Wichita, KS (Dec. 28th) - Wichita played a pair of home games after the Christmas break. Get caught up on this past weekend and take a look ahead as 2015 comes to a close in this edition of Thunder Weekly.
LAST WEEK'S GAMES -
Saturday, December 26th Tulsa at Wichita, 2-1, L (SO)-Watch highlights here
Sunday, December 27th Allen at Wichita, 3-2, L (OT)-Watch highlights here
THIS WEEK'S GAMES - (All times are Central)
Wednesday, December 30th Allen at Wichita, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder.
Thursday, December 31st Wichita at Missouri, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder. Pucks Sports Bar will be closed on NYE. Game will not be shown there.
Saturday, January 2nd Wichita at Indy, 6:35 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder. Watch the game at Pucks Sports Bar, located at the Wichita Ice Center
Sunday, January 3rd Wichita at Evansville, 5:15 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder. Watch the game at Pucks Sports Bar, located at the Wichita Ice Center
**Pre-game begins 15 minutes prior to start of all games. All games can be heard on www.wichitathunder.com or on your smart phone with the Mixlr App using the keyword Wichita Thunder**
TEAM CAPSULEOverall: 7-18-1-3Home: 5-7-1-2Road: 2-11-0-1Last 10: 1-6-1-2Streak: 0-1-1-2Rank: 4th place Central Division, 18 points
TEAM LEADERSGoals: Andy Huff, 7Assists: Peter Sakaris, 9Points: Andy Huff, 14 +/-: Michael Neal, +1PIM: Dan Milan, 45
WEEK IN REVIEW - Wichita entered the weekend looking to get back. Wichita and Tulsa hooked up for the third time in the last nine days on Saturday night. The Oilers came out with a 2-1 victory as Adam Pleskach recorded the shootout winner in round two. The Thunder closed the weekend with the Allen Americans on Sunday afternoon. Gary Steffes and Eric Roy gave Allen a 2-0 lead before the Thunder stormed back to tie the game and force overtime. Roy recorded the game-winner in the OT.
RALLY HATS - Wichita trailed in both games this past weekend, but fought back to force overtime. On Friday, the Thunder trailed 1-0 before Michael Neal tied the game. Wichita fell behind 2-0 before climbing back into the contest on Sunday with goals from Mason Baptista and Eric Springer. Sunday's OT loss was the first time all season the Thunder were able to come back from a two-goal deficit and earn a point.
SPRING TO ACTION - Eric Springer scored his first goal of the year to tie the game late in the third period. The Wrightstown, WI native now has four points (1g, 3a) in 15 games with the Thunder. It was also his first goal in a Thunder uniform.
TWO-FOR-TWO - Joey Sides and Michael Neal had two points apiece this past weekend. Neal scored the only goal for Wichita on Saturday night and added an assist on Sunday. Sides has assists in back-to-back games.
PENALTY BUSTER - Wichita's penalty killing unit has been solid this year. At home, the Thunder are ranked sixth in the league, operating at 86.4%. Overall, Wichita is 11th in the league, operating at 83.8%.
MONEYS WORTH - Wichita went 10 games without needing more than 60 minutes to decide the outcome of its games. Over the last 10 days, the Thunder have played four out of the last five contests past regulation. Wichita is 1-1 in games decided in the overtime period and 2-3 in shootout situations.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN - Wichita closes its four-game homestand on Wednesday before hitting the road to finish out 2015. The Thunder plays at Missouri on New Year's Eve, heads to Indy on Saturday night to face the Fuel and finishes the weekend at Evansville on Sunday.
THUNDERBOLTS...Andy Huff leads the team in goals (7) and points (14)...Landon Oslanski leads the team in shots with 71...Wichita is 5-0-0-1 when leading after two...Wichita is 3-4-0-1 when tied after one...Wichita is 5-5-1-3 in one goal games...Wichita is 1-1-0-0 in four-goal games...
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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.