Goaltending Stones Wheaton
The Thunder dropped the first of two home games against SIU-E by a final score of 3-1. Wheaton started out a little sluggish, but got their feet under them about halfway through the first period, and were fortunate to head into the locker room down only 1-0, thanks to a solid period from Goalie Ted Townsend. The Wheaton offense ramped it up after the first period, generating 15 shots in the second and 19 in the third, but a solid performance by the Cougars’ goaltender, Ryan Bruce, was able to hold the Thunder to a lone goal, which came with less than two minutes to play. The power play, which had been a strength for Wheaton over the last few games, was flat tonight, and Bruce’s performance shut down the power play tonight, as the Thunder went 0-7 with the man advantage. With tonight’s loss Wheaton is effectively eliminated from the playoffs, but will look to finish the season out strong with their last game of the season tomorrow night, again skating against the Cougars. The game will be at Center Ice of DuPage, and puck drop will take place at 9:20 PM, with a ceremony to honor all of the graduating students on this year’s roster. Come cheer the Wheaton College hockey team on one more time, and help send the seniors out on a high note.