Thunder Notebook: Goalies, penalty boxes and power plays

Fans at Stockton Arena will get a chance to see the Thunder’s other goalie on Wednesday.

And the team can only hope he does as well as the first one.

Thunder coach Rich Kromm announced on Tuesday that rookie goaltender Parker Milner will start o against the Ontario Reign at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Milner is a New York Islander propsect and will be making his pro debut.

Brian Foster started the season opener on Saturday and had 29 saves in a 5-0 shutout against the Colorado Eagles. Kromm said he decided before the opener that the goalies would split the first two games and he’d go from there.

“We want to get them both some action, that was the plan going into the season,” Kromm said. “As we get going here, we’ll have decisions based on who’s hot. But both are going to play.”

Milner led Boston College to the 2012 NCAA title.

Boxed in

Defenseman Mathieu Gagnon had a spirited debut on Saturday with the Thunder, playing well and getting into two fights. But after the first one, there was a little mix up on where he should go.

Gagnon got the best of his battle with Colorado’sAlex Hudson 6:33 into the game, and skated to the visiting penalty box. He was quickly re-routed to the Thunder box by off-ice officials.

“I had no clue. Both doors were open, and I jumped into the first one I saw,” Gagnon said. “I was pumped by the fight, and it happened quick.”

Power up

The Thunder went 3 for 3 on the power play in the first game, and it hasn’t work on it that much in practice. But Kromm still put the players through strenuous special teams drills on Monday.

“We spent some time on it, and it’s always frustrating for the power play guys in practice because there’s no pressure on the penalty kill guys and they can be as aggressive as they want.,” Kromm said. “But it’s good, because you have to really work to make it effective. That’s what you want.”

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