WICHITA, Kan. (Dec. 28) – The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, AHL's San Jose Barracuda and powered by Toyota, closes a four-game homestand tonight 7:05 p.m. at INTRUST Bank Arena as the visiting Allen Americans come in for the last time in 2022.
Tonight is the start of a three-game set this week between the two teams. After tonight, the Thunder will travel to Texas to face the Americans on Friday and Saturday. The longtime rivals played a two-game series on December 16 and 17 with the Thunder splitting at Credit Union of Texas Event Center. Wichita is 3-2-1 this year against Allen. All-time, the Thunder are 51-81-13 against the Americans and 26-35-7 at home against Allen.
Wichita is coming off a three-game sweep of Rapid City while Allen split a two-game set last week against Tulsa. The Thunder are in second place with 34 points. Allen remains in seventh with 17 points.
The Thunder will look to improve on specials teams against the Americans. Wichita is 5-for-36 in the first six games of the season-series, good for a 13.9% clip. The Thunder are 3-for-12 at home against Allen, good for a 25% clip. Wichita has killed off 19 of 25 power plays, which equates to a 76% kill rate against Allen. At home, the Thunder are 8-for-11, which is good for a 72.7% kill rate.
Leading the charge offensively for Allen in the season-series are Jack Combs (4g, 4a) and Liam Finlay (2g, 6a), who both have eight points in six games against Wichita. Brayden Watts leads Wichita with six points (3g, 3a) in six games against Allen. Jake Wahlin (2g, 2a) and Michal Stinil (1g, 3a) each have four points against the Americans.
THUNDERBOLTS...Michal Stinil is tied for eighth in assists (19)...Dylan MacPherson is tied for fifth in goals for a defenseman (5)...Cole MacDonald is tied for 16th in plus/minus (+13)...Mark Liwiski is fifth for rookies with 47 penalty minutes...Wichita is 11-1-0 when leading after two...Wichita is 4-2-0 when tied after one...Wichita is 9-3-2 in one-goal games...Wichita is 13-6-2 when being outshot by its opponent...
ALLEN NOTES – Mikael Robidoux has goals in back-to-back games since returning from suspension...Hank Crone is sixth in the league with 30 points and leads Allen with 74 shots...Jack Combs is fourth in the league with 15 goals...Liam Finlay is fourth in shooting percentage by a rookie (23.9%)...
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