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Feb 21 2015 am standingsSome games just don’t go the way you expect them and it can be incredibly and equally frustrating for the players and for their fans. Last night was one of those games where the Wichita Thunder just had a bad night and run of ugly luck against a very good team. The Rapid City Rush thrive on puck possession and this is exactly how they have hauled themselves out of 7th place at the end of November, gradually moving up to 6th at the end of December and by the end of January found themselves in 5th. This morning they are sitting in 4th place with 53 points just 2 points behind Wichita.

Coach Kevin McClelland told the Wichita Eagle’s Lutz, “We knew it was going to be a hard battle tonight. They’re playing well defensively and they’re right behind us, and they just inched that much closer to us.”

Between the defensive errors, some rotten man-to-man coverage, ill-timed penalties and some great blocked shots the Thunder were unable to halt the Rush or tie the game late in the 3rd after Dylan Clarke’s goal at 13:52. The outstanding Thunder highlight of the night was Nikita Kashirsky’s rebound at 16:17 into the 2nd. Following Mike Wilson’s shot to the net that bounced in front of Rush’s goalie John Griggs, Kashirsky, down on the ice on his stomach, reached out to get the puck past Griggs into the net. That’s one of those highlight reels that would have been shown to great delight had the Thunder won the game. It is one of those crazy goals that makes you ask “how did that even go in!” Well done, Kashirsky!

  • Wichita Thunder 2 – 3 Rapid City Rush
  • SOG: 30-29 for Wichita
Period Team Time Goals
2nd RC 0:31 C. Ferriero (assists J. Schultz, B. Kostolansky)
2nd WIC 3:14 M. Wilson (assist D. Gauthier)
2nd WIC 16:17 N. Kashirsky (assists M. Wilson, J. Walker)
3rd RC 4:15 C. Ferriero
3rd RC 13:52 D. Clarke (assists P. Cullen, M. Brisebois) — PP

I normally link to ECHL Game Sheets to every game however until the stats sheets are correct and show any resemblance to reality, I’ll forego that. I’ve reached the point of pure frustration and I can’t even imagine how the players must feel as they mistakenly earn minus points or miss points for assists each night. This now makes the 4th game out of 5 where mistakes appear on the game sheets and either assists were given to the wrong player or the wrong players appear “on the ice” for an event. Granted hockey is an incredibly fast sport but there is video replay of these events and when I can clearly see who is on the ice on a replay on the jumbotron there is no reason some of these mistakes should be made game after game.