Thunder Tighten Pacific Race

Sweeping three games in three days at Alaska, Stockton extended its winning streak to five games and moved within two points of Ontario for second place in the Pacific Division.

Stockton plays on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at Victoria which has won its last three games and is 5-2-3 in the last 10 games. The Thunder won the first two meetings, 5-2 at Victoria on Nov. 1 and 5-1 at Victoria on Oct. 30, to improve to 9-10-3 all time against the Salmon Kings.

Oren Eizenman leads the Thunder in the last five games with nine points (4g-5a) while J.F. Caudron has five goals and eight points and Judd Blackwater (2g-5a) and Matt Robinson (6g-1a) each have seven points. Bryan Pitton was 3-0-0 during the streak before being called up to the National Hockey League by the Edmonton Oilers while Andrew Perugini is 2-0-0.

Victoria’s David Shantz is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.93 in his last three starts while Wes Goldie (4g-1a) and Olivier Latendresse (1g-4a) have five points each.

Bakersfield has won a team record 10 home games in a row and continues to lead the division with 34 points (16-6-2), nine points ahead of Ontario. The longest home winning streak in ECHL history is 18 games by South Carolina from Dec. 23, 1994-Mar. 19, 1995. The Condors play at Ontario on Wednesday and at Utah on Friday and Saturday.

Condors rookie Timo Pielmeier has won his last two starts to improve to 6-0-2 with a goals-against average of 2.44 in his last eight games. Shawn Weller (5g-6a) and Stephane Goulet (4g-7a) lead Bakersfield in the last 10 games with 11 points each while Mathieu Aubin (5g-5a) and Andrew Ianiero (5g-5a) have 10 points apiece.