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February 17, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) Stockton Thunder

DATE: Sunday, February 17, 2013

TIME: 2:15 p.m.

SITE: Cow Palace

RADIO: 1280 AM KWSX/StocktonThunder.com (AmericaOne)

NHL AFFILIATES

Stockton Thunder: Edmonton Oilers

San Francisco Bulls: San Jose Sharks

NEXT HOME GAME

Sunday, Feb. 24 vs. Ontario Reign (4:00 p.m.)

PUCK/FAMILY DAY (Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Farmers Insurance Company, 99.3 KJOY, Angelina's Italian Cuisine, and 97.7/98.3 KWIN)

TONIGHT'S MATCHUP

The Stockton Thunder closes out the weekend with a trip to the Bay, as the team battles the San Francisco Bulls at the Cow Palace. The Thunder are looking for a weekend sweep, as Stockton followed up a 2-1 overtime win over Ontario on Friday with a 4-0 blanking of the Bulls on Saturday. Goaltender Olivier Roy stopped all 34 shots he faced for his fifth professional shutout, and Gabriel Levesque scored two goals to pace the Thunder. The game turned wild in the third period, as a combined 144 penalty minutes were handed out. Though the season series is even at 4-4-1, the Thunder is seeking its first win at the Cow Palace.

2012-13 Head to Head Schedule: (4-4-1)

Fri. Nov. 9 Stockton 1 at San Francisco 4

Sat. Nov. 24 Stockton 3 at San Francisco 6

Thur. Dec. 13 Stockton 3 at San Francisco 4 (OT)

Mon. Dec. 17 Stockton 6 at San Francisco 4 *

Fri. Jan. 18 San Francisco 2 at Stockton 5

Sat. Jan. 19 Stockton 2 at San Francisco 4

Sun. Jan. 20 San Francisco 5 at Stockton 2

Wed. Jan 30 San Francisco 3 at Stockton 4 (SO)

Sat. Feb. 16 San Francisco 0 at Stockton 4

Sun. Feb. 17 at San Francisco 2:15 p.m.

Wed. Mar. 13 San Francisco 7:00 p.m.

Fri. Mar. 22 at San Francisco 7:15 p.m.

Sat. Mar 23 at San Francisco 7:15 p.m.

*Game at HP Pavilion at San Jose

NOTE OF THE NIGHT

The Thunder is 13-3-3 when leading after one period this season.

LAST THREE GAMES:

STK 4 - SF 0 (2/16/13): Goaltender Olivier Roy helped the Thunder close out Military Appreciation Weekend in style, stopping all 34 shots he faced and recording the fifth shutout of his professional career in a 4-0 victory for the Stockton Thunder (26-20-9, 61 points) over the San Francisco Bulls in front of 7,526 fans on Saturday at Stockton Arena. Center Gabriel Levesque lead the Thunder with two goals, while forward Matt Reber finished with two assists. Center Eric Hunter and forward Matt Bergland each chipped in with a goal.

S TK 2 - ONT 1 (OT) (2/15/13): Defenseman Brandon Davidson, making his ECHL debut, scored two clutch goals in the third period and sudden death overtime to lift the Stockton Thunder (25-20-9, 59 points) to a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory in overtime over the Ontario Reign before 5,145 fans at Stockton Arena on Friday. Returning to the Thunder after his "Rookie of the Year" campaign last season, goaltender Olivier Roy (1-0-0) made 29 saves in victory with teammates clad in black, white and silver camouflage jerseys for "Military Appreciation Weekend." Ontario's Dustin Carlson (1-1-2) stopped 18 shots.

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.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

- Garet Hunt is 1 game away from 300 as a member of the Thunder

- Maxime Boisclair is 3 points away from 100 in his ECHL career

HELLO (AGAIN)

The Thunder was boosted by recent additions to their lineup with goaltender Olivier Roy and defenseman Brandon Davidson assigned to the team from Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Roy was named Thunder "Rookie of the Year" last season when he broke the team record with four shutouts. Davidson, an Oilers sixth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had a career high 13 goals in 69 games last season with Regina (WHL) and added 49 points (3rd in team scoring), earning a selection on the WHL Second All-Star Team (Eastern Conference).

HOME SWEET HOME

The Thunder has made Stockton Arena ideal for home ice advantage this season with a record of 17-7-3. Below is a look at key figures for the Thunder at home this season:

At home this season, the Thunder has:

- A record of 17-7-3

- Totaled eleven games of scoring four goals or more

- Outshot the opposition fourteen times this season

- Posted 19 games of 30 shots on goal or more

- Collected at least one power play goal in fifteen of the last seventeen games

FEEL THE POWER

The Thunder has gone on a power trip, having scored a power play goal in 15 of the last 17 games while only going two games in the entire month of January without one. The Thunder has seen center Harrison Reed benefit most from the recent surge, scoring six power play goals (half of the Thunder total) during the stretch. The Thunder went 1-of-4 in Saturday's game against San Francisco.

TO THE MAX

Thunder forward Maxime Boisclair has picked up eleven points in twelve games since joining the Thunder as a signed free agent. Boisclair has scored four goals in the last seven games and has five goals in 2012-13. Boisclair was named an ECHL All-Star as a member of the Eastern Conference team in 2006-07.

NO LITTLE ACCOMPLISHMENT

Thunder defenseman Mike Little played in his 100th career ECHL game on Dec. 27 at Bakersfield and helped out offensively with an assist in a 4-2 Thunder win. Little was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team last season and was the first selection in Thunder history. Little also played in his 100th career Thunder game Jan. 9 at Colorado.

JUSTIN TIME

Center Justin Maylan is tied for second in the ECHL in rookie scoring with 38 points this season in 44 games. He collected 12 points in 16 games during the month of December. Maylan has also posted nine multi point games this season.

OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN

Garet Hunt was named the sixth captain in Thunder history on Oct. 12, taking the "C" for the first time in his career for full-time duty. Hunt served as an alternate captain for the Thunder last season and has helped guide the team to the playoffs for four straight seasons since his 2008-09 rookie campaign. Hunt is the Thunder all-time leader with 299 games played.

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