Game Day: Wichita at Missouri, December 31st

Thursday, December 31 2015 12:58 PM

Wichita, KS (Dec. 31st) – Wichita heads on the road for the next three starting tonight against Missouri. Get ready for the match-up with this Wichita Brewing Company Game Day Capsule:

TONIGHT'S MATCH-UP
Wichita at Missouri - 7:05 p.m., Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, Independence, MO

WICHITA
HOME: 5-8-1-2
AWAY: 2-11-0-1
OVERALL: 7-19-1-3

TEAM LEADERS
Goals: Andy Huff, 7
Assists: Peter Sakaris, 9
Points: Andy Huff, 15
+/-: Neal, +2
PIM: Milan, 47

MISSOURI
HOME: 11-0-0-0
AWAY: 12-3-0-1
OVERALL: 23-3-0-1

TEAM LEADERS
Goals: Tyler Barnes, 13
Assists: Rocco Carzo, 18
Points: Tyler Barnes, 30
+/-: Patrick Cullity, +19
PIM: Andrew Courtney, 34

SEASON-SERIES
Oct. 23    INTRUST     3-0, L
Oct. 24    Silverstein  2-1, L
Nov. 7     Silverstein  1-0, L
Nov. 8     INTRUST     2-1, L
Nov. 13   INTRUST     7-2, L
Nov. 14   INTRUST     3-2, L (SO)
Nov. 21   INTRUST     5-2, L
Dec. 5      Silverstein  5-2, L
Dec. 31   Siverstein   7:05 p.m.
Jan. 12   INTRUST     7:05 p.m.
Jan. 29   Silverstein  7:05 p.m.
Jan. 30   Silverstein  7:05 p.m.
Mar. 4     Silverstein  7:05 p.m.
Mar. 19   INTRUST    7:05 p.m.
Mar. 20   INTRUST    5:05 p.m.

Wichita is 0-7-0-1 vs. Missouri


HEAD-TO-HEAD – This is the ninth meeting of the season between the Thunder and the Mavericks. All-time, Wichita is 35-29-4 against Missouri and 15-14-3 on the road in the series.

TODAY – Wichita plays its final game of 2015 and begins a three-game road trip tonight against Missouri. The Thunder played back-to-back games against Allen and dropped both by a one-goal margin. The Mavericks won their last game on December 26th in Allen by the final of 3-1. Missouri plays tonight against the Thunder and will follow that up with an afternoon tilit on New Year’s Day against Allen at 4:10 p.m. The Mavericks lead the Independence Cup Series, winning seven meetings in regulation and one in a shootout.

CLOSE CALL – Wichita has played in 15 one-goal games this season and last night was no different. In fact, the Thunder have had a game decided by one in five of the last six contests. The Thunder are 5-6-1-3 in that situation.

STREAKING – Mason Baptista has points in his last two games, adding an assist last night and a goal on Sunday. Michael Neal has three points (1g, 2a) in his last three games, collecting a helper last as well against the Americans.

SERIES LEADERS – Tyler Barnes and Rocco Carzo lead the Mavericks with eight points against the Thunder in the season-series. Barnes has four goals and four assists while Carzo has eight helpers. Mason Baptista and Dalton Reum each have three points apiece for the Thunder against Missouri.

GOALIE MATCH-UP – Josh Robinson is 4-0-0-0 against the Thunder with a goals-against average of 1.25 against the Thunder. He also has a solid .943 save percentage in four appearances this season. Grant Rollheiser has a goals-against of 3.37 and save percentage of .901 in three starts against the Mavericks.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN – Wichita hits the road to finish out 2015 as they play at Missouri on New Year’s Eve. After the game, the Thunder heads to Indy on Saturday night to face the Fuel and finishes the weekend at Evansville on Sunday. Wichita’s first home game in 2016 is Friday, January 8th against Tulsa.

THUNDERBOLTS...Andy Huff leads the team in goals (7) and points (15)...Danick Gauthier leads the team in shots with 76...Wichita is 5-0-0-1 when leading after two...Wichita is 3-5-0-1 when tied after one...Wichita is 5-6-1-3 in one goal games...Wichita is 1-1-0-0 in four-goal games...

MISSOURI NOTES – Parker Milner and Kyle Burroughs received call-ups to Bridgeport of the AHL...Rocco Carzo leads the team with 18 assists...Carter Verhaeghe is averaging 1.19 points per game for the team-lead in that category...Jesse Root, Kellen Jones and Josh Holmstrom are all up in Bridgeport...

AROUND THE ECHL – There are nine other games tonight in the ECHL. Reading plays at Adirondack. Elmira heads to Kalamazoo. Toledo is in Cincinnati. Brampton goes to Wheeling. Greenville takes on Manchester. Indy heads to Fort Wayne. Quad City plays at Evansville. Tulsa is in the Black Hills against Rapid City. Utah takes on Alaska.

UP NEXT – Wichita continues its three-game road swing on Saturday night with its first trip to Indy starting at 6:35 p.m. CST

Individual tickets for all games are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the INTRUST Arena Box office, by calling 855-755-SEAT or go online at www.selectaseat.com.

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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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