WICHITA, KS – It’s official, the wheels have fallen off the Wichita Thunder.
Playing Allen for the fifth time this month, the Thunder were shutout by Riley Gill and the Americans 5-0 on Wednesday night. The team spent close to an hour-and-a-half in the bowels of INTRUST Bank Arena breaking down video and discussing the game with head coach Malcolm Cameron.
The Thunder have been shutout in back-to-back games and four times — all at home — this season.
Allen got on the board first as Tanner Eberle took a pass from Dyson Stevenson and buried it to the glove side of Drew Owsley at 2:31. At 18:03, Logan Nelson skated through two defenders but had his stick slashed out of his hands and was awarded a penalty shot. He came up the left seam and got Gill to sprawl out on the ice, but was unable to lift the puck over the Allen netminder. The Americans took a 1-0 lead into the locker room.
The Americans scored three times in the second. David Makowski made it 2-0 at 8:11 as he got around a defenseman near the top of the circle and scored his second of the season. Bryan Moore added his seventh at 9:55 during a four-on-four situation and made it 3-0. Zach Hall increased the lead to 4-0 at 15:28 as his wrist shot clipped the shaft of a defenseman’s stick and got over the glove of Owsley.
Eberle added his second of the night at 8:46 of the third as he got to a rebound and made it 5-0. Ryan Tesink had a late breakaway, but couldn’t get a backhand past Gill and the Americans walked away with a 5-0 victory.
For Moore, it was his sixth straight game with a goal, a team-high for the season and tied with Lindsay Sparks for the longest in the ECHL this season. Makowski is now riding a seven-game point streak, where he has collected ten points (2G, 8A).
Gill improved to 15-7 on the season, earning his second straight shutout and league-leading fifth on the season. He is now 3-0 against Wichita and has only allowed one goal to the Thunder this season. Against Wichita this season, his save percentage improved to .991 and is now at an infinitesimal .33 goals against average. Overall, Gill has a 2.12 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.
“I have never seen a stretch like this by a goalie,” said teammate Eric Roy. It’s fun to watch him. He’s in his zone right now and you just look in amazement as he stops every shot that comes his way.”
Wichita went 0-for-7 on the power play and are now 2-41 on the man-advantage in their last eight games. Allen was 0-for-4 on the power play.
The same two teams will play again tomorrow night at INTRUST Bank Arena.