WICHITA, KS – Ahead of their weekend series with the Missouri Mavericks, the Wichita Thunder made a series of moves.
After his two-goal effort Wednesday night, Gabriel Gagne has been recalled to Binghamton of the AHL. His two-goal performance was the first of his pro career. The former second-round pick of the Ottawa Senators has nine points (5g, 4a) for the Thunder in 15 ECHL games this season. Conversely, Gagne does not have any points in 13 games for the AHL Senators this season.
In addition, the team announced another trade on Thursday. Gone to Fort Wayne is Brett Perlini and David Friedmann will be coming to the Air Capital. Perlini skated in two games for Wichita and was held off the scoresheet.
Friedmann comes to Wichita after having some success in Fort Wayne. There, he collected 13 points (7G, 6A) in 27 games. A native of Toronto, Ontario, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward joined the Komets last season for their final eight regular season games after concluding a four-year collegiate career at Robert Morris University (NCAA D1). The rookie forward had a terrific senior campaign, collecting a team-high 30 assists and career-highs in goals (12) and points (42).
Finally, there is another new face in the Thunder lineup as the team gets going tonight. Recently announced is the signing of Zach O’Brien, who joins Wichita with a lot of experience in the American Hockey League. The 24-year-old forward has skated in 174 AHL games, collecting 80 points (32G, 48A). O’Brien is a member of the 2015 Calder Cup champion Manchester Monarchs.
Additionally, he skated in five games with the Ontario Reign during their ECHL days, where he collected four points (2G, 2A). He comes to the Thunder from the DEL-2 German league, where he had 12 points (6G, 6A) in 20 games. O’Brien is on reserve and will not play tonight.
Forward Blake Tatchell and defenseman Brandon Carlson are checking into the lineup for Wichita. Louick Marcotte has been placed on reserve.
Wichita returns to INTRUST Bank Arena on Tuesday night for a game against the Indy Fuel. Face-off is set for 7:05, but Zach Courter and I get you set for the game with The Sin Bin/Wichita Thunder pregame show beginning at 6:20.