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Final Weather Report: All the News and Notes from the Stockton Thunder

April 18, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) - Stockton Thunder News Release

Final Week's Results:

April 7 - STOCKTON THUNDER 5 at Bakersfield Condors 1

April 10 - STOCKTON THUNDER 2 at Bakersfield Condors 6

April 11 - Bakersfield Condors 1 at STOCKTON THUNDER 4

Recent Transactions:

4/6 - ADD Austin Levi (Reassigned by Carolina (NHL) from Charlotte (AHL) to Thunder)

4/4 - ADD Carter Rigby (Signed Contract)

Final Team Leaders

Goals: Tyler Maxwell with 24

Assists: Tyler Shattock with 40

Points: Tyler Shattock with 63

PIMs: Garet Hunt with 269

Wins: Cody Reichard & Kent Simpson with 8*

Losses: Kent Simpson with 19*

GAA: Kent Simpson with 3.39*

SV%: Kent Simpson with .900*

*includes stats accumulated with the Thunder and additional teams

End of the Year Award Winners

Team MVP: Tyler Shattock

Offensive Player of the Year: Jack MacLellan

Defensive Player of the Year: Adam Phillips

Rookie of the Year: Adam Phillips

Unsung Hero: J.T. Barnett

Community Service: Adam Phillips

Heart & Soul: Garet Hunt

Fan Favorite: Adam Phillips

*All awards voted on by the team, hockey operations staff and broadcaster except for the Fan Favorite Award which was voted on by the fans on StocktonThunder.com

One of the Best Ends to a Season

Tyler Shattock has been one of the best players in the ECHL over the tail end of the season.

Shattock has scored 14 goals and added 20 assists in 28 games from February to the end of the season. Of the 28 games, Shattock has points in 22 of them, missing out on just 6 games. His 63 points ranks as the seventh best season by an individual in Stockton Thunder history, three points away from passing Nathan Martz (65) for sixth and four points from passing Joey Martin (66) for fifth.

His 63 points this season has obliterated his previous pro high of 20 points that he picked up while playing for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season.

All-Time Greatest

Garet Hunt has had an amazing career with the Stockton Thunder and capped it off last Saturday scoring the final goal in Stockton Thunder team history in front of the fans that have supported him for the last seven seasons.

Hunt, who faces his first "uncertain future" of his career with the AHL moving into Stockton Arena next season, saw his #24 hung from the rafters in an emotional tribute to the captain in what is now the second Thunder banner hanging at Stockton Arena and first and only number retired for the Stockton Thunder.

Hunt finishes his career in Stockton as the team's leader in games played (441), points (159), penalty minutes (1657) and ranks third all-time in assists (95) behind Ryan Constant (110) and Nathan Martz (97) and second all-time in goals with 64 behind only Mike Lalonde (72).

When you consider the franchise's history including the Cincinnati Cyclones (1990-92), Birmingham Bulls (1992-2001), Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (2001-05) and Thunder (2005-15), Hunt is one of just three players to have played 7 season with the franchise. Craig Lutes did so all with the Bulls while Stefan Rivard accomplished this feat playing four seasons in Birmingham and following the team and playing three seasons with Atlantic City. Hunt played all of his seven seasons with Stockton.

Hunt also leads the franchise with 441 games played with Rivard (425) and Lutes (371) ranking second and third in the organization's history.

I am Iron Man

James Henry became just the fourth player in Thunder history to play all 72 games in one season when he skated in the final game on April 11.

Not only does this showcase Henry's ability to stay relatively healthy and battle past bumps and bruises, but it also shows just how valuable he has been over the course of the season. Henry was never a healthy scratch and played both forward and defense for the team this season.

Henry join Tim O'Connell (06/07), Brandon Schwartz (07/08) and Brian Lee (07/08) as the only Thunder players to claim the "Iron Man" award playing in every game during the course of the 72 game ECHL season! His 138 games played for Stockton will see him finish 9th on the Thunder's all-time games played list. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native also finishes his Stockton Thunder career with 79 points, good enough for seventh in Thunder history in just two seasons with the team.

