Game Day Capsule: Quad City at Wichita, January 30th

Friday, January 30 2015 1:07 PM

TONIGHT’S MATCH-UP
Quad City Mallards at Wichita Thunder – 7:05 p.m., INTRUST Bank Arena

WICHITA
HOME: 11-6-0-2
AWAY: 9-9-2-2
OVERALL: 20-15-2-4

LEADING SCORERS
Lowe, 39 pts (15g, 24a)
Gauthier, 37 pts (17g 20a)
Miller, 33 pts (12g, 21a)

QUAD CITY
HOME: 9-8-2-0
AWAY: 9-7-2-2
OVERALL: 18-15-4-2

LEADING SCORERS
Lamoureux, 39 pts (14g, 25a)
Perry, 35 pts (20g, 15a)
Fox, 32 pts (12g, 20a)

SEASON-SERIES
Nov. 26 INTRUST 2-0, W
Dec. 12 INTRUST 3-1, L
Jan. 3 INTRUST 3-2, W
Jan. 7 i-Wireless 4-3, L (OT)
Jan. 9 i-Wireless 4-1, W
Jan. 28 i-Wireless 4-2, W
Jan. 30 INTRUST 7:05 p.m.


TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS – The referee tonight is Michael McCreary (7). The linesmen are Russ Coll (39) and Terry Saunders (82).

HEAD TO HEAD – This is the seventh of 12 meetings between the Thunder and the Mallards. Wichita is 8-0-4 on the road against Quad City all-time and 17-4-4 overall.

REUNION – Wichita won this past Wednesday night in Quad City by the final of 4-2. The two teams play the second of four meetings tonight that will take place over the next two weeks. After tonight, Wichita travels to Missouri tomorrow night for a meeting with the Mavericks in Independence. Next week, the Thunder heads back to Moline to play two games against the Mallards on Friday and Saturday.

HUMAN TORCH – Todd Hosmer continues to be red hot, scoring his 15th goal of the season on Wednesday night. He has goals in six-straight games and is tied for second on the team in that category. Seven of his 15 tallies have come in the January, giving him 10 points for the month.

LIGHTNING STRIKE – Danick Gauthier tipped in a point shot from Eric Meland for his 17th goal of the season. The Tampa Bay Lightning product went five games without registering a goal and now has markers in back-to-back games. He is tied for 16th in goals in the league and second on the team in points with 37.

FIVE AND FOUR – Danick Gauthier leads the Thunder with five points (2g, 3a) against Quad City. Seven players are tied in second with four points against the Mallards. Ian Duval, RG Flath, Nikita Kashirsky and Ian Lowe all have two goals and two assists in six games against the Flock. Joe Perry leads the Mallards with four goals against Wichita.

GETTING THE HOOK – Evan Mosher began the game on Wednesday night only to be lifted in the third period for Parker Milner. It was the third straight-game the Thunder have forced the starter to the bench, scoring three goals in the second period and led 4-0 heading into the third. Wichita is 5-2-1-1 when the opponent uses multiple goaltenders.

SPECIAL – Wichita and Quad City sit next to each other when it comes to power play rankings and that has been the case in the season-series as well. The Thunder have gone 5-for-30 (16.7%) against the Mallards this season. The Quad City power play has gone 5-for-34 (14.7%). Wichita scored its first power play goal at the i-Wireless Center on Wedesnday. The Thunder power play has connected in the last four games, going 4-for-19 over that span (21.1%).

NET MINDING – Tim Boron moved into a tie for 10th place with his 14th win of the season on Wednesday night. He made 38 of 40 saves, winning his second-straight start. Overall, he is 14-6-2-2 with a goals against average of 2.81 and a save percentage of .896. Against Quad City, he is 2-0-1-0 with a goals against average of 2.64 and a save percentage of .921. Parker Milner is 2-0-0-0 against the Thunder with a goals against average of 1.71 and a save percentage of .945.

THUNDERBOLTS… Danick Gauthier is tied for 17th in goals (17), tied for sixth in power play goals (6) and tied for 11th in power play assists (9)…Jared Walker is tied for fourth in shorthanded goals (2)…Todd Hosmer is 15th in rookie scoring (24) while Ian Duval is tied in 37th (20)…Kenton Miller is in 10th place for shots on net (134)…Tyler Bunz and Tim Boron are tied for fifth in shutouts (2)…Wichita is 13th in shots for per game (30.85) and fourth in shots against per game (27.29)…Wichita is 6-2-0-1 when leading after one...Wichita is 11-6-0-0 when tied after one…Wichita is 6-3-1-1 when tied after two periods…Wichita is 13-9-1-2 when outshooting the opponent…

QUAD CITY NOTES – Todd Fiddler and Mario Lamoureux each have six points against the Thunder...Lamoureux was sent back to the Mallards from Bridgeport, playing in two games and scored his first career AHL goal last Wednesday...Quad City played once last week, losing to Missouri last Saturday night by the final of 2-1...Quad City is tied for sixth in the ECHL in goals against per game (2.79)...Joe Perry has 16 even strength goals and four on the power play...Justin Fox has 13 points (3g, 10a) in his last 14 games...

AROUND THE ECHL – There are 12 other games tonight in the ECHL. Cincinnati takes on Toledo. Greenville plays at Florida. Wheeling goes to Kalamazoo. South Carolina travels to Orlando. Reading heads to Indy. Elmira plays at Fort Wayne. Rapid City stays in Allen. Gwinnett goes to Evansville. Brampton plays at Tulsa. Utah heads to Bakersfield. Idaho travels to Ontario. Colorado heads north to Alaska.

UP NEXT – Wichita plays tomorrow afternoon at Missouri at 7:05 p.m.

Individual tickets are on sale now. Don’t delay! Tickets can be purchased at the INTRUST Arena Box office, by calling 755-SEAT or go online at www.selectaseat.com. Stay up-to-date on all the news during the season by visiting www.wichitathunder.com.

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.

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