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Game Day Capsule: Colorado at Wichita, Oct. 30th

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Game Day Capsule: Colorado at Wichita, Oct. 30th

Wichita, KS (Oct. 30th) - Wichita returns home for two contests this weekend starting tonight against former arch-rival, Colorado. Get ready for the game with this game day capsule:

TONIGHT'S MATCH-UPColorado vs. Wichita - 7:05 p.m., Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, KS

WICHITAHOME: 1-1-0-0AWAY: 1-2-0-0OVERALL: 2-3-0-0

LEADING SCORERSDeluca: 3 points (1g, 2a)Hosmer: 3 points (1g, 2a)Lowe: 3 points (1g, 2a)

COLORADOHOME: 1-3-1-0AWAY: 0-1-0-0OVERALL: 1-4-1-0

LEADING SCORERSMarto: 5 points (5a)Mychan: 4 points (4a)Ostrow: 4 points (2g, 2a)

SEASON-SERIESOct. 30 INTRUST Bank Arena, 7:05 p.m.Oct. 31 INTRUST Bank Arena, 1:05 p.m.Dec. 9 Budweiser Events Center, 8:05 p.m.Dec. 11 Budweiser Events Center, 8:05 p.m.Dec. 12 Budweiser Events Center, 8:05 p.m.Feb. 5 INTRUST Bank Arena, 7:05 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD - This is the first meeting of the season between the Thunder and the Eagles All-time, Wichita is 20-29-4 against Colorado and 14-11-2 at home in the series. The Thunder and Eagles will play six games against one another, splitting the series evenly between INTRUST Bank Arena and the Budweiser Events Center.

UPENDED - Wichita played three games last weekend and came out on the wrong end in each contest. On Friday, the Thunder fell to the Missouri Mavericks by a final of 3-0. The game was scoreless heading into the third period before the Mavericks scored twice in 24 seconds. On Saturday, Missouri held off a late Wichita charge for a 2-1 victory in Independence. The Thunder closed out a three-in-three at Quad City with a 5-2 loss.

RIVALRY RENEWED - Wichita will play the Colorado Eagles this weekend for the first time in four seasons. The two teams had some heated battles in the early 2000's and met in consecutive playoffs when both were members of the Central Hockey League. Wichita came in as the #4 seed and knocked off Colorado, who was the #1 seed, in 2003-04 in four games. In 2004-05, Colorado beat Wichita four games to two in the second round.

FAMILIAR FACE - Head Coach Kevin McClelland is no stranger to Colorado, having coached in Loveland for two seasons. From 2008-10, McClelland went 87-30-11 in 128 games as the bench boss for the Eagles. He was hired by Wichita in 2010-11 after leaving Colorado.

ROSTER MOVES - Wichita had two roster moves in preparation for the weekend. Kenton Miller received a call up to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League on Thursday. Miller, 24, got a similar call up to Manchester last season when they were the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. The Thunder also acquired forward Todd Fiddler from Atlanta for future considerations. Fiddler appeared in 50 games last season for the Quad City Mallards before being sent to the Ontario Reign to complete a previous trade. He can also be remembered to Thunder fans for the glass-breaking hit last season on Theo Peckham around the holidays.

THUNDERBOLTS...Rookie Anthony Deluca leads the team in shots (15) and is tied for the team-lead in points (3)...Three Thunder defense¬man have goals so far (Martell, Harris, Reum) accounting for 30% of the team's scoring...Wichita has scored five of their 11 goals in the second period...Wichita is third to last in the league in penalty minutes per game (12.20)...Wichita is 1-0-0-0 when leading after two...Wichita is 2-1-0-0 when tied after one...Wichita is 2-1-0-0 in one-goal games...

COLORADO NOTES - Collin Bowman is second among defensemen with three goals...Darryl Bootland returns to the Air Capital for the first time in two seasons, having played for Allen in 2012-13 when he met the Thunder in the CHL Finals...The Eagles are ranked third on the power play, recording five goals in 17 power play chances...The Eagles are third in shots against per game (23.83) and have outshot their opponent 78-43...Jesse Mychan has the hot hand, scoring in three-straight...

AROUND THE ECHL - There are 11 other games tonight in the ECHL. Cincinnati goes to Kalamazoo. Atlanta heads to Greenville. Orlando plays at Elmira. Toledo travels to Brampton. Quad City plays at Norfolk. South Carolina is at Florida. Fort Wayne heads to Indy. Adirondack goes to Wheeling. Missouri faces Tulsa. Alaska is at Rapid City. Utah visits Idaho.

UP NEXT - Wichita takes on Colorado tomorrow afternoon starting at 1:05 p.m.

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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.