Wichita, KS (Feb. 29th) - Wichita played three games this past week. Look back at the week that was in this edition of Thunder Weekly.
LAST WEEK'S GAMES -
Friday, February 26th Allen at Wichita, 1-0 L -Watch highlights HERE
Saturday, February 27th Wichita at Allen, 7-4 L -Watch highlights HERE
Sunday, February 28th Wichita at Allen, 4-3 L (SO)-Watch highlights HERE
THIS WEEK'S GAMES - (All times are Central)
Friday, March 4th Wichita at Missouri, 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.
Saturday, March 5th Wichita at Quad City, 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, March 6th Wichita at Evansville, 5:15 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**
WICHITAHOME: 7-14-3-4AWAY: 4-19-3-2OVERALL: 11-33-6-6Last 10: 1-5-2-2Streak: 0-2-1-1Rank: 4th place, Central Division, 34 points
TEAM LEADERSGoals: Kale Kerbashian, Kenton Miller, 12Assists: Kale Kerbashian, 21Points: Kale Kerbashian, 33+/-: Paxton Leroux, -4PIM: Dan Milan, 105
WEEK IN REVIEW - The Thunder played the Allen Americans three-straight times and began the mini-series on Friday night in Wichita. Making their final appearance of the season at INTRUST Bank Arena, Vincent Arseneau scored the only goal in the second period to help Allen claim a 1-0 lead. On Saturday night, the contest was a complete 180 of the previous evening, with the two teams combining for 11 goals. The Americans pulled away late with four in the third for a 7-4 victory. The two teams finished out the weekend with another one-goal outcome on Sunday afternoon, with Allen winning by the final of 4-3 in a shootout.
HATS OFF - Kale Kerbashian netted his first pro hat trick on Saturday night against his former team. He is just the second Thunder player this season to find the net three times in a game, with Logan Nelson being the other. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native has been terrific since coming over from Rapid City, averaging a point a game (9g, 14a) in the 23 games in a Thunder uniform.
BETWEEN THE PIPES - With both David Shantz and Grant Rollheiser on the shelf, the Thunder added two new goaltenders last week. Sean Bonar dazzled in net on Friday night and had a solid performance on Sunday afternoon despite suffering the shootout loss. He saw 65 shots in 124 minutes, which is good for a goals-against average of 1.94 and a save percentage of .942.
EXTRA TIME - Wichita played another game past 60 minutes on Sunday afternoon. The Thunder appeared in four-straight before the start of the weekend that went into overtime or a shootout. Sunday's shootout loss makes it five of the last seven games that the Thunder have gone into extra time and are in a tie for the league-lead with 17 games decided in OT or a shootout.
ONE MORE TIME - Despite Wichita's record to the Americans, the two teams have played in some competitive games this season. In fact, six of the last nine meetings in the season-series have been decided by one with Sunday's being the first shootout of the year. Wichita is 8-9-6-6 in one-goal games this season.
THREE'S A PLENTY - The Thunder resumes their seven-game road trip on Friday night with a trip to Missouri to face the Mavericks. This will be the second-straight three-in-three with the team playing in three different cities on three different nights. On Saturday, Wichita will head to Quad City for another match-up against the Mallards. The Thunder will finish off the weekend with an afternoon meeting at Evansville on Sunday.
THUNDERBOLTS...Ian Lowe leads the team in shots (144)...Lowe and Andy Huff are tied for seventh in the ECHL in shorthanded goals (2)...Landon Oslanski has assists in four of his last five games and continues to lead defensemen with nine power play goals…Dan Milan leads the team with 105 penalty minutes...Wichita is third in the league in minor penalties (303)...Wichita is 8-1-1-1 when leading after two...
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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 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.