LAST WEEK'S GAMES -
Friday, January 16th Wichita at Allen, 8-2 L- Wichita struck first after Nikita Kashirsky found Ian Duval for his sixth goal of the year. The two teams exchanged goals in the beginning of the second period, but it was all Allen after that. Todd Hosmer collected his 11th goal of the season and Kashirsky had two assists.
Saturday, January 17th Wichita at Allen, 6-4 L- After giving up three early goals, Wichita stormed back and answered as Kashirsky, Erick Lizon, and newcomer Mike MacIntyre found the back of the net. Allen would go on another streak of their own, scoring three more. Hosmer scored his second goal of the week late in the third, but the Americans outlasted the Thunder.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES -
Wednesday, January 21st ECHL All-Star Game, 6:00 p.m., Amway Center, Orlando, FL-Danick Gauthier heads to Orlando to represent the Wichita Thunder in the CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic. Watch the game at Pucks Sports Bar, located at the Wichita Ice Center.
Friday, January 23rd Wichita at Rapid City, 8:05 p.m., online stream only at ustream.com. Search Wichita Thunder. Watch the game at Pucks Sports Bar, located at the Wichita Ice Center.
Saturday, January 24th Wichita at Rapid City, 8:05 p.m., online stream only at ustream.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 UStream App using the keyword Wichita Thunder**
TEAM CAPSULEOverall: 18-14-2-4Home: 11-6-0-2Road: 7-8-2-2Last 10: 5-4-1-0Streak: 0-2-0-0Rank: T-2nd in Central Division, 42 points
TEAM LEADERSGoals: Gauthier, 15Assists: Lowe, 23Points: Lowe, 37+/-: Trebish, +8 PIM: Lizon, 103
MOVIN' ON UP - Ian Lowe has extended his point-total to 37 (14g, 23a), which is tied for 13th in the ECHL. Lowe has shot up the charts in large part due to a nine-game point streak from 12/17 to 1/7 in which he scored five goals and seven assists.
STAYING HOT - Rookie forward Ian Duval extended his streak last weekend to 12 games (6g, 7a) and has found the score-sheet in 15 of the last 16 contests. He added a goal and an assist over the weekend, pushing him up to 20 points (6g, 14a).
BIG HOSS - Todd Hosmer recorded his 12th goal of the season on Saturday night on the power play. He has goals in three-straight games and 20 points (12g, 8a) so far this year. Last season, he played for the Mississippi RiverKings of the SPHL, racking up 55 points in 40 games and being named to the SPHL First All-Star Team. He also led the league in goals last season with 37.
WALK THE LINE - Jared Walker collected two assists on Saturday and is fourth on the team in scoring with 21 points (8g, 13a). He has five multi-point outings this season and has two points in four of the last six games.
300 - RG Flath collected his 300th point on Saturday night, grabbing an assist on Erick Lizon's goal in the first period. He has 145 goals and 155 assists in 445 games during his eight-year pro career.
NEARING 500 - Erick Lizon had quite the stat line on Saturday night. He recorded his sixth of the year while also racking up 16 penalty minutes. Lizon took over the team-lead in PIM with 103 and needs one more goal to equal a career-high of seven that he set back in 2008-09 with the Laredo Bucks of the CHL. The veteran forward from Kitchener, Ontario will play in his 460th game this Friday.
30-FOR-30 - Wichita and Allen fired 30 shots each on Saturday night, which was the same amount of shots unloaded on net during their meeting on Friday night. Wichita is 1-2-0-0 when shots are even against its opponent.
ROAD TRIPPIN' - Wichita has played five of its last eight games on the road, traveling to Allen for three games and Quad City for two games. The Thunder hit the road once again following the All-Star break to play back-to-back games against Rapid City before rounding out the road trip in Quad City.
ALL-STAR - Danick Gauthier will head to Orlando, Florida on Wednesday night to be the lone representative from Wichita. He is the first player in franchise history to appear in the CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic. The 3rd year pro leads the Thunder in goals with 15 and second on the team in points with 33. Fans can catch the game live at Pucks Sports Bar, located upstairs at the Wichita Ice Center or on ECHL-TV. Go to www.echl.com to learn about more ways to catch the game for free!
THUNDERBOLTS… Danick Gauthier is tied for 17th in goals (15), tied for 10th in power play goals (5) and tied for sixth in power play assists (8)…Ian Lowe is tied for fourth in power play goals (5)...Tyler Bunz and Tim Boron are tied for fourth in shutouts (2)…Wichita is tenth in shots for per game (31.45) and third in shots against per game (27.18)…Wichita is 5-2-0-1 when leading after one...Wichita is 11-5-0-0 when tied after one…Wichita is 6-3-1-1 when tied after two periods…Wichita is 13-8-1-2 when outshooting the opponent…
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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.