WICHITAHOME: 2-4-0-0AWAY: 1-1-1-1OVERALL: 3-5-1-1 LEADING SCORERSS. Schultz, 8 pts (3g, 5a)Walker, 7 pts (5g, 2a)Lowe, 8 pts (0g, 8a) MISSOURIHOME: 1-1-0-0AWAY: 4-3-0-0OVERALL: 5-4-0-0 LEADING SCORERSThinel, 11 pts (4g, 7a)Rutherford, 7 pts (4g, 3a)Tochkin, 7 pts (4g, 3a) HEAD TO HEAD - This is the second of 10 meetings this season between the Thunder and the Mavericks. Wichita is 16-11-0 at home and 29-20-3 all-time.
WALKING THE LINE - Jared Walker continued on his early season tear, scoring his fifth of the year last night to lead the Thunder in goals scored. The former Chicago Blackhawks draft pick needs four more to tie his totals from his rookie year in Bloomington, where he had nine and also last year where had the same amount (9). GO GET IT - Danick Gauthier recorded two more points last night, which is the third multi-point game of the season for the Brossard, PQ native. Gauthier pulled the Thunder within one with seven seconds left. He has seven points since being assigned to the Thunder (4g, 3a). He has nine points on the season, which includes his time in Florida with the Everblades.
CHANCES - Wichita started out the season trying to find scoring chances. The Thunder averaged 23.33 shots per game in the first three contests. Over the last four games, Wichita has eclipsed 30 or more shots and is averaging 35 shots per game over that stretch.
RIVALRY REVISITED - Missouri comes into town this afternoon for the third time this season. Wichita will host the Mavericks next Saturday, which will make it four times the visitors from Independence have traveled down to the Air Capital. The Thunder does not play at the IEC until Black Friday.
LANGDON BACK ON THE ICE - Mavericks veteran defenseman Scott Langdon is back on the ice tonight after being assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head under Rule #48.5 at 12:08 of the third period of the Mavs last game in Wichita on November 9th. He was fined and suspended under Rule #28 - Supplementary Discipline.
THUNDERBOLTS… Kenton Miller is tied for second for power play goals (3)… Stephen Schultz is tied for eighth for shots on goal (45)…Wichita is second in the league in shots against per game (25.20)...Wichita is averaging 13.50 penalty minutes per game, which is in the bottom half of the league...Wichita is 2-0-0-1 when leading after two periods…Wichita is 2-3-0-1 when outshooting the opponent…Wichita is 2-1-0-0 in two-goal games…Wichita is 3-1-0-1 when scoring first…
MISSOURI NOTES - Missouri is coming off a 7-4 win last night against Tulsa, their largest output of the season…Chris Crane has four points (2g, 2a) in the first four games in a Mavericks uniform…Missouri has won their last three road games, including last Sunday's meeting in Wichita…Devin DiDiomete racked up 14 penalty minutes against Allen on Friday night and 26 minutes last night at Tulsa, which is a team-high for penalty minutes for a player…
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