Wichita, KS (April 8th) - The Wichita Thunder, proud member of the ECHL and powered by Toyota, will close out their home portion of the regular season tonight against the Tulsa Oilers. Wednesday night's meeting was the 275th All-Time with the Oilers claiming a 5-1 victory. Tulsa leads 18-10 in the points department of the StoneWolf Casino Cup Series, but more importantly are still three points out of a playoff spot. Tulsa has 75 points while Quad City has 78. The Mallards can still finish in seventh place ahead of Cincinnati as they go head-to-head this weekend. The Thunder can play the role of spoiler this weekend, playing the Oilers tonight and tomorrow.
Christophe Lalancette (3g, 5a) and Adam Pleskach (2g, 6a) lead the Oilers with eight points against the Thunder. Kevin Carr is 4-0-1 against Wichita, sporting a goals-against average of 1.55 and .938 save percentage. Jussi Olkinuora is 2-1-1 against the Thunder, carrying a 1.47 goals-against average and .945 save percentage.
Kale Kerbashian leads the way for the Thunder with seven points (3g, 4a) against the Oilers. David Shantz is 3-1-2 in seven appearances against the Oilers, sporting a 1.37 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.
Wichita will close out the regular season tomorrow night at the BOK Center against Tulsa at 7:05 p.m. 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 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 over 500 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.