WICHITAHOME: 6-4-0-0AWAY: 2-2-1-2OVERALL: 8-6-1-2 LEADING SCORERSGauthier, 15 pts (6g, 9a)Lowe, 15 pts (5g, 10a)Miller 13 pts, (7g, 6a) TULSAHOME: 6-3-1-1AWAY: 3-2-0-1OVERALL: 9-5-1-2 LEADING SCORERSBooras, 21 pts (8g, 13a)Caig, 19 pts (9g, 10a)Pleskach, 17 pts (11g, 6a) HEAD TO HEAD - This is the sixth of 15 meetings between the Thunder and the Oilers. Wichita is 1-1-1-2 this season vs. Tulsa. All-time, Wichita is 130-104-21 and 73-45-10 at home against the Oilers. TO THE WIRE - Through the first five match-ups between the two teams, three have gone past regulation, including two shootouts. Of the five games, four have been decided by one goal, and the other was a 2-0 Thunder shutout on October 29th.
HIGH CALIBER - Wichita has outshot the Oilers in three of the five match-ups, including a 49-22 SOG advantage at INTRUST Bank Arena on November 18th. The Thunder average 30.71 shots per game, while only giving up 24.82. Through the five games, Wichita has 152 shots on net to Tulsa's 128.
SCORING EDGE - Tulsa holds a 16-14 edge in goals scored in the series and has been led by veteran center Jon Booras who has tallied two goals and two assists in five games against Wichita. Ian Lowe leads the Thunder with four points against the Oilers.
GONE STREAKING - Wichita currently has eight players on scoring streaks, including six players with a streak of three or more games. Erick Lizon leads the pack with a four game point-streak (3g, 1a), while Nikita Kashirsky, Ian Lowe, Jared Walker, RG Flath, and Danick Gauthier all have three game streaks. Ian Duval and Kenton Miller both tack on two games scoring streaks as well.
600 - Head Coach Kevin McClelland reached a milestone Friday night, coaching in his 600th game as a professional head coach. The Thunder jumped out to a 3-0 lead and earned a 4-1 win. Mac started back in 2005-06 with the Memphis RiverKings. He is in his fifth season behind the Thunder bench, going 152-100-29 over that span.
BIRTHDAY BOY - Erick Lizon recorded his fourth goal of the season last night to help the Thunder pull out a 3-1 win over the Allen Americans. Celebrating his 29th birthday, Lizon has scored a goal in each of the last three games and has two-game winners this week. His career high came back during the 2008-09 season when he was a member of the Laredo Bucks, scoring seven goals that season and 16 points.
THREE'S COMPANY - Wichita earned its third win this week and has a season-high winning streak going after last night's victory. The Thunder also ended the American's win-streak at eight games and earned their first points against Allen this season.
FIRST STAR - Tyler Bunz was outstanding last night, stopping 33 of 34 shots and claiming his second win of the week. He currently ranks third in goals against average (1.87) in the ECHL and improved his save percentage to .920, which is good for 10th in the league.
SO LONG NOVEMBER - Regardless of the outcome tonight in Wichita, the Oilers have assured themselves of a winning record in the month of November. Tulsa went 2-1-1 in October and has recorded back-to-back months of winning hockey for the first time since November and December of 2011. Wichita will finish the month above .500 as well, going 7-5-0-2 into today's contest.
THUNDERBOLTS… Kenton Miller is tied for fifth in power play goals (4) while Danick Gauthier is tied in 10th with three on the man advantage...Jared Walker needs four more to equal the amount of goals he scored in each of his first two seasons as a pro (9)...Since November 16th, the Thunder penalty kill has given up just one power play goal, killing off 24 of 25 chances for the opponent…Wichita is second in the league in shots against per game (24.82)...Wichita is 2-1-0-1 when leading after one...Wichita is 4-2-0-0 when tied after one…Wichita is 3-3-1-0 when tied after two periods…Wichita is 6-4-0-2 when outshooting the opponent…Wichita is 5-1-0-0 in two-goal games...Wichita is 6-2-0-1 when scoring first...
TULSA NOTES - Kyle O'Kane has scored in four-straight, which is a career best for the third year winger…Tulsa has killed off 30 of 32 power plays against…Tulsa has not suffered more than two losses in a row and have claimed points in five of their last six games…T.J. Caig has dished out four assists in his last two games…Jon Booras was named the ECHL Player of the Week last week…Drew Fisher leads Tulsa with a +8 rating…Kevin Carr (876) leads the league in minutes and saves (421)…
AROUND THE ECHL - There are two other games today in the ECHL. Orlando visits Kalamazoo. Gwinnett travels to South Carolina. 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.