Wichita, KS (Feb. 23rd) - Wichita is coming off of another busy week, having played three games in four days. Get all the up-to-date news and information in this week's Thunder Weekly:
LAST WEEK'S GAMES - Wednesday, February 18th Wichita at Allen, 6-5 W (SO)- Wichita and Allen finished off a three-game stretch against each other with another contest heading into overtime or a shootout. Todd Hosmer claimed the shootout win for Wichita in round seven, beating Riley Gill through the five-hole. Friday, February 20th Rapid City at Wichita, 3-2 L - Cody Ferriero tied the game in the third period and Dylan Clarke gave the Rush a 3-2 lead on the power play with six minutes left. The Thunder had chances down the stretch, but were unable to find the equalizer. Saturday, February 21st Tulsa at Wichita, 7-4 L - Both teams scored in bunches on Saturday night before the Oilers pulled away. Tulsa scored two in a row in the first before the Thunder answered with two quick goals in the second period. The Oilers got three good bounces on pucks that deflected past Boron that gave them a 5-3 lead heading into the third. THIS WEEK'S GAMES - Friday, February 27thBrampton at Wichita, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at ustream.com. Search Wichita Thunder. - First-ever Adult Jersey giveaway, presented by Kansas National Guard, post-game party at Chili's (Central and Maize) Sunday, March 1st Allen at Wichita, 5:05 p.m., online stream only at ustream.com. Search Wichita Thunder. - American Family Insurance Buy-In Night, post-game skate with the team **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 UStream App using the keyword Wichita Thunder** TEAM CAPSULEOverall: 24-20-2-5Home: 12-9-0-3Road: 12-11-2-2Last 10: 4-5-0-1Streak: 0-2-0-0Rank: T-4th in Central Division, 55 points TEAM LEADERSGoals: Gauthier, 20Assists: Lowe, 30Points: Lowe, 46+/-: Trebish, +5 PIM: Lizon, 151
TIGHT RACE - Wichita entered last weekend right behind Quad City. Heading into this week, the team finds itself tied for fourth place with Rapid City with 55 points. Rapid City and Tulsa have played 53 games, two more than the Thunder and one more than the Mallards. The Thunder host the Brampton Beast for the first time on Friday night and then host Allen on Sunday afternoon. 200 - Mike Wilson is nearing a personal milestone and added to that total over the weekend. The North Vancouver, BC native had two points each night, recording a goal and an assist against the Rush and the Oilers. He is currently riding a seven-game point streak, recording 11 points over that span (3g, 8a) and is just four points shy of the 200-plateau. FOUR MORE - Danick Gauthier has points in each game since returning from Syracuse. He added four points this week, scoring on Wednesday against Allen and helping on another. He recorded an assist in each game over the weekend, giving him 45 total on the year. He has eight points (3g, 5a) in five games during the month of February. ONE AND DONE - Sunday's loss stopped a streak of one-goal games for the Thunder at five-straight. Wichita trailed 5-4 with two minutes left before the Oilers found the empty-net twice to make it 7-4. Wichita is 13-5-2-5 in games decided by one. KASH MONEY - Nikita Kashirsky had a solid game on Saturday evening, earning the second star with a goal and an assist to go along with a +2. The Moscow, Russia native has goals in back-to-back games and four points (2g, 2a) in his last three. He has 28 points (11g, 17a) in 48 games this season. WORKHORSE - Tim Boron appeared in his eighth-straight start on Saturday night and has played in 12 of the last 14 games. He is tied for seventh in the league with 18 wins and ninth in saves with 814.
PLUNDER VS THUNDER - Tonight is the 15th Annual Wheelchair Hockey Game, pitting the Thunder against the Plunder. It will take place at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Magdalen, located on the east side of Wichita. The Plunder is a group of wheelchair athletes from the area associated with Wheelchair Sports, Inc. WSI provides athletic opportunities for disabled individuals. After the game, the jerseys that were worn on NASCAR Night will be auctioned off with all the proceeds going to WSI.
END OF THE MONTH - The Thunder close out the month of February at home with three more contests, but will head back out on the road for another lengthy road trip. Wichita will be away from home for seven games, starting Friday March 6th at Brampton. After a pair of games at Allen on March 17th and 18th, Wichita will finally return home to host the Americans during a three-in-three on Friday, March 20th. THUNDERBOLTS… Danick Gauthier and Ian Lowe are tied for third in power play goals (8)...Mike Wilson is tied for seventh in power play assists (11)…Ian Lowe is in 10th place for shots on goal (161) while Kenton Miller is in 11th (160)…Wichita is third in the ECHL in penalty minutes (1,147) and is averaging 22.49 per game… Tyler Bunz and Tim Boron are tied for ninth in shutouts (2)…Wichita is 14th in shots for per game (31.22) and fourth in shots against per game (27.71)…Wichita is 9-2-0-1 when leading after one...Wichita is 12-10-0-0 when tied after one…Wichita is 7-3-1-1 when tied after two periods…Wichita is 16-11-1-3 when outshooting the opponent…. UPCOMING GAMES - Wichita plays at home this weekend with a day off in between. Brampton comes to town for the first time this season on Friday night. After a rare Saturday off, Wichita will host the Allen Americans on Sunday afternoon at 5:05 p.m. Individual tickets are on sale now. Don't delay! Tickets can be purchased at the INTRUST Arena Box office, by calling 755-SEAT or go online at www.selectaseat.com. Stay up-to-date on all the news during the season by visiting www.wichitathunder.com. 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.