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Wichita Thunder

The Wichita Thunder had an impressive road win for the team even though they were missing two of their top scorers, Danick Gauthier and Kenton Miller. Gauthier was called up to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch and has now played in two games with the team this week. Kenton Miller had been suspended in the Quad City game on January 30th for two games and is now eligible to return to the team for Saturday’s game. Friday night’s win places the Thunder in a 2-way tie with the Quad City Mallards in 2nd place in the Central Division.

The Thunder shut down Quad City’s offense for most of the game, not allowing many quality chances, and in fact held the Mallards shotless through the first seven minutes of the 1st period.

The Thunder’s powerplay units were working very well, and even though they only had one powerplay goal scored at 6:05 into the 2nd by Ian Lowe (assisted by N. Kashirsky and T. Hosmer), the units generated a good number of excellent chances and opportunities but were unable to get past the Mallards alert goaltender Evan Mosher.

At 5:46 into the 3rd Jared Walker scored off a rebound from Travis Granbois’ shot on goal that originated in the Thunder’s defensive end in a nice sequence set up by Kirill Tulupov who cleared the puck up to Erick Lizon at center who then passed it on to Granbois.

The Mallards were finally able to get on the board at 9:07 into the 3rd with a goal from Justin Fox (assisted by M. Lamoureux and A. Collins), but the Thunder shut them down the remainder of the game, even after the Mallards pulled their goalie with 40 seconds left.

Total shots-on-goal for the game were 36-19 Wichita, and Tim Boron made 18 saves for the win. The bulk of the game’s goaltending went to Evan Mosher who saved 34 of 36 shots on net.

Per Team Time Goals
2nd WIC 6:05 I. Lowe (assists N. Kashirsky, T. Hosmer) — PP
3rd WIC 5:46 J. Walker (assists T. Granbois, E. Lizon)
3rd QC 9:07 J. Fox (assists M. Lamoureux, A. Collins)

Team News: The Wichita Thunder announced that the team has traded for Gwinnett Gladiator’s Anthony Perdicaro for future considerations, and he is expected to join the team for Saturday’s game in Quad City.

The Thunder return Saturday night for another round with the Quad City Mallards in Moline, IL.