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Thunder Weekly (february 12-18): Military Appreciation Weekend

February 12, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) Stockton Thunder

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: (all times PT)

vs. ONTARIO REIGN

Friday: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: 1280 AM KWSX/ StocktonThunder.com

The Thunder opens "Military Appreciation Weekend," a special promotional event to salute members of the armed forces, against the Ontario Reign on Friday at Stockton Arena. The Thunder is 1-1-1 in the season series and last faced the Reign on Nov. 30 in a 5-4 overtime loss at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Thunder leads the all time series over Ontario with a record of 24-14-6. The Thunder will unveil special military themed jerseys for the event, which will be worn by the team during the two games on Friday and Saturday.

vs. SAN FRANCISCO BULLS

Saturday: (Home) 7:30 p.m.**

Sunday: (Road) 2:15 p.m.

Radio: 1280 AM KWSX/ StocktonThunder.com

The Thunder concludes "Military Appreciation Weekend" on Saturday at Stockton Arena, which begins a brief two game "home and home" series against the San Francisco Bulls. The two teams will play in a rematch on Sunday in San Francisco. The Thunder is 3-4-1 in the season series against the Bulls and last met them on Jan. 30 in a 4-3 shootout win at Stockton Arena. Following Saturday's game, the special military themed jerseys worn by the Thunder will be auctioned off to fans in attendance.

** Denotes online coverage only for Saturday's game

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

(subject to change, all times PT)

Wednesday, FEB. 13

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

Thursday, FEB. 14

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

Friday, FEB. 15

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

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

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

1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com

Saturday, FEB. 16

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

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

7:30 p.m. - GAME vs. SAN FRANCISCO

StocktonThunder.com

Sunday, FEB. 17

No morning skate

2:15 p.m. - GAME at SAN FRANCISCO

1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com

Monday, FEB. 18

Day off

2012-13 TEAM LEADERS:

Points - Yannick Riendeau (44)

Goals - Harrison Reed (21) - T-9, ECHL

Assists - Yannick Riendeau (30)

Plus/Minus - Philippe Cornet, Nathan Deck (+8)

Penalty Minutes - Garet Hunt (208) - 1st, ECHL

UPCOMING MILESTONES

- Maxime Boisclair is 4 points away from 100 in his ECHL career

- Garet Hunt is 3 games away from 300 as a member of the Thunder

TEAM NOTES

- Justin Maylan is tied for fourth in ECHL rookie scoring with 40 points

- Tyler Bunz had a career high 41 saves on Sunday at Alaska

- Mike Little is tied for ninth in defensemen scoring with 26 points

- Stockton is fifth in the ECHL at 21.4 percent on the power play

- Stockton is 16-4-6 when scoring first

- Stockton is 12-7-6 against teams in the Pacific Division

WEEK IN REVIEW

AK 3 - STK 1 (2/10/13): Alexandre Imbeault collected a natural hat trick and the Alaska Aces completed a three game weekend sweep, sending the Stockton Thunder (24-20-9, 57 points) to a 3-1 defeat before 3,379 fans at Sullivan Arena on Sunday. Mark Guggenberger made 21 saves for the win. Tyler Bunz took the loss with a career high 41 stops. Thunder defenseman Ryan Constant opened the scoring with a goal in the second period.

AK 3 - STK 2 (SO) (2/9/13): Gerald Coleman made 16 saves, adding four of five stops in the shootout, to help the Alaska Aces escape the Stockton Thunder (24-19-9, 57 points), 3-2 before 4,689 at Sullivan Arena on Saturday. Tyler Bunz made 30 stops, earning the game's second star including three saves in the first three rounds of the shootout. The Thunder battled back from a one goal deficit on Teigan Zahn's third period power play goal and got the game's first goal on another Maxime Boisclair marker.

AK 3 - STK 1 (2/8/13): B.J. Crum broke a 1-1 tie with a power play goal in the third period which stood as the game winner, helping the Alaska Aces send the Stockton Thunder (24-19-8, 56 points) to a 3-1 defeat before 4,010 fans at Sullivan Arena on Friday. The Thunder fell to 2-5-1 in the season series against Alaska and earned its only goal from Maxime Boisclair in the second period.

COMMUNITY APPERANCES

WHAT: Blood and Bone Marrow Drive

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 17 (11a.m. - 4 p.m.)

WHERE: Stockton Arena

Come hang out with Thunder mascot "Thor" to support "Hockey With Heart" at a blood and bone marrow drive hosted by SMG-Stockton and in conjunction with BloodSource. The blood and bone marrow drive is open to the public and all donors will receive a free ticket voucher good for admission to an upcoming Thunder game.

PROMOTIONAL NEWS - UPCOMING HOME GAMES

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 15 vs. Ontario Reign (7:30 p.m.)

WHAT: MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND (presented by Golden Bear Insurance Company and Wells Fargo, Coors Light, KAT Country 103, The Record, Blackwell Heating & Air, Fox40 News and St. Joseph's Medical Center)

Help the Thunder support the armed services and raise funds to benefit the Welcome Home Heroes Foundation. Local veteran and active military members will participate in the pregame ceremonial faceoff. On Friday's game, the first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative patriotic poster from the event.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16 vs. San Francisco Bulls (7:30 p.m.)

WHAT: MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND (presented by Golden Bear Insurance Company and Wells Fargo, Coors Light, KAT Country 103, The Record, Blackwell Heating & Air, Fox40 News and St. Joseph's Medical Center)

Help the Thunder support the armed services and raise funds to benefit the Welcome Home Heroes Foundation. Local veteran and active military members will participate in the pregame ceremonial faceoff. Saturday's game wraps up the event and the first 2,000 fans (ages 13 and over) will receive a special red, white and blue Thunder Military Appreciation cap. Commemorative jerseys, worn for both games by the Thunder, will be auctioned off to fans in attendance after the game.

More information is available at http://www.stocktonthunder.com/military-appreciation-weekend/.

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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