Thunder wins a big game, and makes a few points

The Thunder fell a couple of scores down again, which seemed really bad because this time they were on the road, not in the comfy, comeback-friendly confines of Stockton Arena.

But Stockton erased a 2-0 deficit and won 5-3 in Alaska to even its Western Conference series with the Aces at one game a piece.

And here’s what we learned:

* The Thunder can do the multi-goal rallies on the road too, but getting the early lead once in a while is a still a very good idea. Stockton has scored first in one of nine playoff games.

* In its four comeback victories in the postseason, the Thunder has owned the third period, scoring 12 goals, including four in Saturday.

* Matt Bergland is fine. He was taken out be a cheap shot to the head in the final contest of the Las Vegas series, and missed the first game against the Aces. He came back and got the game winner in Game 2.

* Stockton will miss defenseman Ryan Constant, who is out with a broken wrist, but winning in Alaska after seven consecutive losses this season at Sullivan Arena will give it tons of confidence.

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    Scott Linesburgh

    Linesburgh has been a member of The Record's sports department since 1988. A native of Wantagh, N.Y., he covers the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League, and has spent more than a quarter century reporting various other sports on the high ... Read Full
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