Welcome to the Wichita Thunder Weekly Wrap! Last week, the Thunder played four games, completing a brutal scheduling stretch.
Last Week’s Results (Home team in CAPS):
Tuesday: Wichita 2 @ ALLEN 5 — David Makowski and Chad Costello paced the Americans with two goals each as the Americans kept pace with Missouri for the division lead. Grant Rollheiser allowed five goals on 32 shots.
Wednesday: Tulsa 1 @ WICHITA 2 F/SO — Thunder goaltender David Shantz shined again, stopping 30 of 31 shots. Forward Anthony Deluca scored this beautiful shootout winner in the home-half of the fourth round.
Friday: Missouri 7 @ WICHITA 2 — David Shantz allowed five goals on 21 shots in the first period, as the Mavericks won this won going away. Mavericks forward Colin Markison collected his first career hat trick. Kenton Miller and Mason Baptista were the goal scorers for Wichita.
Saturday: Missouri 3 @ WICHITA 2 F/SO — Ian Lowe and Dalton Reum scored goals for the Thunder, while David Shantz bounced back from a poor showing Friday night as the Thunder pushed Missouri to a shootout.
Andrew Courtney scored the shootout winner in the top of the fourth round, beating Shantz blocker side. The Mavericks are now 6-0-0 against Wichita this season.
Team Leaders (as of 11/18):
Goals: Baptista, Lowe, Nelson, Sakaris — 4
Assists: Huff and Sakaris — 6
Points: Sakaris — 10
PIM: Milan — 30
Shots on Goal: Deluca — 35
Wins: Shantz — 3
Team Transactions (as of 11/18):
11/12 – Acquired (F) Logan Nelson from Quad City for future considerations
11/16 – Acquired (D) Eric Springer from Atlanta for future considerations
11/17 – Acquired (D) Daniel Johnston from Idaho for future considerations
11/18 – Waived (D) Ryan Ruikka
ECHL Central Division Standings (as of 11/18):
This Week’s Schedule (Home team in CAPS):
Friday: Allen @ WICHITA 7:05pm INTRUST Bank Arena
Saturday: Missouri @ WICHITA 7:05pm INTRUST Bank Arena
Brutal Schedule Stretch Over: Wichita concluded a seven game in nine night stretch Saturday night against the Mavericks. In that stretch, the Thunder went 1-5-0-1.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Reum: After suffering a season-ending knee surgery last season, third-year defenseman Dalton Reum is on pace to blow by his ECHL-career high in points. In 14 games this season, Reum has two goals and three assists. He leads all Thunder defenseman with five points and is a -1 on the season.
Sakaris Chipping In: Forward Peter Sakaris continues to be one of the Thunder’s hottest scorers this season. The Candiac, PQ native tallied three points last week, including two assists in Saturday’s contest against Missouri. It was his third multi-point game of the season.
Shootout Success: The Thunder played in two shootouts this past week, and have played in three so far this season. Thunder shooters are 4-for-13 this season, while the goaltending has saved 10-of-13 attempts. Wichita is 2-1 in shootouts this season.
Americans Coming to Town: The Allen Americans will come to INTRUST Bank Arena for the first time this season Friday night. The Americans will be without Daniel Doremus and Greger Hanson, who are with the San Jose Barracuda (AHL) and defenseman David Makowski (knee). Joel Rumpel has been a stalwart in net for the Americans, appearing in 13 games with a 9-4-0 record, a 2.58 goals against average and .914 save percentage.
Missouri Domination: In the first few seasons of Kevin McClelland’s stint in Wichita, he owned the Missouri Mavericks. But, the tide seems to be turning. In the last two seasons, Wichita is 7-8-0-1 against the Mavericks, including losing six straight to their “rivals” from Independence. Missouri and Wichita will play the seventh game of their 15-game regular season series Saturday night.