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Some hockey penalties are actually justifiable — when a player is streaking down the ice toward your net with a clear breakaway opportunity, you do almost anything to stop him, even if it means a penalty. It is better to take a risk and try to kill a penalty than be down by a goal.

Other penalties are just … let’s call them idiotic for lack of a better word. Yes, standard rhetoric would have you believe that roughing and/or fighting lead to positives for your team. It’s said that it fires a team up, that it shows your opponents who’s in control, but there’s a huge problem with those scenarios, aside from the fact that stats do not support this. If it just involves one of your players, that’s possibly worth the risk, but if it involves a good number of your players, that’s where the idiotic portion of this comes into play, particularly when those players are out for significant periods of time, shortening the roster when they are needed the most.

Quad City and Wichita have a great rivalry and tend more often than not to play very physical games against each other, but last night was a truly forgettable game, at least for the Thunder and their fans. Wichita ended up giving Quad City four powerplay opportunities, stemming out of the Thunder’s 74 penalty minutes (18 infractions) and the Mallards scored on two of those, one being a 5-on-3 situation. Wichita had three powerplay opportunities from Quad City’s 62 penalty minutes (16 infractions) and was unable to capitalize on any of them.

Amid all the penalties, some decent hockey was actually played by both teams sporadically, with some great saves by both goaltenders, Wichita’s Tim Boron and Mallards’ Parker Milner. And if you were to give an edge to one team over the other in the 1st period, Wichita seemed to hold it but that swayed dramatically in the 2nd as an aggressive Quad City team scored on a powerplay and finished the period with two more goals.

The 3rd period was far more about the penalties than the five goals scored which was unfortunate as Wichita held the momentum until it all unraveled in a mess of penalties and misconducts. At 12:03 into the 3rd shots-on-goal were in Wichita’s favor 7-5, and while the score was 4-1 in Quad City’s favor, Wichita was gaining ground until an already physical game turned ridiculous.

Watching that 3rd period brought to mind Don Cherry’s 1979-80 Colorado Rockies (NHL) season which had the motto “Come to the fights and watch a Rockies game break out!” While the Rockies antics might have entertained some fans, the team only scraped together 51 points that season, tied for the worst in the league, and not surprisingly Cherry was sent packing. It didn’t work well for the Rockies and it certainly didn’t work well for the Thunder last night, as the game ended in a lopsided 6-2 victory for the Mallards, despite the fairly even shots-on-goal for the two teams.

Never forget that as long as there is time on the clock the momentum can reverse and turn in your favor at any second. Don’t waste that time sitting in the penalty box.

Wichita Thunder’s loss drops them to 3rd place in the Central Division with 48 points. The Tulsa Oilers lost to Rapid City last night, which keeps Tulsa in 3rd with 46 points, and Rapid City is now in 4th spot with 45 points.

PENALTIES
P T Player M Offense Time
1st V D. Milan 2.00 Slashing – minor (61.2) 6:29
1st V K. Miller 4.00 Double Minor – Roughing 6:29
1st H J. Christensen 2.00 Roughing – minor (51.2) 6:29
1st H A. Collins 4.00 Double Minor – Roughing 6:29
1st H M. Lamoureux 2.00 Roughing – minor (51.2) 6:29
1st V M. Trebish 2.00 Holding – minor (54.2) 10:09
1st H M. Lamoureux 2.00 Hooking – minor (55.2) 17:25
2nd V N. Kashirsky 2.00 Tripping – minor (57.2) 6:42
2nd H J. Fox 2.00 Slashing – minor (61.2) 11:12
3rd V J. Walker 2.00 Roughing – minor (51.2) 4:27
3rd V J. Walker 5.00 Fighting – Major (46.14) 4:27
3rd H A. Pusa 2.00 Roughing – minor (51.2) 4:27
3rd H A. Pusa 5.00 Fighting – Major (46.14) 4:27
3rd V M. Trebish 2.00 Slashing – minor (61.2) 6:51
3rd H A. Collins 2.00 Cross-Checking Minor (59.2) 6:51
3rd V T. Hosmer 2.00 Roughing – minor (51.2) 12:03
3rd V E. Lizon 2.00 Roughing – minor (51.2) 12:03
3rd V E. Lizon 10.00 Misconduct – Continuing Altercation (46.5) 12:03
3rd V M. MacIntyre 2.00 Roughing – minor (51.2) 12:03
3rd H J. Lee 2.00 Roughing – minor (51.2) 12:03
3rd H J. Lee 10.00 Misconduct – Continuing Altercation (46.5) 12:03
3rd H A. Pusa 2.00 Roughing – minor (51.2) 12:03
3rd V R. Flath 10.00 Misconduct – Continuing Altercation (46.5) 12:26
3rd H J. Fox 10.00 Misconduct – Continuing Altercation (46.5) 12:26
3rd V D. Milan 5.00 Fighting – Major (46.14) 13:09
3rd V D. Milan 10.00 Misconduct – Continuing Altercation (46.5) 13:09
3rd V M. Trebish 4.00 Double Minor – Roughing 13:09
3rd V M. Trebish 10.00 Misconduct – Continuing Altercation (46.5) 13:09
3rd H A. Collins 5.00 Fighting – Major (46.14) 13:09
3rd H A. Collins 10.00 Misconduct – Continuing Altercation (46.5) 13:09
3rd H M. Lamoureux 2.00 Roughing – minor (51.2) 13:09
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