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April 5 Central Division

Central Division Standings – 5 April 2015

Last night the Wichita Thunder had a boost of confidence as they grabbed a decisive win over the Beast 5-1. That’s great news for the Thunder as they are still in a very tough spot scrambling to get into that 4th playoff spot.

Post game Coach Kevin McClelland told the Wichita Eagle, “There’s a lot of good things tonight. A lot of good things, and a lot of guys showed up to play the game.”

The Brampton Beast have already been eliminated from the playoffs however they were more than willing last night to be a spoiler and had some great opportunities at times but were unable to halt the Thunder. Grant Rollheiser kept his former team the Beast to one goal, saving 26 of 27 shots on goal, and he very deservedly was chosen for First Star of the night.

The other huge positive was that the Thunder had a chance to regain confidence on their powerplay once again, scoring three powerplay goals last night. It will be vital for the Thunder to be able to capitalize on any powerplays opportunities in their remaining games of the regular season.

Period Team Time Goals
1st WIC 10:09 K. Miller (assists D. Gauthier, J. Bernhardt)
2nd WIC 1:46 I. Lowe (assists M. Wilson, E. Meland) – PP
3rd WIC 2:50 D. Gauthier (assists M. Wilson, I. Lowe) – PP
3rd WIC 4:39 D. Gauthier (assists J. Bernhardt, K. Tulupov) – PP
3rd BRM 6:09 J. Brown (assists B. Rose, B. Devlin) – PP
3rd WIC 16:19 G. Klotz (assists D. Milan, M. MacIntyre)

Three Stars:
1. WIC – G. Rollheiser
2. WIC – D. Gauthier
3. WIC – I. Lowe

The last three games for Wichita are critical for any playoff hopes for the Thunder and their old foe the Tulsa Oilers has control of part of that scenario as the two teams will face each other twice on April 8th and 10th. At 75 points Tulsa has the clear advantage however it is not an impossible situation for the Thunder.

What will it take? The Thunder need a great deal of determination from the team as a whole and they need to win. Do not forget that Tulsa is in the same situation fighting for that last playoff position.

“Some guys probably get a little uptight. You could see that tonight in a couple instances. Some guys don’t care,” McClelland told Jeffrey Lutz of the Wichita Eagle. “Luckily, we have a lot of guys in there that care. We’ve just got to make sure that we get everybody on the same page here, and know what’s ahead of us. It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take some work – a little work, a little commitment, and make sure everyone grabs the rope.”

Grab the rope, boys!

The Wichita Thunder face the Tulsa Oilers on Wednesday night. Be there to cheer your team on, Wichita!