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Game Day Capsule: Wichita at Allen, January 4th

Monday, February 1st
Game Day Capsule: Wichita at Allen, January 4th

WICHITAHOME: 10-5-0-2AWAY: 6-5-1-2OVERALL: 16-10-1-4LEADING SCORERSGauthier, 30 pts (14g, 16a)Lowe, 30 pts (12g, 18a)Miller, 26 pts (10g, 16a)ALLENHOME: 12-2-1-0AWAY: 9-3-0-2OVERALL: 21-5-1-2LEADING SCORERSCombs, 52 pts (21a, 31a)Costello, 48 pts (17g, 31a)Steffes, 30 pts (19g, 11a)HEAD TO HEAD - This is the sixth of 16 meetings this season between the Thunder and the Americans. All-time, Wichita is 13-18-3 against Allen and 5-11-1 on the road.TODAY - Wichita plays its first road game of 2015 this afternoon against the Allen Americans. The Thunder are coming off a 3-2 win at home against the Quad City Mallards while Allen was off last night. Both teams are coming off victories in their last outings as the Americans have won their last two against Rapid City. Wichita has won their last four contests. The Americans are led by Jack Combs, who has 21 goals and 31 assists as well as Chad Costello who has 48 points. Wichita is led by Danick Gauthier, who has 30 points this season, along with Ian Lowe who also has 30 points (12g, 18a). CLOSE CALL - Wichita improved to 7-2-1-4 in one-goal games with a 3-2 win on Saturday night. The Thunder have appeared in seven-straight games that has been decided by a single goal. Over that stretch, Wichita is 6-0-0-1.DONNING THE ‘C' - In his first game wearing the ‘C', Ian Lowe scored a power play goal to extend his goal scoring streak to four games. He has points in his last seven, which is a team season-high (5g, 5a). Lowe is tied for fifth place in the ECHL for power play goals along with Danick Gauthier and Kenton Miller, who each have five on the man advantage.THIRD PERIOD HEROICS - Wichita scored two third-period goals last night and now has 30 on the season in the final period. It was the first win for the Thunder when trailing entering the third period. Wichita improves to 1-7-0-2 in that department.WORKHORSE - Tim Boron started his eighth-straight game last night, claiming his 12th win of the season. He made some tough saves down the stretch and finished with 30 on the night. Over that span, he has gone 7-0-0-1. With the victory, Boron moves into a seventh place tie in wins amongst goaltenders.THUNDERBOLTS… Danick Gauthier is tied for 16th in goals (14), tied for fifth in power play goals (5) and tied for sixth in power play assists (8)…Ian Duval added his 13th helper of the season and has points in six-straight games (1g, 6a)...Tyler Bunz is sixth in the league in goals against average (2.39) while Tim Boron is in 12th place (2.57)…Tyler Bunz and Tim Boron are tied for second in shutouts (2)…Wichita is eighth in shots for per game (31.42) and third in shots against per game (26.42)…Wichita is 5-1-0-1 when leading after one...Wichita is 9-2-0-0 when tied after one…Wichita is 5-3-1-1 when tied after two periods…Wichita is 12-7-0-2 when outshooting the opponent…ALLEN NOTES - Allen was idle last night...Ian Schultz and Gary Steffes are tied for the league-lead in power play goals (6)...Jack Combs leads the league with 21 goals while Steffes is right behind him with 19...Combs and Chad Costello are tied for the league-lead in assists with 31...Combs is tied for the league-lead in game-winning goals (6)...Costello leads the league in plus/minus (+25)...Allen is 17-1-0-0 when leading after two periods...Allen is 13-5-0-1 when outshooting their opponents...AROUND THE ECHL - There are four other games tonight in the ECHL. Elmira plays at Greenville. Fort Wayne takes on Toledo. Rapid City visits Tulsa. Stockton goes to Ontario.UP NEXT - Wichita heads to Quad City for a pair of games next week starting on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. After a day off, the Thunder play three-in-three starting Friday at Quad City at 7:05 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 ECHLThe 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.