Wichita, KS (Feb. 27th) - Wichita continues on its five-game homestand tonight against the Brampton Beast. Get ready for the game with this edition of Game Day Capsule below:
TONIGHT'S MATCH-UPBrampton at Wichita - 7:05 p.m., INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, KS WICHITAHOME: 12-9-0-3AWAY: 12-11-2-2OVERALL: 24-20-2-5 LEADING SCORERSLowe, 46 pts (16g, 30a)Gauthier, 45 pts (20g, 25a)Miller, 40 pts (15g, 25a) BRAMPTONHOME: 8-16-0-0AWAY: 9-16-2-0OVERALL: 17-32-2-0 LEADING SCORERSPainchaud, 50 pts (22g, 28a)Pitton, 33 pts (18g, 15a)Maione, 28 pts (9g, 19a) SEASON-SERIESDec. 5 Powerade, 4-1, LDec. 6 Powerade, 3-1, WFeb. 27 INTRUST 7:05 p.m.March 6 Powerade 6:30 p.m.March 8 Powerade 1:00 p.m.March 9 Powerade 6:00 p.m.
**Wichita is 1-1-0-0 vs. Brampton
HEAD TO HEAD - This is the third of seven meetings between the Thunder and the Beast. All-time, Wichita is 4-4-0 against Brampton and 1-2-0 at INTRUST Bank Arena.
TODAY - Wichita hosts the Brampton Beast for the first time this season tonight. This is the first meeting between the two teams since early December when the Thunder split a pair of games over the border. Wichita will face Brampton four of the next six games. The Thunder will make their second trip to Canada this season a week from tonight and play the Beast three times in four days. Wichita is coming off of a pair of losses last weekend while Brampton won this past Monday morning 5-2 over Quad City. The Beast are led by former Thunder forward Chad Painchaud, who has 50 points this season (22g, 28a) and Jason Pitton, who has 33 points. Wichita is led by Ian Lowe, who has 46 points and Danick Gauthier with 45.
BACK ON TRACK - The Thunder will be looking to get back in the win column tonight after failing to gain any ground last weekend. After going four games with at least a point, Wichita lost both games and fell into a fourth place tie with Rapid City. The Thunder lost Friday to the Rush by the final of 3-2 and 7-4 on Saturday night against Tulsa.
200 - Mike Wilson is nearing a personal milestone and added to that total last weekend. The North Vancouver, BC native had two points each night, recording a goal and an assist against the Rush and the Oilers. He is currently riding a seven-game point streak, recording 11 points over that span (3g, 8a) and is just four points shy of the 200-plateau. He is just two points shy of 100 in 197 games in the ECHL.
KASH MONEY - Nikita Kashirsky had a solid game on Saturday night, earning the second star with a goal and an assist to go along with a +2. The Moscow, Russia native has goals in back-to-back games and four points (2g, 2a) in his last three. He has 28 points (11g, 17a) in 48 games this season.
FOUR MORE - Danick Gauthier has points in each game since returning from Syracuse. He added four points this week, scoring on Wednesday against Allen and helping on another. He recorded an assist in each game over the weekend, giving him 45 points on the year. He has eight points (3g, 5a) in five games during the month of February.
WORKHORSE - Tim Boron appeared in his eighth-straight start on Saturday night and has played in 12 of the last 14 games. He is tied for seventh in the league with 18 wins and ninth in saves with 814.
FAMILIAR FACES - Brampton comes to INTRUST Bank Arena for the first time this season with three familiar faces going against their old teams. Chad Painchaud, Bobby Hughes and Grant Rollheiser will suit up tonight and spent time in Wichita. Painchaud has been red-hot, recording three hat tricks in his last seven games. Hughes played in Wichita from 2009-11, appearing in 60 games and recording 50 points. Rollheiser appeared in seven games during the 2012-13 season, going 2-2-1 with a GAA of 2.87 and a save percentage of .891.
THUNDERBOLTS… Danick Gauthier and Ian Lowe are tied for third in power play goals (8)...Mike Wilson is tied for ninth in power play assists (11)…Ian Lowe is in 12th place for shots on goal (161) while Kenton Miller is in 13th (160)…Wichita is third in the ECHL in penalty minutes (1,147) and is averaging 22.49 per game… Tyler Bunz and Tim Boron are tied for ninth in shutouts (2)…Wichita is 14th in shots for per game (31.22) and fifth in shots against per game (27.71)…Wichita is 9-2-0-1 when leading after one...Wichita is 12-10-0-0 when tied after one…Wichita is 7-3-1-1 when tied after two periods…Black Elementary will sing tonight's National Anthem…
BEAST NOTES - Painchaud has 16 points (13g, 3a) in eight games…Brampton scored 14 goals in their series against Quad City after being held to just two goals against the Tulsa Oilers…The Beast power play has five power play goals in their last five games…Brampton has the fewest power play chances in the ECHL (172)…Trevor Cann has made the fourth-most saves in the ECHL (1,011)…
AROUND THE ECHL - There are 10 other games today in the ECHL. South Carolina heads to Florida. Toledo takes on Kalamazoo. Gwinnett goes to Orlando. Greenville plays at Reading. Elmira travels to Wheeling. Indy goes north to Fort Wayne. Quad City takes on Missouri. Alaska travels to Colorado. Tulsa plays at Rapid City. Idaho goes to Bakersfield.
UP NEXT - Wichita has the night off before hosting the Allen Americans on Sunday afternoon. Join the team tonight for a post-game party at Chili's on the west side located at Central and Maize Road.
Individual tickets are on sale now. Don't delay! Tickets can be purchased at the INTRUST Arena Box office, by calling 755-SEAT or go online at www.selectaseat.com. Stay up-to-date on all the news during the season by visiting www.wichitathunder.com. About the ECHL The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 541 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 29 who made their NHL debuts in the 2013-14 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.