Urquhart Providing Offense For Thunder

By Scott Linesburgh
Staff Writer
The Stockton Record

STOCKTON, Calif. – Cory Urquhart doesn’t worry about what position he plays.

His attitude is always the same.

When he has the puck, he either looks to take a good shot or tries to make sure one of his teammates has one. It’s a plan that has worked well early this season.

Urquhart has nine points in his first five games with the Stockton Thunder, which plays at the Las Vegas Wranglers at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Orleans Arena.

Urquhart has excelled as a center, but Thunder coach Chris Cichocki likely will move him to left wing on a different line with right wing James Bates and center Jeff Kyrzakos, who was acquired in a trade last week and will make his Thunder debut tonight.

Urquhart said he’s ready for whatever Cichocki decides.

“It’s not a big deal to me. My job is to score goals and set guys up,” Urquhart said. “I’ve played all three (forward positions). It doesn’t matter to me.”

His performance in the first five games has mattered to the Thunder (2-3). He has three goals and six assists and was a runner up for the ECHL player of the week award. Wheeling (Pa.) Nailers forward Tommy Goebel won the honor.

“(Urquhart) is a great player. He can really finish with the puck,” Bates said. “If you give him a chance, he’ll score, and he creates a lot of space for his linemen.”

Cichocki said he was impressed with Urquhart, 24, when he saw him at Edmonton’s training camps last month.

“Dynamic – that’s the word for (Urquhart),” Cichocki said. “He’s a guy that makes something out of nothing.”