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Thunder return home with 2-0 series lead vs. Bakersfield, Wednesday in Game 3

April 19, 2010 - ECHL (ECHL) - Stockton Thunder News Release


The sixth-seeded Thunder, with a 2-0 series lead, continues the National Conference Semifinals Wednesday against the second-seeded Bakersfield Condors (first time facing the Condors in the playoffs) at Stockton Arena, a best-of-seven series that follows a "2-3-2" format. The series features four players with NHL playing experience (Colin Hemingway, St. Louis Blues, Bryan Young, Edmonton Oilers, Kyle Calder, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit and Anaheim and MacGregor Sharp, Anaheim). It marks the Thunder's fourth straight playoff appearance and four in five seasons since joining the ECHL. The Condors are in their seventh straight playoff appearance and return to the second round for the first time since 2007. The Thunder defeated Bakersfield, 4-3 in overtime in Game 2 last Saturday at Rabobank Arena.

STOCKTON VS. BAKERSFIELD - NATIONAL CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Game 1: Stockton 3 at Bakersfield 2 (OT)

Game 2: Stockton 4 at Bakersfield 3 (OT)

Game 3: Bakersfield at Stockton - Wednesday, April 21 - 7:00 p.m. (Stockton Arena)

Game 4: Bakersfield at Stockton - Friday, April 23 - 7:30 p.m. (Stockton Arena)

Game 5: Bakersfield at Stockton - Saturday, April 24 - 7:30 p.m. (Stockton Arena) *

Game 6: Stockton at Bakersfield - Tuesday, Apr. 27 - 7:00 p.m. (Rabobank Arena) *

Game 7: Stockton at Bakersfield - Wednesday, Apr. 28 - 7:00 p.m. (Rabobank Arena) *

* If necessary

1280 AM KWSX is the Thunder's flagship radio station on the road this year and all Thunder games can be heard live on the Internet (free-of-charge) and are available for viewing at a $7 "pay-per-view" charge at www.stocktonthunder.com, 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.

PROMOTIONAL NEWS

GAME 3 - Wednesday, April 21 vs. Bakersfield Condors, 7:00 p.m.

KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS - NATIONAL CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL (presented by Financial Center Credit Union, Jackson Rancheria and Food-4-Less)

- The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Thunder gold playoff rally towel!

GAME 4 - Friday, April 23 vs. Bakersfield Condors, 7:30 p.m.

KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS - NATIONAL CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL (presented by Financial Center Credit Union, Jackson Rancheria and Food-4-Less)

- The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Thunder gold playoff rally towel!

GAME 5 (If necessary) - Friday, April 24 vs. Bakersfield Condors, 7:30 p.m.

KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS - NATIONAL CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL (presented by Financial Center Credit Union, Jackson Rancheria and Food-4-Less)

ALL FANS ASKED TO "GO GOLD" FOR KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS - FREE GOLD RALLY TOWELS!

The Stockton Thunder are asking all fans in attendance for Thunder home Kelly Cup Playoff games at Stockton Arena to "go gold" and wear gold clothing similar to the color in the Thunder uniform scheme. The first 1,000 fans in attendance this Wednesday and Friday will receive a free Thunder playoff rally towel to wave proudly during the playoff run!

The Thunder, who ranked third in ECHL attendance this season and drew over 6,000 fans per game for the fifth consecutive season, will roll out exclusive playoff merchandise, including playoff rally towels, collectible playoff pucks and gold bandanas. Special gold playoff t-shirts with the second round theme are on sale at all home games in the Stockton Arena "Fan Attic" and all in-arena merchandise locations.

"KING'S ROOM" ROAD GAMES: PLAYOFF WATCH PARTIES

The Thunder is hosting Kelly Cup Playoff Watch Parties from the "King's Room" of Stockton Arena for all Thunder playoff road games as available. A tradition which started last season, fans can enjoy the game on several television monitors which will carry playoff game coverage through B2 Networks, "the official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL." Admission to Playoff Watch Parties is $5 for the general public ($3 for full Thunder Season Ticket Holders). Doors to the King's Room, located at the North Entry of Stockton Arena, will open to all fans 30 minutes prior to puck drop. Throughout each game fans can enjoy discounts on food and beverages.

