WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder look to stay in the playoff hunt with the final game of a four-game homestand against the red-hot Tulsa Oilers.

Looking Back…

The Thunder and Stuart Skinner found their way back onto the winning side of things with a convincing 5-2 win over the Utah Grizzlies. Skinner ended a 12-game losing streak at the ECHL level.

Tulsa comes off a two-game sweep of the Thunder last weekend. Though Wichita took one game to OT, Tulsa controlled the weekend quite well.

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: 
Alex Normandin
Linesmen: Addison Brush & Chris Provost

Overall Stats

  • Tulsa leads the season series against Wichita 9-2-0-0 and has won the last five meetings.
  • Tulsa has outscored Wichita 44-27 during the season series
  • In the last five years between the two teams, Tulsa is 45-12-1-2 against Wichita
  • With a loss tonight in regulation and a Kansas City win, Wichita would be eliminated from playoff contention.

Thunder Notes

  • Jared Wilson has been showing off his physicality lately, making quality hits without taking bad penalties. He has a couple of fights in recent weeks, most broken up before they earn five minutes penalties, resulting in roughing minors.
  • Jakob Stukel has been on a rollercoaster ride of an affiliation call-up/recall experience. He has 18 points (10g, 8a) since the beginning of February, including five points (3g, 2a) in last weekend’s two-game set with Tulsa. Stukel is currently up with the Bakersfield Condors.
  • Ralph Cuddemi has not scored since January 12th, a two-goal game against Allen.
  • Skinner has struggled recently in Wichita. He is 11-13-3-3 this season with three shutouts, a .897 save% and a 3.36 goals against average. Before Wednesday, he had lost 12 straight ECHL games. This came after a three-game win streak at the end of December. Wednesday was his first win of the 2019 calendar year.
Possible Wichita Scratches:
  • Dylan Labbe – injured reserve
  • Tyler Elbrecht – injured reserve
  • Jesse Gabrielle – injured reserve
  • Calder Brooks – injured reserve
  • Steven Iacobellis – injured reserve

Additional scratches will be revealed closer to game time

Oilers Notes

  • Tulsa has gotten bit by the call-up bug, as Ryan Tesink, Steven Perfetto, Charlie Sampair, Alex Dostie, and Jared Thomas all moved to AHL teams this week.
  • The Oilers have won eight of their last 10, winning their last four.
  • Tulsa (82 points) sits one point out of first place behind the Idaho Steelheads (83 points).
  • Adam Pleskach is fourth in the ECHL in points with 67 (35g, 32a), first in shots with 280, and first in goals with 35.
  • Devin Williams is second in the league in goals-against average with 2.21 and 12th in save percentage with .913.
Possible Tulsa Scratches:
  • Tommy Mele – reserve

Additional scratches will be revealed closer to game time

What to Watch For

Wichita has struggled to find a complete, 60-minute effort from the goaltending, defense, and offense. Despite a rough opening seven minutes on Wednesday, Wichita got just that. If the team can roll for a full 60-minutes, getting defensive help in the back and strong offense up front, they could end the year with a strong couple of wins.

For Tulsa, who have clinched a playoff spot, the Oilers look to keep their momentum rolling into the Kelly Cup Playoffs, where they, as of today, would have to play the Utah Grizzlies. Consistency going into the playoffs is a recipe for success. The recent call ups will make things a bit harder but will provide an opportunity to see who will stand up and help lead the club.

Around the ECHL

  • Manchester Monarchs AT Newfoundland Growlers* – 7:00 pm NDT
  • Maine Mariners AT Reading Royals – 7:00 pm EDT
  • Brampton Beast AT Adirondack Thunder – 7:00 pm EDT
  • Orlando Solar Bears AT Greenville Swamp Rabbits – 7:00 pm EDT
  • Fort Wayne Komets AT Wheeling Nailers – 7:05 pm EDT
  • Kansas City Mavericks AT Toledo Walleye* – 7:15 pm EDT
  • Atlanta Gladiators AT Jacksonville Icemen – 7:30 pm EDT
  • Norfolk Admirals AT Florida Everblades* – 7:30 pm EDT
  • Kalamazoo Wings AT Indy Fuel – 7:35 pm EDT
  • Utah Grizzlies* AT Allen Americans – 7:05 pm CDT
  • Rapid City Rush AT Idaho Steelheads* – 7:10 pm MDT

*=clinched playoff spot

Up the Chain

AHL: The Bakersfield Condors travel to San Diego to take on the Gulls. With a win or loss in overtime/shootout, Bakersfield clinches their playoff spot. Their magic number to clinch the Pacific Division is nine.

NHL: The Edmonton Oilers lost 3-2 last night to the Dallas Stars in a shootout. The Oilers continue their playoff quest tomorrow when they host the Anaheim Ducks at 7:00 pm PDT. Edmonton sits six points outside the second wildcard spot, with three teams in between them and that spot.

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