The Wheaton Thunder hockey team is coming off of a tough weekend of games against conference rival, Western Illinois University at the Owens Center in Peoria, IL. The final score from Friday’s 6:45 game was 11-3. Wheaton then played the next day at 3:00, with the final score of that game being 11-4. The first two periods of Saturday’s game were disheartening, as both teams headed into the locker room with a score of 10-1. However, Wheaton had a gut-check in the 2nd intermission, and came out with a statement in the 3rd period, outscoring WIU 3-1 on the period. The Thunder are off for a few weeks, not playing their next games until the weekend of December 4th, when they will split a home and home series with Lewis. Friday the 4th’s game will be played at Center Ice of DuPage at 8:40 PM, immediately followed by a free fan skate.
Wheaton finished off their home opening weekend against Robert Morris University with a disappointing 8-4 loss. After a scoreless first period, the Thunder opened up the scoring, and later grabbed a 2-1 lead. Robert Morris found an equalizer late in the period, and both teams headed into the locker rooms with a 2-2 tie. RMU got out to a quick start in the third, grabbing two early goals, before a very back and forth period ultimately ended with Wheaton unable to make back the ground they had lost. Wheaton will regroup at practice this week, and look to bounce back next week at Western Illinois University.
The Thunder had their first home game of the 2015-2016 season against division rival Robert Morris University, losing by a score of 9-4. However, there were positives to take away from the game, as Wheaton was only trailing 3-2 going into the third period, outscored RMU 1-0 in the second period, and the offense exploded for 4 goals and 30 shots on goal. They will look to get back to a .500 winning record against RMU once again tonight, at 9:20 at Center Ice of DuPage.
The Thunder hockey team opened up their season this past weekend, splitting a pair of games with the home team, Southern Illinois University-Edwards. Wheaton won by forfeit on Friday after a long drive down to Southern Illinois, as a miscommunication caused the refs to not show up. The next day, after breakfast and some time spent doing work, resting, or exploring the city of St. Louis, Wheaton again arrived at the rink, and this time played a determined effort, unfortunately ending up on the short end of a 7-0 score. The Thunder will look to bounce back next weekend, as they take on Robert Morris University in their home opener Friday and Saturday night, 8:40 and 9:20 PM respectively, at Center Ice of DuPage.