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Thunder strike first but end up falling to Idaho
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STOCKTON — The Stockton Thunder received an early lift from forward Vinny Scarsella when he finished off a nice centering feed from Keith Seabrook, but the Thunder couldn’t stop the Idaho offensive attack as the game ends with a final score of 5-2 in favor of the Idaho Steelheads Sunday night.

Tyler Shattock added a goal of his own in the third period on the power play, but it simply wasn’t enough to defeat Idaho, as their four-goal first period was ultimately the difference in the score. The Thunder will now hit the road for what will be a season high seven-game road swing beginning Wednesday night in a midweek clash with Utah.

“I thought we had a lot of quality chances and their goalie made the difference tonight,” said Thunder head coach Rich Kromm on running into a hot goalie and the team’s defensive struggles. “He was really the difference maker for their team all weekend long. Defensively we were a little loose tonight and that was frustrating because their one power-play goal was something we talked about and saw on video. That simply can’t happen.”

Vinny Scarsella agreed with the goalie assessment.

“He’s a good goalie and we knew we had to put a lot of shots on net to beat him. We felt like we put some quality shots on but credit him for making the saves.” Scarsella said.