CINCINNATI, OH – Heading into Wednesday night’s contest on the banks of the Ohio River, the Wichita Thunder were on a skid that spanned 13 games, 32 days, and caused a whole lot of angst for Thunder management and it’s fanbase.
Luckily, the Cincinnati Cyclones were there to play the role of “slump buster” Wednesday night at US Bank Arena.
Blake Tatchell recorded three points and Matt DeBlouw had a goal and an assist to help Wichita claim a 5-1 victory over Cincinnati on Wednesday night at US Bank Arena.
It didn’t take long for the Thunder to grab a 1-0 lead as Ian Lowe fired a shot off a face-off past Michael Houser just 36 seconds into the game. Shane Walsh tied it at one with four minutes left as he came up the left wing and snapped a shot past Scott Greenham.
DeBlouw helped re-gained the lead for the Thunder as he cut across the crease and beat Houser with a backhand to make it 2-1. His goal came just 12 seconds into the second period. At the nine-minute mark, Tatchell increased the lead to 3-1 as a shot from Alexis Vanier hit off Friedmann near the left post, came across all the way to the right face-off dot and he one-timed it home.
In the third, Tatchell added his second of the game at 7:33 as he came up the right wing and beat Houser with a backhand to make it 4-1. Ryan Tesink added an empty-net goal with just over a minute remaining to make it 5-1.
Lowe tallied his sixth of the season and needs one more point to tie Mark Karpen for fifth place all-time in a Thunder uniform with 203 points. Tatchell netted his third multi-point outing in his last five games (2g, 1a). Greenham earned his ninth win of the season, stopping 19 of 20 shots. Houser took the loss, stopping 18 of 23 shots he faced.
With the win, head coach Malcolm Cameron moves alone into sixth place all-time in ECHL history with 333 wins.
The 13-game losing streak was the longest the team had endured since the CHL-record 22-game slide back in the 2009-10 season, when the team went 60 days without a win.
The same two teams will wrap up their season series on Friday night at 7:30 pm ET.