WICHITAHOME: 11-6-0-2AWAY: 8-9-2-2OVERALL: 19-15-2-4
LEADING SCORERSLowe, 39 pts (15g, 24a)Gauthier, 36 pts (16g 20a)Miller, 31 pts (12g, 19a)
QUAD CITYHOME: 9-7-2-0AWAY: 9-7-2-2OVERALL: 18-14-4-2
LEADING SCORERSLamoureux, 39 pts (14g, 25a)Perry, 33 pts (18g, 15a)Fox, 32 pts (12g, 20a)
HEAD-TO-HEAD - This is the sixth of 12 meetings between the Thunder and the Mallards. Wichita is 7-0-4 on the road against Quad City all-time and 16-4-4 overall.
TODAY - Wichita closes out a five-game road swing tonight at the i-Wireless Center against the Quad City Mallards. The Thunder are coming off of a split in the Black Hills last weekend, losing 5-4 on Friday night and beating the Rush in a shootout on Saturday by the final of 4-3. Quad City lost their lone game of the week last Saturday in Missouri, which puts the Thunder two points ahead of the Mallards in second place. Mario Lamoureux leads the charge for the Mallards with 39 points and returns from Bridgeport of the AHL. Wichita is led by Ian Lowe, who also has 39 points along with Danick Gauthier, who has 36 in 40 games.
BATTLE FOR SECOND - Tonight's match-up between the Thunder and the Mallards is a battle for second place. Wichita sits two points ahead of Quad City with 44 points. Quad City is tied in third with Tulsa with 42 points.
REUNION - Wichita and Quad City will play each other in a home-and-home series this week. After tonight, the setting switches to the Air Capital on Friday. The Thunder will face the Mallards in four of the next five games, returning to the i-Wireless Center a week from Friday for a pair.
STREAKS - Todd Hosmer scored a pair of goals last weekend and has markers in his last five outings. He sits in fourth place in scoring on the team with 23 points (14g, 9a). Kenton Miller has goals in two-straight.
FIVE'S A CROWD - Five different Thunder players have scored four points against the Mallards this season. Ian Lowe, Ian Duval, and RG Flath have two goals and two helpers each, while Danick Gauthier and Jared Walker have netted one goal and tallied three assists.
PICK ONE - Both Tim Boron and Tyler Bunz have had their fair share of success against the Mallards this season. Boron is 1-0-1-0 with a goals against average of 2.95 and save percentage of .902. Bunz is 2-1-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.35 and save percentage of .944 GAA when facing Quad City.
SPECIAL - Wichita and Quad City sit next to each other when it comes to power play rankings and that has been the case in the season-series as well. The Thunder have gone 4-for-24 (16.7%) against the Mallards this season. The Quad City power play has gone 3-for-29 (10.3%). Wichita has not scored a power play goal in two-straight games against the Mallards and are looking for their first power play goal at the i-Wireless Center this season. The Thunder power play has connected in the last three games, going 3-for-13 over that span (23.1%). The penalty kill stopped the bleeding this past Saturday, stopping all six Rush chances. Wichita had given up a goal on the man advantage in four-straight prior to Saturday night's shootout win.
NEW HIGH - Jared Walker recorded his ninth goal of the season last weekend and needs one more to set a new career-high. The third-year pro has collected nine goals in each of his first two seasons and has already equaled that total through 39 games this year.
THUNDERBOLTS… Danick Gauthier is tied for 20th in goals (16), tied for sixth in power play goals (6) and tied for 11th in power play assists (9)…Jared Walker is tied for fourth in shorthanded goals (2)…Todd Hosmer is 21st in rookie scoring (23) while Ian Duval is tied in 32nd (20)…Kenton Miller is in 10th place for shots on net (132)…Tyler Bunz and Tim Boron are tied for fifth in shutouts (2)…Wichita is 12th in shots for per game (31.03) and fourth in shots against per game (26.98)…Wichita is 5-2-0-1 when leading after one...Wichita is 11-6-0-0 when tied after one…Wichita is 6-3-1-1 when tied after two periods…Wichita is 13-9-1-2 when outshooting the opponent…
QUAD CITY NOTES - Todd Fiddler and Mario Lamoureux each have six points against the Thunder...Lamoureux was sent back to the Mallards from Bridgeport, playing in two games and scored his first career AHL goal last Wednesday...Quad City played once last week, losing to Missouri last Saturday night by the final of 2-1...Quad City is tied for sixth in the ECHL in goals against per game (2.76)...Joe Perry has 16 even strength goals and two on the power play...Justin Fox has 13 points (3g, 10a) in his last 13 games...
AROUND THE ECHL - There are six other games tonight in the ECHL. Gwinnett plays at Indy. South Carolina heads to Florida. Elmira visits Cincinnati. Reading goes to Evansville. Idaho plays at Ontario. Colorad travels north to Alaska.
UP NEXT - Wichita returns home on Friday for the first time in two weeks to face Quad City at 7:05 p.m.
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About the ECHL
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