WICHITA, Kan. (Oct. 25) - Wichita began the season with two road games south in Texas against Allen. Get caught up on the team with this edition of Thunder Weekly. LAST WEEK'S GAMES - Saturday, October 23Wichita at Allen, 7-0 W recapWatch highlights HERE Sunday, October 24Wichita at Allen, 6-3 L recapWatch highlights HERE
THIS WEEK'S GAMES - (All times are Central) Friday, October 29Utah at Wichita, 7:05 p.m., Opening Night, presented by UBuildIt and Poster Schedule Giveaway, presented by EMC Insurance, Oliver's Sports, and Wichita Brewing Company. Buy tickets here. Saturday, October 30Wheeling at Wichita, 7:05 p.m., Toyota Block Party. Buy tickets here.
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**Join Matthew Harding and Matthew Will before every game for the Sin Bin Wichita Thunder Pregame Show. The show starts at 6:25 p.m. for home games and 6:40 p.m. for road games. For Sunday home games, the show starts at 3:25 p.m. and 30 minutes before puck drop on the road. You can listen on the Sin Bin app.**
WICHITAHOME: 0-0-0-0AWAY: 1-1-0-0OVERALL: 1-1-0-0Last 10: 1-1-0-0Streak: 0-1-0-0Rank: 2nd, Western Conference, 80 points, .667 winning % TEAM LEADERSGoals: Peter Crinella, Stephen Johnson, Andrew Shewfelt, 2Assists: Matteo Gennaro, 4Points: Matteo Gennaro, 5+/-: Nick Minerva, +3PIM: Nick Minerva, Alex Peters, 7
WEEKEND SPLIT - Wichita opened up the 2021-22 season with a pair of games against arch rival, Allen. The Thunder won on Friday in convincing style, 7-0 and lost on Saturday night, 6-3. Wichita is now 15-13-2 when opening up the season on the road and 17-10-3 all-time on Opening Night.
FRANCHISE MARK - Wichita knocked off Allen on Friday by a 7-0 margin, which is a new franchise high for a road win to start the season. The franchise high between home and road was set in 1997-98 when the Thunder blew out Fort Worth by a 16-1 final. It was only the second shutout recorded in team history on Opening Night. The last time Wichita blanked its opponent to open the season came in 2004-05 when the Thunder beat Topeka, 2-0.
RETURNING HOME - Wichita returns home to INTRUST Bank Arena this weekend. The Thunder have opened their season on the road for the past two years. Wichita went four years in a row opening at home prior to last year.
TEAM LEAD - Matteo Gennaro picked up where he left off from a season ago, collecting five points this past weekend. He recorded four helpers on Friday and added a goal on Saturday. He had a career-high 56 points (26g, 30a) in 61 games last season for the Thunder.
GOOSE EGG - Evan Buitenhuis stopped 30 shots on Friday night to collect his sixth career shutout. He has four since coming to Wichita when he was acquired in a trade last season.
CAREER HIGHS - Stephen Johnson set two new career highs on Friday night. He recorded his first multi-goal game and first three-point outing as a pro. Johnson followed that up with an assist on Saturday night.
FIRST TIMER - The Wheeling Nailers come to town on Saturday night, which will be their first-ever trip to the Air Capital. The Thunder made a trip out East to West Virginia last March to face the Nailers at WesBanco Arena. Wichita went 2-1 during the road trip.
Single game tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the Wichita Thunder office located at 505 W. Maple, Suite 100, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On weekday game days, the Thunder office closes at 4 p.m. Click here to purchase online!
Fans can also purchase tickets at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and starting at noon on weekend game days.
Season tickets for the 2021-22 season are still available. Join Thunder Nation today and lock in your seat(s) for all 36 home games at INTRUST Bank Arena. For more information, click HERE.