WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder wraps up a five-game homestand tonight against a surging Allen Americans squad.

Looking Back…

The Thunder finally solved Utah Grizzlies netminder Kevin Carr on Saturday night, ending his 90-minute long shutout streak. But, after going down 4-1 through two periods of play, Jakob Stukel and Travis Brown powered a thunderous comeback. Wichita defeated Utah 5-4 in overtime.

Allen fell to the Idaho Steelheads in overtime Saturday night by the score of 4-3 in front of the largest crowd at the Allen Event Center this season, just over 5,300.

Tonight’s Specifics

Venue: INTRUST Bank Arena – Wichita, Kansas
First Faceoff: 7:05 pm
How to Listen: The Sin Bin app/ECHL.TV
Pregame show starts at 6:30, game broadcast at 7 pm
Interact with Us During the Game: @SinBinThunder
Referee: 
Stephen Reneau
Linesmen: Addison Brush & Chris Provost

Overall Stats

  • Allen leads the season series against Wichita 5-2-0-2 and has won the last three meetings
  • Allen has outscored Wichita 39-31 during the season-series
  • In the last five years between the two teams, Allen is 44-12-4-5 against Wichita
  • With a win tonight and a Kansas City loss in regulation, Wichita can move back into fourth place in the Mountain division

Thunder Notes

  • Steven Iacobellis has eleven points in his last 12 games (5G, 6A). He is second among ECHL rookies in scoring with 47 points (15G, 32A)
  • Jakob Stukel recorded his first career overtime winner on Saturday night. He finished the game with two goals and an assist. He has seven points in his last five games (3g, 4a).
  • Since coming to Wichita, Stefan Fournier has been a nice addition to the Thunder line-up. He has 11 points (6g, 5a) in 12 games for the Thunder. He got the Thunder offense going on Saturday night in the second period. Fournier has points in five of the last six games (3g, 3a).
  • Travis Brown tied the game with his 11th goal of the season on Saturday night. He has goals in three of the last four games since returning to the Thunder line-up.
  • Jeremy Beaudry had two assists on Saturday and finished a +4 on the night. His +4 is a season-high for the second-year defenseman.
  • Dylan Wells returned to Wichita after spending more than a month with AHL Bakersfield. In his last nine games with Wichita, he allowed 17 goals on 276 shots faced (2.03 goals against average and a .938 save percentage)
  • This season against Allen, the Thunder power play is 4-for-49 (8.2% efficiency,) while the penalty kill has allowed ten goals in 51 times shorthanded (80.4% kill rate).
Possible Wichita Scratches:
  • Dylan Labbe – injured reserve
  • Dyson Stevenson – injured reserve
  • Jesse Gabrielle – injured reserve
  • Matt Hewitt – injured reserve
  • Jared Wilson – recall to AHL Bakersfield

Additional scratches will be revealed closer to game time

Americans Notes, Courtesy of Barry Janssen

  • Head-to-head Allen has the edge in goals (39-31) and shots (321-316). The Americans are ranked #21 in the ECHL in shots, averaging just over 30 per game.
  • Allen dominated special teams in the three games they played against Wichita in January. The Americans were 7-15 (46.7%) on the power play and 100% on the penalty kill (0-10).
  • Since returning from injury, forward Alex Ranger has scored a goal in four of his last six games. Ranger scored in all three games against the Idaho Steelheads
  • Defenseman Etienne Boutet makes his return to Wichita tonight. He was part of the four-player trade that saw Olivier Archambault‘s rights go to Orlando in exchange for Curt Gogol, Boutet, and Sam Jardine (flipped for Emerson Clark.) Last season in Wichita, Boutet finished with 14 points (3G, 11A), 57 penalty minutes and a +4 in 68 games
Possible Allen Scratches:
  • C.J. Motte – recalled to AHL Iowa
  • Dalton Thrower – Family
  • Josh Thrower – Family
  • Emerson Clark – Reserve
  • Mitch Maloney – Reserve
  • Mike Gunn – Injured Reserve
  • Casey Pierro-Zabotel – Injured Reserve, out for the season
  • Thomas Frazee – Injured Reserve, out for the season
  • Kevin Sundher – Injured Reserve

Additional scratches will be revealed closer to game time

What to Watch For

Let’s see if Wichita can continue the momentum they gathered from their overtime win against the Utah Grizzlies Saturday night. This team has had three significant comebacks this season, but in the immediate games after, have fallen flat.

For Allen, the recipe to their recent success against Wichita has come on the power-play. That needs to continue if the Americans hope to leave IBA with two points.

Around the ECHL

Up the Chain

AHL: The Bakersfield Condors return to action on Friday night, when they host the San Jose Barracuda at 9 pm CT/7 pm PT.

NHL: The Edmonton Oilers host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 8 pm CT/7 pm MT.