Wichita Junior Thunder
March 24th, 2015
Junior Thunder Set to Play Wichita Thunder Alumni on April 11th at Intrust Bank Arena.
The Junior Thunder will once again play an exhibition game versus the Wichiat Thunder Alumni, starting at 5:00pm on April 11th. This will be the third year the Alumni will take on the Junior Thunder with last years victory going to the younger more energetic Junior Thunder. Former Thunder players expected to be in the line up are Scott Rozendal, Ryan McLean, Joe Blaznek, Thomas Migdal, Mark Bourgeios, Todd Newton, Sean O'reilly, Kevin St. Pierre, Steve Magnusson as well as a number of players from the 1994-95 Championship Team, including team captain Greg Neish, Rob Weingartner, Gregg Smith, Tom Roulston, Bobby Desjardins and Bryan Wells.
Playing for the Junior Thunder will be Jack & Matt McClelland, Tyler & Jake Larson, Jet Bell, Zac Boyle, Peter Cicmanec, Dylan McDonald, Brock Steffen, Austin Barr, Trevor Mitchell, Ian Riley, Parker Vanderhoofen and John Crusinberry
During the Wichita Thunder vs Allen Americans ECHL game, the Junior Thunder will be holding a Silent Auction for their game worn Jerseys for the 2014-15 season.
March 9th, 2015
Dallas Snipers experience was too much for Jr. Thunder as they sweep series
The Junior Thunder came out strong in both games down in Plano, Texas only to see their lead erased by a play-off ready Dallas Sniper team. Dallas, full of 20 year olds and haven played in the play-offs last season were full of energy and determination to overtake the Thunder. Trent Williams was the dominant force for the Snipers recording 2 goals and 2 assists in the first game that the Snipers won by the score of 8-3. Sander Berg was solid in goal for Dallas turning away 3 early chances by the Thunder which could have made a big difference in the game. Joel gellvear started out the scoring on a nice wrsit shot from the top of the circle but it was all catch up after that. Patrik Janac finished with 1 goal and 2 assists to lead the Thunder in scoring.
The second game, the Junior Thunder came out strong on a big effort from Ivan Brvenik who had 1 goal and two assists in the first 20 minutes of play. That lead was quickly eliminated in the second period as the Dallas Snipers went on to score 5 unanswered goals in the second period en route to a 7-3 final.
Patrik Janac and Joel Gellvear finished the play-offs with 2 goals and 2 assists each and Ivan Brvenik had 1 goal and 2 asists. Jet Bell and Peter Cicmanec had 1 goal each and Cicmanec, the Thunder's leading scorer was suspended for game 2 due to a slashing penalty he took late in game 1.
March 2nd, 2015
Dallas Snipers downs Wichita Jr. Thunder in overtime, 6-5 (OT)
Erik Svensson gave Dallas Snipers a 6-5 (OT) victory over Wichita Jr. Thunder when he scored 43 seconds into the extra period.
Carl Sandsten had two goals and one assist to lead Dallas Snipers. Sandsten scored the first of his two goals at 9:07 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Dallas Snipers. Svensson picked up the assist. Sandsten's next tally made the score 4-4 with 28 seconds left in the second period. Svensson provided the assist.
Penalties took their toll on Dallas Snipers, as its penalty kill unit let in two power play goals.
Dallas Snipers additionally got points from Svensson, who also registered one goal and two assists and Pavol Kotzman, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Peter Kutlak also scored for Dallas Snipers. In addition, Dallas Snipers received assists from Dusan Olsa, who had two and Justin Becton, Jean Cobo, Alexander Yunanov, Nikkita Perviakov, and Cameron Neufeld, who each chipped in one.
Wichita Jr. Thunder's offense rang up 38 shots on Dallas Snipers' net.
