Loveland, CO (Dec. 11th) - Wichita plays its second of three against Colorado tonight in northern Colorado. Get ready for the match-up with our Wichita Brewing Company Game Day Capsule:
TONIGHT'S MATCH-UPWichita at Colorado - 8:05 p.m., Budwesier Events Center, Loveland, CO
WICHITAHOME: 5-6-0-1AWAY: 1-9-0-0OVERALL: 6-15-0-1
TEAM LEADERSGoals: Gauthier, Miller, 5Assists: Sakaris, 9Points: Sakaris, 13+/-: Milan, +3PIM: Milan, 39
COLORADOHOME: 7-5-2-0AWAY: 2-7-0-0OVERALL: 9-12-2-0
TEAM LEADERSGoals: Mychan, 10Assists: Daavettila, Marto, 13Points: Daavettila, 21+/-: Daavettila, +3PIM: Bootland, 110
SEASON-SERIESOct. 30 INTRUST 5-2, WOct. 31 INTRUST 2-1, WDec. 9 BEC 2-1, LDec. 11 BEC 8:05 p.m.Dec. 12 BEC 8:05 p.m.Feb. 5 INTRUST 7:05 p.m.
Wichita is 2-1-0-0 vs. Colorado this season
HEAD-TO-HEAD - This is the third meeting of the season between the Thunder and the Eagles. All-time, Wichita is 22-30-4 against Colorado and 6-19-2 on the road in the series.
TODAY - Wichita and Colorado play the middle portion of a three-game set against each other tonight. The Eagles claimed a 2-1 victory on Wednesday to earn their first win of the season-series. Each of the last two meetings have been a 2-1 finish with the home team claiming the first three wins. Wichita is looking to break a five-game losing skid while the Eagles win on Wednesday broke their two-game slide.
ROLLHEISER SHINES - Grant Rollheiser was outstanding on Wednesday night, stopping 31 of 33 shots to help keep the Thunder in the game. He made several highlight reel saves including one in the second where he stopped two rebound opportunities near his crease.
HELD AT TWO - Wichita's offense has been held in check during the team's recent slide. The last time the Thunder scored two or more was on Thanksgiving Eve against the Indy Fuel. Wichita did score five against the Eagles on October 30th at INTRUST Bank Arena and will try to do the same here tonight.
WELCOME BACK - Head Coach Kevin McClelland made his first trip back to the Budweiser Event Center on Wednesday night. The former Stanley Cup Champion was the bench boss in Colorado for two seasons, from 2007-09. He went 87-30-11 and claimed the Governor's Cup during the 2008-09 season. He guided the Eagles to the 2009 President's Cup Finals only to fall to the Texas Brahmas in five games. After leaving Colorado, McClelland was named as the head coach of the Wichita Thunder. Joey Sides also returns to Colorado after spending parts of two seasons with the Eagles. In 2012-13, he had 21 goals and 40 points and was a +14.
MILESTONES - Ian Lowe hit a milestone, notching his 100th ECHL point last week. He needs 12 more games to have played in 300 as a pro. He also needs five more points to hit the 200-point plateau. The fifth-year pro out of Bradwardine, BC is currently in his fourth season in the Air Capital. 160 of his 195 points have come donning Thunder blue. With two more games, Erick Lizon will have reached 200 playing in the ECHL.
SPECIAL - Colorado comes into the game tonight with the league's top power play (23.3%) and second ranked penalty kill (88.7%). Wichita is 4-for-24 over the last five games, good for a clip of 16.7%.
THUNDERBOLTS...Danick Gauthier leads the team in shots with 55...Martin Nemcik and Landon Oslanksi have assists in two of their first three games in Thunder uniforms...Kenton Miller recorded his fifth goal of the season on Wednesday night and first since November 25th... Wichita is 4-0-0-1 when leading after two...Wichita is 3-4-0-0 when tied after one...Wichita is 4-4-0-1 in one goal games...
COLORADO NOTES - Darryl Bootland leads the league with 110 penalty minutes while Teigan Zahn is second with 84...Jesse Mychan and Sean Zimmerman are tied in fifth place with 69...Mychan is tied for seventh with 10 goals...Trent Daavettila and Jake Marto are tied for 17th with 13 assists...Eric Levine earned his first win on Wednesday in his first start in an Eagles uniform...
AROUND THE ECHL - There are 12 other games tonight in the ECHL. Brampton visits Kalamazoo. Norfolk heads to Adirondack. Orlando goes to Greenville. Manchester takes on Elmira. Wheeling goes to Toledo. Reading is at Florida. South Carolina heads to Atlanta. Indy takes on in-state rival, Fort Wayne. Idaho is at Tulsa. Cincinnati goes to Evansville. Alaska plays at Utah. Quad City is in Rapid City.
UP NEXT - Wichita closes its three-game set against Colorado on Saturday night at 7:05 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.