Wichita, KS (April 2nd) - Wichita closed an eight-game road trip last week. Take a look back at how the team fared in this edition of Thunder Weekly.
LAST WEEK'S GAMES -
THIS WEEK'S GAMES - (All times are Central)
Wednesday, April 3rdAllen at Wichita, 7:05 p.m., online stream at wichitathunder.com, The Sin Bin app on your smartphone.-Fandemonium, Team Photo Giveaway. Buy Tickets Here
Friday, April 6thWichita at Colorado, 8:05 p.m., online stream at wichitathunder.com, The Sin Bin app on your smartphone.
Saturday, April 7thWichita at Colorado, 8:05 p.m., online stream at wichitathunder.com, The Sin Bin app on your smartphone.
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WICHITAHOME: 20-12-2-1AWAY: 13-16-4-1OVERALL: 33-28-6-2Last 10: 3-5-2-0Streak: 0-4-2-0Rank: 4th, Mountain Division, 74 points
TEAM LEADERSGoals: Ralph Cuddemi, 30Assists: Mark MacMillan, 31Points: Ralph Cuddemi, 60+/-: Samuel Thibault, +10PIM: Dyson Stevenson, 163
LAST WEEK - Wichita closed an eight-game road trip this past week and then returned home for the first time since March 7th. The Thunder took a 1-0 lead, but gave up four unanswered and lost in Allen on Wednesday night by the final of 4-1. On Friday, Tulsa jumped out to a 3-0 advantage. Ralph Cuddemi and Travis Ewanyk scored in the third to get the Thunder back in the game, but the Oilers held off the rally for a 3-2 win.
EASY MAC - Mark MacMillan finished off a hot month of March with an assist on Friday. He led the team in scoring during the month with 13 points (4g, 9a). He has seven points in his last five games (2g, 5a).
MILESTONE - Ralph Cuddemi became the first Thunder player since 2014-15 to reach the 30-goal plateau with his third-period marker on Friday. He is third in the league in shots on net with 270 and leads the team in points with 60.
VANNY TIME - Ryan Van Stralen was also red hot in the month of March. He finished with 11 points (5g, 6a) during the team's 12 games. He scored the team's lone goal on Wednesday night in Allen.
PLAYOFF PUSH - The race for the final two spots in the Mountain Division tightened up even more over the weekend. Allen moved into third place two points ahead of the Thunder with a win on Saturday night against Colorado. Wichita leads the Oilers by one point for fourth place. Tulsa plays tonight against Kansas City, which is its game in hand on both Wichita and Allen. Wichita owns the tie breakers over both Allen and Tulsa, which makes tomorrow's meeting against Allen that much more important for the Thunder.
HOME SWEET HOME - Wichita hosted its second-largest crowd in franchise history on Friday night as 13,175 came out to INTRUST Bank Arena. In fact, the crowd was the second largest in the ECHL this season. The Thunder plays their final home game of the regular season tomorrow night against Allen starting at 7:05 p.m.
THUNDERBOLTS... Jeremy Beaudry is tied for sixth for power play goals by a defenseman (6) and tied with Travis Brown for 19th with 35 points...Travis Brown is second in the league in shorthanded goals by a defenseman (2)...Wichita is 21-9-1-1 when scoring first...Wichita is 18-3-2-0 when leading after one...Wichita is 22-3-0-1 when leading after two...Wichita is 10-2-5-1 when tied after two...Wichita is 18-16-2-1 when outshot by its opponent...
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