The old saying goes like this: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”
And the Stockton Thunder may have found the Flames which will ignite a move to a higher league.
The hot rumor is that the NHL’s Calgary Flames will purchase the Thunder and move it up to the American Hockey League. This would make the Thunder the hockey equivalent of a Triple A team in baseball such as the Sacramento River Cats.
Neither side will confirm or deny it. And even if true, a transfer to the AHL is complicated and could take a few years to pull off. But this would be a very good thing for Stockton hockey.
The team would be run by an NHL franchise, which is a great situation. And the AHL game is simply better than the ECHL. Good ECHL players get promoted to the AHL, whose stars can move up to the NHL.
Things should get much clearer in the next month. But there seems to be a lot of truth to these rumors, and it would be a welcomed move.
The Thunder played hard and tried to come from behind again. Idaho won 3-2.
The game started late because the ref wqas late getting to the arena, so comments from the players and coach Rich Kromm did not appear in the game story. So here’s a few:
Kromm talking about early special teams goals which gave Idaho a 2-0 lead: “One was a shorthanded opportunity where our defense got caught flat footed and weren’t able to recover and the other was just a simple missed pass that went right on their tape. We handed that one to them and without those mistakes I think we walk away with a win”
Forward Mike Pereira about his third period goals: “I don’t know what happened exactly. I was chasing a guy to the back of the net and ended up just getting the loose puck. We were trying to emphasize getting action in front of the goalie’s eyes and [Adam] Phillips made a great play getting it through. I didn’t get much on it but it was enough I guess.”
Stockton’s Alex Mallet showed an interesting and affective style in his second-period fight with Gaelan Patterson. Mallet unloaded at least 10 quick left-handed jabs before unloading a big overhand right. Little doubt who won that one.