The Wichita Thunder looked to build on the momentum gained in Friday night’s 5-2 victory over the Colorado Eagles.
It would take timely scoring and great goaltending to get it done in the Halloween matinee at INTRUST Bank Arena.
In front of a crowd of 3,273, goaltender Grant Rollheiser shined early and often in the game. In the first period, the Eagles badly outshot the Thunder 18-4 and hit atleast one goal post, but only Trent Daavettila managed to get one by the 6-foot-4 goaltender.
Wichita responded when forward Peter Sakaris tied the contest at 11:22 of the first period, getting a terrific pass from Andy Huff and slid a backhand through Eagles netminder Jacob DeSerres.
Sakaris scored his second of the game, and the eventual game-winning goal, at 3:11 of the second period. Mason Baptista got to a loose puck in the neutral zone, raced up ice and let a shot go off of DeSerres. Sakaris was johnny on the spot, potting the juicy rebound behind DeSerres for his second of the season.
Sakaris is the second Thunder player this season to have a multi-goal outing. Baptista and Huff each added assists in the contest.
Colorado continued to fire pucks on Rollheiser at-will, finishing with 35 shots in the contest. The Eagles had 10 of those in the third, but Wichita did a great job of clogging up the middle and held on to take the 2-1 win.
The Thunder will have the next few days off, before starting a seven game in nine night stretch Friday night against the Quad City Mallards. During that stretch, the Thunder will play the Missouri Mavericks four times, and have games sprinkled in against the Mallards, Allen Americans and Tulsa Oilers.