STOCKTON, CA - The Stockton Thunder survived a late comeback bid from the Idaho Steelheads on Friday, winning 3-2 at the Stockton Arena.
With the victory, Stockton (24-21-5, 53 points) leap-frogged over Idaho (23-23-6, 52 points) into fifth place in the ECHL's Western Conference standings. Utah defeated Las Vegas to move to 49 points, just three points behind the Steelheads as four points separates fifth and seventh place in the Western Conference.
Trailing 2-0, Idaho didn't get on the board until there was 6:36 to go in the second period when Patrick Kennedy redirected a Cody Purves attempt past Thomas Heemskerk for his sixth goal of the season.
After the Thunder found the back of the net again right before the end of the third period, Idaho's Aaron Lewicki blasted a shot over the blocker of Heemskerk to get the Steelheads to within a goal, at the 11:06 mark.
Idaho would have chances over the final ten minutes, but could not get the equalizer as the Thunder held on.
The Steelheads will travel overnight via bus for games Saturday and Sunday against the Ontario Reign. Saturday night's game begins at 7 PM (Mtn) with Sunday's game getting underway at 6 PM.