Wichita, KS (Oct. 24th) - Tonight, the Wichita Thunder goes north to take on the Missouri Mavericks. The two teams opened up their season-series last night in Wichita. Get ready for the game below:
TONIGHT'S MATCH-UPWichita at Missouri - 7:05 p.m., Silverstein Eye Center Arena
WICHITAHOME: 1-1-0-0AWAY: 1-0-0-0OVERALL: 2-1-0-0
LEADING SCORERSMiller: 2 points (2g)Deluca: 2 point (1g, 1a)Gauthier: 2 point (2a)
MISSOURIHOME: 0-0-0-0AWAY: 3-1-0-0OVERALL: 3-1-0-0
LEADING SCORERSHolmstrom: 6 points (3g, 3a)Markison: 4 points (1g, 3a)Root: 3 points (2g, 1a)
SEASON-SERIESOct. 23 3-0, LOct. 24 Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 7:05 p.m.Nov. 7 Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 7:05 p.m.Nov. 8 INTRUST Bank Arena 5:05 p.mNov. 13 INTRUST Bank Arena 7:05 p.m. Nov. 14 INTRUST Bank Arena 7:05 p.m. Nov. 21 INTRUST Bank Arena 7:05 p.m. Dec. 5 Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 7:05 p.m. Dec. 31 Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 7:05 p.m.Jan. 12 INTRUST Bank Arena 7:05 p.m. Jan. 29 Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 7:05 p.m.Jan. 30 Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 7:05 p.m. Mar. 4 Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 7:05 p.m. Mar. 19 INTRUST Bank Arena 7:05 p.m.Mar. 20 INTRUST Bank Arena 5:05 p.m.
HEAD-TO-HEAD - This is the second meeting of the season between the Thunder and the Mavericks. All-time, Wichita is 35-23-3 and 15-11-3 on the road.
TODAY - Wichita and Missouri close out a home-and-home tonight at the newly-named Silverstein Eye Center Arena. This will be the second road game for the Thunder while the Mavericks have been away from home for the first four games of the season. Missouri is one of five teams that have not played a home game, which changes tonight. In their only road contest so far, the Thunder defeated the Tulsa Oilers on Opening Day by the final score of 3-2. After tonight, the Thunder will not see Missouri until November 7th, when they travel back to Independence. Wichita closes the weekend out with a road game at Quad City. The Mavericks are off tomorrow afternoon.
TIGHT THROUGH TWO - Last night, both goaltenders stood up to the task through the first 40 minutes. David Shantz was tested early and often, making some nice saves to keep Missouri off the board. Things went south at the beginning of the third period as Tyler Barnes and Colin Markison combined for two goals in 24 seconds.
SECONDS - Through three games, the Thunder's best period has been the second. Wichita is outshooting its opponent 31-24 and has four goals in the second frame. Last night, the Thunder and the Mavericks combined for 22 shots in the period.
INDEPENDENCE CUP - Yesterday, Wichita and Missouri announced that the two teams have renewed their rivalry series and will be playing for the Independence Cup. Wichita has won the cup the last three seasons and has had the upper hand in the season-series since the 2010-11 season. The two teams will face each other 15 times this year, which is the most times Wichita and Missouri will see one another in a season. The winner of the series will receieve a donation of a youth hockey scholarship.
THREES - Wichita began a busy weekend last night against the Mavericks before heading to Missouri this evening. The Thunder close the weekend with a road match-up against the Quad City Mallards. This is the first three-in-three of the season and one of seven the team will appear in from now until April.
THUNDERBOLTS…Deluca leads the team in shots (10) and is tied for third in rookie scoring...Danick Gauthier and Ian Lowe each have two assists and combined for 13 shots...Lowe is seven-for-19 all time in shootouts...Michael Neal has the Thunder's lone power play goal...David Shantz won his first ECHL game on Opening Night against Tulsa since March of 2011...
MISSOURI NOTES - Josh Robinson leads the league in shutouts (2), tied for first in wins (3), third in save % (.988) and third in goals against (0.33)...Josh Holmstrom is tied for second in scoring with six points...Colin Markison is tied for first in rookie scoring with four points...Jesse Root is tied for sixth in shots on net with 16...
AROUND THE ECHL - There are 13 other games tonight in the ECHL. Elmira goes to Reading. Manchester plays at Adirondack. Norfolk is at Orlando. Florida takes on Atlanta. Greenville heads to South Carolina. Indy is at Fort Wayne. Kalamazoo travels to Cincinnati. Brampton is at Wheeling. Tulsa remains in Quad City. Toledo goes to Evansville. Allen is in Utah. Rapid City heads to Colorado. Idaho remains in Alaska.
UP NEXT - Wichita will head to Quad City to finish out the weekend starting at 4:05 p.m.
Individual tickets for all games are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the INTRUST Arena Box office, by calling 855-755-SEAT or go online at www.selectaseat.com.
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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.