Wichita, KS (Feb. 22nd) - Wichita played three games this past week. Look back at the week that was in this edition of Thunder Weekly.
LAST WEEK'S GAMES -
Tuesday, February 16th
Quad City at Wichita, 2-1 L (SO)
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Saturday, February 20th
Idaho at Wichita, 3-2 W (OT)
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Sunday, February 21st
Idaho at Wichita, 5-4, L (OT)
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THIS WEEK'S GAMES - (All times are Central)
Friday, February 26th
Allen at Wichita, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder.
Saturday, February 27th
Wichita at Allen, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder. Watch the game live at Pucks Sports Bar, inside the Wichita Ice Center.
Sunday, February 28th
Wichita at Allen, 4:05 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder. Watch the game live at Pucks Sports Bar, inside 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**
Last 10: 1-6-2-1
Rank: 4th place, Central Division, 33 points
Goals: Kenton Miller, 11
Assists: Kale Kerbashian, 20
Points: Kale Kerbashian, 29
+/-: Dalton Reum, -3
PIM: Dan Milan, 95
WEEK IN REVIEW - Wichita began the week with a shootout loss against the Quad City Mallards on Tuesday night. On Saturday, the Idaho Steelheads made their first-ever appearance to INTRUST Bank Arena. The Thunder climbed back with a late rally and won in overtime with a goal from Kale Kerbashian just 13 seconds left in the extra period. The two teams met last night and this time, the Steelheads snagged a 5-4 overtime win.
EXTRA, EXTRA - Wichita has played overtime games in bunches this season. Each of the last four contests for the Thunder have gone past 60 minutes with three of the four meetings ending in the overtime period. This is the second time since January 16th that Wichita has played three or more games in a row that needed more than the allotted time to declare the winner. The Thunder also played four out of five games in mid-December that had to go into overtime or a shootout. Wichita is 2-6 in games decided in OT, 3-5 in games decided in a shootout and 8-8-6-5 in one-goal contests.
FRENCHIE - Kevin St. Pierre has been an emergency back-up over the last three seasons, but has never appeared in a game. Last night, he came on in relief of David Shantz during the first period. He played a total of 47 minutes, stopping 11 of 13 shots to spark the Thunder rally. The 40-year old Montreal native last played a pro hockey game during the 2010-11 season. He serves many roles for the Thunder, including Assistant Coach of the Junior Thunder, bus driver, color analyst on the radio and more.
FLARE FOR THE DRAMATIC - Kale Kerbashian scored some big goals this past week. He recorded the game-winner in overtime with 13 seconds remaining on Saturday night and then tied the game in the third period on Sunday afternoon. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native has 19 points (9g, 13a) in 20 games for Wichita since coming over in a trade with Rapid City.
FAIR AND BALANCED - Last night's wild 5-4 overtime loss saw nine different players find the score-sheet for the Thunder and no one had two or more points. Wichita had four different goal scorers and five others picked up assists.
RALLY CAPS - Wichita rallied twice this weekend against Idaho to force overtime. Saturday night's win was the first time this season the Thunder won when trailing heading into the third period. The Thunder also came from behind on Sunday with a furious three-goal outburst in the final period to also force the extra session.
PLUNDER vs. THUNDER - Tonight is the 16th Annual Wheelchair Hockey game, benefiting Wheelchair Sports Inc. The event takes place at the Church of the Magdalen starting at 7 p.m. The Plunder is a group of wheelchair athletes from the area, led by Nick Taylor. Tickets are just $5 at the door and children 12 and under are free.
THUNDERBOLTS...Ian Lowe leads the team in shots (136)...Lowe and Andy Huff are tied for fourth in the ECHL in shorthanded goals (2)...Landon Oslanski leads all blueliners in power play goals (9) and fourth in shots by a dman (127)...Dan Milan leads the team with 95 penalty minutes...Wichita is third in the league in minor penalties (279)... Wichita is 5-4-2-1 when leading after one...Wichita is 8-0-1-1 when leading after two...
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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.