WICHITA, KS – The Wichita Thunder played a pair of home games after taking five days off for the Christmas break.
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):
Saturday: Tulsa 2 @ WICHITA 1 F/SO — Michael Neal scored his third goal of the season late in the second period, as David Shantz and Kevin Carr were locked in a goaltending dual. Adam Pleskach (pictured below) scored the shootout winner.
Sunday: Allen 3 @ WICHITA 2 F/OT — Wichita rallied late in the second and third periods to force overtime with the defending Kelly Cup Champions. Allen defenseman Eric Roy scored the game-winner at 3:33 of the extra session to give Allen the win.
Team Leaders (as of 12/30):
Goals: Andy Huff — 7
Assists: Peter Sakaris — 9
Points: Andy Huff — 14
Shots on Goal: Landon Oslanski — 71
PIM: Dan Milan — 45
Wins: David Shantz — 5
Team Transactions (as of 12/30):
12/30 – Claimed (F) Christian Isackson off waivers from Colorado Eagles
ECHL Central Division Standings (as of 12/30):
This Week’s Schedule (Home team in CAPS):
WEDNESDAY: Allen @ WICHITA 5:05pm — INTRUST Bank Arena — Wichita, KS [gmap addr=”500 E. Waterman, Wichita, Kansas 67202″]INTRUST Bank Arena[/gmap]
THURSDAY: Wichita @ MISSOURI 7:05pm — Silverstein Eye Centers Arena — Independence, MO [gmap addr=”19100 E Valley View Pkwy, Independence, MO 64055″]Silverstein Eye Centers Arena[/gmap]
SATURDAY: Wichita @INDY 6:35pm — Indiana Farmers Coliseum — Indianapolis, IN [gmap addr=”1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205″]Indiana Farmers Coliseum[/gmap]
SUNDAY: Wichita @ EVANSVILLE 5:15pm — Ford Center — Evansville, IN [gmap addr=”1. SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Evansville, IN 47708″]Ford Center[/gmap]
Rally Caps: Wichita trailed in both games this past weekend, but fought back to force overtime. On Friday, the Thunder trailed 1-0 before Michael Neal tied the game. Wichita fell behind 2-0 before climbing back into the contest on Sunday with goals from Mason Baptista and Eric Springer. Sunday’s OT loss was the first time all season the Thunder were able to come back from a two-goal deficit and earn a point.
Springing to Action: Eric Springer scored his first goal of the year Sunday to tie the game late in the third period. The Wrightstown, WI native now has four points (1g, 3a) in 15 games with the Thunder. It was also his first goal in a Thunder uniform.
Two-for-Two: Joey Sides and Michael Neal had two points apiece this past weekend. Neal scored the only goal for Wichita on Saturday night and added an assist on Sunday. Sides has assists in back-to-back games.
Strong Penalty Kill: Wichita’s penalty killing unit has been solid this year. At home, the Thunder are ranked sixth in the league, operating at 86.4%. Overall, Wichita is 11th in the league, operating at 83.8%.
Workin’ Overtime: Wichita went 10 games without needing more than 60 minutes to decide the outcome of its games. Over the last two weeks, the Thunder have played four out of the last five contests past regulation. Wichita is 1-1 in games decided in the overtime period and 2-3 in shootout situations.