WICHITA, Kan. (Nov. 20) – The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, AHL's San Jose Barracuda and powered by Toyota, returns to the ice this afternoon for the first time since last Sunday to host Kansas City.
Today is the second-straight meeting for the Thunder against the Mavericks. Wichita won a week ago in the first meeting of the season against Kansas City, 5-2. All-time, Wichita is 82-58-24 against Kansas City and 43-27-6 at home against the Mavericks.
The Mavericks played on Tuesday morning at home against Tulsa and claimed a 6-5 victory over the Oilers. Wichita sits in second place with 15 points while the Mavericks are in third place with 13 points.
Evan Buitenhuis was outstanding last weekend for the Thunder. He went 3-0-0, stopping 115 of 122 shots he faced, which was good for a 2.29 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. He is fourth in the league in saves (195). Buitenhuis is the reigning ECHL goaltender of the week.
Stefan Fournier is inching closer to two milestones. He had a goal and two assists over the weekend. The veteran forward needs six more goals to reach 100 for his ECHL career and three more points to reach 200 for his pro career. Fournier has points in four-straight (2g, 3a) and has recorded a point in all but one game this season.
Cole MacDonald has been a solid addition to the Thunder. He has points in four-straight games (1g, 4a) and recorded his first ECHL goal last Friday night. His goal was also his first overtime game-winner of his career.
Strauss Mann was reassigned to the Thunder earlier this week. Mann is eighth in the league in goals-against (2.24) and is coming off his first North American shutout on Wednesday with San Jose.
THUNDERBOLTS...Billy Constantinou is tied for seventh in the league in assists (10), second among defensemen in assists and second among blueliners with six power play helpers...Stefan Fournier is tied for the league-lead with three game-winning goals, first in shooting percentage (50%) and tied for first in power play goals (4)...Wichita is 4-0-0 when scoring first...Wichita is 7-1-1 when being outshot...
MAVERICKS NOTES – Tristan Mullin leads the Mavericks with two game-winning goals...Loren Ulett played in his 200th game with KC last week...Pascal Laberge and Tristan Mullin are tied for 10th in the league with 14 points...Former Thunder netminder Shane Starrett is second in the league in goals-against average (1.46)...Nate Knoepke is tied for third in shooting percentage (25%)...Kansas City is fifth in the league on the power play (24.3%)
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