Category: East Coast Hockey League

Chase for Kelly Cup 2018: R. 1 – Toledo Walleyes vs. Indy Fuel

The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the Toledo Walleyes and the Indy Fuel. Toledo finished first in the Central Division and had the second best record overall in the ECHL (105). They were one of just two teams that recorded at least 50 wins this season (the Florida Everblades have 53). Indy finished fourth in the division. Toledo won the season series 8-1-0-0.

Chase for Kelly Cup 2018: R. 1 – Manchester Monarchs vs. Reading Royals

The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the Manchester Monarchs and the Reading Royals. Manchester finished second in the North Division, just a point behind the Adirondack Thunder. The Monarchs and Royals were separated in the standings by just one point, this despite the fact that Reading won the season series.

Thunder Fall to Colorado Eagles, 7-4; Back into Playoffs

The Wichita Thunder knew coming into Friday night’s game that all they needed was a single point and they were in the post-season. It looked bad when they fell behind 3-0 to the Colorado Eagles, but an impressive second period comeback tied the score, before the Eagles would pull away in the third, winning 7-4.…

Cuddemi, Butcher Lead Thunder to 2-1 Victory, Tie for Third

With their last home game of the season on Tuesday, the Wichita Thunder were seeing their chances of reaching the playoffs slowly dwindling away. They had lost their previous six games, and had their dreaded rivals and the team they were trailing by two points in the Mountain Division, the Allen Americans, coming to town.…

Travis Brown Spurring Thunder Toward Post-Season Berth

With the Wichita Thunder in a do-or-die situation to earn a place in the ECHL playoffs, it is all hands on deck for the team, and no one characterizes that attitude better than defenseman Travis Brown. The Thunder defenseman has not only brought skill and grit to the ice, but has helped to keep the atmosphere light in the locker room when tension reduction is needed most. 

The Wichita Thunder finally returned home after eight straight games on the road, and were looking to take advantage of a crowd of over 13,000 on hand, but three unanswered goals staked the Tulsa Oilers to the early lead, and they would thwart a feverish comeback, downing the Thunder 3-2. Jake Hildebrand was stellar in…

Desjardins Delivers OT Goal for Komets; Thompson with Hat Trick

The Wichita Thunder looked to snap a three game losing streak Saturday night, the seventh game of their eight game road trip. It proved to be quite a special night as the first six goals of the contest came from the special teams units, and the Thunder forced overtime by battling back to tie the…

Adam Carlson Silences the Thunder; Mavericks Win 3-1

The Wichita Thunder traveled north to take on their instate rival, the Kansas City Mavericks, on Tuesday night. It was the fifth game of this seven game road trip that has seen the Thunder play well through the first four, going 2-1-1. Shane Starrett made his first start in seven games, and played well, but…

Peter Sivak Douses Thunder Comeback with OT Winner for Rush, 4-3

The Wichita Thunder only had six shots in the third period of Saturday night’s contest, but they scored on two of them to erase a two goal deficit and force overtime. However, Peter Sivak ended the hopes of the Thunder, scoring with a little over a minute left in the extra frame to give the…

Nick Riopel Puts the Brakes on Rush; Thunder Win 3-2

With Wichita fans crushed by the loss of the Wichita State basketball team in the NCAA tournament earlier in the day, fans were looking for a lift, and the Wichita Thunder provided that, defeating the Rapid City Rush on the road, 3-2. Ralph Cuddemi and Mark MacMillan each had two points, and Nick Riopel made…

Ryan Van Stralen with Three Point Night as Thunder Down Oilers, 4-1

A night after being blanked by Tulsa Oilers goaltender Devin Williams, the Wichita Thunder came out fired up, scoring two goals in the first nine minutes of the contest on their way to a 4-1 victory. Ryan Van Stralen led the offense with a goal and 2 assists, and Nick Riopel continues to be impressive…

Ryan Van Stralen Nets Two to Send Thunder to 4-1 Victory

The Wichita Thunder were looking for a little momentum in their last home contest before heading to the road for the next three weeks. Thanks to two goals by Ryan Van Stralen, who scored two highlight reel goals, the Thunder downed the Quad City Mallards, 4-1. Nick Riopel continues to impress in net for the…

Van Stralen, Cuddemi Help End Thunder Winless Skid, 2-1

The Wichita Thunder entered their contest against the Idaho Steelheads on a six-game winless streak (0-4-2), and it looked like that streak may reach seven when Idaho scored just 2:20 into the contest. However, the Thunder got goals from Ralph Cuddemi and Guillaume Lepine to go along with 32 saves from Nick Riopel to end…

Trevor Cheek Leads Fort Wayne Komets to Victory, 5-3

The Wichita Thunder had been tough to beat when they entered the third period leading in games this season, but they were unable to hold a 3-2 lead Tuesday night against the Fort Wayne Komets, giving up three unanswered goals to fall 5-3. Trevor Cheek led the way for Fort Wayne, scoring 2 goals and…

Ryan Misiak Leads Grizzlies Mauling of Thunder, 7-3

After dropping their last two games at home to the Colorado Eagles, the Wichita Thunder traveled 15 hours to Utah to take on the Grizzlies Friday night. It was a difficult night in goal for Wichita, as Utah scored seven goals on just 22 shots on their way to the 7-3 victory over the Thunder.…

Brady Shaw Scores Two to Lead Colorado Eagles to 5-3 Comeback Win

The Wichita Thunder welcomed the Colorado Eagles to INTRUST Bank Arena on Tuesday, the team that is first in the Mountain Division. The Thunder jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the second, but three unanswered goals allowed the Eagles to take the lead and they held on for the 5-3 victory despite 16…