Wichita, KS (Oct. 10th) - Wichita scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7-2 victory on Saturday night over the Allen Americans at the Wichita Ice Center. In the team's lone exhibition appearance, nine players found the score sheet including Anthony Deluca, who led the way with two goals and an assist.
Mason Baptista and Cullen Bradshaw helped the Thunder jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the contest. The Americans got one through on the power play from David Makowski at 14:35 that made it 2-1. Joey Sides and Tim Boyle recorded goals near the end of the frame and sent Wichita into the locker room with a 4-1 advantage.
Each team found the back of the net in the second. Andy Huff scored at 5:13 with an assist from Bradshaw. At 15:08, Garrett Clarke tallied the Americans second of the night to make it 5-2.
In the third, Deluca scored back-to-back goals in the final nine minutes. His first came at 10:01 and his second at 19:32.
Deluca led the way with three points (2g, 1a). Baptista, Bradshaw and Boyle each finished with a goal and an assist. Kenton Miller finished with a pair of assists while Boyle led the way in the plus/minus category (+5). The Thunder take the first-ever preseason match-up between the two franchises.
Both goalies for the Thunder saw action as David Shantz (SHAWN-tz) stopped 14 of 15 shots he faced in almost 30 minutes of work. Grant Rollheisier pushed away 20 of 21 shots he saw in 30 minutes of action. For Allen, Joel Rumpel stopped 8 of the 13 shots he faced. Dayn Belfour, the son of former NHLer Eddie Belfour, stopped 18 of 20 shots on net.
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About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 21 states and one Canadian province for its 28th season in 2015-16. There have been 569 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 28 who made their NHL debuts in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 29 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th 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.