STOCKTON, Calif. –The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks, announced today that the Oilers have assigned goaltender Bryan Pitton and defenseman Jordan Bendfeld to the Thunder from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
Pitton, 22, joins his brother Jasonon the team for the second straight year and for his third season in a Thunder uniform. The 6-foot-2, 176-pound goaltender is 1-1-0 in two games for Oklahoma City this year with a 3.53 goals-against-average and .891 save percentage. Last season, he was 9-9-3 with the Thunder in the regular season, posting one shutout, a 2.85 goals-against-average and led the ECHL with a .921 save percentage before being recalled to the Springfield Falcons for the remainder of the regular season.
Bendfeld, 22, returns after an assignment to Stockton on Oct. 16. He has suited up in one game for the Thunder this year and was selected in the seventh round (193rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by Edmonton. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defenseman has skated in 70 career games for the Thunder over the last three seasons (2008-11), scoring 13 points (1g-12a) while posting 116 penalty minutes. Last season, the Leduc, Alberta native recorded five points (1g-4a) and a +10 rating in 15 Kelly Cup Playoff games, helping guide the Thunder to the National Conference Finals for the first time in team history. Bendfeld suited up in 52 regular season games last year for the Thunder, posting ten assists and 91 penalty minutes.