Monthly Archives: January 2016

Slow Starts Plague Thunder Again

Wheaton played Robert Morris University for the second straight night at the Edge II Ice Arena.  Though the Thunder fought hard all game, they struggled with early period problems.  Wheaton found themselves on the short end of a 7-3 final score, with 5 of those 7 RMU goals coming within the first 5 and a half minutes of either the first or the second period.  Special teams also hurt Wheaton tonight, as the power play was 0-2 and the penalty kill went 0-1.  Wheaton had a bit of a short bench tonight due to injury, but their depth players stepped up and filled in for those who were out, as everyone on the visitor’s bench played with their hearts’ on their sleeves.  The Thunder will be back home next week for their final two games of the season against SIU-E.  There will be a free fan skate following Friday night’s game, and Wheaton will hold a ceremony before Saturday evening’s competition to honor the graduating seniors.  Come support the Thunder next weekend, Friday night at 8:40 and Saturday night at 9:20, and give the seniors one last home-ice advantage as the team looks to end the season on a high note.

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Thunder Struggle in the Second

Wheaton and RMU played a hard-fought game at the Edge II Ice Arena in Bensenville.  Wheaton jumped to an early lead from a Davis Melin goal, but an untimely penalty and a poor second period cost the Thunder that lead and then some, as Wheaton found themselves trailing 5-1 after the second period.  They were able to make up some ground in the third period, but ultimately fell short, finding themselves on the small end of a 7-4 final score.  There were certainly positives that the team was able to come away with, as they were able to post three goals in a period, and the power play went two for three on the night.  There was also a small, passionate, fan representation for the Thunder at RMU’s arena, which further shows that Wheaton by far has the best fans in the league.  Wheaton will play RMU again tonight in Bensenville, with puck drop coming at 8:30.  The Thunder will look to continue playing according to their successes in last night’s game, and come away with a W.

Away at RMU

This weekend, the Thunder head to Bensenville to take on Robert Morris University in a pair of games on the road.  Both games will be at the Edge Ice Arena; Friday night’s game will be at 9:00 and Saturday night’s puck drop will be 8:30.  Wheaton will be coming off of a hard week of practices, looking to bounce back from a pair of blow out losses against NIU last weekend.  The Thunder will then finish off their regular season with a pair of home games against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, including Senior Night on Saturday evening’s game to honor all of the graduating members of the team.  Come support Wheaton Hockey in their final two weeks of the season, either in Bensenville or at home at Center Ice of DuPage!

Thunder Suffer Another Tough Loss

Wheaton travelled to the Leafs Ice Centre to play the second part of a home and home series against NIU.  Coming off of a frustrating 8-1 home loss, the Thunder were unable to respond with a bounce-back performance, falling on the road by a score of 12-2.  Davis Melin netted two of the three Wheaton goals this weekend, and Isaac Melin had assists on both of the goals in this evening’s game.  Ted Townsend had another strong performance tonight, stopping 45 shots, again having many of them being excellent scoring opportunities for the Huskies.  The Wheaton Hockey team will be on the road again next week, playing a pair of games against rival RMU in Bensenville.  The Thunder will next be in action at home for their final weekend of games, on February 5th and 6th, against Southern Illinois University, the same team that they started the season against.