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Thunder down Bulls at HP Pavilion on Monday Night

Tuesday, 12.18.2012 / 1:50 AM / News
By Patrick Hooper  - Digital Content Developer
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Thunder down Bulls at HP Pavilion on Monday Night

Nearly 13,000 passionate hockey fans turned out for a Monday night ECHL showdown that saw the Stockton Thunder (15-7-3-2) defeat the San Francisco Bulls (11-16-1-2), by a score of 6-4.

Scoring broke open halfway through the first period when Mikael Tam, a defenseman on loan from the Worcester Sharks, scored his first goal of the season. Action turned soon after as Thunder forward Toni Rajala potted back-to-back goals to give Stockton a 2-1 lead. A feisty first period came to an end with both teams combining for 36 penalty minutes.

Nearly two minutes in to the second period, Bulls forward Kris Belan pulled the fans to their feet with his fifth goal of the season, tying the game at two apiece. At 4:47 of the second period, Thunder defenseman Mike Little got just enough on his wrister to roll over the shoulder of San Jose Sharks goaltending prospect Thomas Heemskerk and in to the back of the net for his squad’s second lead of the night. Ten minutes later, Garet Hunt and Rajala scored 48 seconds apart and the Thunder jumped out to a 5-2 lead. Rajala’s hat trick marked the end of the night for Heemskerk as Taylor Nelson, another on loan from the Worcester Sharks, entered the game.

San Francisco sprung back to life in the third period after Sacha Guimond got his shot through on an early power play opportunity. With 7:14 to go in the game, Alex Tuckerman narrowed the gap for San Francisco to just one goal after finishing on the rush and burying a perfect feed from Andrew Crescenzi.

Nelson turned in a few highlight reel saves in a little over a period of play, including some acrobatic denies on the penalty kill. However, hopes dwindled for San Francisco after Cameron Abney finally solved the Bulls back-up netminder for his second goal of the year, securing a 6-4 win for the Thunder. Cody Reichard, got the win in the pipes for Stockton by turning away 25 of 29 shots.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 65 32 28 14 60
L. Couture 65 22 33 1 55
J. Thornton 61 12 43 1 55
B. Burns 65 16 32 -1 48
P. Marleau 65 15 33 -14 48
T. Wingels 58 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 65 10 15 -1 25
M. Vlasic 60 8 12 14 20
M. Nieto 55 6 14 -8 20
J. Braun 54 1 19 7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 25 17 7 .913 2.61
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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