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Game Day: Wichita at Rapid City, April 2nd

Monday, February 1st
Game Day: Wichita at Rapid City, April 2nd

Rapid City, SD (April 2nd) - Wichita plays Rapid City for the final time this season. Get ready for the match-up with this Wichita Brewing Company Game Day Capsule:TONIGHT'S MATCH-UPWichita at Rapid City - 8:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City SDWICHITAHOME: 10-17-3-4AWAY: 8-21-3-2OVERALL: 18-38-6-6Last 10: 5-5-0-0Streak: 2-0-0-0Rank: 4th place, Central Division, 48 pointsTEAM LEADERSGoals: Kenton Miller, 15Assists: Kale Kerbashian, 28Points: Kale Kerbashian, 42+/-: Michael Neal, -1PIM: Dan Milan, 126RAPID CITYHOME: 15-14-1-2AWAY: 13-19-2-2OVERALL: 28-33-3-4Last 10: 5-4-0-1Streak: 0-1-0-0Rank: 4th place, West Division, 63 pointsTEAM LEADERSGoals: Ryan Walters, 23Assists: Ryan Walters, 32Points: Ryan Walters, 55+/-: Ryan Walters, +4PIM: Jimmy Bonneau, 73SEASON-SERIESDec. 8 Rushmore 7-2, LApril 1 Rushmore 3-1, WApril 2 Rushmore 8:05 p.m.Wichita is 0-1-0-0 vs. Rapid CityHEAD TO HEAD - This is the third and final meeting of the season between the Thunder and the Rush. All-time, Wichita is 20-32-6 against Rapid City and 12-17-2 on the road in the series. TODAY - Wichita and Rapid City play for the final time to close out the regular season series. The Thunder won last night by the final of 3-1 and tied the series at one game apiece. The story of the game was special teams, as Wichita scored once on the power play while blanking Rapid City on their seven power play chances. With Quad City defeating Tulsa last night, the Rush were officially eliminated from playoff contention. After tonight, Wichita will face the Oilers three times next week to close out the regular season. Rapid City is led by Ryan Walters, who has 55 points (23g, 32a) and Lindsay Sparks, who has 39 points (14g, 25a). Kale Kerbashian leads the Thunder with 42 points (14g, 28a). LAND OF OZ - Landon Oslanski recorded his 10th power play goal of the year last night. He has goals in back-to-back games and 12 on the season. Oslanski leads all ECHL defenseman in power play goals, tied for second in power play points (19) and second in shots on net with 184.TEAM LEAD - Kenton Miller took over the team-lead in goals last night with his 15th of the season. He beat Sam Marotta on a breakaway with less than six minutes to go in the second. It was his fourth game-winner of the year.PRINCETON PRIDE - Sean Bonar won his sixth game of the year last night and third in a Thunder uniform. He is 3-4-1 since coming to Wichita with a GAA of 2.48 and a .918 save percentage. Bonar's overall record is 6-8-1 with a GAA of 2.82 and a .906 save percentage. IDES OF MARCH - Wichita closed out the month of March on a high note. The Thunder finished 6-5-0, going 3-3-0 at home and 3-2-0 on the road. The only other month that the team was above .500 was in October, when the Thunder finished 4-3-0.END OF THE ROAD - Wichita played its first road game last night in over two weeks and won its first road contest since March 6th. Over the team's six-game homestand, the Thunder went 3-3-0. Wichita has three games left on the road including tonight and two home games next week against Tulsa. THUNDERBOLTS...Landon Oslanski leads the team in shots (184)...Miles Koules added an assist last night and has 13 points (4g, 9a) in 12 games in Wichita...Lowe and Andy Huff are tied for 10th in the ECHL in shorthanded goals (2)...Dan Milan leads the team with 126 penalty minutes...Wichita is first in the league in minor penalties (386)...Wichita is 12-1-1-1 when leading after two...Wichita is 11-11-6-6 in one-goal games...RAPID CITY NOTES - Lindsay Sparks and Ryan Walters have been solid editions for the Rush with Walters tallying 14 points in 13 games (4g, 10a) and Sparks recording 25 points in 27 games (8g, 17a)...Rapid City is 9-1-2-0 when leading after one...Rapid City is 16-5-1-2 when tied after one...AROUND THE ECHL - There are 12 other games today in the ECHL. Norfolk takes on Reading. Brampton goes to Adirondack. Kalamazoo travels to Greenville. Florida hosts Atlanta. South Carolina is at home against Orlando. Indy heads to Fort Wayne. Toledo is at Cincinnati. Manchester takes on Wheeling. Allen is in Missouri. Tulsa goes to Evansville. Alaska is at Utah. Colorado hosts Idaho. UP NEXT - Wichita returns home on Wednesday night to take on Tulsa 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.Follow along with us on our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter (@wichita_thunder), Snapchat (wichthunder), Instagram (Wichita_Thunder) and LinkedIn, presented by Wichita Brewing Company.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 over 500 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.