Wichita, KS (Nov. 9th) - Wichita is coming off a busy weekend with three games in three nights. Read up on the week that was in this edition of Thunder Weekly:
LAST WEEK'S GAMES -
Friday, November 6th Wichita at Quad City, 4-2 L-The Thunder scored twice in the first period, but gave up two third-period goals in a 4-2 to loss at Quad City.
Saturday, November 7th Wichita at Missouri, 1-0 L -Missouri's Matt Finn scored an early first period goal and Parker Milner was perfect in a 1-0 victory on Saturday night at Missouri.
Sunday, November 8th Missouri at Wichita, 2-1 L -The Mavericks scored the first two goals of the contest. Mason Baptista pulled the Thunder within one, but couldn't find the equalizer.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES -
Tuesday, November 10th Wichita at Allen, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder. Watch the game at Puck's Sports Bar, located at the Wichita Ice Center.
Wednesday, November 11th Tulsa at Wichita, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder.-Veterans Day Game, presented by Webster University. All military get in for $2, their families get 50% off tickets
Friday, November 13th Missouri at Wichita, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder.-Faith and Family Night, presented by Case and Associates and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. Post-game concert featuring the Scenic Route
Saturday, November 14th Missouri at Wichita, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder.-First-ever Zamboni Bank Giveaway, presented by BNC National Bank and Scout Night
**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: 4-6-0-0Home: 3-2-0-0Road: 1-4-0-0Last 10: 4-6-0-0Streak: 0-3-0-0Rank: 4th place Central Division, 8 points
TEAM LEADERSGoals: Sakaris, Baptista, Martell, 3Assists: Huff, 6Points: Sakaris, Huff, 7+/-: Sakaris, +5PIM: Milan, 30
THREE-IN-THREE - The Thunder appeared in their second three-in-three of the season this past weekend, going 0-3-0-0. The Thunder fell on Friday night at Quad City, lost on Saturday night at Missouri and fell in another tight one to the Mavericks by the final of 2-1 on Saturday.
SEVEN-IN-NINE - The Thunder are currently in their toughest stretch of the season. Wichita will head to Allen on Tuesday, return to INTRUST Bank Arena on Wednesday before hosting Missouri for two-straight on Friday and Saturday next weekend. In total, Wichita will have played seven games in nine nights.
CLOSE CALL - In the Thunder's four losses to the Mavericks, three of those contests were decided by just one goal. In fact, the last three meetings between the two teams were one-goal affairs. Wichita is 3-3-0-0 in games decided by one this season.
MASKED MAN - David Shantz appeared in back-to-back games for the first time this season and stood tall despite not picking up a win. He stopped 63 of 66 saves, including 21 shots in the second period on Sunday afternoon against Missouri. His goals-against average dropped to 2.52 and his save percentage to .916.
ROOKIES MAKING THEIR MARK - Mason Baptista scored his second goal of the weekend on Sunday afternoon and now has goals in three of the last five games. Anthony Deluca picked up an assist on Sunday, giving him five points on the season and is tied for second on the team in scoring.
HUFF AND PUFF - Andy Huff added three more assists over the weekend, giving him six assists in the last five games. He is tied for the team-lead with seven points.
MARTY - Brandon Martell recorded his third goal of the season that pulled the Thunder even on Friday night with the Mallards. He caught a beautiful feed across the crease and buried it past Brody Hoffman. Martell is tied for the team-lead with three goals and has scored in two of the last four games.
PENALTY BUSTED - Wichita has been sparkling on the penalty kill at home so far this season. The Thunder have gone 20-for-20 through five games at INTRUST Bank Arena. The Thunder ranks fifth in the league on the penalty kill, busting 88.6% of the opportunities against.
FIRST GOAL - Teams in the ECHL that have scored first have had the upper hand so far to this point in the season. Out of the 132 first goals scored so far, teams are 101-23-7-1 and good for a clip of .795 winning percentage. The Thunder have scored four first goals so far this season, going 3-1-0-0.
MILESTONE - Kevin McClelland is nearing a Thunder milestone. The former Stanley Cup champ is nearing 200 wins as the bench boss in the Air Capital. In 344 games, he has gone 180-130-35 in six season in Wichita and is the Thunder's all-time winningest coach. Overall, he is 367-236-61 in 11 seasons as a professional head coach.
THUNDERBOLTS...Anthony Deluca leads the team in shots with 27...Wichita is 11th in goals-against per game (2.60)...Wichita is 3-0-0-0 when leading after two...Wichita is 1-1-0-0 when leading after one...Wichita is 3-4-0-0 when outshot by the opponent...
UP NEXT - Wichita continues on its tough stretch with a road match-up at Allen on Tuesday starting at 7:05 p.m.
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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.