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.
Wheaton followed up the 11-2 blowout against Northern Illinois at home with a 7-3 loss on the road versus the Huskies. Although the score was more narrow than last night’s matchup, this game was more firmly in control by the home team than the scoreboard showed. The Thunder were outshot by the Huskies by a tally of 45-14. Sophomore Teddy Townsend, out in Friday night’s game due to injury, did his best in between the pipes to keep Wheaton in the game, but even his 38 saves weren’t enough to earn the goaltender’s team any points out of the matchup.
The one bright spot for Wheaton in an otherwise underwhelming performance was in transfer forward Blake Eitreim’s second game with the Thunder. All three goals for the visiting team were scored by the new forward, and all of them came unassisted. Going forward, the team will look to build upon the new talent they’ve acquired with the hard working lineup they already had in 2016.
Wheaton will next be in action on Friday night, at home, against Western Illinois University. The game will be at 8:40 PM, and will take place at Center Ice of DuPage.
Wheaton started out 2017 with an 11-2 drubbing at the hands of Northern Illinois. The Thunder started off the scoring off of a power play goal from Davis Melin with 4:37 left in the first, but NIU would even the score between time ticked off the clock for the first period. The Huskies would open the scoring in the second. Nathan Davis would level the board less than a minute later, but the second frame ended with the Thunder trailing 5-2, and six more unanswered goals in the third would bring the final tally to 11-2 in favor of the visiting squad.
The Thunder will be in action again tomorrow night against Northern Illinois again. Wheaton will look to repeat the strong start they had from this evening, but maintain that level of play for a full sixty minutes in tomorrow evening’s game.