Wichita, KS (Nov. 11th) - Wichita returns home for the next six games to host archrival, Tulsa, in the StoneWolf Casino Cup Series. Get ready with the Game Day Capsule below:
TONIGHT'S MATCH-UPTulsa at Wichita - 7:05 p.m., INTRUST Bank Arena
WICHITAHOME: 3-2-0-0AWAY: 1-5-0-0OVERALL: 4-7-0-0
TEAM LEADERSGoals: Baptista, Lowe, Martell, Sakaris, 3Assists: Huff, 6Points: Huff, 8+/-: Sakaris, +5PIM: Milan, 30
TULSAHOME: 3-1-0-0AWAY: 1-4-0-0OVERALL: 4-5-0-0
TEAM LEADERSGoals: Brewer, Wong, 3Assists: Pleskach, 7Points: Pleskach, 7+/-: Brown, +4PIM: Gagnon, 19
SEASON-SERIESOct. 16 3-2 WNov. 11 INTRUST 7:05 p.m.Nov. 27 BOK 7:05 p.m.Nov. 28 INTRUST 7:05 p.m.Dec. 18 BOK 7:05 p.m.Dec. 19 BOK 7:05 p.m.Dec. 26 INTRUST 7:05 p.m.Jan. 8 INTRUST 7:05 p.m.Jan. 9 BOK 7:05 p.m.Feb. 14 BOK 7:05 p.m.Apr. 6 INTRUST 7:05 p.m.Apr. 8 INTRUST 7:05 p.m.Apr. 9 BOK 7:05 p.m.
HEAD TO HEAD - This is the second meeting of the season between the Thunder and the Oilers. All-time, Wichita is 132-110-23 against Tulsa and 73-49-12 at home in the series.
TODAY - The Thunder returns home this evening to start a six-game homestand against longtime rival, Tulsa. The two teams once again are playing for the StoneWolf Casino Cup. Wichita won the only meeting of the season back on Opening Night of the ECHL schedule by the final of 3-2. Tulsa was off last night while Wichita traveled to Allen, losing by the final of 5-2. With the loss, Wichita is looking to snap a season-high four-game losing streak while the Oilers have dropped three straight on the road.
DOWNED IN TEXAS - The Thunder traveled down to Allen to take on the Americans for the first time this season. The Americans broke a tie in second period and scored three unanswered goals on their way to a 5-2 win over the Thunder. Wichita got goals from Ian Lowe and Andy Huff. Both of the Thunder goals were scored while shorthanded.
SHORT STAFFED - Due to injuries, both Dan Milan and Theo Peckham were unable to play in Tuesday night's game against the Americans. Ryan Ruikka was brought off the reserve and gave the Thunder five defensemen. Wichita played the game primarily with four defensemen as Ruikka was used sparingly.
SEVEN IN NINE - The Thunder are currently in the middle of their toughest stretch of the season. The Thunder have already played four games this past week and will play three more times this week. On Wednesday Wichita will take on Tulsa back at home, and then play Missouri back-to-back nights at INTRUST Bank Arena on Friday and Saturday.
SHORTIE - Wichita entered last night's contest with 85% of its goals coming at even strength and just two on the power play. Both of the Thunder's tally's in the contest were shorthanded, which were also the first two of the season. Wichita is now tied for third with two shorthanded goals for this season.
HUFF AND PUFF - Andy Huff was been the Thunder's hottest player as of late. The Howell, MI native has scored seven points (1g, 6a) in his last eight games with the Thunder. Huff scored his first professional goal in his first pro game this year back on October 17th versus the Quad City Mallards.
FINDING OFFENSE - Both teams come into tonight's game looking to get going offensively. Tulsa is averaging just 2.22 goals for per game, which is good for 23rd in the league while the Thunder is 27th, averaging just 2.09 goals for per game. One area that both can improve in is shots for per game as Wichita ranks 27th in the league, firing just 23.45 shots a game, while the Oilers are dead last at 23.44 shots for per game. Tulsa is seventh in the league in goals against per game (2.44) while Wichita is 14th in that category (2.82).
FIRST GOAL - Teams in the ECHL that have scored first have had the upper hand so far to this point in the season. Out of the 137 first goals scored so far, teams are 103-26-7-1 and good for a clip of .781 winning percentage. The Thunder have scored four first goals so far this season, going 3-1-0-0.
MILESTONE - Kevin McClelland is nearing a Thunder milestone. The former Stanley Cup champ is closing in on 200 wins as the bench boss in the Air Capital. In 344 games, he has gone 180-130-35 in six season in Wichita and is the Thunder's all-time winningest coach. Overall, he is 367-236-61 in 11 seasons as a professional head coach.
THUNDERBOLTS...Andy Huff leads the team with eight points (2g, 8a)...Anthony Deluca leads the team in shots with 31...Wichita is ninth on the penalty kill (85.7%)...Dalton Reum added an assist last night, giving him a career-high three points through 11 games...Wichita is 3-0-0-0 when leading after two...Wichita is 1-1-0-0 when leading after one... Wichita is 0-2-0-0 when outshooting the opponent...Wichita is 3-3-0-0 in one-goal games...Wichita is 3-1-0-0 when scoring first...
TULSA NOTES - Despite not having any goals, Adam Pleskasch leads the Oilers in points with seven assists...Ben Walker was called up to the Manitoba Moose earlier this week...Phil Brewer and Brandon Wong are tied for the team lead with three goals...Tulsa is 2-0-0-0 when leading after one...Tulsa is 3-0-0-0 when leading after two...Tulsa is 2-4-0-0 when tied after one...Tulsa is 1-2-0-0 when tied after two...
AROUND THE ECHL - There are four other games tonight in the ECHL. Wheeling is at Reading. Alaska heads to Quad City. Fort Wayne goes to Cincinnati. Colorado travels to Utah.
UP NEXT - Wichita resumes its tough stretch on Friday at home against the Missouri Mavericks starting at 7:05 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.