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Game Day Capsule: Missouri at Wichita, November 22nd

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Game Day Capsule: Missouri at Wichita, November 22nd

WICHITAHOME: 3-4-0-0AWAY: 1-1-1-2OVERALL: 4-5-1-2 LEADING SCORERSS. Schultz, 13 pts (3g, 10a)Miller 10 pts (5g, 5a)Lowe, 10 pts (2g, 8a) MISSOURIHOME: 1-2-0-0AWAY: 4-4-0-0OVERALL: 5-6-0-0 LEADING SCORERSThinel, 11 pts (4g, 7a)Rutherford, 7 pts (4g, 3a)Tochkin, 7 pts (4g, 3a) HEAD TO HEAD - Tonight's game will be the fourth of 10 matchups against the Mavericks this season. Wichita is 17-11-0 at home and 30-20-3 all-time. GOING EXTRA - Wichita fell behind 3-0 before climbing back into the game on Tuesday night and forcing overtime. The Oilers eventually won, outscoring the Thunder 2-0 in the shootout round. It was the third time this season that the Thunder and Oilers needed more than 60 minutes to decide the outcome of their contest at the BOK Center. The Thunder have played three times at the BOK. STREAKING - Stephen Schultz extended his point-streak to five games on Tuesday night with an assist on the first Thunder goal. He has eight points (1g, 7a) during that stretch, including multi-assist outings against Missouri, Allen and Rapid City. With one more point, he would take over the lead for longest point-streak by a Thunder player this season. Jared Walker also had a five-game point-streak earlier this season (4g, 2a). 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 six games, Wichita has eclipsed 30 or more shots and is averaging 37 shots per game over that stretch. The Thunder unloaded 26 shots in the second period and 49 shots against the Oilers on Tuesday, which are new season highs. SPECIAL TEAMS - Over the last six games, the Thunder power play has improved and is finding quality scoring chances. Wichita has scored a power play goal in five of the last six games, going 7-for-25 over that span and good for a 28% rate. Overall, Wichita is 10th in the league at 18.9% on the power play and 81.8% on the penalty kill. STOPPING SEBBY - Missouri's Sebastian Thinel has been a challenge for Wichita since the 2011-12 season. In that stretch, Thinel has scored 36 points (11g, 25a) against the Thunder, including one goal and one assist so far this year. Thinel is Missouri's leading scorer this year with 11 points (4g, 7a). THUNDERBOLTS… Kenton Miller is tied for first in power play goals (4)…Stephen Schultz leads the league in power play assists (7) and is second in power play points (8)...Jared Walker needs four more to equal the amount of goals he scored in each of his first two seasons as a pro (9)…Wichita is averaging 13 penalty minutes per game, which is near the bottom of the league...Wichita is second in the league in shots against per game (25.17)...Wichita is 3-1-0-0 when tied after one…Wichita is 2-2-1-0 when tied after two periods…Wichita is 3-3-0-2 when outshooting the opponent…Wichita is 3-1-0-0 in two-goal games...Wichita is 2-1-0-0 in the Independence Cup Series this season vs. Missouri… MISSOURI NOTES - Kellan Tochkin leads the Mavericks with two goals against the Thunder…Missouri is coming off a 4-1 loss last night against Tulsa…Tulsa killed off nine power plays last night that the Mavericks had and are dead last on the power play (7.8%)…Missouri made several moves last week, trading for Josh Brittain from Kalamazoo and acquiring Brandon Rempel from Greenville…Missouri finishes a three-in-three tomorrow afternoon at home against the Quad City Mallards…

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