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Final Phoenix Road Trip Precedes Rival Clash

November 8, 2007 - ECHL (ECHL) - Stockton Thunder News Release


at PHOENIX ROADRUNNERS (Tue-Thurs., 6;11 p.m.) - 1420 KSTN, B2 Networks

Winners of four consecutive games, the Thunder returns to the road for a three-game series against the Phoenix RoadRunners beginning Tuesday night from U.S. Airways Center. Following the final matchup on Thursday, both teams are finished with the 07-08 season series in the desert. The Thunder has an eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) in the head-to-head matchup and has not lost to Phoenix in regulation since March 7, 2006 in a 2-1 setback at U.S. Airways Center.

vs. FRESNO FALCONS (Sun - 4:00 p.m., Mon. 6:00 p.m.) - 1420 KSTN, B2 Networks

Local rivals hook up again as the Thunder faces the Fresno Falcons for the first time this season, looking to turn the direction of last year's 2-6-0 record in the season series against Fresno. Both teams face each other 10 times this year, starting with the first three matchups at Stockton Arena. Both teams faced each other twice in preseason play, splitting the series at 1-1-0. At the focal point of the Thunder's defensive efforts will be five-time all-star Luke Curtin, who scored 13 points (3g-10a) in last year's series.

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 $6 "pay-per-view" charge at, 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.

In addition, Valley Brew Family Restaurant is in its second season as official host of the Thunder Watch Party (via B2 Networks' "Bar and Pub Network") for all road games, with prizes, broadcast-interactive contests and more scheduled for all road games this week.

Located at 157 W. Adams Street in Stockton, Valley Brew Family Restaurant is placed in the heart of Stockton's "Miracle Mile" district and features an array of acclaimed burgers, beverages, appetizers, specialties and more, offering customers free wi-fi internet access inside the restaurant.


SUNDAY, 11/11

THUNDER'S ZOOpendous ADVENTURE presented by KAT Country, Wild Things, Inc. and Caroline Photography

- The first 1,000 kids in attendance will receive a commemorative Thunder calendar, posing your favorite players with wild! $5 from every group ticket sold will benefit the Micke Grove Zoo "EdZOOcational" program and Animal Education and Conservation.

MONDAY, 11/12

VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATION presented by Air Force Reserve

- All season ticket holders are invited to join the Thunder following Monday's Veteran's Day game against the Fresno Falcons - a great chance for pictures and autographs!


Friday, November 2 Stockton 4 vs. Idaho 0

The Thunder earned its third consecutive win behind rookie goaltender Glenn Fisher's shutout on 26 saves in a 4-0 win over the Idaho Steelheads at Stockton Arena last night. The Thunder tied a season-high with three-power play goals and was led by two goals from rookie Ryan O'Marra. Rookie forward Jacob Micflikier tallied a career-high three points - all on assists - while Jesse Bennefield scored his team-leading fifth goal of year and Sebastien Bisaillon scored his first pro goal in his debut with the Thunder.

Saturday, November 3 Stockton 3 - Idaho 2

The Thunder swept a two-game, back-to-back series from the Idaho Steelheads in "Thunder Goes Pink II" last weekend, finishing the series with a 3-2 comeback win before a sellout crowd of 9,737 at Stockton Arena on Saturday. With seven minutes left in regulation, Brandon Schwartz scored his first goal in a Thunder uniform with the game-winner. Jesse Bennefield and Jonas Almtorp also scored for the Thunder while Cam Ellsworth stopped 29 shots in net.


(courtesy of The Record)

"When you've got a guy playing with that kind of confidence, it pumps you up and you have confidence in him."

- Left wing Andy Contois on goaltender Glenn Fisher's back-to-back shutouts

"I always say the penalty kill starts with the goalies, because there are always going to be some shots that get through. But the guys have done an awesome job of limiting chances."

- Head Coach Chris Cichocki on the Thunder penalty-kill unit, leading the league with a 93.5 percentage

"I want to see a cure in my lifetime. I always say my mom is my inspiration and my daughters are my motivation."

- Debra Bachle, Thunder Corporate Account Executive, on the annual fundraiser "Thunder Goes Pink II" to benefit breast cancer awareness

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