WEST VALLEY CITY, UT (March 31) – The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, AHL's San Jose Barracuda and powered by Toyota, continues a six-game road trip tonight at 8:10 p.m. in Utah against the Grizzlies.
Tonight is the second of three-straight meetings this week between the two teams. All-time, the Thunder are 12-26-6 against the Grizzlies and 2-14-4 on the road against Utah.
On Wednesday night, Utah scored six times in the second to skate away with a 8-5 victory.
The Grizzlies moved within three points of the Thunder for second place with 63 points and have a game in hand on the Thunder. Wichita is tied for second with Kansas City with 66 points, but third due to winning percentage (.508).
Cole MacDonald had a goal and two assists on Wednesday night against Utah. He is first in the league in points by a defenseman with 51. He has two or more assists in four of his last five games. MacDonald is first in the league in power play assists with 26.
Jay Dickman returned to the lineup on Wednesday night after missing five games. He recorded a pair of goals, which is a career-high (23). He needs four points to equal his career-high from a year ago where he had 58 points in 65 games.
Jason Pineo tallied his first goal as a pro on Wednesday. The rookie forward has three points (1g, 2a) in six games since signing with the Thunder.
Peter Bates recorded his 16th goal of the season on Wednesday. The rookie forward has goals in back-to-back games. He has 32 points (16g, 16a) in 63 games this season.
Michal Stinil extended his point-streak to five games on Wednesday with an assist against Utah. He is eighth in scoring with 72 points and third in power play assists (24).
THUNDERBOLTS...Brayden Watts has five points (1g, 4a) in three games since returning to the lineup last week...Quinn Preston is tied for second with 14 power play goals...Gavin Gould has nine points in 12 games since coming over from Allen...Mark Liwiski is second in the league in penalty minutes (187)...Wichita is 19-6-3 when scoring first...Wichita is second at home on the power play (27.9%)...Wichita is third overall on the penalty kill (84%)...
UTAH NOTES – Johnny Walker is fourth in the league in penalty minutes (171)...Cameron Wright is tied for first in the league in minor penalties (46), first in game-winning goals (8) and fourth in shots (249)...Tarun Fizer is third among rookies with 10 power play goals and third among rookies with 196 shots...Utah is 21-6-0 when scoring first...Utah is being outscored 82-57 in the third period...Utah is 12-1-0 when leading after one...
Our annual Education Day Game, presented by Butler Community College and Golden Plains Credit Union, is coming soon. If you're a teacher or work with a local school, contact our office and ask for Tucker to bring your class out as we host the Tulsa Oilers at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Click here to buy tickets.
Autism Acceptance Night, presented by Wichita State University Communications Sciences and Disorders, is nearing as well. Join us on Friday, April 7 as we host the Rapid City Rush. We'll create a more sensory friendly environment for the game, reduce the lighting and loud music and more as we raise acceptance for those with Autism.
For just $20, get a ticket to the game and a limited edition Autism Acceptance Night t-shirt. Use the code ACCEPT when you check out.
Looking to bring the family? Take advantage of our Ollie's Family Four Pack for April 7. Get four tickets, a $20 Ollie's Bargain Outlet gift card and four team photos for just $40. Use the code FUN when you check out. Buy tickets here.
Single game tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets online HERE, at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena or by calling the Thunder office at 316-264-4625.
Several outstanding promotions remain on our schedule for the season. Click HERE to learn more.