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Game Day Capsule: Wichita at Allen, December 19th

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Game Day Capsule: Wichita at Allen, December 19th

WICHITAHOME: 7-5-0-1AWAY: 4-5-1-2OVERALL: 11-10-1-3

LEADING SCORERSGauthier, 25 pts (12g, 13a)Lowe, 21 pts (7g, 14a)Miller 19 pts (7g, 12a)

ALLENHOME: 8-2-0-0AWAY: 8-2-0-1OVERALL: 16-4-0-1

LEADING SCORERSCombs, 39 pts (17g, 22a)Costello, 32 pts (12g, 20a)Steffes, 24 pts (16g, 8a)

HEAD TO HEAD - This is the fourth of 16 meetings this season between the Thunder and the Americans. All-time, Wichita is 11-18-3 against Allen and 4-11-1 at the AEC.

TODAY - Wichita makes its first appearance at the Allen Event Center today in a rematch of the 2012-13 CHL Finals. The Thunder played this past Wednesday against Tulsa, coming back to pull out a 2-1 victory at the BOK Center while the Americans have been off since last weekend. The Thunder won the last meeting at INTRUST Bank Arena by the final of 3-1. Allen is led by Jack Combs, who has 39 points in 21 games this season. Wichita is led by Danick Gauthier, who has 25 points and Ian Lowe, who has 21.

REGULATION - Wichita won its first game in regulation at the BOK Center on Wednesday night against Tulsa. The Thunder had to do it in come-from-behind fashion, allowing the first goal in the first six minutes. Mike Wilson and Kirill Tulupov provided the offense, as both goals came from the backend.

GAME CLINCHER - Mike Wilson scored his third of the season Tuesday and has goals in three of the last four. He also recorded the game-winner, which gives him the clinching goal in back-to-back games for the veteran defenseman.

SEVENTH HEAVEN - Tim Boron claimed his seventh win of the season, stopping 29 of 30 shots on net against the Oilers. After allowing the early goal, he clamped down and made some key saves to preserve the Thunder victory. His goals against average dropped to 2.72 and save percentage up to .901.

KILLIN' IT - The Thunder penalty kill went 6-for-6 Wednesday night, improving the road percentage to 17th overall at 79.6%. After allowing goals in consecutive games, Wichita has gone 16-for-16 over the last three contests.

THUNDERBOLTS… Danick Gauthier is tied for 10th in scoring (23), tied for ninth in goals (12), second in power play goals (5) and tied for fourth in power play assists (8)...Kenton Miller is tied for eighth place in power play goals (4)...Wichita is fifth in shots for game (32.44) and third in shots against per game (26.40)…Wichita is 3-1-0-1 when leading after one...Wichita is 6-2-0-0 when tied after one…Wichita is 4-3-1-1 when tied after two periods…Wichita is 9-7-0-2 when outshooting the opponent…Wichita is 6-2-0-0 in two-goal games...

ALLEN NOTES - Jack Combs leads the league in points (39), goals (17), and assists (22)...Chad Costello is second in the league in points (32), and assists (20)...Gary Steffes is second in goals (16)...Greger Hanson was called-up to the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League yesterday...Allen leads the leauge in goals for per game (4.52) and is second in goals against per game (2.52)...Allen is 11-1-0-1 when scoring first...

AROUND THE ECHL - There are 12 other games in the ECHL tonight. Orlando visits South Carolina. Gwinnett takes on Florida. Fort Wayne plays at Kalamazoo. Elmira takes on Cincinnati. Toledo plays Indy. Greenville travels to Wheeling. Brampton goes to Missouri. Reading plays at Evansville. Rapid City heads to Tulsa. Colorado plays at Ontario. Idaho goes to Stockton. Bakersfield stays in Alaska.

NEXT UP - Wichita returns home this Sunday for the final game before the Christmas break. Rapid City comes to town for the second-straight Sunday afternoon starting at 5:05 p.m.

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.