WICHITA, KS – The Wichita Thunder concluded their seven-game road trip with a pair of games against the Tulsa Oilers, then came home to play the Cincinnati Cyclones for the first time ever.
Here is a look back at the last week of Thunder hockey and what you’ll be talking about at the water cooler.
Last Week’s Results (Home team in CAPS):
Friday: Wichita 3 @ TULSA 2 F/OT — Andy Huff paced the Thunder offense with two goals, but it was Danick Gauthier who scored the overtime winner as Wichita snapped a seven-game losing streak and claimed their second road win of the season.
Saturday: Wichita 2 @ TULSA 3 F/SO — Wichita’s Kenton Miller scored with 1:44 left in regulation to force overtime, but Phil Brewer scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Oilers the victory.
Sunday: Cincinnati 6 @ WICHITA 1 — Cincinnati scored four unanswered goals in the second and third periods to pull away from the Thunder. Brandon Gracel led the way for Cincinnati with three points, while Zach Budish added a pair of goals. Andy Huff was the lone goal scorer for Wichita.
Team Leaders (as of 12/21):
Goals: Huff — 7
Assists: Sakaris — 9
Points: Huff — 14
Shots on Goal: Gauthier — 64
PIM: Milan — 45
Wins: Shantz — 5
Team Transactions (as of 12/21):
None to report
ECHL Central Division Standings (as of 12/21):
This Week’s Schedule (Home team in CAPS):
SATURDAY: Tulsa @ WICHITA 7:05pm — INTRUST Bank Arena — Wichita, KS [gmap addr=”500 E. Waterman, Wichita, Kansas 67202″]INTRUST Bank Arena[/gmap]
SUNDAY: Allen @ WICHITA 5:05pm — INTRUST Bank Arena — Wichita, KS [gmap addr=”500 E. Waterman, Wichita, Kansas 67202″]INTRUST Bank Arena[/gmap]
That Winning Feeling: Prior to Friday night’s overtime triumph in Tulsa, the Thunder had not won a game since the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It was a span that lasted for seven games and 23 days. During the skid, the team allowed 3.86 goals per game, while only scoring 1.29 goals and was shutout twice.
Gone Streaking: One of the key cogs in Kevin McClelland’s offense put together a nice weekend offensively. Kenton Miller heads into the Christmas break on a three-game point streak, in which he has collected four points (1G, 3A). The Redvers, SK native has just 11 points in 22 games this season.
Force From the Blueline: Since being acquired from the Alaska Aces, Landon Oslanski has been the offensive punch on the blueline Kevin McClelland has been looking for. In eight games, Oslanski has five points (1G, 4A), including one power-play goal.
Home Cooking: While many players will head home for Christmas break, some will stay in town and practice. The team will be home through December 30th, playing three games at INTRUST Bank Arena during that stretch.
Scoring Early: Out of the 51 goals the Thunder have scored this season, 22 of those have come in the first period.
Milestones: Ian Lowe is nearing a few more milestones. He is seven shy from appearing in his 300th game as a pro. He needs two more points to reach 200 in his career. With four more assists, he will have 100 in a Thunder uniform. The fifth-year pro out of Bradwardine, BC is currently in his fourth season in the Air Capital. 163 of his 198 points have come donning Thunder blue.
Milestones Part Two: Erick Lizon appeared in his 200th ECHL game on Friday night. The 10-year pro out of Kitchener, Ontario ranks fourth all-time in Thunder history in majors (46), seventh in games played (235) and ninth in PIMs (566).