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Thunder Post-game skate with fans.

Thunder Post-game skate with fans.

The Rapid City Rush arrived in Wichita on a roll with two back-to-back shutout wins against Tulsa (4-0) and Missouri (3-0) while the Wichita Thunder seemed to have already focused on the coming Christmas vacation. Although the two teams remained competitive as far as shots on goal for the majority of the game, the Thunder were not playing the aggressive, defensive game we have seen in the past two victories against Tulsa and Allen. The Thunder’s stepped up defensive focus didn’t appear until the 3rd — too little too late — and they were unable to halt the Rush before the game went into a shootout. This now makes four shootout losses for the Thunder, the first three against Tulsa.

The Thunder grabbed an early lead at 2:13 into the 1st with a goal by Ian Duval, the rookie’s first with Wichita, scored from a rebound from Miller’s breakaway shot stopped by the Rush’s Battochio (assisted by Kenton Miller and Ian Lowe). Rapid City quickly answered at 3:35 with Riley Weselowki’s goal (assisted by D. Clarke and J. Rizk), and the Rush settled down to take control of the game. At 14:23 Winston Day Chief deflected a Gates shot past Boron that trickled past him into the net (assists from J. Gates and J. Schultz). The Rush ended the 1st period up 2-1, with equal shots on goal at 9 each.

The Rush scored their 3rd unanswered goal at 16:42 into the 2nd with another goal from Riley Weselowski (assisted by R. Soudek and D. Barczuk). Rush led 3-1 at end of the 2nd, with equal shots on goal at 8.

At 3:29 in the 3rd, the Thunder finally decided to make a game of it as Kenton Miller scored off the face-off (with assists from I. Lowe and I. Duval). At 6:33 RG Flath scored (assisted by E. Lizon) to tie the game at 3-3, and later at 7:51 Todd Hosmer put the Thunder in the lead with a goal (assisted J. Walker and T. Boron). Near the end Erick Lizon missed a great opportunity to score on an empty net and a short time later, with 15.2 seconds left, Sean Erickson fired a shot that deflected off J.M. Rizk, to tie the game once again at 4-4 (assists S. Erickson and R. Soudek). The 3rd ended 4-4 with shots on goal 10-8 for the Thunder.

Wichita had some very good opportunities in overtime which were denied by Battochio and the game would end in an 11-round shootout, with the game going to the Rush 5-4.

Period Team Time Goals
1st WIC 2:13 I. Duval (assists K. Miller, I. Lowe)
1st RC 3:35 R. Weselowski (assists D. Clarke, J. Rizk)
1st RC 14:23 W. Day Chief (assists J. Gates, J. Schultz)
2nd RC 16:42 R. Weselowski (assists R. Soudek, D. Barczuk)
3rd WIC 3:29 K. Miller (assists I. Lowe, I. Duval)
3rd WIC 6:33 R. Flath (assist E. Lizon)
3rd WIC 7:51 T. Hosmer (assists J. Walker, T. Boron)
3rd RC 19:45 J. Rizk (assists S. Erickson, R. Soudek)
Rapid City shoots first for each round.
Rapid City Wichita
# Shooter Score
71 Jean-Philipp Chabot No
10 Jesse Schultz No
12 J.M. Rizk No
7 Winston Day Chief Yes
22 Robin Soudek No
25 Daniel Barczuk No
24 Dylan Clarke No
18 Justin Faryna No
4 Landon Oslanski No
77 Daniel Tetrault No
91 Kyle Stroh Yes
Score # Shooter
No 5 Nikita Kashirsky
No 81 Danick Gauthier
No 18 RG Flath
No 28 Kenton Miller
Yes 13 Ian Lowe
No 21 Todd Hosmer
No 16 Jared Walker
No 23 Ian Duval
No 4 Mike Wilson
No 24 Theo Peckham
No 14 Kyle Gibbons
Totals: 2 1


Wichita’s shootout loss has placed them in a 3-way tie with Quad City and Tulsa at 29 points each, however Quad City has 2 games in hand, while Wichita has 1 over the Tulsa Oilers.

Rank Central GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Allen Americans 24 18 4 1 1 38
2 Quad City Mallards 26 12 9 3 2 29
3 Wichita Thunder 27 12 10 1 4 29
4 Tulsa Oilers 29 13 13 1 2 29


The ECHL is now on Christmas break and the Wichita Thunder will return to face the Allen Americans at home on December 27th at 7:05 p.m.