Wichita, KS (Jan. 6th) - Wichita returns home after a three-game road trip to host the Tulsa Oilers this Friday. Take a look at the week that was in this edition of Thunder Weekly.
LAST WEEK'S GAMES -Wednesday, December 30th Allen at Wichita, 4-3, L -Watch highlights here
Thursday, December 31stWichita at Missouri, 7-1, L -Watch highlights here
Saturday, January 2nd Wichita at Indy, 2-1, W-Watch highlights here
Sunday, January 3rdWichita at Evansville, 3-2, W (SO)-Watch highlights here
THIS WEEK'S GAMES - (All times are Central)
Friday, January 8th Tulsa at Wichita, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder.
Saturday, January 9thWichita at Tulsa, 7:05 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: 9-20-1-3Home: 5-8-1-2Road: 4-12-0-1Last 10: 3-4-1-2Streak: 2-0-0-0Rank: 4th place Central Division, 22 points
TEAM LEADERSGoals: Andy Huff, Kenton Miller, 7Assists: Peter Sakaris, Landon Oslanski, 9Points: Andy Huff, 15+/-: Michael Neal, +2PIM: Dan Milan, 51
WEEK IN REVIEW - Wichita began a stretch of four games in five nights as they took on the Allen Americans last Wednesday. Wichita and Allen played a back-and-forth game before Allen came out with a 4-3 win. The Thunder traveled to Missouri on New Year's Eve to wrap up 2015. Wichita jumped to a 1-0 lead, but Missouri scored seven unanswered en route to a 7-1 win. The Thunder headed to the state of Indiana for their first two games of 2016. Wichita beat Indy 2-1 on Friday and followed that up with a 3-2 shootout win on Sunday afternoon.
ROSTER MOVES - Head Coach Kevin McClelland continued to re-tool his roster, acquiring Kale Kerbashian on Monday and releasing Joey Sides on Tuesday. Last season, Kerbashian had a career-high 62 points (21g, 41a) while splitting time between Evansville and Rapid City.
BACK-TO-BACK WINS - Wichita had back-to-back wins this past weekend for the first time since Halloween weekend. In fact, it was the first time this season the Thunder had won consecutive games on the road.
FIRSTS - Logan Nelson and Martin Nemcik recorded their first goals in a Thunder uniform this past weekend. Nelson has five markers on the season, including his totals with Quad City. Nemcik potted his first ECHL goal that helped the Thunder tie the game and had an assist on Sunday.
300 - Ian Lowe will appear in his 300th professional game on Friday night. The Bradwardine, Manitoba native recorded his 200th point of his pro career on Sunday afternoon. He is also just three assists short of hitting 100 for his Thunder career.
MONEYS WORTH - Wichita went 10 games without needing more than 60 minutes to decide the outcome of its games. Over the last three weeks, the Thunder have played five out of the last nine contests past regulation. Wichita is 1-1 in games decided in the overtime period and 3-3 in shootout situations.
STONEWOLF RESUMES - Wichita resumes its Stonewolf Casino Cup Series against Tulsa with a pair of games this weekend. The Thunder host the Oilers on Friday and then travel to the BOK Center on Saturday night. Wichita trails Tulsa for third place by 10 points in the Central Division and is 3-2-0-2 in the season-series. The last two meetings between the two teams have gone into a shootout.
THUNDERBOLTS...Andy Huff leads the team in goals (7) and points (15)...Landon Oslanski leads the team in shots with 81...Wichita is 7-0-0-1 when leading after two...Wichita is 4-5-0-1 when tied after one...Wichita is 7-6-1-3 in one goal games...Wichita is 1-1-0-0 in four-goal games...Kevin St. Pierre is 11-0 as an emergency back-up goaltender…
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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.