the Thunder with a goal and assist while Tyler Bunz (8-4-1) recorded 27 saves. The loss marks the first losing streak the Thunder have had all season and it was their first on home ice since Oct. 12.

Season Tickets, Group Tickets and Mini-Plans for 2012-13 are on sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit www.StocktonThunder.com.

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