Thunder Weekly - November 30th Edition

Monday, November 30 2015 5:40 PM

Wichita, KS (Nov. 30th) - Wichita starts a seven-game road trip on Saturday night at Missouri. Here's a look back at the week that was in our Thunder Weekly, presented by Wichita Brewing Company.

LAST WEEK'S GAMES -

Wednesday, November 25th
Indy at Wichita, 5-1 W
-Brandon Martell, Kenton Miller and Danick Gauthier gave Wichita a three-goal lead and helped the Thunder to a 5-1 victory on Thanksgiving Eve.

Friday, November 27th
Wichita at Tulsa, 2-0 L
-Kevin Carr claimed a 2-0 shutout for Tulsa on Black Friday, stopping all 24 shots he faced.

Saturday, November 28th
Tulsa at Wichita, 4-2 L
-After trading goals in the first two periods, Brady Ramsay scored the game-winner during a shorthanded situation to help Tulsa eke out a 4-2 win on Saturday.

THIS WEEK'S GAMES -

Saturday, December 5th
Wichita at Missouri, 7:05 p.m., online stream only at mixlr.com. Search Wichita Thunder. Watch the game at Pucks Sports Bar, located at the Wichita Ice Center.

**Pre-game begins 15 minutes prior to start of all games. All games can be heard on www.wichitathunder.com or on your smart phone with the Mixlr App using the keyword Wichita Thunder**

TEAM CAPSULE
Overall: 6-12-0-1
Home: 5-6-0-1
Road: 1-6-0-0
Last 10: 2-7-0-1
Streak: 0-2-0-0
Rank: 4th place Central Division, 13 points

TEAM LEADERS
Goals: Gauthier, 5
Assists: Sakaris, 8
Points: Sakaris, 12 (4g, 8a)
+/-: Huff, Sakaris, Milan, +2
PIM: Milan, 39

GO TIME - Danick Gauthier was the Thunder's best offensive player this past week. The Brossard, PQ native has five goals in the last four games, two of which were on the power play and finished with two multi-goal outings. He finished with 29 last season and leads the team in that department through 16 games this year.

PLEASANT SURPRISE - Andy Huff has been a pleasant surprise for the Thunder upfront this season. He has already eclipsed his career marks for goals (4), assists (7) and points (11) through 14 games. Last year, he bounced around between Florida, Rapid City and Idaho, appearing in 21 games and recording eight points (1g, 7a) over that span. The Ferris State product is second on the team in points and tied for 16th in points among rookies.

ASSISTING - Mason Baptista has three assists in his last four games. He made a terrific pass across the crease to Danick Gauthier on Saturday night that helped the Thunder to a 2-1 lead after the first period. The former St. Norbert College product has nine points (4g, 5a) so far this season.

SOLID SHANTZ - David Shantz had another solid week, stopping 47 of 50 shots he faced. Shantz currently is tied for 13th in save percentage (.914) and 19th in goals-against average (2.54).

HOME COOKING - Wichita has scored 38 goals this year, 28 of which have come on home-ice. Wichita played eight home games in the month of November and now will hit the road for the next seven to start December. The Thunder will not return home until December 20th against Cincinnati.

RECHARGING - The Thunder power play went 10 games without finding the net, but this past week started to find its stride. Wichita went 2-for-10 in three games over the Thanksgiving holiday. Wichita is 4-for-41 at home on the man advantage and is still looking for its first power play tally on the road.

MILESTONES - Ian Lowe hit a milestone over the holiday. He tallied two assists last weekend, giving him 101 ECHL points. He needs 17 more games to have played in 300 as a pro. He also needs six more points to hit the 200-point plateau. The fifth-year pro out of Bradwardine, BC is currently in his fourth season in the Air Capital. 159 of his 194 points have come donning Thunder blue.

THUNDERBOLTS...Peter Sakaris and Danick Gauthier leads the team in shots with 48...Wichita's penalty kill is ranked 10th at home (86%) and 11th overall (83.5%)... Wichita is 4-0-0-1 when leading after two...Wichita is 3-3-0-0 when tied after one...Wichita is 4-3-0-1 in one goal games...

Wichita begins a seven-game road swing starting on Saturday, December 5th in Independence against the Mavericks at 7:05 p.m.

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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