The team schedule had the team leaving town at midnight for what is expected to be a challenging road trip. Some odds and ends:
- The Thunder is facing some challenges on the blueline. Tough guy Jason Goulet isn’t going to make the road trip, coach Kevin McClelland said Tuesday. Goulet is out with an undisclosed injury. Defenseman Kory Scoran is expected to play, but he is battling illness.
- The Thunder plays on Thursday at Odessa, which is in an uncharacteristic position: last place. McClelland is wary, though. “They’re a good hockey club,” he said. “Their record is no reflection of what kind of team they are. They’ve been having some bad luck. When that team breaks out, you don’t want to be the team they’re playing. They’re just a couple breaks and some good, fortunate bounces from getting where they should be.”
- On Friday, the Thunder plays at Allen (11-2). McClelland said Allen may be the best transition team in the CHL.