WICHITA, Kan. – Following a pair of disappointing losses, Wichita knew a solid performance was in order. But it would not take long for Dante Salituro and Mitch Maloney to help Allen pull away in Wichita’s 8-3 loss to Allen.
Just following the opening faceoff, Ryan Jasinsky would take a penalty for delay of game. The powerplay would prove valuable for Allen, when Salituro scored with 17 seconds left with the man advantage.
It only took 20 seconds for Allen to add another, as Maloney skated in unopposed and took an easy wrist shot, beating Stuart Skinner top shelf.
The Americans were in no mood to stop as they extended their lead once again at 3:39 in the first when Braylen Shmyr scored, sending Skinner to the bench after allowing three goals on three shots. Matt Hewitt replaced Skinner in net for the second time in three games.
Wichita continued their sloppy and undisciplined play as Jasinsky took a 10-minute misconduct penalty.
As the period drew on, the Thunder would have a 5-on-3 powerplay opportunity but could not covert as the last minute was cut short due to another Thunder penalty.
Riley Bourbonnais gave Allen a 4-0 lead directly after a powerplay ended assisted by Salituro.
A minute and a half later at 15:31 of the first, Maloney would add his second of the game, sending Hewitt back to the bench and Skinner back into the game.
The 5-0 scoreline would hold true to the end of the first period, Allen scoring five goals on seven shots, a 71.4% shot percentage.
As the teams returned to the ice, Wichita fans were quite loud, still willing their team on.
The cheers would not last long, though, as just 39 seconds in, P.C. Labrie would take a careless penalty for elbowing. Nine seconds into the powerplay, Allen struck again, this time from David Makowski.
Not long after the goal, Labrie was sent to the locker room early thanks to a game misconduct penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. On top of this, Labrie was issued four minutes for roughing, forcing a big penalty kill for Wichita.
The Wichita penalty killers were successful in the kill, helped by a two-minute penalty for Allen as well.
At 6:59 in the second, Allen would score again to lead 7-0 thanks to Chase Lang getting lucky on a powerplay opportunity. The initial shot was blocked but the puck skipped into the air, over Skinner’s back and into the net. Once again, Skinner was relieved of his duties, bringing Hewitt back onto the ice.
Allen would score one last time at 9:27 in the second, Zack Pochiro scoring on the powerplay. At this point ad dating back to last night, Allen had scored 12 unanswered goals on Wichita, nine on Skinner and three on Hewitt.
At 12:41 of the seconds, Wichita got their tally of the night thanks to Jesse Gabrielle and his eighth of the season.
The remainder of the second went by easily, with only a couple stoppages in play as Allen carried an 8-1 lead into the intermission.
As the teams returned to the ice, goaltender Kyle Hayton checked into the game for Allen.
Just over four minutes into the period, Jasinsky did enough to spark Curt Gogol, as they dropped the gloves and both left the ice for the night with “continuing altercation” misconduct penalties.
The fight sparked Wichita enough, as they added another goal at 7:59 of the third off a total rocket from Mark MacMillan.
Wichita would get one more, Dominic Zombo scoring his first of the season after a nice move in front of Hayton.
Finally, the clock hit zero and the Thunder’s losing streak hit eight.
Skinner would allow five goals on 12 shots and Hewitt allowed three on 13 attempts.
The Allen powerplay was an astounding 4-for-7 on the night while Wichita’s was 0-for-3. The teams would combine for 90 penalty minutes, Labrie and Jasinsky responsible for 59 of those minutes.
Salituro had three points (1G, 2A) and Maloney recorded two goals of his own.
Wichita stays put at fifth in the Mountain Division with 38 points, two behind Kansas City for fourth.
The Thunder (15-17-5-3) return to action Friday, January 18 at INTRUST Bank Arena for a key matchup with the Kansas City Mavericks (19-15-1-1). Matthew Harding and I will get you ready for action with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. on The Sin Bin app.
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