Wichita Jr. Thunder was led by Patrik Janac, who grabbed one goal and two assists. Janac scored 1:19 into the third period to make the score 5-4 Wichita Jr. Thunder. Jack McClelland picked up the assist. Wichita Jr. Thunder also got points from Joel Gellvear, who also had one goal and one assist and McClelland, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Wichita Jr. Thunder included Zach Balodis and Jet Bell, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Wichita Jr. Thunder were Tom Lindstrom, who had two and Tyler Larson, Peter Cicmanec, and Ivan Brvenik, who contributed one each.
Dallas Snipers' Sander Berg stopped 33 shots out of the 38 that he faced. Dallas Snipers incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors. Jake Larson made 23 saves for Wichita Jr. Thunder on 29 shots. Wichita Jr. Thunder incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.
February 23rd 2015
Wichita Jr. Thunder had a five-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 9-0 win over Tulsa Jr. Oilers.
Wichita Jr. Thunder got the win thanks to a great game by Jet Bell, who had two goals and two assists. Bell scored the first of his two goals at 2:58 into the third period to make the score 6-0 Wichita Jr. Thunder. Tyler Larson picked up the assist. Bell's next tally made the score 9-0 Wichita Jr. Thunder with 4:58 left in the third period. Joel Gellvear provided the assist.
Wichita Jr. Thunder put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Tulsa Jr. Oilers to score on any of its four power plays. Wichita Jr. Thunder forced Tulsa Jr. Oilers goalie Teke Murphy to work between the pipes, taking 64 shots. Wichita Jr. Thunder bested its season scoring average. Wichita Jr. Thunder averages 4.0 goals per game.
Wichita Jr. Thunder also got points from Gellvear, who also had one goal and two assists and Patrik Janac, who also racked up one goal and two assists.
Wichita Jr. Thunder also had goals scored by Peter Ivicic, who had two and Dylan McDonald, Artis Mucenieks, and Jack McClelland, who each put in one. In addition, Wichita Jr. Thunder received assists from John Pierce, who had two, Peter Cicmanec, who had three, and Austin Barr, Max McClelland, Zach Balodis, and Joel Johnson, who contributed one each.
Tulsa Jr. Oilers' offense operated below its season average. Tulsa Jr. Oilers averages 2.3 goals per game. Tulsa Jr. Oilers struggled on the penalty kill, allowing Wichita Jr. Thunder to score three power play goals on five chances.
Cooper Blaine rejected 18 shots on goal for Wichita Jr. Thunder. Wichita Jr. Thunder incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Teke Murphy made 55 saves for Tulsa Jr. Oilers on 64 shots. Tulsa Jr. Oilers incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.
February 21st 2015
Peter Cicmanec netted a hat trick to lead Wichita Jr. Thunder over Tulsa Jr. Oilers, 16-2.
Cicmanec's first goal came 9:26 into the second period. He then added goals at 19:25 into the second and at 1:46 into the third.
Wichita Jr. Thunder forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and three majors for 29 minutes in penalty time. Wichita Jr. Thunder surpassed its season average of 20.0 penalty minutes per game. Wichita Jr. Thunder put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Tulsa Jr. Oilers to score on any of its four power plays. Wichita Jr. Thunder's offense rang up 49 shots on Tulsa Jr. Oilers' net. Wichita Jr. Thunder's goal total was higher than its season average. Wichita Jr. Thunder averages 3.8 goals per game. Wichita Jr. Thunder's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in three goals.
Wichita Jr. Thunder also got points from Patrik Janac, who also tallied one goal and two assists, Artis Mucenieks, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Joel Johnson, who also had one goal and two assists, Ivan Brvenik, who also registered two goals and four assists, and Matt McClelland, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Wichita Jr. Thunder also had goals scored by Jet Bell, who had three, Tom Lindstrom, who had two, and Austin Barr and Kris Tountas, who each put in one. More assists for Wichita Jr. Thunder came via Tyler Larson, who had three, Matej Porzer, Joel Gellvear, Peter Ivicic, Chance Aquino, and Jake Larson, who contributed one each, and John Pierce, Zach Balodis, and Jack McClelland, who each chipped in two.
