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Thunder streak ends at eight

November 15, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Wichita Thunder News Release

THUNDER BEAT BLAZERS AGAIN- Travis Clayton's third period goal broke a 1-1 tie, giving the Thunder a 2-1 home victory over the Blazers on Friday night. Goaltender Jamie Vandespyker made 35 saves in the victory, running his record to a perfect 5-0-0. Ryan McLean scored Wichita's first goal, as the Thunder extended their winning streak over Oklahoma City to seven in a row.

TARANTULAS HAND THUNDER FIRST LOSS- Trailing 1-0 in the second period, Topeka scored three straight goals and added an empty-netter, taking a 4-2 victory on Sunday at the Kansas Coliseum. Ryan McLean and Nate Metcalf scored Wichita's goals, but goaltender David St. Germain was the difference for Topeka, who extended their winning-streak to four in a row. The loss ended Wichita's winning streak at eight and Wichita's home winning-streak at four, both of which tied franchise records.

DUDA, CLAYTON EXTEND STREAKS- With points in both games this weekend, Thunder veterans Jason Duda and Travis Clayton are now the only two players in the CHL to score a point in every game this season. Their streaks now stand at nine straight games. Duda is tied for the CHL scoring lead with 17 points and is also tied with Clayton for the CHL assist lead, with 11. Clayton is also tied for the CHL-lead with three game-winning goals. Fellow veteran and linemate, Scott Allison, had his scoring streak stopped Sunday at seven games, but Allison still leads the CHL with a plus/minus rating of +11.

GOALTENDING DUO STILL SHUTTING DOWN OPPONENTS- Even with Sunday's loss, the Thunder goaltending combination of Jamie Vandespyker and Jason Flick remains very solid. Flick ranks second among all CHL goaltenders with a 1.40 goals against average and a .941 save percentage. Vandespyker, the Sherwood CHL Goaltender of the Month for October, ranks fourth in the CHL with a 2.03 goals against average and a .936 save percentage. The Thunder will face the CHL's top netminder, Tyler Weiman of Colorado, this weekend.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE- Fans can get half price tickets to this weekend's games by bringing new, unwrapped toys, coats and food items to the Thunder office. All donations benefit Toys for Tots and Operation Holiday and both games are sponsored by A-OK Pawn Shops. Following this weekend's games, the Thunder will begin a six-game, two-week road trip on Sunday in Oklahoma City. The Thunder have started the season 4-0-0 on the road for the first time in franchise history.

THUNDERBOLTS- Rookie Derek Parker will return from his two-game suspension on Friday…Parker ranks second in the CHL with seven majors and is third overall with 79 penalty minutes…Wichita ranks fourth in the CHL on the power play, at 20.0%…The Thunder lead the CHL with a 1.89 goals against average…Only Wichita and Tulsa have yet to play an overtime/shootout game this season…The weekly Thunder TV Coach's Show will be taped tonight at 5:00 PM at BG Bolton's, 21st and Maize Road, with special guest Brad Patterson.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:

Friday, November 12- Oklahoma City 1 at Wichita 2 Win
Sunday, November 14- Topeka 4 at Wichita 2 Loss

THIS WEEK'S GAMES:

Friday, November 19- Colorado at Wichita 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 20- New Mexico at Wichita 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 21- Wichita at Oklahoma City 6:35 PM

PRACTICE SCHEDULE:

Tuesday-Friday Kansas Coliseum 10:00 AM


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