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Game Day Capsule: Missouri at Wichita, February 13th

Monday, February 1st
Game Day Capsule: Missouri at Wichita, February 13th

Wichita, KS (Feb. 13th) - Wichita returns home for the first time since January 30th to host Missouri. Get ready for tonight's action with today's Game Day Capsule below:

TONIGHT'S MATCH-UPMissouri Mavericks at Wichita Thunder - 7:05 p.m., INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, KS WICHITAHOME: 11-7-0-2AWAY: 10-11-2-2OVERALL: 21-18-2-4 LEADING SCORERSLowe, 41 pts (16g, 25a)Miller, 35 pts (13g 22a) Hosmer, 25 pts (15g, 10a) MISSOURIHOME: 11-13-0-1AWAY: 8-9-2-1OVERALL: 19-22-2-2 LEADING SCORERSThinel, 36 pts (13g, 23a)Walker, 34 pts (14g, 20a)Sparks, 30 pts (10g, 20a) SEASON-SERIESNov. 1 INTRUST 4-2, WNov. 9 INTRUST 5-2, LNov. 16 INTRUST 3-1, WNov. 22 INTRUST 6-0, WNov. 28 IEC 4-1, WDec. 30 INTRUST 3-2, W (OT)Dec. 31 IEC 4-3, WJan. 31 IEC 4-0, LFeb. 12 INTRUST 7:05 p.m.March 28 IEC 7:05 p.m.**Wichita leads series 6-2-0-0

HEAD TO HEAD - This is the ninth of 10 meetings this season between the Thunder and the Mavericks. Wichita is 19-11-0 at home and 34-21-3 all-time.

TODAY - Wichita returns home after playing the last three on the road. The Thunder began a three-game road swing at Missouri on January 31st, losing 4-0 at the Independence Events Center. Missouri is 5-5-0-0 in their last 10 games while Wichita is 4-6-0-0 and have lost 3 of their last four games. The Thunder have already claimed the Independence Cup and host the Mavericks for the final time this season tonight. Sebastien Thinel leads the Mavericks with six points and five goals agains tthe Thunder. Lindsay Sparks has six assists in the season-series. Ian Lowe has five goals and five assists against the Mavericks while Kenton Miler has eight points.

GO RED - Tonight, Wichita will help the American Heart Association honor Go Red Month. Fans are encouraged to wear red throughout the month to help raise awareness of Women's Heart Health. Players will be wearing a special jersey tonight, which will be auctioned off after the game with the net proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. During the 2011-12 season, Go Red Night drew 13,168 fans to INTRUST Bank Arena, the second largest crowd in franchise history. 13-year old Trenton Dancaster will serve as the team's honorary captain tonight. He was diagnosed with a heart disease at just three days old.

AFTER ONE - Over the last four games, Wichita and its opponent has failed to find the back of the net in the first period. Wichita is 12-9-0-0 when tied after one, 6-2-0-1 when leading after one and 3-7-2-3 when trailing after the first.

WALKER TIMES TWO - Jared Walker notched his 10th goal of the season last Friday, which was the eventual game-winner. It was his third game-winner of the year and set a new career-high in goals after scoring nine in his rookie season in Bloomington and nine a year ago with the Thunder. Missouri's Geoff Walker has a point a game since being acquired from Ontario (2g, 6a).

HOME SWEET HOME - Wichita spent most of January away from home and will get a heavy dose of home cooking over the next three weeks. Wichita plays two of three at home this weekend and then will make a one-game trip to Allen on Wednesday. Beginning February 20th, Wichita will start a five-game home-stand before heading out of town for seven straight.

BUNCHED UP - Wichita sits in third place, four points shy of Quad City after the Mallards won on Wednesday night against the Mavericks. From second to sixth, the division is separated by just 10 points and from third to sixth, separated by just six points.

THREE'S A CROWD - Wichita will play the Missouri Mavericks tonight before taking on the Allen Americans three-straight times. Wichita and Allen play a home-and-home series and then will travel to the Dallas Metroplex on Wednesday, February 18th.

POWERING UP - Ian Lowe recorded his 16th goal of the season on Friday night. Half of Lowe's markers have been on the man advantage, putting him alone in second place in power play goals with eight.

THUNDERBOLTS… Ian Lowe is second in power play goals (8)...Jared Walker is tied for fifth in shorthanded goals (2)...Kenton Miller is in 17th place for shots on net (140)…Todd Hosmer leads the league for longest road-game goal streak (5) from January 16th to January 28th...Tyler Bunz and Tim Boron are tied for fifth in shutouts (2)…Wichita is 12th in shots for per game (31.05) and fourth in shots against per game (27.18)…Wichita is 6-3-1-1 when tied after two periods…Wichita is 14-10-1-2 when outshooting the opponent…Wichita is 14-0-0-1 when leading after two periods...

MAVERICKS NOTES - Missouri is 2-3-0-0 in their last five games...Sebastien Thinel has 36 points (13g, 23a) in 45 games this season and 40 points (15g, 25a) in 37 career games against Wichita...Missouri is ranked 27th on the road power play (9.1%) and last overall (10.4%)...Mike Clemente is 16th in goals against average (2.62) and has won five of his last six starts...

AROUND THE ECHL - There are 11 other games tonight in the ECHL. Evansville visits Greenville. Gwinnett takes on South Carolina. Kalamazoo goes to Florida. Fort Wayne heads to Orlando. Indy plays at Cincinnati. Reading goes to Wheeling. Tulsa plays at Quad City. Brampton travels to Rapid City. Utah goes to Idaho. Alaska plays at Ontario. Colorado goes to Stockton.

UP NEXT - Wichita heads to Allen tomorrow night starting at 7:05 p.m. Sunday is Credit Union of America Buy-In Night as the Thunder host Allen at 5:05 p.m.

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.