WICHITA, KS – The Wichita Thunder played four games in five day stretch between Christmas and New Year’s. 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):
Wednesday Dec 30: Allen 4 @ WICHITA 3 F/OT — In a very intense, hard fought game, the Thunder and Allen traded goals and punches. Americans forward Gary Steffes scored the game-winning goal with just over a minute left in regulation time.
Thursday Dec 31: Wichita 1 @ MISSOURI 7 — Thunder goaltender Grant Rollheiser suffered a lower-body injury early in the game, and David Shantz allowed a season-high seven goals as the Mavericks continued their season-long domination of the Thunder.
Saturday Jan 2: Wichita 2 @ INDY 1 — The Thunder got goals from Martin Nemcik and Logan Nelson as the team got their first regulation win since the last time the teams met on November 25.
Sunday Jan 3: Wichita 3 @ EVANSVILLE 2 F/SO — Andy Huff and Ian Lowe scored the goals in the shootout as Wichita put together back-to-back wins for the first time since October 30 & 31.
Team Leaders (as of 1/7):
Goals: Andy Huff and Kenton Miller — 7
Assists: Landon Oslanski and Peter Sakaris — 9
Points: Andy Huff — 15
Shots on Goal: Landon Oslanski — 81
PIM: Dan Milan — 51
Wins: David Shantz — 7
Team Transactions (as of 1/7):
12/30 – Claimed (F) Christian Isackson off waivers from Colorado Eagles
1/2 – Added (G) Kevin St. Pierre as emergency back-up goaltender
1/4 – Acquired (F) Kale Kerbashian from Rapid City Rush, traded (F) Danick Gauthier to Rapid City Rush
1/5 – Released (F) Joey Sides
ECHL Central Division Standings (as of 1/7):
This Week’s Schedule (Home team in CAPS):
FRIDAY: Tulsa @ WICHITA 7:05pm — INTRUST Bank Arena
SATURDAY: Wichita @ TULSA 7:05pm — BOK Center
Roster Moves: Head Coach Kevin McClelland continued to re-tool his roster, acquiring Kale Kerbashian on Monday and releasing Joey Sides on Tuesday. Last season, Kerbashian had a career-high 62 points (21g, 41a) while splitting time between Evansville and Rapid City.
Back-to-Back Wins: Wichita had back-to-back wins this past weekend for the first time since Halloween. In fact, it was the first time this season the Thunder had won consecutive games on the road.
Firsts: Logan Nelson and Martin Nemcik recorded their first goals in a Thunder uniform this past weekend. Nelson has five markers on the season, including his totals with Quad City. Nemcik potted his first ECHL goal that helped the Thunder tie the game and had an assist on Sunday.
300: Team Captain Ian Lowe will appear in his 300th professional game on Friday night. The Bradwardine, Manitoba native recorded his 200th point of his pro career on Sunday afternoon. He is just three assists shy of hitting 100 for his Thunder career.
Money’s Worth: Wichita went 10 games without needing more than 60 minutes to decide the outcome. Over the last three weeks, the Thunder have played five out of the last nine contests past regulation. Wichita is 1-1 in games decided in the overtime period and 3-3 in shootout situations.
Perfect EBUG: When Kevin St. Pierre is the Thunder’s emergency back-up goaltender, he is perfect. The Thunder have an 11-0 record when “Frenchy” is the team’s EBUG.
Strong Penalty Kill: Wichita’s penalty killing unit has been solid this year. At home, the Thunder are ranked 13th in the league, operating at 84.3%. On the road, the Thunder have the 11th best PK in the ECHL, killing 83.5 % of penalties. Overall, Wichita is 13th in the league, operating at 83.9%.
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