It was a record-setting weekend in Stockton as the first-year Thunder posted back-to-back home wins against Dayton, winning 5-2 on Saturday and 4-2 on Sunday. It is the first time that Stockton has won consecutive games and consecutive home games as it improved to 10-33-11 overall and 4-16-8 at Stockton Arena.
The Thunder has had eight crowds over 8,000 including four sellout crowds, three capacity crowds of 10,117 and once crowd of 8,923 which was classified as a sellout because 1,194 seats were not available for sale. The Thunder will play the next eight games on the road beginning at Phoenix on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jake Moreland had 51 saves on Sunday, marking the third time in the last 10 games that he has stopped more than 50 shots in a game, to raise his save percentage to .917 while lowering his goals-against average to 3.19. He is 8-14-7 in 30 games for the Thunder and tied for the league lead with four overtime losses.
Mike Lalonde scored two goals on Sunday and has six goals in his last 10 games to lead the team with 21 goals in 52 games. Lalonde, who is tied for the ECHL rookie lead with 12 power-play goals, scored 15 seconds into the game on Sunday, setting the team record for fastest goal from start of a game.
The league record for fastest goal from start of a game is held by Glenn Clark of Louisville, who scored six seconds into the game against Johnstown on Mar. 11, 1994. The ECHL record for fastest goal from the start of a period is five seconds and held by three players. The last player to score five seconds into a period was Kent Davyduke of Mississippi, who scored in overtime at Louisiana on Dec. 8, 2002 tying the record set by Brian Hannon of Carolina on Dec. 1, 1988 against Virginia and tied by Rick Kowalsky of Hampton Roads against Charlotte on Dec. 22, 1995.
Joel Irwin, who had an assist on Sunday to extend his scoring streak to six games (2g-6a), leads Stockton with 32 assists and 50 points in 52 games while ranking third on the team with 18 goals. Nathan Martz is second on the team with 31 assists and 42 points in 51 games while Maris Ziedins, who played for Latvia in the Olympics, leads the team with three game-winning goals and has 27 points (13g-14a) in 39 games.