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Thunder down Bulls at HP Pavilion on Monday Night

Monday, 12.17.2012 / 10:50 PM PT / News
By Patrick Hooper
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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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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