Daniel Barczuk, Danny Battochio, Dylan Clarke, ECHL, Erick Lizon, Ian Duval, Ian Lowe, J.M. Rizk, Jared Walker, Jeremy Gates, Jesse Schultz, Kenton Miller, Rapid City Rush, RG Flath, Rile Weselowsky, Robin Soudek, Sean Erickson, Tim Boron, Todd Hosmer, Wichita Thunder, Winston Day Chief
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.
|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.|
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.
|2||Quad City Mallards||26||12||9||3||2||29|
- Wichita Thunder Game Recap
- Rapid City Rush Game Recap
- Jeffrey Lutz’s Wichita Eagle Game Recap (not posted online)
- ECHL Gamesheet
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.