Tulsa Jr. Oilers was often in penalty trouble, totaling four minors and four majors for 38 minutes in penalty time. Tulsa Jr. Oilers had been averaging 18.0 minutes in penalties per game. Tulsa Jr. Oilers struggled on the penalty kill, allowing Wichita Jr. Thunder to score three power play goals on three chances.
Tulsa Jr. Oilers was helped by Branden Reimann, who grabbed one goal. Reimann scored 10:37 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Tulsa Jr. Oilers also got a goal from Casey Neel as well. In addition, Tulsa Jr. Oilers received assists from Leonid Anikin and Andrew Wyrrick, who contributed one each.
Wichita Jr. Thunder's Larson stopped 19 shots out of the 21 that he faced. Richard Albrecht recorded 33 saves for Tulsa Jr. Oilers.
February 16th 2015
Springfield Express had a four-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-2 win over Wichita Jr. Thunder.
Wichita Jr. Thunder's power play was ineffective against Springfield Express' penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
Springfield Express forced Wichita Jr. Thunder's goalies to work in net, launching 54 shots and forcing 47 saves. Jake Larson made 33 stops and Cooper Blaine made 14. Springfield Express outdid its season average for goals scored. Springfield Express averages 3.8 goals per game.
Springfield Express was helped by Linus Dahlberg, who had one goal and two assists. Dahlberg scored on the power play 5:08 into the second period to make the score 4-1 Springfield Express. Springfield Express earned a power play opportunity when John Pierce was put in the box for high sticking. Derek Smith provided the assist. Springfield Express additionally got points from Eric Hewitt, who also finished with one goal and one assist, Diego Bartlett, who also registered one goal and one assist, Vito DeVito, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Josh Cook, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Springfield Express also had goals scored by Austin Purdy and Alexander Lobachev, who each put in one. More assists for Springfield Express came via Seth Ensor, who had three and Per Eriksson, Mike Heverly, Tobias Sjolund, and Collin Young, who each chipped in one.
Springfield Express was unable to stop Wichita Jr. Thunder from sending pucks towards the net, and Wichita Jr. Thunder eventually piled up 47 shots on goal. Wichita Jr. Thunder could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 22 minutes in penalties during the game.
Wichita Jr. Thunder was led by Peter Cicmanec, who had one goal. Cicmanec scored on the power play 3:14 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Springfield Express. A high sticking penalty on Hewitt had put Wichita Jr. Thunder on the power play. Jack McClelland picked up the assist. Joel Johnson also scored for Wichita Jr. Thunder. In addition, Wichita Jr. Thunder received assists from Peter Ivicic, Artis Mucenieks, and Zach Balodis, who contributed one each.
Springfield Express' Bobby Dugan stopped 45 shots out of the 47 that he faced. Springfield Express incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with 10 minors.
February 2nd 2015
Wichita Jr. Thunder (13-23-1, 5th in Midwest Division) @ Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers (27-7-0, 2nd in Midwest Division)
Three-game series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Just a few miles down the road, the second-place Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers picked up a weekend sweep of the Wichita Jr. Thunder.
Wichita actually held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play in the opener but the Jr. Blazers scored the finale three goals in a 4-2 win.
Colton Nelson and Kole Hudson each had a pair of points for OKC and Jakub Krejci stopped 27 of 29 in net.
Matej Varchola faced 35 shots in the Wichita crease and stopped 31 in the loss.
It was all OKC the next night, as leading scorer Matt Levene notched a hat trick and Krejci stopped all 33 shots he faced in net, in an 8-0 Jr. Blazers win.
Matthew Audette and Kirill Romanov also had three points each for OKC and Victor Ekk added two.
Jake Larson stopped 31 of 39 in the Wichita crease.
The finale was much tighter but as they’ve done so often this season, the Jr. Blazers found a way to pull it out, finishing the sweep with a 5-3 win.
