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Thunder offense perks up

  • Eagle correspondent
  • Published Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at 10:44 p.m.

Quad City at Wings

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Intrust Bank Arena

Records: QC 5-4-3, Wichita 8-5-2

Radio: KKLE, 1550-AM, KWME, 92.7-FM

Thunder coach Kevin McClelland has continued to promise change.

A recent slump that saw the team lose three out of four games, combined with McClelland’s push to make the team better, gave many reason to believe that roster changes were in the works.

Wednesday’s 5-1 win over Bloomington also gives fans a reason to have faith in the pieces already in place.

The Thunder’s main struggle has been on offense. But against Bloomington the team exploded for five goals, the fifth time this season it has reached the five-goal mark.

“It’s huge for us,” Thunder forward Les Reaney said. “Last week we struggled a little bit just getting the pucks in low, not getting very many shots on net. (Wednesday) we had 18 shots in the first period.”

Reaney entered Wednesday’s contest with two goals on the season, then scored two that night. Erick Lizon and Travis Wright also got their first points of the season, assisting on Reaney’s third-period goal.

“Guys competing and working, playing the right side of the puck,” McClelland said of his team’s performance on Wednesday. “We are obviously happy but it’s over and done with. Now we’ve got to go on and look forward to the weekend.”

Next for the Thunder is a date with Quad City on Friday.

This will be the third meeting between the teams this year. Quad City won both games, the first on Oct. 28 in a shootout, the second 3-1 on Nov. 16.

Notes — Thunder forward R.G. Flath is eight goals shy of 100 for his career and one assist shy of that same mark.He has five goals on the season.… The Thunder has not given up a power play goal in four contests, killing off 14 straight.

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