WICHITA, KS – Just hours after getting off the bus from Quad City, the Wichita Thunder continued their hectic four-game-in-five day stretch with a rematch against the Quad City Mallards.
The Mallards jumped out to an early 5-0 shot advantage in the opening period, but from there it was all Wichita, as they outshot the Mallards 10-3 in the final 14 minutes of the opening period. Travis Ewanyk got the scoring going when he potted a very sharp-angle shot from the goal line to get Wichita a 1-0 lead. Minutes later, Travis Brown scored his first when he fired a one-timer from just inside the blueline and that doubled Wichita’s lead to 2-0. Brown would strike again three minutes later on the power-play to extend the lead to 3-0.
Sam Warning would clip the Thunder lead to two off a nice feed from Willie Raskob on a questionable interference call to Etienne Boutet just 59 seconds into the period.
Wichita would regain the three-goal cushion when Boutet capitalized off a one-timer to beat Ivan Kubalkov. The scoring would be capped off when Matt Pohlkamp beat Shane Starrett and narrowed Wichita’s lead to 4-2.
Starrett made 25 stops on 27 Quad City chances, and picked up his seventh win of the year, second most in the league behind Tyler Parsons in Kansas City. The Thunder power play went 1-for-3 on the night, while killing off 5-of-6 Mallards chances on the man-advantage.
Next up for Wichita, the first ever meeting with the Kalamazoo Wings Sunday afternoon at INTRUST Bank Arena.