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Thunder Weekly: Thunder Hosts Colorado for Two

December 11, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) Stockton Thunder

THUNDER OVERALL RECORD: 13-6-4, 30 points (2nd Pacific/4th Western Conference)

LAST WEEK: 2-1-1

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: (all times PT)

at SAN FRANCISCO BULLS

Thursday, Dec. 13 - 7:15 p.m.

Radio: 1280 AM KWSX/ StocktonThunder.com

The Stockton Thunder finishes up a three game road trip against San Francisco Bulls, an expansion team to the ECHL's Pacific Division. The game will be the third of 13 meetings between the two teams this season. In the last matchup, San Francisco defeated the Thunder 6-3 on Nov. 24. The Bulls play at the 71-year old Cow Palace and are an affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.

Monday, Dec. 17 - 7:30 p.m.

SITE: HP PAVILION AT SAN JOSE

Radio: 1280 AM KWSX/ StocktonThunder.com

The two teams move their regular season battle to HP Pavilion at San Jose on Monday which will mark the first game in Thunder history to be played in a current National Hockey League ice surface. The game is hosted by the San Jose Sharks and is a rescheduled Bulls home game from Jan. 16 which was originally slated for the Cow Palace. The Thunder's home ice of Stockton Arena is just 80 miles outside of San Jose. The game is free to the public and remaining tickets (space permitting as first priority is currently given to Sharks and Bulls season ticket holders) will be available at Ticketmaster.com tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

Stockton is in its seventh year as the NHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers and had a dual affiliation with the Oilers and Sharks from 2010-12. It will be the first ECHL game hosted at a current NHL venue since Oct. 20, 2002 when Mellon Arena (Pittsburgh) hosted a game between Wheeling and Peoria.

vs. COLORADO EAGLES

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15 - 7:30 p.m.

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

Friday and Saturday mark the first two games of the season between the Thunder and Colorado Eagles, who square off in the first set of games since the two teams met last season in the opening round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Thunder swept Colorado 3-0 in a best of five series. The Thunder went 4-5-0 against Colorado last season and defeated the Eagles in the last regular season matchup, 6-2 at Budweiser Events Center on Mar. 7.

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

(subject to change, all times PT)

Wednesday, DEC. 12

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

Thursday, DEC. 13

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

Travel after morning skate to San Francisco

7:15 p.m. - GAME at SAN FRANCISCO (Cow Palace)

1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com

Friday, DEC. 14

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

6:00 p.m. - Pre-game media access ends

7:30 p.m. - GAME vs. COLORADO

1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com

Saturday, DEC. 15

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

6:00 p.m. - Pre-game media access ends

7:30 p.m. - GAME vs. COLORADO

1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com

Sunday, DEC. 16

Day off

Monday, DEC. 17

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

Travel after morning skate to San Jose

7:30 p.m. - GAME at SAN FRANCISCO (HP Pavilion at San Jose)

1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com

2012-13 TEAM LEADERS:

Points - Toni Rajala (25)

Goals - Toni Rajala (13) - 10th, ECHL

Assists - Yannick Riendeau (15)

Plus/Minus - Eric Hunter (+11)

Penalty Minutes - Garet Hunt (97) - 3rd, ECHL

UPCOMING MILESTONES

- Ryan Constant is 5 assists away from 100 in his professional career

- Mike Little is 8 games away from 100 in his ECHL career

- Yannick Riendeau is 21 assists away from 100 in his professional career

TEAM NOTES

- Justin Maylan is second among ECHL rookies with 22 points

- Toni Rajala is tenth in the ECHL with 13 goals

- Cody Reichard earned his first ECHL Goaltender of the Week award (11th in Thunder history) on Tuesday

- Stockton ranks fifth in the ECHL with 3.7 goals per game

- Stockton ranks fifth in the ECHL at 22.2 percent on the power play

- Stockton is 9-2-1 at home this season

PROMOTIONAL NEWS - UPCOMING HOME GAMES

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15 vs. Colorado Eagles (7:30 p.m.)

WHAT: COATS FOR KIDS (presented by News10, KAT Country 103 and The Golden1 Credit Union)

Fans who donate a new or gently used coat at the doors of Stockton Arena will receive a free ticket voucher good for that night's game. It's a great way to help the Thunder, KAT Country 103, News10 and The Golden1 Credit Union keep local families warm during the cold months. Coats will be donated to the Salvation Army.

WEEK IN REVIEW

BAK 4 - STK 1 (12/9/12): Scott Greenham made 44 saves, including 18 in the third period to help the Bakersfield Condors send the Stockton Thunder (13-6-4, 30 points) to a 4-1 defeat at Rabobank Arena on Sunday. The Thunder saw its five game unbeaten streak (regulation) snapped with the loss and fell to three points behind the Ontario Reign for first place in the Pacific Division.

LV 4 - STK 3 (SO) (12/8/12): Yannick Riendeau had two assists and goaltender Cody Reichard made 39 saves for the Stockton Thunder (13-5-4, 30 points), who settled for a 4-3 shootout loss to the Las Vegas Wranglers at Orleans Arena on Saturday. Justin Maylan helped force overtime with a late third period goal, but Las Vegas held on with Mitch O'Keefe's 41 saves including four additional stops in the shootout. Chris Francis led the Las Vegas offense with a pair of goals.

STK 1 - LV 0 (12/5/12): Goaltender Cody Reichard (5-1-1), just one day after putting on his best performance of the season, upped the bar even higher by stopping all 38 shots he faced and posting the first shutout of his professional career Wednesday night. The Stockton Thunder (13-5-3, 29 points) needed all of his stops, as they pulled out a 1-0 victory at home over the Las Vegas Wranglers in front of 2,538 fans at Stockton Arena. Toni Rajala buried the game winning goal in the second period.

STK 3 - LV 1 (12/4/12): The Stockton Thunder (12-5-3, 27 points) snapped a four-game winless skid, using a three-goal second period to defeat the Las Vegas Wranglers 3-1 at Stockton Arena on Tuesday. Goaltender Cody Reichard (4-1-1) had his best start of the season, stopping 38 shots. In his return to the Thunder, forward Toni Rajala scored to continue his ECHL-leading scoring streak at 12 games. Centers Phil Mangan and Harrison Reed each found the net. Las Vegas' Joe Fallon made 22 saves.

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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