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Game Day: Wichita at Utah, January 16th

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Game Day: Wichita at Utah, January 16th

West Valley, UT (Jan. 16th) - Wichita plays the second of three tonight against 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: 4-14-0-1OVERALL: 9-23-1-4Last 10: 2-5-1-2Streak: 0-3-0-1Rank: 4th place, Central Division, 23 points

TEAM LEADERSGoals: Andy Huff, 9Assists: Ian Lowe, 12Points: Ian Lowe, 18+/-: Michael Neal, +1PIM: Dan Milan, 55

UTAHHOME: 12-7-1-0AWAY: 9-6-1-0OVERALL: 21-13-2-0Last 10: 5-5-0-0Streak: 3-0-0-0Rank: 1st place, Central Division, 44 points

TEAM LEADERSGoals: Barry Almeida, 16Assists: Charles Sarault, 24Points: Charles Sarault, 32+/-: Corey Feinhage, +10PIM: Jon Puskar, 40

SEASON-SERIESJan. 15 Maverik Center 7-3, LJan. 16 Maverik Center 8:05 p.m.Jan. 18 Maverik Center 2:35 p.m.

Wichita is 0-1-0-0 vs. Utah

HEAD-TO-HEAD - This is the second of three meetings between the Thunder and the Grizzlies.

TODAY - Wichita looks to re-group after last night's 7-3 loss at the hands of the Utah Grizzlies. Tonight's meeting is the second of three-straight between the two teams. The Thunder have lost their last four while the Grizzlies are on a three-game winning streak. Wichita remains 13 points back of the Tulsa Oilers with their loss to Idaho last night. Utah moves five points ahead of the Steelheads and have played two less games.

PAIRINGS - Andy Huff potted his second two-goal game of the season last night. He ended a nine-game scoring drought and now leads the team with nine goals. The rookie forward out of Ferris State is tied for second on the team with 17 points.

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 22 contests this season. He is sporting a 16-5-1-0 record with a goals-against average of 2.17 and save percentage of .924. David Shantz leads the Thunder with a goals-against average of 3.12 and .892 save percentage.

SPECIAL TEAMS - Last night's game was a battle of special teams with Utah claiming an edge in that department. The Grizzlies scored three power play goals on eight opportunities and had three five-on-three opportunities during the game. Wichita went 1-for-6 on the power play, extending its streak to finding the back of the net on the man advantage to five games (5-for-24, 20.8%).

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 (18), assists (12) and shots (93)...Kenton Miller has assists in three-straight games...Kale Kerbashian has four points in four games with the Thunder (1g, 3a)...Dan Milan leads the team with 55 penalty minutes...Wichita is 7-0-0-1 when leading after two...Wichita is 4-6-0-1 when tied after one... Wichita is 1-2-0-0 in four-goal games...

UTAH NOTES - The Grizzlies are 16-3-0-0 when scoring first and 19-5-1-0 when leading or tied after one...Ryan Faragher is tied for second in wins with 16...Barry Almeida is tied for third with 16 goals and has six markers in the last two games...

AROUND THE ECHL - There are 12 other games tonight in the ECHL. Reading plays at Adirondack. Norfolk is in Manchester. Brampton goes to Florida. Greenville takes on Atlanta. Alaska is in South Carolina. Wheeling plays at Toledo. Rapid City heads to Fort Wayne. Orlando is in Indy. Cincinnati takes on Allen. Quad City is in Evansville. Missouri remains in Colorado. Tulsa is at Idaho.

UP NEXT - Wichita has the day off before playing its first day game of the season on Monday against Utah at 2:35 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.

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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.