"KING'S ROOM" HOME GAMES: PREGAME AND POSTGAME PARTIES FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Back by popular demand, the Stockton Thunder is hosting pregame and postgame parties inside the new "Kings Room" of Stockton Arena, open before each home game and after each Friday and Saturday home game. A great gathering place for Thunder fans to rally before the game or celebrate a win after, enjoy drink specials along with live music! For more information, call the Thunder at (209) 373-1500.

KELLY CUP PLAYOFF TICKET INFORMATION

Kelly Cup Playoff tickets are now available in person at the Stockton Arena Alpine Meats Ticket Office, by phone at (209) 373-1700 or online at www.StocktonTickets.com, start as low as $9 per seat and range to $28 (Comcast Club). Current Thunder Season Ticket Holders receive tickets to the first two rounds of the Kelly Cup Playoffs in their ticket package. Fans wishing to get priority seating on playoff tickets can do so by placing a deposit on new Thunder Season Tickets for the 2010-11 season. Round-by-round ticket packages for the 2010 Kelly Cup Playoffs are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Stockton Thunder at (209) 373-1500.

COMMUNITY UPDATE RECAP

HP4K (Hockey Players 4 Kids) - Bristow Middle School (Brentwood, Calif.)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 6:00 p.m.

Last week, select Thunder players joined reading program, contest-winning school students for a special street hockey game at 6:00 p.m. Thunder gift baskets and Kelly Cup Playoff tickets were be auctioned off and all players were available for photos and autographs after the game!

PLAYOFF TEAM LEADERS:

Points - Oren Eizenman (12)

Goals - J.F. Caudron (5)

Assists - Oren Eizenman (10)

Plus/Minus - Jordan Bendfeld (+7)

Power-Play goals - Kelly Czuy (2)

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

(subject to change, all times PT)

TUE, APR. 20:

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

WED, APR. 14:

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

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

7:00 p.m. - GAME 3 VS. BAKERSFIELD

StocktonThunder.com

THURS, APR. 15:

TBD

FRI. APR. 16:

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

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

7:30 p.m. - GAME 4 VS. BAKERSFIELD

StocktonThunder.com

SAT. APR. 17: (if game 5 necessary)

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

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

7:30 p.m. - GAME 5 VS. BAKERSFIELD

StocktonThunder.com

SUN. APR. 18:

TBD

MON. APR. 19:

TBD

WEEK IN REVIEW:

GAME 2: STK 4 - BAK 3 (OT) (4/17/10): Oren Eizenman scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 10:59 left in sudden death overtime, to lead the Thunder to their second straight comeback victory in overtime in a 4-3 win over the Bakersfield Condors in Game 2 of the National Conference Semifinals of the 2010 Kelly Cup Playoffs, before 4,827 at Rabobank Arena on Saturday night. The Thunder, who took a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven series over the second-seeded Condors with the series moving to Stockton for Game 3 next Wednesday, were aided by Andrew Perugini's 41 stops while Ryan Constant and J.F. Caudron added a goal each, helping Stockton come-from-behind in three separate one-goal deficits.

GAME 1: STK 3 - BAK 2 (OT) (4/16/10): J.F. Caudron scored a game-winning goal with 9:42 left in sudden death overtime to lift the Thunder to a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory over the Bakersfield Condors in Game 1 of the National Conference Semifinal round of the 2010 Kelly Cup Playoffs, before 5,208 fans at Rabobank Arena on Friday. The Thunder, who seized home-ice advantage in the series with a 1-0 series lead and battled back from a 2-1 deficit with less than three minutes left in regulation, tied the game on a clutch power-play goal from Kelly Czuy and also received a second period goal from Jason Pitton. In net, Andrew Perugini improved to 4-1 in the postseason with 43 saves.

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