WICHITA, KS – The four-game eastern road trip for the Wichita Thunder is being cut short.

Issues with the ice plant at Bon Secours Wellness Center will prevent the teams from playing there this weekend and the games have been postponed.

A makeup date and location for the games will be announced soon.

We were tipped off to the change, through a reader who shared this Facebook post with us from former Thunder winger, Chris Kovalcik, who is playing goalie in a men’s league in the area. Kovalcik was going to be the team’s emergency goaltender for this weekend’s games after Scott Greenham was called up to AHL Binghamton following this morning’s game.

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“Due to mechanical problems with the ice chiller, we are unable to maintain ice for the Swamp Rabbits’ games scheduled for this Friday and Sunday,” said Beth Paul, General Manager of Bon Secours Wellness Arena. “Repairs to the chiller have started, and we greatly appreciate the Swamp Rabbits’ organization and the ECHL’s understanding and patience during this unfortunate and unforeseen situation.”

“It is disappointing to have to postpone our Opening Weekend games and festivities, but these circumstances were unforeseeable and out of our control,” said Swamp Rabbits President, Chris Lewis. “We know how excited our players and fans were to begin the home ice portion of our schedule and we look forward to continuing to build that excitement as we head toward our first Friday night game on November 4th.”

The team is returning to Wichita after their 4-2 win over Atlanta on Thursday morning and will be back in action at INTRUST Bank Arena next Friday night when they play the Utah Grizzlies for the first of two weekend games.