LAST WEEK'S GAMES -
Wednesday, October 29thTulsa at Wichita, 2-0 W -Tim Boron stopped all 27 shots he faced and helped Wichita earn their first regulation win of the season over Tulsa by the final score of 2-0. Alex Bourret and Todd Hosmer recorded their second goals of the season, which was enough offense to get the victory over Tulsa in the StoneWolf Casino Cup Series.
Saturday, November 1stMissouri at Wichita, 4-2 W -Danick Gauthier, Alex Bourret, and Jared Walker all scored goals to put away the Mavericks. Gauthier made a splash in his Thunder debut with two goals. Tim Boron had another great outing, allowing two goals on 21 shots and collecting his second win of the season
Sunday, November 2nd Wichita at Tulsa, 3-2 L (SO)-Tyler Bunz made his season debut in a shootout loss at Tulsa. Jared Walker extended his early season tear with his fourth goal of the year in the first period. Nikita Kashirsky added his first of the season just 41 seconds after Walker potted his. Stephen Schultz scored during the shootout, but it wasn't enough as Tulsa's Scott Macaulay was the second Oiler to connect and seal the win for Tulsa.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES -
Friday, November 7th Rapid City at Wichita, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at ustream.com. Search Wichita Thunder
Sunday, November 9th Missouri at Wichita, 5:05 p.m., online stream only at ustream.com. Search Wichita Thunder
(All times are central time zone)
**Pre-game begins 20 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**
EARLY RETURNS - Wichita went 2-0-0-1 this past week, claiming five out of a possible six points and moved up to third place in the standings. The Thunder will face Rapid City three out of the next four contests, starting on Friday night at INTRUST Bank Arena. Rapid City is tied for first with the Tulsa Oilers with seven points, but are below the Thunder (.600) and Oilers (.700) in winning percentage (.500). The Thunder will head to the Black Hills for a pair of games starting on Tuesday, November 11th.
ON A TEAR - Jared Walker continued his red-hot start, recording points in all five games this season. Walker leads the team with six points (4g, 2a) while Stephen Schultz and Ian Lowe are tied with five points each. Walker has scored nine goals in each of his first two seasons as a pro and needs just five more to eclipse that mark.
STANDING TALL - Tim Boron got his first two wins of the season last week, beating Tulsa and Missouri in back-to-back games. Boron shut out Tulsa on Wednesday evening, making 27 saves and collecting his 13th all-time pro shutout of his career. Boron followed that up with a 19-save, 4-2 victory over Missouri on Wednesday night. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native went 2-0-0-0, stopping 46 of 48 shots he faced, good for a GAA of 1.00 and a save percentage of .958.
DEBUT TIME - Two Thunder players made season debuts last week. Danick Gauthier made his presence felt against Missouri, scoring two third-period goals on Saturday night to help the Thunder to a 4-2 win. Tyler Bunz also made his debut on Sunday during the Thunder's shootout loss at Tulsa. It was the first start for Bunz since March 22nd, when he took a puck to the throat playing for the Bakersfield Condors last season.
CLAMPING DOWN - Since giving up 11 goals in the first two games of the season, the Thunder defense has clamped down. Wichita has given up just five goals over the last three contests while scoring eight themselves. The Thunder are 16th in the league in goals against per game (3.20) and 12th in goals for per game (3.20).
THUNDERBOLTS…Jared Walker is tied for 10th in goals scored with four…Wichita is third in shots against per game (25.80)…The Thunder penalty kill moved up to 13th overall, (83.3%) and hasn't allowed a power play goal in the last 11 tries for the opposition…Wichita is 2-0-0-0 when tied after one…Wichita is 1-0-0-1 when outshooting the opponent…Wichita is 1-1-1-0 when outshot by the opponent…Wichita is 2-1-0-0 in two-goal games…
Wichita returns home for a pair of games this weekend. The Rapid City Rush come to town on Friday, November 7th at 7:05 p.m. After an off-day on Saturday, the Thunder will host the Missouri Mavericks on Sunday afternoon at 5:05 p.m. Sunday is American Family Insurance Buy-In Night. Select agents have free upper level vouchers that can be redeemed for a ticket to the game. Check out the Thunder website to find out which agents to contact.
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
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