Contois Quietly Takes Thunder Scoring Lead

By Scott Linesburgh
Staff Writer
The Stockton Record

STOCKTON, Calif. – Andy Contois isn’t picky about the way he helps the Stockton Thunder.He has no problem taking a shot when it’s there, but knows there are times when it’s his job to set up a teammate. The important thing is somebody scores, and the Thunder wins.

Contois has quietly become the team’s points leader going into Sunday’s 4 p.m. contest against the Fresno Falcons at Stockton Arena.

But the speedy forward doesn’t spend much time worrying about statistics.

“I think one of my strong points is that I can either be a scorer or the setup guy, and I’m equally comfortable with either,” Contois said. “Whatever it takes to help.”

Contois, 26, was signed as a free agent from the Gwinnett (Ga.) Gladiators for this season, and has 11 points with three goals and eight assists in 10 games.

“He has done everything we expected him to do,” Thunder coach Chris Cichocki said. “His quickness is such an asset. He can help you in so many ways.”

He has already shown the local fans he can handle the puck, picking up two game-winning assists in two of the Thunder’s first three wins at Stockton Arena.

He sent a pass to David Rohlfs for the game-winner in the 3-2 overtime win Oct. 27 and got the puck to Brandon Schwartz for the deciding goal in a 3-2 win Nov. 3.

“It all depends who you are playing with,” Contois said. “When I’m with a guy who is primarily a scorer, like Jesse Bennefield, I’m the one to get him in key situations.”

Contois can also score, as he proved with a breakaway goal against Phoenix in a 6-4 win Thursday.

“His speed is the biggest asset he brings to the team,” Schwartz said. “He just creates a lot of openings.”

Contois looks forward to continuing the trend.

“Chris (Cichocki) is giving me a lot of ice time, and I’m happy to get it,” Contois said. “I just want to keep contributing.”