WICHITAHOME: 2-2-0-0AWAY: 0-0-1-1OVERALL: 2-2-1-1
LEADING SCORERSS. Schultz, 5 pts (2g, 3a)Walker, 6 pts (4g, 2a)Lowe, 5pts (0g, 5a)
MISSOURIHOME: 1-0-0-0AWAY: 2-3-0-0OVERALL: 3-3-0-0
LEADING SCORERSRutherford, 7 pts (4g, 3a)Thinel, 7 pts (3g, 4a)Bembridge, 6p (2g, 4a)
HEAD TO HEAD - This is the second of 10 meetings this season between the Thunder and the Mavericks. Wichita is 16-10-0 at home and 29-19-3 all-time.
SOLID D - Despite giving up three in the final period, Wichita has seen a vast improvement in their defensive effort since opening weekend. The Thunder defense is giving up 3.17 goals against per game, ranking them 14th in the league.
STREAKING - Wichita's penalty killing unit has also stiffened up. The Thunder killed off all four power plays for Rapid City and has not allowed a power play goal in the last 15 atte¬¬mpts by the opposition. The Thunder power play went 0-for-4 and has struggled since scoring twice on the man advantage on October 29th at Tulsa.
BORDER WAR - Wichita and Missouri meet for the 52nd time today. Wichita has had success over the years against Missouri, owning a record of 29-11-1 against the Mavericks since the 2010-11 season. The Thunder host the Mavericks four times before making their first appearance at the Independence Events Center on Black Friday.
FIRING GALLERY - Under Kevin McClelland, Wichita has been stingy when it comes to allowing shots on net. The Thunder are fifth in the league in shots allowed per game at 26.33. The offense, however, is on the opposite site of the spectrum, ranking 27th in the league in shots for per game at 24.67. Missouri is dead last in the league in shots for per game at 22.50 and rank 10th overall in shots allowed per game at 27.33.
THUNDERBOLTS…Jared Walker leads the team with six points (4g, 2a) while Stephen Schultz and Ian Lowe are second with five points each…The Thunder added Russian defenseman Kirill Tulupov on Thursday and placed him on reserve...Wichita's penalty kill moved up to eighth place in the league (86.4%)…Wichita is 2-0-0-1 when leading after two periods…Wichita is 1-0-0-1 when outshooting the opponent…Wichita is 1-1-1-0 when outshot by the opponent…Wichita is 2-1-0-0 in two-goal games…
MAVERICKS NOTES - Missouri won their first ECHL home game and were the last team to have their home opener last night against Rapid City...Sebastien Thinel has scored 35 points (11g, 24a) against Wichita since the start of the 2011-12 season...Former NHL defenseman Richard Matvichuk took over the helm for Missouri in the offseason after serving as the assistant to Steve Martinson in Allen...Kansas City native Jared Brown was acquired from Rapid City to the Mavs before the start of the season...Kellan Tochkin returns to Missouri after playing last year for Florida and Evansville of the ECHL...
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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.