It was a wild affair in Wichita on Friday night as an eight goal second period turned a 1-0 Thunder lead into a 5-4 lead heading into the third. The Americans would tie the score, sending the game to a shootout where Stuart Skinner would make three great saves to help give the Wichita Thunder […]
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In his second season with the Wichita Thunder, forward Ralph Cuddemi is looking to have his best season as a professional as well as lead the Thunder to the Kelly Cup championship, goals that are non-negotiable for the star.
The Allen Americans looked to earn their first victory of the season on Saturday night, and do so on the home ice of their archrivals, the Wichita Wingnuts. Thanks to a goal and two assists by Dante Salituro and 34 saves by C.J. Motte, the Americans earned the victory, blanking the Thunder, 4-0. That moved […]
It was opening night to the 2018-19 season for the Wichita Thunder on Friday night. it was also the 700th game coached by Malcolm Cameron and what better way to celebrate than with a victory. Thanks to a shootout goal by Colin Jacobs the celebration was on as the Thunder ended the comeback hopes of […]
After four disappointing seasons of not making the playoffs, the Wichita Thunder finally broke the rut, advancing to the postseason in the ECHL for the first time. The 2017-18 season was clearly one to remember, as Head Coach Malcolm Cameron did an amazing job of building a team that recorded the most victories by a Thunder team in five years.
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 […]
The Wichita Thunder have led in every game of their first round series with the Colorado Eagles, only to watch the Eagles come back in the first three games to win. It looked like that would be the case Saturday night as well, as the Thunder had a 4-2 lead entering the third, only to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the Colorado Eagles and the Wichita Thunder. Colorado finished first in the ECHL’s Mountain Division, while Wichita finished fourth. The Eagles have the fourth best record overall (100 points), while the Thunder are 14th overall (76 points).
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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
With the Allen Americans desperately needing a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive, the team got an outstanding performance from Jake Paterson, who stopped 32 shots to lead the Americans to a 4-1 win over the Wichita Thunder.
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 […]
The Wichita Thunder returned to Kalamazoo, looking to shake off Tuesday’s tough loss to the Kansas City Mavericks. However, the Wings proved to be inhospitable hosts, scoring two goals in each of the first two periods on their way to a 5-3 victory. Josh Pitt and Danny Moynihan, led the way with a goal and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Wichita Thunder headed to Oklahoma to take on the Tulsa Oilers in a contest that had huge playoff implications for both teams. The Thunder were four points ahead of the Allen Americans for third in the Mountain Division, and had a five point lead over the Oilers. Tulsa was on the outside looking in, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]