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Phoenix RoadRunners goaltender Craig Kowalski made 29 saves while P.J. Fenton chipped in with a pair of goals, sending the Stockton Thunder (17-18-5, 41 points) to a 5-1 loss before 4,849 fans at Stockton Arena on Sunday.

The Thunder, who are in the midst of playing five games in six nights, ended a six-game homestand with a 4-2-0 record and were supported by a goal from Adam Huxley, who broke a 16-game goal-scoring drought. Goaltender Bryan Pitton made 33 saves in the loss while both teams combined for 133 penalty minutes. A whopping total of 100 PIM's were issued to the Thunder in a third period melee.

Phoenix broke through on Matt Burke's third goal of the season at 1:38 of the second period for a 1-0 lead, followed by Huxley's seventh goal of the season to level the score at 1-1 just 1:08 later. Huxley converted a backhanded attempt past Kowalski after being set up by Craig Valette's centering pass from behind the net.

Ashton Rome was credited with the eventual game-winner at 7:01 of the second period for a power-play goal and 2-1 RoadRunners cushion, when he re-directed Brett Peterson's blast from the high slot into the back of the net. Fenton then hiked the lead to 3-1 with 2:35 left in the second on a shorthanded goal scored by Phoenix in as many games, when he beat Pitton with a snap shot from the right circle.

Fenton, who is the son of former Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings forward Paul Fenton, converted his second goal of the game at 9:19 of the third period to lift Phoenix to a 4-1 lead and captain Mitch Carefoot sealed the scoring with his 10th goal of the season just 2:54 later on a backhander past Pitton's blocker.

The lopsided scored contributed to an altercation near the team benches in the third period when both teams combined for 91 penalty minutes with 3:36 left in the game, which started when Thunder winger Garet Hunt scrapped with Carefoot, leading to Adam Huxley's fight with James McEwan and Thunder defenseman Matt O'Dette getting tangled up with the Phoenix bench.

Both teams were issued matching bench minor penalties and a combined total of three game misconducts were issued in the scrum.

NOTES: The Thunder scratched Marc-Andre Bernier (injured reserve), Ryan MacMurchy (injured reserve), Jordan Bendfeld (injured reserve), Cleve Kinley (injured reserve), Justin Chwedoruk (injured reserve), David Rohlfs (injured reserve) and Mark Adamek (injury, day-to-day) ... Phoenix outshot the Thunder 38-30 and kept the Thunder blanked on six power-play chances ... Ryan Huddy's nine-game scoring streak came to an end ... Oilers assistant coach Charlie Huddy and development coach Bob Mancini were in attendance at the game ... Sunday's game marked the first of this season, following the half-way point of the season, for the Thunder switching to dark jerseys at home, a customary move throughout the entire ECHL.

The Thunder returns to play on Tuesday, Jan. 27 with a 7:05 p.m. road game against the Victoria Salmon Kings from Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The game is available on radio at 1420 KSTN and online (audio is free-of-charge) for viewing for a $7 charge at (courtesy of B2 Networks).

The proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers and American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons, the Thunder was voted "Best Local Sports Team" by readers of the San Joaquin Magazine, has led the ECHL in attendance for three consecutive seasons and drew 239,337 fans to Stockton Arena in 2007-08. Season, group, individual tickets and mini plan packages are on sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit
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