Thunder re-sign Lowe, Rollheiser, add Baptista

Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder announced that the team has come to terms with forward Ian Lowe,
goaltender Grant Rollheiser and forward Mason Baptista for the 2015-16 season.

Lowe, 28, returns for his fourth year with Wichita and his fifth as a pro. A native of Bradwardine, Manitoba, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound winger assumed the captain duties in early January. He had his second-best statistical season of his career last year, notching 58 points (20g-38a) and was tied for fifth in the ECHL for power play goals (11). Prior to turning pro, Lowe spent a four-year career at Bemidji State University where he ranks 11th on the school’s all-time Division I scoring list.

Rollheiser, 26, returns to Wichita for his third stint after being acquired in a trade last March from the Brampton Beast. A native of Chilliwack, British Columbia, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound netminder appeared in 13 of the last 18 games, posting a 2.63 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. Entering his fourth professional season, Rollheiser was drafted in the sixth round (158th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. From there, he attended Boston University for four seasons from 2008-12 and won a National Championship in 2008-09.

Baptista, 25, got a taste of pro hockey last season when he signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Quad City Mallards. A native of North York, Ontario, the 6-foot, 198-pound forward attended St. Norbert College before playing in four games with the Mallards. Last season, he led the Green Knights in points (34) and assists (26) and was named a Second Team All American and All-Conference Player. During his four-year career at St. Norbert, he collected two National Championships to go along with 104 points (29g-75a) in 117 games.