Wheaton Loses Game One to NIU
Wheaton headed into this weekend coming off of a 2 game sweep against WIU, looking to bounce back with a win at home against conference rival Northern Illinois University. Unfortunately, they were unable to do that, falling by a score of 8-1. The Thunder were able to contain their first period woes that they’ve dealt with all season, as the first frame ended with Wheaton down only 2-0, well within striking difference. Unfortunately, the wheels came off in the second period, as the Thunder gave up 4 goals, and could only muster one goal for themselves, netted by defenseman Davis Melin. In the final period Wheaton surrendered two more goals, resulting in another disappointing loss. The score could have been much worse, however, had it not been for goalie Ted Townsend. He stood on his head for much of the game, having to stop 34 total shots on the game, many of which came off of excellent opportunities for the Huskies. The problem plaguing the Thunder tonight was an anemic offense. Wheaton could only muster 14 shots on the evening, and their lone goal came on one of four power play opportunities. Wheaton will travel to West Dundee on Saturday night, taking on NIU again. They will look to bounce back on both ends of the ice in order to come away with valuable points to make a chase for a playoff spot.