WICHITA, KS – The Wichita Thunder played the Alaska Aces in a home three-in-three set, as part of a six-game home stand. This weekend, the Thunder managed to collect two of six possible standings points.
Four days after being acquired from the Rapid City Rush, Nathan Moon scored twice in his Wichita Thunder debut, as Wichita defeated the Aces 5-1. Scott Greenham stopped 46 of 47 shots, as he improved to 5-1-0 on the season.
Saturday, Alaska turned the tables on Wichita, scoring early and often on the Thunder. Aces goaltender Michael Garteig earned his first professional shutout, as the Aces took the game 5-0.
The Thunder wrapped up the weekend controlling much of the action against the Aces, but it was the final ten minutes that doomed them. Alaska’s comeback bid started at 9:43 of the final frame as Stephen Perfetto scored the first of four third-period goals. Tim Wallace gave the Aces their first lead of the night at 15:41 with a wrist shot from the right hash mark between the circles. The Thunder responded as Nathan Moon bounced a puck off of Aces goaltender Michael Garteig from behind the goal line that tied the game at four. 36 seconds later, Garet Hunt scored his first of the year and proved to be the game-winner. Peter Sivak added an empty-net tally that closed the scoring at 6-4.
|Overall Record:||7-5-0-0 (14 points)|
|Division/Conference Ranks:||6th in Central Div./10th in Western Conference|
|Scoring Leaders:||Alexis Loiseau – 17|
|Goals:||Loiseau – 10|
|Assists:||Loiseau and Melindy – 7|
|Plus/Minus:||Macoy Erkamps – +5|
|Netminders:||Scott Greenham 5-2-0, 2.58 GAA, .935 sv%
Drew Owsley 2-3-0, 2.79 GAA, .918 sv%
*Greenham is 29th in GAA, 8th in sv%
*Owsley is 32nd in GAA, 17th in sv%
|Power Play:||7-34 (20.59% Conv Rate, 8th in ECHL)|
|Power Play Splits:||Home: 6-27 (22.2% Conv Rate, 8th in ECHL)
Road: 1-7 (14.3% Conv Rate, 17th in ECHL)
|Penalty Kill:||41-44 (93.2% Kill Rate, 1st in ECHL)|
|Penalty Kill Splits:||Home: 34-for-37 (91.9% Kill Rate, 3rd in ECHL)
Road: 7-for-7 (100.0% Kill Rate, T-1st in ECHL)
|PIMs Leader:||James Melindy – 31|
* => Among all ECHL goaltenders
NEXT FIVE GAMES:
|Opponent||Date & Game Start Time*||Venue|
|Tulsa Oilers||Wednesday, November 25 7:05pm CT||INTRUST Bank Arena|
|Tulsa Oilers||Friday, November 27 7:05pm CT||INTRUST Bank Arena|
|Tulsa Oilers||Saturday, November 28 7:05pm CT||BOK Center|
|Rapid City Rush||Friday, December 4 7:05pm MT||Rushmore Plaza Civic Center|
|Rapid City Rush||Saturday, December 5 7:05pm MT||Rushmore Plaza Civic Center|
*=> All times local
Home games are denoted in bold italics
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SHOTS ON SHOTS ON SHOTS – Wichita ended a streak of allowing more than 40 shots in three straight games Sunday. But, they have still allowed 40 or more shots in five of their last seven games and 454 shots in 12 games (37.83/game,) which is last in ECHL.
END IT IN SIXTY – The Wichita Thunder are the only team in the ECHL to not play an overtime or shootout game this season. The leader is Brampton, who has had six games go past 60 minutes.
MOONSHOT – Days after being acquired by the Rapid City Rush, Nathan Moon scored two goals in his Thunder debut Friday night and added a third on Sunday evening. Moon is second on the team with 11 points (5G, 6A).
GREENHAM’S NET – Scott Greenham has been a calming, veteran influence in between the pipes for the Thunder. In his six starts, he has faced 190 shots, allowing 15 goals in the second period or later. After the first period, Greenham has a 2.03 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.
TWO IN THREE – Alexis Loiseau recorded three goals over the weekend and is now second in the league in goals with 10. He had another multi-goal outing on Sunday afternoon, which is the third time this season he has recorded two goals in a game.
MOVING FORWARD – Nick Trecapelli has become a reliable option for the Thunder offensively as well as back on the blue line. He has eight points (3g, 5a) in six games and had a goal and an assist on Sunday. He has three multi-point games so far this season. Trecapelli is tied for 11th in the ECHL with two power play markers.
NELLY – Logan Nelson has five points (2g, 3a) in his last four games. The Rogers, Minnesota native added three assists over the weekend and has eight points (2g, 6a) in 10 games so far this year.
AHL UPDATE – Jack Rodewald had his best game of the season to date as a member of the Binghamton Senators last night. He recorded his second AHL goal and added a pair of assists as the Senators snagged a 6-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack. Rodewald has four points in three games this week. Alex Krushelnyski scored on Friday night for the BSens., which was his first AHL goal of his career. Binghamton took two of three this weekend, gaining five points in the standings with wins over Albany and Hartford. The Senators lost last night in overtime to Bridgeport by the final of 3-2.