BOISE, ID – In the middle of their worst stretch of the season — a four-game losing streak — the Wichita Thunder got some good news Saturday. Their star rookie netminder will rejoin the team after a stint in the American Hockey League.
The Edmonton Oilers returned netminder Nick Ellis to Bakersfield Thursday, which prompted the send down of Shane Starrett to Wichita on Friday (according to AHL transactions.) Starrett was officially added to the Wichita roster on Saturday.
With the Bakersfield Condors, the rookie netminder went 0-1-0, with a 3.02 goals average, and a .936 save percentage. Overall this season with Wichita, Starrett is 7-1-2, with a 2.27 GAA and a .930 save percentage. It is not known if Starrett will get the start tonight or if he will start next week.
To make room for Starrett, Shane Owen was traded to the Rapid City Rush in exchange for future considerations (player). With Wichita, Owen went 0-2-0, with a 4.16 GAA and a .887 save percentage. For his ECHL career, Owen is 58-62, with a 3.16 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
The Thunder will return to action tonight in Boise, where they will wrap up a five-game road trip.