STOCKTON – Kyle Kraemer’s goal in the third period ended an offensive flurry lasting for nearly three minutes, enough for the Ontario Reign to hold off the Stockton Thunder (30-23-5, 78 points), 4-3 in front of 6,124 fans at Stockton Arena on Sunday.
“We didn’t quit,” said Thunder head coach Matt Thomas. “We kept coming at Ontario and the guys believed, even though we knew the clock was our enemy near the end. We kept pushing.”
Both teams split the home and home series which featured the Thunder nearly coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the third period. Stockton’s power play - ranking third in the ECHL at the game’s start - was held to an 0-of-9 effort.
“We worked hard and at the end of the day that’s what we’re always looking for,” said Thomas. “We have to forget about this one and figure out how to win against Vegas this weekend.”
NOTES: The Thunder scratched Teigan Zahn, Ryan Green, Jesse Fratkin, Kevin Noble, Cameron Abney and Justin Maylan…Brandon Davidson scored his ninth point in nine games… Stockton skated one player short of a full lineup during the game … the Thunder fell to 4-4-1 in the season series against Ontario.
The Thunder returns to play at home on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (1280 AM KWSX/Stocktonthunder.com), hosting the Las Vegas Wranglers at Stockton Arena.