Monthly Archives: January 2017
Wheaton comes away from this weekend against Western Illinois with 4 points from 2 wins, increased momentum, and the team’s first win streak in several years, following tonight’s 10-2 drubbing of the visiting team.
As lopsided as the score was, it still doesn’t do justice for the offensive explosion the team had. Four different people scored for the Thunder; two goals for Zach Naylor, one for Spencer Healey, a hat trick apiece for Davis Melin and four goals by Blake Eitreim would round out the offensive production for Wheaton. Yet the true display of the Thunder’s success in this game is found in the shot totals. The home team had 62 shots on goal, limiting Western to 22 on target shots.
Wheaton will close out the regular season next week with another pair of home games against Lewis, where they will look to add to their points total and improve their seed for playoffs the following week.
Today’s 5:30 PM game against Western Illinois will take place at Carol Stream Ice Rink; not Center Ice of DuPage as previously stated. Our apologies for any inconveniences.
Wheaton started out the weekend with a 7-3 victory over Western Illinois. Goals from Davis Melin, Blake Eitreim, Spencer Healey, and Luke Grogger, along with four assists from Brant Goodrich, propelled the Thunder to their second win of the season in convincing fashion.
Melin opened the scoring just two minutes into the game, and scored again on a penalty shot at the 9:18 mark in the first period. Healey would add a third tally for the Thunder in the period, but Jay put one in for WIU with 1:12 left on the clock.
The Thunder offense exploded for four goals in the second, from Grogger, another from Healey, and two from Eitreim. The defense was lights out, shutting out Western and limiting them to just two shots on the period.
Wheaton would let off the gas slightly in the third, as they would yield two more goals before time expired, but they played strong enough to prevent any real comeback by the visitors. Wheaton will look to go back to back tomorrow afternoon, as they face off against Western Illinois again at 5:30 at Center Ice of DuPage.
The Thunder continue their season this weekend against Western Illinois University. The two MACHA teams have already played twice this season, with Western coming away with both wins. Both of them were close; game one being a 6-5 OT loss for Wheaton followed by a 3-1 loss the next day. Further, Western Illinois had the home ice advantage for both of those games. Wheaton will be home for both of these, and will look to the home crowd and new forwards Blake Eitreim and Julian Erb to give them an extra boost to come away with two more wins this weekend. Puck drop for Friday’s match up is scheduled for 8:40, and a free fan skate will follow the game.