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Friday, October 22, 2010

Thunder with Very Little Reign

Like the saying goes, third time's the charm. Stockton Thunders first game of the season against the Ontario Reign was a 6-3 loss. Game 2, the Thunder played the Reign and lost 5-4 in sudden death overtime.

Tonight, the third game of the season, the Thunder again played the Reign and this time came away with a 3-1 win for their first victory of the season.

All four goals scored in the game came on the power-play.

In the 1st period, the first of Thunders power-play goals was from Chris Lawrence (assisted by Aaron Clarke and Anthony Aiello). Chris D'Alvise (with assists from Jason Pitton and Fraser Clair) scored on a 5 on 3 power-play. In the 3rd period, Aaron Clarke scored a goal (assists from Chris Lawrence and Jim McKenzie) on the power-play.

Jon Francisco, with assists from David Walker and Jeff Corey, got the only goal for Ontario.

The Thunder looked great out there. Crisp passing, stronger defense, confident goaltending, and the guys laid some really nice hard hits on the Reign who were tripping all over themselves tonight. Goalie Tyson Sexsmith had 24 saves for the Thunder.

The best thing about this win? The Thunder played a complete game. It never felt like they were backing off or slowing down. Even until the final minute of the period as they were on a penalty kill, the team kept hustling to try to eke out one last goal into an empty net. It didn't happen but who cares, they played their best and earned the win.

The three stars of the game were all from the Stockton Thunder
  1. Tyson Sexsmith

  2. Aaron Clarke

  3. Chris Lawrence

Next home games will be on November 5th and 6th, which will be the "Thunder Goes Pink" games versus the Bakersfield Condors.

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