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Wichita Thunder

The Wichita Thunder move up two points in the standings with their 4-2 win over Quad City Mallards on Wednesday night, widening the gap between their 2nd place Central Division spot and the 3rd and 4th place teams. The Thunder dominated in the 1st and 2nd periods with four straight goals, but the Mallards regrouped and commanded throughout the 3rd, however it was just far too late for Quad City’s comeback.

The Thunder got off to a very fast start with a tipped in goal from Danick Gauthier at 1:13 into the 1st, with the assist from Eric Meland. Quad City had a couple of good chances, but the best, a shot by Jeff Lee off a goal post was waved off and play continued. Shots on goal for the 1st were 10-11 in Wichita’s favor.

At 8:03 into the 2nd Nikita Kashirsky was able to snap the puck past Evan Mosher, with assists from Kenton Miller and Dan Milan, to make it 2-0. The game sheet for Kashirsky’s goal incorrectly identifies the Thunder players on ice at the time as #4, #5, #6, #13, and #28, however it is clear that #7 Kirill Tulupov was on the ice at the time and is seen celebrating the goal with #5, #6, and #28.*

At 15:27 Todd Hosmer added his 15th goal of the season off the rush, assisted by Michael Trebish, and at 19:55 defenseman Kirill Tulupov scored with a long wrister for the Thunder’s coup de grâce on a powerplay to finish the 2nd up 4-0. Shots on goal for the 2nd were 12-14 Quad City.

Down 4-0 Quad City switched goaltenders starting the 3rd putting Parker Milner in net and the Mallards dominated offensively throughout the period, cutting Wichita’s lead in half with two goals from Joe Perry in under 3 minutes. But in the end it was too little, too late for the Mallards even with their overwhelming shots on goal 15 to 2 in the 3rd period.

Quad City’s Perry explained, “Once our backs were against the wall, we started playing with urgency and we showed what kind of team we can be want to win and we want to take it to another team. We’ve just got to work on coming out of the gates with that urgency.”

Even with Wichita’s lower shots on goal the team played a sound physical, defensive game, although at times the Thunder’s penalty box seemed to overflow, at one point with Granbois, Lizon, Trebish and Tulupov all sharing the box. Boron played very well in net last night and came away with the win, saving 38 of 40 shots.

Total shots on goal: 40-24 Quad City.

Wichita Thunder: 20-15-2-4 (46 points).

Per Team Time Goals
1st WIC 1:13 D. Gauthier (assist E. Meland)
2nd WIC 8:03 N. Kashirsky (assists K. Miller, D. Milan)
2nd WIC 15:27 T. Hosmer (assist M. Trebish)
2nd WIC 19:55 K. Tulupov (assists E. Meland, K. Miller) — PP
3rd QC 4:13 J. Perry (assist J. Lee) — PP
3rd QC 7:29 J. Perry (assists J. Lee, L. Nelson) — PP

Player Notes: The Wichita Thunder added forward Justin Bernhardt to the roster on Jan. 26th and released Kyle Gibbons.

* The Game Sheet should be corrected at some point.

The Wichita Thunder will return home on Friday for another matchup vs Quad City Mallards at 7:05 p.m.