Category: East Coast Hockey League

Colorado Eagles Advance in Kelly Cup Playoffs with 5-3 Victory over Thunder

After losing the last two games at home, the Colorado Eagles were hoping that Wichita would prove to be as friendly as it had been in the first two games of this Kelly Cup first round matchup. Thanks to three points by Michael Joly, the Eagles were able to win their third game on the…

Dyson Stevenson Helps Thunder Stave-Off Elimination, 6-0

Faced with the very distinct possibility that their season was coming to an end, the Wichita Thunder put together their best all-around performance of the season, getting 29 saves from Shane Starrett and three points from Dyson Stevenson on their way to a 6-0 victory over the Colorado Eagles. That made the series 3-1 in…

Gabriel Verpaelst Leads Colorado Comeback, Eagles Up 3-0

For the third straight game, the Wichita Thunder found themselves on top, taking a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but the Colorado Eagles would respond with four unanswered goals to win Game 3 of their first round Kelly Cup matchup, 4-2. Gabriel Verpaelst led the comeback with a goal and assist in the…

Special Teams Puts the Colorado Eagles Up 2-0 on Wichita Thunder

The Colorado Eagles once again used their prolific special teams to take Game 2 of their series versus the Wichita Thunder. The Eagles scored two power-play goals and killed off six Thunder power-plays in downing Wichita 5-2. J.C. Beaudin and Drayson Bowman each had 2 assists for the Eagles. The Thunder were looking to get…

J.C. Beaudin Helps Eagles Draw First Blood with OT Game-Winner

Colorado Eagles in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs. There was a lot of question marks for the Thunder entering the series, but no more so than in net, where Shane Starrett would be the No. 1 goaltender despite winning just one of his last seven starts. Starrett proved to be absolutely brilliant,…

Chase for Kelly Cup 2018: R. 1 – South Carolina Stingrays vs. Orlando Solar Bears

The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the South Carolina Stingrays and the Orlando Solar Bears. South Carolina finished second in the South Division and had the third-best record in the ECHL with 104 points. Orlando finished a distant third with 75 points. The Stingrays won the season series 7-3-0-1.

Chase for Kelly Cup 2018: R. 1 – Florida Everblades vs. Atlanta Gladiators

The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the Florida Everblades and the Atlanta Gladiators. Florida had the top record in the ECHL, earning 112 points and was one of only two teams that had at least 50 wins this season. Atlanta enters the post-season as the team with the least amount of points (69) of any club in the playoffs.

Chase for Kelly Cup 2018: R. 1 – Adirondack Thunder vs. Worchester Railers

The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the Adirondack Thunder and the Worchester Railers. Adirondack narrowly beat out the Manchester Monarchs for the North Division title by winning their last game of the season. They enter as the division winner with the fewest points (89) in a division that saw the top four teams separated by just 7 points. Adirondack lost the season series, 4-5-0-3.

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…