Thunder Road Trip Back Track


Thunder gets back on the right track


By Jeffrey Lutz
The Wichita Eagle

The Thunder will spend much of the next two weeks on a bus. Not the best news considering recent events.

The transportation for the Central Hockey League’s second-place team suffered an unspecified malfunction after a game Wednesday night against Quad City. The bus and the Thunder spent a little extra time outside Moline, Ill. — enough for the players to extend their sleeping schedule before arriving in Independence, Mo., for Friday night’s game against the Mavericks.

That wasn’t the only way the six-game, four-city road trip got off to a halting start. Wichita lost the opener of the trip to Fort Worth, the night after coach Kevin McClelland gave an enthusiastic speech to ensure the team was ready for the extended time away from home.

The Thunder righted itself Wednesday, beating Quad City and avenging a loss from the night of McClelland’s impassioned sermon.

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