Brampton Beast, Central Division, Dalton McGrath, Dan Milan, Danick Gauthier, ECHL, Eric Meland, Erick Lizon, Frank Littlejohn, Grant Rollheiser, Ian Duval, Justin Bernhardt, Kenton Miller, Kurtis Bartliff, Mike Wilson, Nikita Kashirsky, RG Flath, Ryan DeMelo, Sean Bonar, Tim Boron, Todd Hosmer, Trevor Cann, Wichita Thunder
The Wichita Thunder returns home with five points out of six for the three game Brampton series which is excellent news as we head into the Thunder’s remaining 15 games for the regular season. As of this morning, March 10th, Wichita is at 64 points in 3rd place, one point behind Quad City in 2nd, and one point in front of Rapid City in 4th, and the Thunder still have two games in hand over the two teams.
Ian Duval who was injured in Sunday afternoon’s game was scratched for Monday’s game and there was some doubt that Justin Bernhardt would be playing as he was ill prior to game time however he joined the team after warmups. Frank Littlejohn, 38-year-old Ontario forward who has filled in for the Brampton team on occasion, was added to Wichita’s roster as an emergency replacement for Duval.
Wichita dominated last night’s game, outscoring and outshooting (32-16) Brampton in a low penalty game. The Thunder’s special teams and defense had a very good night. In the first period the Thunder shut down Brampton’s offense, limiting them to only three shots on goal, and only 16 for the entire game. Wichita scored on both of their powerplay situations with goals from RG Flath and Nikita Kashirsky, raising their overall Powerplay percentage to 17.8. The Thunder’s Penalty Kill unit was successful on both of Brampton’s powerplays, raising the team’s overall PK percentage to 82.6.
Justin Bernhard scored his 9th goal of the season, and Kurtis Bartliff his 3rd, and the Thunder ended the game with an empty net goal by Todd Hosmer.
|1st||WIC||10:07||R. Flath (assists M. Wilson, E. Meland) – PP|
|1st||WIC||17:20||J. Bernhardt (assists R. Flath, K. Bartliff)|
|2nd||BRM||3:54||B. Hughes (assists M. Maione, J. Brown)|
|2nd||WIC||10:38||K. Bartliff (assist E. Lizon)|
|3rd||WIC||2:58||N. Kashirsky (assists T. Hosmer, E. Meland) – PP|
|3rd||WIC||19:51||T. Hosmer (assist D. Gauthier) – EN|
Team Notes: Erick Lizon picked up an assist on Kurtis Bartliff’s goal giving him an all-time season high in points with 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points this season. Congratulations, Erick!
Nikita Kashirsky has made a big impact on the team lately, working hard at the net and playing smart hockey. He is currently on a 9-game point streak with 6 goals and 6 assists.
Kurtis Bartliff, who returned from injury on March 4, ended the night with a goal and an assist. Bartliff had just started to play very well, adding to his point totals in November when he was injured. After a couple of games back he’s looking more comfortable and far more productive.
In Sunday’s game Dan Milan scored his 1st goal of the season bringing his season totals to 1 goal, 13 assists for 14 points.
Ian Duval who was injured in Sunday’s game should not be out long, according to Thunder play-by-play broadcaster Jason Mals.
Wichita Thunder released backup goaltender Sean Bonar on March 9th.
Kenton Miller is still out on 21-Day IR (March 2nd).
The Wichita Thunder will face the Tulsa Oilers at the BOK arena on Friday, March 13th at 7:35 p.m.