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Thunder playing for first place

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at 12:09 a.m.

Rapid City at Thunder

When: 7:05 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Intrust Bank Arena

Records: Rapid City 19-17-5, Wichita 25-14-3

Radio: KKLE, 1550-AM

The Wichita Thunder’s weekend scoring onslaught — seven goals each in two victories over the Denver Cutthroats — has created more interesting numbers than just shots into the net.

A four-game winning streak by the Thunder, at the same time that the Central Hockey League-leading Allen Americans have hit a cold spell, has put Wichita in the position of being able to reach the top of the standings after Tuesday night’s home game against the Rapid City Rush.

The Thunder has 53 points, two behind an Allen team that has lost three straight and 6 of 7 heading into Tuesday’s game against Fort Worth.

Wichita, meanwhile, will try to keep up the scoring pace after its best two-game stretch of the season. The Thunder’s 14 goals against Denver — 7-0 and 7-1 victories at Intrust Bank Arena — have been topped only in the team’s second game of the season, an 8-2 victory over Tulsa.

Throw in five goals in a victory at Tulsa on Jan. 20 and the Thunder’s three-game, 19-goal onslaught hasn’t been topped by the team since October 1997. That year, a 16-1 punishing of Fort Worth began a string of 25 goals over three games.

Forward Matt Robinson was named CHL player of the week after a Saturday goal and five points and his third career hat trick on Sunday.

After Tuesday, the Thunder plays one game over a nine-day period, Saturday at Tulsa. Wichita’s next home games are Feb. 8 and 9 against Tulsa and Allen at Intrust Bank Arena.

Former Wichita State outfielder Andy Dirks, now with the Detroit Tigers, will drop the ceremonial first puck.

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