By Scott Linesburgh
The Stockton Record
STOCKTON, Calif. – Glenn Fisher is not going to be worrying about getting another shutout Tuesday, and it’s not because he believes in taking it one game at a time.
Actually, he takes it one period at a time.
The rookie goalie is focused, and that’s one of the reasons he became the first Stockton Thunder goaltender to put up back-to-back shutouts. He has a chance to make it three in a row when the Thunder plays the Phoenix RoadRunners at 6:11 p.m. at U.S. Airways Center in the start of a three-game series.
He would like to shut down Phoenix again, but his main goal is helping the Thunder (4-3-0) win its fifth consecutive game.
“It’s my job to stop the puck and shutouts are great, but all I’m thinking about is what has to be done to win,” Fisher said. “I take it period to period, 20 minutes at a time, sometimes five minutes. You just concern yourself with what has to be done to win.”
His theory has worked so far. Fisher, a fifth-round choice of the Edmonton Oilers in 2002, shut out Phoenix 4-0 on Oct. 24 and beat Idaho 4-0 on Friday. He had 64 saves in the two wins, and hasn’t allowed a goal in 121 minutes and 40 seconds. He once had a 158-minute scoreless streak at University of Denver.
“He’s been tremendous,” Thunder coach Chris Cichocki said. “He is very focused and has done a great job of locating the puck.”
Fisher said his teammates have plenty to do with the shutouts, and they’ve had fun playing in front of him.
“When you’ve got a guy playing with that kind of confidence, it pumps you up and you have confidence in him,” forward Andy Contois said.
Phoenix coach Brad Church has seen Fisher in action, and said he’s impressed with the Thunder’s goaltending overall.
“We’re aware he’s a good goalie, and we saw (Cam) Ellsworth last year and he’s very capable,” Church said. “No matter who they have out there, it will be a tough night.”
The series in Phoenix concludes on Thursday, and the Thunder returns home to play the Fresno Falcons at 4 p.m. Sunday at Stockton Arena.