The Wichita Thunder played with an entirely new focus and pressure last night against the Quad City Mallards, shutting them out 2-0. The game ultimately came down to the Wichita Thunder vs Quad City goaltender Evan Mosher, who was outstanding against the Thunder’s onslaught of shots, saving 33 of 34.
The Thunder shutdown Quad City for three periods, keeping them to 12 shots on goal total for the entire game. Quad City’s mere 2 shots on goal for the 2nd period were a result of their two powerplays, but they were only able to garner 1 shot in each powerplay due to overwhelming defensive pressure from the Thunder.
The game remained scoreless until 7:18 into the third when Erick Lizon patiently waited out Mosher to snap it in the top corner, with assists by Jared Walker and Nikita Kashirsky. Later Ian Lowe would score an empty netter at 19:54 on a Wichita powerplay, with assists by Danick Gauthier and RG Flath.
Very impressive game for the Wichita Thunder!
The Thunder played with a lot of discipline last night — they limited their penalties, showed strong forechecking, and excellent low zone collapse, not allowing Quad City much room to maneuver at all.
Kirill Tulupov played another strong game with a couple of very good hits along the boards to open the game, excellent blocks and more of his trademark powerful shots from the blueline.
Kurtis Bartliff continues to impress — 6 SOG for the game and he set himself up for a couple of very good chances against Mosher.
RG Flath had a great opportunity on a wraparound that just missed going in to an empty net.
This is Edmonton Oiler’s prospect goaltender Tyler Bunz’s second shutout with the Wichita Thunder — he shutout Missouri just last Saturday 6-0 — and it was his third professional career shutout.
Wichita broke 0.500 last night — 6-6-1-2 and knocked Quad City out of their first place tie, ending the Mallards’ ECHL season-best nine game regulation unbeaten streak.
Wichita currently sits at 4th place in the Central Division with 15 points with 15 games.
- Wichita Thunder game recap
- Jeffery Lutz’s Wichita Eagle game recap
- Quad City game recap
- ECHL Game Sheet
The Wichita Thunder face the Mavericks in Missouri on Friday night, the first in their Thanksgiving three-in-three weekend. The Thunder returns to Wichita on Saturday to face the Allen Americans at 7:05 p.m.