WICHITA, KS – For the second weekend in a row, the Wichita Thunder played just one game, hosting the Missouri Mavericks Friday night at INTRUST Bank Arena.
Darren Nowick opened the scoring, capitalizing on a rebound left by Scott Greenham, to give Missouri a 1-0 lead. From there, the Thunder took over using their speed and physicality to force the Mavericks into turnovers and taking penalties. Wichita scored four unanswered goals, two short handed, to defeat the Mavericks 4-1.
Newcomers Vincent Arseneau, Chris Rumble, and Matt DeBlouw scored goals, while Jack Rodewald added his second marker of the season.
Here are the highlights of the game:
Division Rank: 7th in the ECHL’s Central Division (2 points)
Leading Scorer: Two players tied with three points (Rodewald and Krushelnyski)
Goals: 2 — Rodewald
Assists: Three tied with two (Alex Krushelnyski, Macoy Erkamps, James Melindy)
Plus/Minus: +3 — Macoy Erkamps
Goals For: 7
Goals Against: 5
Power Play: 1-5 (20.0% conversion rate, 6th in ECHL)
Penalty Kill: 12-12 (100% kill rate, 5th in ECHL)
Goaltending: Scott Greenham 1-1-0, 2.53 GAA, .934 save percentage
NEXT FIVE GAMES:
|Opponent||Date & Game Start Time*||Venue|
|South Carolina Stingrays||Tuesday, October 25 7:05 pm ET||North Charleston Coliseum|
|Atlanta Gladiators||Thursday, October 27 10:05 am ET||Infinite Energy Arena|
|Greenville Swamp Rabbits||Friday, October 28 7 pm ET||Bon Secours Wellness Arena|
|Greenville Swamp Rabbits||Sunday, October 30 3 pm ET||Bon Secours Wellness Arena|
|Utah Grizzlies||Friday, November 4 7:05pm CT||INTRUST Bank Arena|
*=> All times local
Home games are denoted in bold italics
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NEW FACES – Two new faces were in Thunder uniforms on Friday night; Chris Rumble and Gabriel Gagne.
Rumble joins the Thunder after spending training camp with the Senators. He played much of last season with the Evansville IceMen, playing in 64 games and collecting 39 points (11G, 28A). He was signed to a deal with the Senators in the offseason. Rumble scored the team’s first power play goal of the season Friday night.
Wednesday, the B-Sens assigned Gagne, the 36th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators, to the Thunder. Gagne was the youngest player to suit up for the Thunder in their 25-year history and in terms of draft position, is the highest ever to be sent down to the organization. Gagne registered three shots on goal & served a minor penalty for slashing in Friday night’s game.
ACTIVE D – Through two games, four Wichita Thunder defensemen have points; Macoy Erkamps, James Melindy, Chris Rumble, and Landon Oslanski. The defense has accounted for 42.1% of the team’s points (8 of 19 team points).
BRICK WALL – Scott Greenham got his second consecutive start Friday night and didn’t disappoint. He stopped 39 of 40 shots he faced en route to his first win of the season. He pushed his goals-against average down to 2.53 and save percentage to .934.
FIRST TIMER – In his first pro game, Matt DeBlouw recorded his first pro goal in the third period. The Michigan State University product got a beautiful feed from Alex Krushelnyski and he buried the Thunder’s second shorthanded tally of the game. DeBlouw was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (round 7, #186).
LUCKY 7’s – Malcolm Cameron earned his first win as the Head Coach of the Thunder on Friday night. He also moved into seventh place all-time in wins (318) in ECHL history.
HOME/ROAD BALANCE – Wichita will play the next four games on the road, part of 14 total during the season’s first half. Conversely, the team will play 21 home games in the season’s first half.
THE ROAD TO “21” – During the season preview podcast, I mentioned a magic number for Thunder fans to follow is “21,” which represents the number of wins the team would likely need against Tulsa, Missouri and Allen to be significant contenders for the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Here is a breakdown of the team’s record against the Thunder’s three foes, who they will face 42 times during the season:
Allen: 0-0-0 (14 games remaining; 7H, 7A)
Missouri: 1-0-0 (13 games remaining; 5H, 8A)
Tulsa: 0-1-0 (13 games remaining; 6H, 7A)