A scary moment occurred in Wichita last night as Theo Peckham was hit hard along the boards and glass, shattering the pane, injuring two fans and himself at about 13 seconds into the 3rd period. You can see in the video that Peckham gestures quickly for help for the fans who were cut and bruised by the event. EMS treated the fans’ injuries and Peckham was also stitched up after glass had cut his forehead in the incident.
In the end, the game was delayed for about 20 minutes as EMS tended to injuries and ice crew and arena crew dealt with the shattered glass both on the ice and also in the stands.
As for the game itself the Thunder struggled mightily against a fast, energized Mallard team in the first period. If this sounds familiar, yes, it has sadly become a habit of this team to have downright horrid 1st periods. Shots on goal for the first period were 11-5 for Quad City, and the Thunder didn’t even have 2 shots on goal until half way through the period. Quad City’s Mario Lamoureux struck first with a goal at 4:18 into the first (assisted by M. Duffy, K. Baker).
The 2nd period was far more favorable for the Thunder and at 7:09 into the second Theo Peckham capitalized on a powerplay (with assists from I. Lowe and I. Duval) to put Wichita on the board to tie the game at 1-1. However by the end of the 2nd Quad City had regained the lead with a goal from Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel (with assists from T. Fiddler, M. Lamoureux) to put them up 2-1. The Thunder outshot the Mallards 13-10 in the 2nd, but could not capitalize, even with some very nice setups and chances by several lines.
The 3rd period opened with the hard hit by Todd Fiddler on Theo Peckham and the glass shattering event described above. The Thunder decisively outshot the Mallards 14-5 for the 3rd period but were unable to get a puck past Mallards’ goalie Parker Milner. Quad City secured their lead at 16:34 into the 3rd with a goal from Joe Perry (with assists from J. Fox, M. Lamoureux) to put the Mallards up 3-1 and give them the win.
- SOG for game: 32-26 Wichita Thunder
- Thunder’s Tyler Bunz saved 23 of 26 shots and Mallards’ Parker Milner saved 31 of 32 shots on goal.
- Quad City 3 – 1 Wichita Thunder.
As Coach McClelland told Jeffrey Lutz of the Wichita Eagle postgame, “We’re not scoring goals right now. I can’t find three guys that can play together. Our top line – what’s supposed to be our top line – winds up at minus-3 at the end of the night, and that’s not going to win you a lot of games.”
That sums up the current Thunder situation right there in a nutshell.
- Wichita Thunder Game Recap
- Quad City Mallards Game Recap
- Jeffrey Lutz’s Wichita Eagle Game Recap
- ECHL Game Sheet
Wichita will face the Rapid City Rush tonight at 7:05 p.m. for their annual Teddy Bear Toss and Toys for Tots night.