Thunder Drop Game One of Weekend
The Wheaton Thunder came into tonight with a record of 1 and 7, looking to gain some momentum from a 3 game home stand, and make a push to earn a playoff spot. Unfortunately, they came out with a slow start tonight against Western Illinois, and found themselves down 5-0 halfway through the second period. Moments before giving up the fifth goal, Wheaton caught an unfortunate break, coming in the form of a controversial shot being waived off. Senior Isaac Melin ripped a wrist shot from the top of the face off circle that went off the post. The puck appeared to ring up the post, slide along the cross bar, and briefly sneak into the net before circling back out. However, the referees explained to the Wheaton bench that from their angle it never crossed the goal line. By the time the Thunder realized the shot had been waived off, Western was able to bring the puck the other way, catch the Thunder players off guard, and bury the puck for the 5th time of the night. Wheaton turned their game around after this, but ultimately still fell short, dropping the first game of the weekend by a final score of 10-5. The Thunder now falls to 1 and 8, and will look to capitalize on the momentum they found in the second half of tonight’s game, on Saturday night at 8:00 PM, at the Center Ice of DuPage. Immediately following the second game of the weekend versus WIU there will be an alumni game, so stick around after the game and watch the current team play against former members of the Wheaton Hockey team!