Category: Robert Pannier

Grant Rollheiser Shutouts Allen, Wichita Thunder Win 4-0

They say that for a team to make a real run in the playoffs they need their goalie to get hot at just the right time. If that is the case then the Wichita Thunder should be in real good shape. Thunder goalie Grant Rollheiser remained hot, shutting out the Allen Americans on route to…

Tulupov Gives Wichita Thunder Needed Victory in OT

With the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) season rapidly coming to a close, every game is crucial, especially for a team on the outside of the playoff hunt that would very much like to re-insert itself into the conversation. That is where the Wichita Thunder lie, in ninth place in the Western Conference. However, when…

Joplin Blasters Jive: March Update

Entering their inaugural season in the American Association, the Joplin Blasters have methodically been building a team that should be competitive. February and into March has seen the club sign some quality arms, and add two hitters that should help the Blasters live up to their nickname. On Friday the 13th, Joplin signed OF Yasser…

Amarillo Thunderheads Tale: March Update

After finishing in last place in the South Division of the American Association last year it was expected that there would be some changes made to upgrade the team for this season, but the Amarillo Thunderheads have made wholesale changes at a variety of positions looking to reach the top of the league. They have…

Grand Prairie AirHogs Press: March Update

The Grand Prairie AirHogs are watching their South Division rivals lose some key pieces, and have to be thinking that they have a real good shot of making the playoffs in the upcoming American Association season. Their two biggest obstacles, the Wichita Wingnuts and Laredo Lemurs, have seen key pieces depart from the team, and…

Fort Wayne Mad Ants Acquire Jordan Crawford

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants have acquired NBA veteran Jordan Crawford. After passing a physical, he will be able to suit up and play against the Delaware 87ers on Saturday, March 14th. Jordan Crawford started his collegiate career at Indiana University, but transferred to Xavier University for his sophomore season. After two years of college, he…

Wichita Wingnuts Wire: March Update

After a 73-win season and an American Association championship no one can expect such lofty goals for this upcoming season, however, the Wichita Wingnuts have made a lot of moves this off-season that have gutted the last year’s team. Gone are such stars as Jake Kahaulelio, Ryan Khoury, Carlo Testa, Jake Luce, and Brent Clevlen.…

Wichita Thunder Tame Brampton Beast, 5-2

In the last three games the Wichita Thunder had to rally from two goal deficits in all three contests to gain points, finishing with two overtime wins and a shootout loss. They have proven to be the kings of the comeback, but no need to get the heart pumping late in this one. On this…

Sioux City Explorers Examiner: March Update

With just about 10 weeks before the start of the American Association season, the Sioux City Explorers have been one of the quieter teams in terms of building their club. They currently have 15 players signed to the active roster, and have just one catcher and two infielders signed and ready to compete for a…

Wichita Thunder’s Comeback Falls Short, Fall in OT

The never say die Wichita Thunder mounted another great comeback Sunday afternoon, coming back from three goals down to force overtime. Eventually the Kansas hockey team fell short in the shootout, but what looked like a sure loss resulted in a point for the Thunder, keeping them one point behind Rapid City for third in…

Kansas City T-Bones Talk: March Update

The Kansas City T-Bones had been one of the busiest teams in the off-season and February was no different. They have added quality depth across their roster, yet have seen another one of their talented players sign with a Major League club. The T-Bones have watched their division rivals make sweeping changes to improve their…

Gary Southshore RailCats Report: March Update

Two years from winning the American Association title, the Gary Southshore RailCats look to return to the top of the league. Like Lincoln, the RailCats have been much more active in the final weeks of February than they were at the start. They have made a lot of moves to make their pitching staff one…

Lincoln Saltdogs Line: March Update

The Lincoln Saltdogs were just three wins from the American Association championship last season, and after losing a few key pieces from last season’s team, they now look to restock to make another run. The early part of the off-season saw them playing catchup with some of their division rivals, and they were quiet for…

Wichita Thunder Win in OT Again, Down Brampton Beast 5-4

If the Wichita Thunder are looking for a slogan, it could easily be “We are never out of it.” For the second straight game the team proved this moniker to be true, battling back from a two-goal deficit late and winning in overtime. With the win Wichita (27-21-2-5) moved to third in the Central Division,…

Sioux Falls Canaries Chat: March Update

The Sioux Falls Canaries are ready to fly to the top of the North Division in the American Association, and they have been making some quality moves to improve this season’s roster. For the first half of the month the team was silent, but starting on the 12th of February the Canaries made several key…

Wichita Thunder Down Rapid City Rush in OT

With the season winding down, the Wichita Thunder find themselves in must win games virtually every night, and when they play teams above them in the standings those games are even more critical to win. Wednesday night the Thunder were in one of those games, and came away dramatic with a 3-2 win over the…

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Review: March Update

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have been one of the busier teams in the American Association this off-season, looking to turnaround the disappointing finish of 2014. The early part of the off-season saw them make some additions to bolster the team’s outlook for this season, but as the season draws near the RedHawks have made some key…

Winnipeg Goldeyes Gazette: March Update

Some teams in the American Association were fine-tuning their rosters in February in preparation for the upcoming season, but not for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. For the team north of the border, February was a month that saw some dramatic alterations as the Goldeyes attempt to repeat as North Division Champions and take aim at their…

St. Paul Saints Sermon: March Update

After an exciting beginning to the off-season, the St. Paul Saints used the month of February to sign three key players and prepare to finalize their roster. The off-season has already been an exciting one for the Twin-Cities based team with the acquisition of All-Stars Ian Gac and Dustin Crenshaw, but the team has some…