Season In Review: Bill Thomas

At the start of the season, the Bill Thomas profiled as a guy the Monsters would rely on for veteran leadership. In the end, Thomas helped out a young team with just that, leading in several ways. Thomas was one of two Monsters, along with rookie forward Andrew Agozzino, to play in all 76 of the team’s games in 2012-13. And after he was responsible for the first of the Monsters 211 goals this season, he would find the scoresheet frequently.

First of all, his 22 goals and 10 power play goals were both team-leading totals for the season. Thomas also led the Monsters in shots with 193 on the season, while finishing second on the team in points with 43. Among his biggest runs of the season was a stretch of 14 games in which Thomas tallied eight goals and nine assists for 17 points between December 29, 2012 and February 5, 2013. After the calendar flipped to 2013, Thomas and fellow forward Paul Carey tied for the Monsters team lead in points with 28 in 43 games, with Thomas finishing second on the team to Carey with 12 goals over that span.

On December 29 against Hamilton, Thomas was the only Monsters player to attempt a penalty shot all season, but his try was denied. Overall, Thomas’ 22 goals, 21 assists, and 43 points were his third-highest single-season totals in his American Hockey League career. He finished 2012-13 with nine multi-point games.

Thomas’ two biggest games of the season came in January, just over a week apart. On January 10, 2013 in San Antonio, Thomas tallied a pair of goals and chipped in an assist for his first three-point game of the season. The three points game in a 5-1 Monsters road win over Thomas’ former team, the San Antonio Rampage. On January 18, 2013 in Hershey, Thomas had a goal and two helpers for three points as the Monsters won in Hershey 3-2. Thomas was also particularly productive against the Hamilton Bulldogs, as he collected four goals and four assists for eight points in eight games against the Monsters North Division rivals over the course of the season.

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