Wichita, KS (March 29th) - David Shantz stopped all 37 shots and Landon Oslanski scored the only goal of the contest to help Wichita (17-38-6-6) get past Quad City (33-27-4-2) by the final of 1-0 at INTRUST Bank Arena on Tuesday night. Shantz earns the first shutout of the season by a Thunder netminder while Oslanski nets his 11th of the year. Wichita takes the series-finale and finishes 3-3-0-1 against the Mallards this season.
The story of the night was the Wichita penalty killing unit. Quad City had two five-on-three situations in the third. They came up empty and were unsuccessful on all eight chances throughout the game.
The only goal of the night came at 13:35 of the first when Oslanski jumped on a loose puck in the crease after Miles Koules and Kale Kerbashian worked it to the front of the net. He was able to put home the rebound past Brody Hoffman for the 1-0 lead.
Wichita opened the final period with a two-man advantage, but were unable to get anything set up. Both goaltenders were outstanding down the stretch, including a breakaway save by Shantz on Sam Warning with just under two minutes to go. The Thunder held on and claimed a 1-0 decision.
The Thunder win their first game of the season when scoring one goal. Oslanski nets his eighth tally of the year in a Thunder uniform. Shantz stopped all 37 shots for his eighth career ECHL shutout and first in Wichita. Hoffman was just as good, stopping 29 of 30 shots he faced.
Wichita went 0-for-4 on the power play. Quad City went 0-for-8 on the man advantage.
Wichita travels to the Black Hills this weekend for a pair of games against Rapid City, starting Friday night at 8:05 p.m. CST.
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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 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.