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Game Day: Wichita at Utah, January 15th

Monday, February 1st
Game Day: Wichita at Utah, January 15th

West Valley, UT (Jan. 15th) - Wichita travels to Utah for the first-time ever to take on the Utah Grizzlies. Get ready for the match-up with this Wichita Brewing Company Game Day Capsule:

TONIGHT'S MATCH-UPWichita at Utah - 8:05 p.m., CST, Maverik Center, West Valley, UT

WICHITAHOME: 5-9-1-3AWAY: 4-13-0-1OVERALL: 9-22-1-4Last 10: 2-5-1-2Streak: 0-2-0-1Rank: 4th place, Central Division, 23 points

TEAM LEADERSGoals: Andy Huff, Kenton Miller, Landon Oslanski, 7Assists: Ian Lowe, 11Points: Ian Lowe, 17+/-: Michael Neal, 0PIM: Dan Milan, 53

UTAHHOME: 11-7-1-0AWAY: 9-6-1-0OVERALL: 20-13-2-0Last 10: 5-5-0-0Streak: 2-0-0-0Rank: 1st place, Central Division, 42 points

TEAM LEADERSGoals: Barry Almeida, Alex Krushelnyski, 14Assists: Charles Sarault, 22Points: Charles Sarault, 29+/-: Corey Feinhage, +9PIM: Jon Puskar, 40

SEASON-SERIESJan. 15 Maverik Center 8:05 p.m.Jan. 16 Maverik Center 8:05 p.m.Jan. 18 Maverik Center 2:35 p.m.

Wichita is 0-0-0-0 vs. Utah

HEAD-TO-HEAD - This is the first-ever meeting between the Thunder and the Grizzlies.

TODAY - Wichita and Utah play for the first-time ever tonight at the Maverik Center. The Thunder are coming off a loss on Tuesday night to rival, Missouri, by the final of 4-1. Utah won on Wednesday night against Tulsa, 5-2. The Grizzlies scored four goals in the third period, all from Barry Almeida, propelling them to the victory. The Grizzlies are in first place in the West Division, five points ahead of Idaho. Wichita is 13 points back of the Tulsa Oilers for third place in the Central.

LAND OF OZ - Landon Oslanski has picked up his point production over the last four games. He has goals in three-straight contests and points in his last four (3g, 1a). All three of his goals have come on the power play, putting him in a ninth place tie in the ECHL for power play goals (9).

WESTERN BOUND - Wichita travels west for its first-ever trip to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Grizzlies. The two teams will play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday and then a Monday afternoon meeting on Martin Luther King Day.

GOALIE MATCH-UP - Ryan Faragher leads the Grizzlies in games played, appearing in 21 contests this season. He is sporting a 15-5-1-0 record with a goals-against average of 2.13 and save percentage of .926. David Shantz leads the Thunder with a goals-against average of 2.96 and .897 save percentage.

SPECIAL TEAMS - Utah comes in with the league's 16th-ranked power play, scoring 23 goals and operating at 16.1% on the season. The Grizzlies' penalty kill has not fared as well, sitting dead last in the league at 76.9% and giving up 27 goals on the man advantage. Wichita is last on the power play, but has played better over the last four games (4-for-18, 22.2%). The Thunder penalty kill is ranked 13th-overall, giving up 26 goals and operating at 84%.

MILESTONES - Ian Lowe appeared in his 300th career game as a pro last Friday. He also netted his 200th pro point and 100th assist in a Thunder uniform on Saturday. The Bradwardine, Manitoba native has 168 points (68g, 100a) in Thunder blue.

THUNDERBOLTS...Ian Lowe leads the team in points (17), assists (11) and shots (92)...Kenton Miller has assists in back-to-back games...Kale Kerbashian has three points in three games with the Thunder (1g, 2a)...Dan Milan leads the team with 53 penalty minutes...Wichita is 7-0-0-1 when leading after two...Wichita is 4-6-0-1 when tied after one... Wichita is 1-1-0-0 in four-goal games...

UTAH NOTES - The Grizzlies are 15-3-0-0 when scoring first and 18-5-1-0 when leading or tied after one...Ryan Faragher is tied for second in wins with 15...Barry Almeida, who is tied for 12th with 14 goals, had a natural hat trick on Wednesday night and finished with four goals in the third period...

AROUND THE ECHL - There are nine other games tonight in the ECHL. Reading plays at Elmira. Evansville goes to Toledo. Brampton travels to Florida. Rapid City is in Indy. South Carolina heads to Atlanta. Orlando is at Fort Wayne. Kalamazoo heads west to Quad City. Missouri visits Colorado. Tulsa goes to Idaho.

UP NEXT - Wichita plays the Grizzlies again tomorrow night starting at 8:05 p.m. CST.

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 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.