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Ian Lowe at March 20, 2015 game (Photo Courtesy of Ed Bailiey. All Rights Reserved.)

Great games should never be decided in a shootout, ever, and last night’s game in Wichita was no different as they faced their season long nemesis the Tulsa Oilers. In a fast-paced match Wichita played yet another very smart hockey game that pushed the Oilers beyond their comfort zone through overtime tied at 1-1. However Tulsa’s goaltender Kevin Carr kept Wichita out of the net in the shootout, giving Tulsa the win at 2-1.

Coach McClelland told the Wichita Eagle, “[Playoff games have] probably a little more intensity. Another close one, we just couldn’t bury our chances. We had some chances, that goalie had just had our number all year.”

Wichita’s past two games have been some of the best this season — the Thunder controlled the play and tempo of the game, and most importantly they maintained great puck possession which can once again be seen in the team’s shots on goal figures for both games. Overall the Wichita Thunder outshot the Oilers 43 to 31 last night, however despite some great opportunities Wichita was unable to beat Carr.

While this game sadly didn’t count toward gaining a playoff spot, it did provide some great hockey for the 5,505 fans in Wichita last night. There was some physical play between the two teams late in the game however for the most part it played out like a great NHL playoff game — serious hockey, with no goonery through to the end. And to be honest, that is what it takes to win in the higher leagues. This is not the old CHL folks. To win in the ECHL you have to play fast, smart hockey.

Period Team Time Goals
2nd WIC 8:41 I. Lowe (assists T. Hosmer, M. Wilson) – PP
2nd TUL 11:11 D. Pszenyczny (assists A. Pleskach, S. Macaulay)

Wichita will face the Allen Americans to end their season tonight in Wichita. Be there!

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