End of the Season News and Notes

The Thunder have drawn over 150,000 fans in each of the 10 years the team has played in Stockton. Heading into April 11th's Thunder finale, the team has drawn 2,131,587 fans in 10 seasons, averaging 5,921 fans per game! The April 11 sellout was the 20th in team history and second of the season with the first coming during the team's Teddy Bear Toss on January 24, 2015. The pair of sellouts are the first since February 2, 2013. Garet Hunt's 25 major penalties finished tied for second in the league with Rapid City's Kevin Harvey. J.P. Chabot finished fifth in the league with 21 majors. Hunt is also fourth in the league with 269 penalty minutes. That mark established a new pro high, 14 minutes more than his previous high set in 2011-12 (255). Adam Phillips finished tied for seventh among rookie defenseman with 27 points with Evansville's Spencer Humphries. Klarc Wilson and Lukas Sutter are two and three respectively among rookies with 172 and 156 penalty minutes. Wilson is second among rookies with 16 major penalties. Lukas Sutter's 12-game penalty streak from 10/29 to 11/23 was the longest such streak in the ECHL this season. Sutter's 34 minutes in penalties on December 14 not only tied the most in a single game in team history, but also stood tied as the fourth most in as single game in the ECHL this season, tying the rookie with veteran tough-guy Justin Johnson. The Thunder had two penalty shots for and two against. Both penalty shots for were against Ontario with Joe Cannata in for the first and Jussi Olkinuora for the second, however both Peter Sivak and Mike Pereira were unable to score. One of the penalty shots against came against Ontario where Rocco Carzo was able to score on Shane Owen while the second one came on the last night of the season with Kent Simpson stopping Josh Currie. The Thunder were the second most penalized team in the league, averaging 21.63 minutes-per-game, just a little over a minute-per-game less than Allen. The Thunder's 87 major penalties is second behind Ontario and Colorado who both finished with 89 majors. Stockton has played the fewest number of games needing extra time (4). The next fewest was Wheeling with just 7 games needing extra time. The Thunder lost their only game decided in overtime and went 2-1 in shootout games. Despite only three games in the shootout, the Thunder finished 10th in the ECHL, scoring on 30.8% of their shootout attempts. The Thunder posted a record of 16-15-0-1 when they score the first goal of the game (happened 32 out of 72 times). Stockton's best record was against the Bakersfield Condors as the team posted a 9-6-0 record against their biggest rivals, finishing 10-years of rivalry games with a 51-39-15 record. Of teams the Thunder have played over 50 times, the Thunder have the best winning percentage against Bakersfield with a .557 win-percentage. The next best among teams the Thunder played over 50 times in the past 10 seasons is Utah with the Thunder posting a 40-35-8 record and .530 win-percentage. The Thunder power play finished as the third best in the league, converting 21.1% of their chances and matching the highest percentage it has ever been in the 10-year history of the Thunder. The 2009-10 Thunder converted on 21.1% of their chances. This is also the third-straight season the Thunder power play has ranked in the top five. The Thunder scored 9 shorthanded goals which is the sixth time the team has scored nine or more in a season. Stockton was 10-6-0-1 when leading after the first, 15-1-0-0 when leading after two and went 6-6-1-1 when tied after two. The Thunder out-shot opponents just 12 times all season but posted just a 4-8-0 record in those games. Tyler Maxwell lead the team with four game winning goals, not counting a shootout game winning goal. Tyler Shattock had three, good for second on the team, followed by former Thunder players Keith Seabrook and Ryan Hayes who had two game winners. Stockton had only 11 home games on Saturday nights but made the most of them, going 8-2-0-1.

Recently Accomplished Milestones

Garet Hunt scored the final ever goal in Stockton Thunder team history and at Stockton Arena on Saturday, April 11 into the empty net at the 19:38 mark. Tyler Maxwell played in his 100th ECHL game on Saturday, April 11. He also registered his 50th and 51st point of the season on Saturday, securing himself his first 50+ point season of his pro career and the 20th Thunder player to ever reach the plateau. James Henry played in his 72nd game of the season, becoming just the fourth player in Thunder history to play every game of the season. Kyle Brodie scored his first pro goal on Tuesday, April 7 in a game against the Bakersfield Condors Vinny Scarsella scored his 100th professional assist on Tuesday, April 7 when he assisted on Mario Larocque's opening power-play goal of the game.

Ending 10 Years of FANtastic Fun

Over the course of the last 10 seasons, the Thunder have played 720 regular season games against 19 different teams. From playing the Toledo Walleye once to playing the Bakersfield Condors 105 times, look and see just how the Thunder have performed during their time in the ECHL.




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