STOCKTON – Tony DeHart’s blast from the high slot with six seconds left in sudden death overtime lifted the Stockton Thunder (4-1-1, 9 points) to a 3-2 victory over the Bakersfield Condors before 5,062 fans at Stockton Arena on Sunday.
Returning to Stockton Arena after a two-week road trip, the Thunder played host to the arch rival Bakersfield Condors in an early Sunday clash. Despite the Thunder dominating every facet of the game, outshooting their opponents 45-26, overtime was required to decide this contest.
“Every shift felt like a power play,” DeHart said. “We were peppering them with shots the whole game. When you run into a hot goaltender like we did tonight, it can make it tough. I’m glad we were able to get the win.”
“I guess the hockey gods were smiling upon us,” Thunder head coach Matt Thomas said, “I thought we played a heck of a game. To be in the situation we were, giving a point away, wasn’t too appealing. To end it in the way we did was a big play.”
With the win, the Thunder improve to 1-1-0 at home, while Bakersfield falls to 3-4-1.
Stockton’s Bunz, who stopped 24 shots, saw his record improve 3-1-1 on the season with the win. Bakersfield’s Greenham dropped to 2-1-1.