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Faceoff Wichita at Allen Game

The Wichita Thunder continued their impressive recent winning streak beating the Allen Americans, the top ranked Central Division team, 2-1 in overtime. This is a huge boost of confidence for the team who had struggled greatly on their roadtrip to Brampton and Elmira, and even after their return. The last three games the Thunder have looked very good, moving the puck well, playing defensively and their man-on-man coverage is finally beginning to click for the team and payoff.

Last night the Thunder got off to a very quick start with a goal from Ian Lowe (assists from I. Duval and K. Miller) at 46 seconds into the 1st. Allen led in shots on goal in the 1st with 9 to Wichita’s 5.

Allen’s Chad Costello put the Americans on the board to tie the game just after the midway point in the 2nd with a goal at 12:24 (with assists from J. Combs and I. Schultz). Shots on goal for the 2nd were 12-10 in favor of Allen.

The Allen Americans have the top Penalty Killing stats in the entire ECHL currently at 89.4%, and they certainly proved it last night. In the third period Wichita was unable to capitalize on a 5-minute cross-checking major penalty by Jessey Astles on Jared Walker (as well as a 10-minute game misconduct) which later turned into a 5-on-3 after another Allen 2-minute slashing penalty by Kevin Young.  Wichita outshot the Americans 9 to 6, but neither team could break the tie pushing the game into overtime.

At 51 seconds into overtime, Kenton Miller scored with a backhander to win the game for the Wichita Thunder. The Thunder had the only shots on goal in overtime with 3.

Tim Boron saved 26 of 27 shots and celebrated his 3rd victory in a row. Allen’s Aaron Dell saved 25 of 27. Both teams ended the game with 27 shots on goal.

Period Team Time Goals
1st WIC 0:46 I. Lowe (assists I. Duval, K. Miller)
2nd ALN 12:24 C. Costello (assists J. Combs, I. Schultz)
OT WIC 0:51 K. Miller (assists E. Meland, T. Peckham)

Next Game: The Rapid City Rush visit Wichita on Sunday afternoon at 5:05 p.m.