Jeffrey Lutz' CHL Report from the Wichita Eagle


Offense sputters

Even though the Thunder’s recently completed six-game road trip that kept the team away from Wichita for two weeks featured elements of a good dream, coach Kevin McClelland called it a nightmare.

It’s difficult to argue with McClelland. The team’s bus broke down following the first game of the trip and the team similarly sputtered. The Thunder went 2-4, losing the final game of the trip against Rapid City that could have gotten them through it with an even record.

Instead, the formerly first-place Thunder returns home Friday as close to sixth place as it is to first. Allen leads second-place Wichita by six points, thanks mostly to a superior road record. Wichita hasn’t quite figured out consistency away from Intrust Bank Arena — the 2-4 trip dropped it to 8-9-2 on the road.

“Anytime you go on an extended road trip, if you come back and you say you’re .500, that’s not a bad road trip,” McClelland said. “We don’t want to settle for that here. We were on the south side of .500, so we know that we weren’t very happy moving forward here.”

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