WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder opens the month of February with a pair of contests against the Utah Grizzlies as their five-game homestand continues.

Looking Back…

Sloppy defense outweighed a good offensive showing for Wichita Sunday afternoon against the Idaho Steelheads. Netminder Dylan Wells was banged up in the contest and was replaced by Ty Rimmer in the second and third periods.

“THEY EXECUTED BETTER THAN US, THEY WERE HARDER ON THE PUCK THAN US, WE MADE TOO MANY MENTAL ERRORS.” WICHITA THUNDER HEAD COACH MALCOLM CAMERON SAID. “THEY PLAYED THEIR STYLE OF GAME, WE DIDN’T.”

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: 
Sean MacFarlane
Linesmen: Addison Brush & Killian McNamara

Overall Stats

  • Utah leads the season series against Wichita 6-0-0-0
  • Utah has outscored 27-17 during the season-series
  • In the last five years between the two teams, Utah is 15-1-1-0 against Wichita
  • With a win tonight and a Kansas City loss in regulation, Wichita can move back into fourth place in the Mountain division
  • With a win in regulation and losses by Idaho & Tulsa, Utah can move back into first in the division

Thunder Notes

  • Steven Iacobellis has ten points in his last ten games (5G, 5A). He is second among ECHL rookies in scoring with 46 points (15G, 31A)
  • Jakob Stukel had a goal and an assist Sunday afternoon. The rookie forward from Surrey, British Columbia has seven points in his last five games (1g, 6a). He also has points in three straight games.
  • Mark MacMillan added a pair of assists on Sunday and continues to be red hot for the Thunder. He has nine points in his last five games (3G, 6A).
  • Keoni Texeira added a power play goal on Sunday afternoon. It was his fifth marker of the season and 31st point of the year. He is currently fourth on the team in scoring.
  • Travis Brown returned to the Thunder line-up on Saturday and continued where he left off. He has goals in back-to-back games, giving him 10 on the season.
  • 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 Utah, the Thunder power play is 3-for-22 (13.6% efficiency,) while the penalty kill has allowed nine goals in 29 times shorthanded (69% 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

Grizzlies Notes

  • The Grizzlies have scored first in 24 of the 43 games this season. Their record in those games is 19-2-2-1
  • J.T. Henke has picked 25 points in 26 games since joining the Grizzlies (13G, 12A)
  • Austin Carroll leads all Grizzlies scorers with nine points (5G, 4A) against Wichita this season
  • Utah’s power play is 9-for-29 against Wichita this season (31% efficiency)
  • Kevin Carr picked up three wins for Utah the last time the two teams met. Since breaking into the league with Tulsa, the Grizzlies netminder has picked up 32 wins against Wichita.
Possible Utah Scratches:
  • Cole Ully – reserve
  • R.T. Rice – injured reserve
  • Tim McGauley – call-up to AHL Colorado
  • Joe Cannata – recall to AHL Colorado
  • Kevin Davis – recall to AHL Colorado

Additional scratches will be revealed closer to game time

What to Watch For

For Wichita, they will need to win the battle of special teams tonight while playing tight defensively…something the Thunder have shown glimpses of this season.

For Utah, the recipe to their success against Wichita has been relentless puck pursuit and pressure on the netminder. Look for that to continue again tonight.

Cruisin’ the Mountain

 

Up the Chain

AHL: The Bakersfield Condors return from the AHL All-Star break tonight when they host the Iowa Wild at 9 pm CT/7 pm PT

NHL: The Edmonton Oilers return from the NHL All-Star break tomorrow afternoon when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at 1 pm ET/Noon CT on NHL Network

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