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Homecoming Spoiled in 6-1 Loss to Cincy

Monday, February 1st
Homecoming Spoiled in 6-1 Loss to Cincy

Wichita, KS (Dec. 20th) - Wichita (7-18-0-2) returned home for the first time in two weeks, but couldn't slow down Cincinnati (13-8-2-2) in a 6-1 loss on Sunday afternoon at INTRUST Bank Arena. The Cyclones scored four unanswered goals to pull away from the Thunder after Andy Huff cut the lead to one in the second period. Cincinnati takes the only meeting of the season between the two teams heading into the Christmas break.

Brandon Gracel led the way for the Cyclones with three points while Zach Budish added a pair of first period tallies that helped Cincinnati to a 2-0 lead. His first came at 13:24 and he followed that up with another at 16:27.

In the second, Huff scored the Thunder's only goal at 6:10 with a nice stick-handling move at the left circle and beat Neil Conway through the five hole. Christiaan Minella

recorded his sixth of the year at 18:05 to help Cincinnati re-gain a two-goal lead. Just 23 seconds later, Gracel scored his first of two on the night from the left circle that made it 4-1.

Cincinnati added two more in the third period with goals from Gracel and Joe Wilson as the Cyclones skated away with a 6-1 victory.

Tonight's match-up was the first-ever between Wichita and Cincinnati. Huff recorded his seventh of the season and third on the weekend. Dan Milan and Danick Gauthier earned helpers in the losing effort. David Shantz takes the loss, stopping 29 of 35 shots. Conway earns his first win of the year, stopping 15 of 16 shots he faced.

Wichita went 0-for-1 on the power play. Cincinnati was 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

The Thunder have the week off and will resume action with a meeting against Tulsa on Saturday, December 26th at 7:05 p.m. Saturday is the first-ever Thunder 5K. Call the Thunder office this week and get signed up!

Individual tickets 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.