Category: East Coast Hockey League

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…

Wichita Thunder Sweep Rush with Victory in Shootout, 3-2

The Wichita Thunder were looking to earn their fourth straight game with a sweep of the Rapid City Rush. Great defense had helped the Thunder win the first two games, and thanks to another outstanding outing by Wichita’s Nick Riopel and Rush’s Christian Frey, this was a tight contest as well, which would eventually go…

Guillaume Lepine, Jon Puskar Lead Thunder to 3-1 Victory

The Wichita Thunder were looking to add a little more breathing room between themselves and those chasing them in the playoff race, and thanks to three unanswered goals they skated away with a 3-1 victory over the Rapid City Rush, which moved them four points ahead of the Allen Americans, Kalamazoo Wings, and Cincinnati Cyclones.…

Ralph Cuddemi Scores Two to Lead Thunder to 3-1 Win

After a six game road trip where the team went 1-4-1, the Wichita Thunder returned home to the friendly confines of INTRUST Bank Arena where they were 15-8-2 entering their contest against the Rapid City Rush. Thanks to two goals by Ralph Cuddemi and 27 saves by Shane Starrett, the Thunder were able to win…

Nick Latte Delivers Late Goal to End Thunder’s Road Woes, 3-2

The Wichita Thunder returned to Cincinnati looking to end their seven game road winless streak (0-6-1). Twice the team took a one goal lead, only to see the Cyclones tie the score each time, but Nick Latta’s goal with 2:24 left in the contest proved to be the game winner, as the Thunder went on…

Justin Danforth Gives Cyclones 5-4 Victory in Overtime

The Wichita Thunder have been struggling of late, dropping five straight on the road entering Saturday night’s contest against the Cincinnati Cyclones. That included losses to the Fort Wayne Komets where the team allowed nine goals and then eight, and so the team turned to Nick Riopel hoping he would turn the team’s fortunes. A…

Shaquille Merasty, Wichita Thunder Put in Superheroic Performance in 4-1 Victory

Two nights after being dominated by the Tulsa Oilers in Oklahoma, 6-3, the Wichita Thunder were looking for a super hero like performance, and thanks to a smothering defense that limited the Oilers to just 30 shots, the Thunder were able to skate away with the 4-1 victory. On Batman night at INTRUST Bank Arena,…

Allen Americans Hang on for 5-2 Victory over Thunder

A night after losing to the Wichita Thunder 3-0, the Allen Americans would jump out to a three goal lead and looked like they were in complete command. However, goals by Mark MacMillan and Chad Butcher made this a one goal game, yet, the Americans would hang on for the 5-2 victory. Jeremy Brodeur made…

Shane Starrett Blanks Americans; Thunder Win 3-0

The Wichita Thunder were looking for their second straight victory in Allen, and goaltender Shane Starrett brought his “A” game to help make that reality, blanking the Allen Americans in the 3-0 victory. Starrett stopped 33 shots in recording his professional shutout, and Mark MacMillan and Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin each added 2 assists in the win.…

Wichita Loves Ralph Cuddemi in Thunder 3-1 Victory

Coming out of the All-Star break, both the Wichita Thunder and Colorado Eagles were looking to get the second half of the season off to a fast start. Colorado entered the contest 13 points ahead in the standings, but it was the Thunder who looked like the first place team, getting two goals from Ralph…