The Thunder travelled to Peoria this weekend for a pair of games against conference rival, Western Illinois University.
Friday night’s game saw the Thunder overcome two three-goal deficits, including a third period that saw three Wheaton goals, which would tie the game and force overtime. The overtime brought the Thunder’s point streak to three games, but they would not be able to get the second point as Western Illinois would score in the shortened period to finish off the game. The Thunder were largely the better team on the evening, outshooting the Rockies 42-35, but costly mistakes and penalties allowed Western to walk away with the overtime victory. Western Illinois went two for four on their power play opportunities, and their game-winning goal was scored just moments after their final opportunity expired.
Saturday evening’s contest would go scoreless until the third period, where Wheaton forward Spencer Healey would break the tie early in the third. That would be the only Thunder goal on the day, however, and three unanswered goals by Western Illinois would bury Wheaton’s hopes of a weekend split.
This weekend’s pair of games were the last of 2016. They will have roughly six weeks off until their next games on January 20th and 21st, a home and home split series against Western Illinois University. The game on the 20th will be at home for the Thunder, and will take place at Center Ice of DuPage at 8:40 PM.
The Wheaton Hockey team went into Bensenville on Saturday for game two of the weekend series against RMU-Black. Wheaton was able to jump off to a lead in the first, off of Graduate Student Julian Erb’s first goal in only his second game. However, that lead would disappear in the second, where a big period for the Eagles’ offense would yield 11 shots and 2 goals. The Thunder would tie the game in the third when freshman Levi Schultz buried a rebound off a point shot from Brant Goodrich, but after a scoreless overtime period, Wheaton would fall short in the shootout, and lost the game by a score of 3-2. Although the loss was a disappointing cap to the weekend, it was still a productive trip to Bensenville, as the Thunder were able to pick up 3 points on the road; 2 points for Friday night’s 2-0 victory and 1 point for Saturday night’s shootout loss. Wheaton will have a couple of weeks to rest and recover before traveling to Peoria to take on Western Illinois on December 2nd and December 3rd.
The Wheaton Thunder hockey team went on the road against conference rival Robert Morris University-Black, and came away with the team’s first win in three seasons by the score of 2-0. An all-around team effort saw the Thunder outplay the Eagles, outshooting the home team by a tally of 46-19. The score could have been even more lopsided, had it not been for the phenomenal play of RMU goalie Zack Weier, who made 44 saves on 46 shots, including stopping all 27 shots he faced in the second period alone. On the other end of the ice, however, Wheaton goalie Ted Townsend was equal to the task, making 19 saves and posting his first shut out as a member of the Thunder. The Thunder goals were scored by assistant captain Davis Melin, who lit the lamp less than a minute and a half into the game, and second-year graduate student Spencer Healy, who continues to make his presence known in his first season. The Thunder will be right back in action again on Saturday night, in Bensenville against RMU. Puck drop will be at 7:50 PM.
The Thunder will travel to Bensenville this weekend to take on Robert Morris University on Friday and Saturday nights, at the Edge II Ice Arena. Both teams will be looking for their first wins of the season against a conference rival, but the Thunder will be building off of the momentum they gained in a well played game against Lewis on Saturday, November 12th; the last time they were in action. The games will take place at the Edge II Ice Arena (not to be confused with the Edge Ice Arena, which is in the same area) at 8:50 and 7:50, respectively. Come make a small road trip to support the Thunder hockey team as they take on a conference rival this weekend!