WICHITA, Kan. – After the game was suspended nearly 45 hours due to poor ice conditions and another game on Saturday, the Wichita Thunder and Kansas City Mavericks completed Friday night’s game on Sunday.
On Friday night, the Mavericks opened the scoring early as C.J. Eick cut through the defense and scored just 3:35 into the contest.
Wichita answered 1:12 later, igniting the 5000+ fans in attendance on Friday night as Cameron Hebig scored his fourth goal of the year, a wrist shot past Nick Schneider.
Just two minutes after the equalizing goal, an icing was called on Kansas City, bringing the faceoff to the KC defensive zone. At this time, a problem was noticed in the ice near the faceoff circle about to be used.
The referees took the first media timeout to give the ice crew time to work on the issue. Quickly, a quick fix turned into a 15-minute delay. After 88 minutes of delay, the game was suspended by the ECHL, the game to be resumed on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4pm, tied 1-1 with 13:31 remaining in the first period.
After Wichita fell to Kansas City 4-3 in overtime on Saturday, the teams reconvened on Sunday afternoon to continue the contest.
Wichita started Sunday’s continuation will nice energy and physicality, traits that would quickly fade.
Ryan Van Stralen kept his big weekend going with an early tip-in on a Neal Goff shot from the point at 9:14, just under three minutes into Sunday’s action.
About four minutes later, Van Stralen doubled his goal total for the game after making an easy move around a Thunder defenseman and burying a shot behind Evan Weninger.
The floodgates were open following the two Van Stralen goals as Rocco Carzo gave Kansas City a 4-1 lead, tipping in a powerplay shot from Cliff Watson just two and a half minutes later.
1:44 after Carzo’s goal, Darian Dziurzynski scored another powerplay goal for the Mavericks, their second successful powerplay in a row.
Kansas City carried the 5-1 lead into the first intermission, outshooting the Thunder 13-12.
Wichita played a much better period in the second, keeping Kansas City off the board until the 18:49 mark. During that time, Wichita failed on three powerplay opportunities, only recording one shot per powerplay.
Kansas City added to their lead late in the second as Dziurzynski net his second of the game, another powerplay tally for the Mavericks.
Kansas City led 6-1 after two periods with a 27-22 shot advantage.
The Mavericks defense held tight into the third period, stopping every Thunder attack in the early stages. Back-and-forth hockey was the name of the game in the third, with only 12 stoppages in the period.
Late in the frame, Beau Starrett found the net for the eighth time this season, giving the Thunder a small refrain from the Maverick onslaught.
Kansas City held onto the lead and won 6-2, narrowly outshooting the Thunder, 33-32. Wichita outhit their opponent for the fifth straight game, 32-21.
“I didn’t like the effort tonight,” Head Coach Bruce Ramsay said. “I wasn’t too happy with our competing level.”
The Kansas City powerplay unit scored on three of their six chances while Wichita’s unit went 0-for-6 on the man advantage.
Wichita looks to right the ship on Wednesday as they head to Rapid City, SD to take on the division-leading Rush.
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