Four skaters, including Audette, had two points for OKC and Braden Lajoie stopped 36 of 39 in net.
Zach Balodis led Wichita with two points and Larson stopped 26 of 31 in net.
January 27th 2015
Wichita Jr. Thunder (13-20-1, 5th in Midwest Division) @ Tulsa Jr. Oilers (7-23-1, 6th in Midwest Division)
Three-game series in Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Wichita Jr. Thunder continue to look more and more like a contender and have now earned at least one point in nine of their last 10 outings, after sweeping the Tulsa Jr. Oilers on the road over the weekend.
A Sam Mancini goal at 3:45 of the opening period got Tulsa out to an early lead on Friday night but the Jr. Thunder came back with six straight en route to a 6-3 victory.
Zach Balodis led the way with three helpers, while both Peter Cicmanec and Joel Gellvear notched a pair of points in the win.
Jake Larson stopped 23 of 26 in the Wichita crease and Colter Pritchard was pulled after allowing four goals for Tulsa.
The two teams were knotted at two early in the second period the next night but that was before Wichita erupted for nine straight goals in an 11-2 victory.
10 different Jr. Thunder skaters recorded multiple points in the win, led by Joel Gellvear and his five.
Jake Larson turned aside 28 of the 30 shots he faced to earn the win in net, while Tyler Jansen was pulled from the Tulsa crease after allowing seven goals.
Things were much closer in the finale and the Jr. Oilers jumped out to the early lead for the third straight game.
Wichita would tally four straight however and hold off a late Tulsa comeback bid in a 4-3 win.
Cicmanec notched three points in the win, while Balodis, Gellvear and Jack McClelland each had two for Wichita.
Sam Mancini once again led Tulsa with two goals in the loss.
Matej Varchola stopped 18 of 21 in the Wichita crease and Teke Murphy did well to stop 37 of 41, despite taking the loss for Tulsa.
December 22nd 2014
The Wichita Junior Thunder finished the Western States Shootout with a record of 3 and 1, beating Lake Tahoe, Seattle Totems and the San Diego Gulls while falling one goal short to the Whitefish Wolverines in the final game. The games proved to be a positive step in the right direction for the 3rd year program.
Game one was an exciting game ending on a goal by Joel Gellvear while playing 3 on 3, assisted by Peter Ivicic and Tom Lindstrom. Patrik Janac started off the scoring banking the puck off the inside post on assists from Tom Simpson and Chance Aquino. Goal two came off the stick of Peter Cicmanec on a beautiful assist from Ivan Brvenik, Zach Balodis also assisting. Jake Larson was in goal for his 5th win of the season.
Game two was just as close versus the Seattle Totems as the Junior Thunder that outshot the Totems 40 to 17 only managed a 2 to 1 victory. The game winning goal scored by Zach Balodis on the power play assisted by Jet Bell and Jack McClelland. Jack McClelland had the first goal of the game on assists from Jet Bell and Joel Gellvear. Matej Varchola was in goal only allowing 1 goal against for his 3rd win of the season.
Game three was all Junior Thunder as Matt McClelland scored two goals while celebrating his 17th birthday, helping the Thunder to a 5-1 victory over the San Diego Gulls. Ivan Brvenik got the scoring started on the power play on a blistering slapshot off the left circle on pass from Peter Cicmanec and Patrik Janac. Cooper Blaine was in net for the Thunder winning his first game this season on a brilliant performance making early saves to get the team going. Jet Bell and Zach Balodis also registered goals while 8 different Thunder players had assists.
The final game was a penalty filled game for the Junior Thunder, allowing 3 goals on 10 opportunities for the Whitefish Wolverines. Although the Thunder battled through some tough calls, they fell short by the core of 4 to 3. The three goals were scored by Kris Tountas, Peter Cicmanec and Jet Bell respectively. Jake Larson took the loss, facing 30 shots through the shortened 50 minute games played at the showcase.