NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The Wichita Thunder offense must have been left on the bus, because for two periods, it was non-existent Tuesday night.
But, the offense showed up just in time to put together a three-goal third and give Wichita a 3-1 win against the South Carolina Stingrays.
The Stingrays took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Patrick Gaul at 8:37 of the second period. Gaul’s tally, which came on a 2-on-1 opportunity at 8:37 of the second. After forward Marcus Perrier got the puck out of the defensive zone, forward Rob Flick carried the play into the offensive end for South Carolina on an odd-man rush. Flick waited out the defense and put a perfect pass on the stick of Gaul, who quickly one-timed it into the upper portion of the net.
The assists for Flick and Perrier were each their first points of the season.
South Carolina allowed just two shots on net during the middle period, outshooting the Thunder 15-2 in the second.
But in the third, the Thunder offense came alive.
Alexis Loiseau got the comeback started four minutes into the third as he weaved around defenders near the Stingrays net and put it through Adam Carlson to tie it at one. Matt DeBlouw recorded his second on the season to make it 2-1, receiving a beautiful pass from Gabriel Gagne. The Stingrays pulled Carlson with just over a minute left, but Alex Krushelnyski found an empty net to close the scoring and 3-1 Thunder victory.
DeBlouw has goals in back-to-back games. Jack Rodewald and Alex Krushelnyski (1g, 1a) extended their scoring streaks to three games. Gabriel Gagne collected his first point as a pro with an assist.
Rookie netminder Drew Owsley got his first win as a pro, stopping 32 Stingrays chances on the night. Carlson took the loss, stopping 26 of 28 shots.
Next up, the Thunder travel to Atlanta for a 9:05 am face-off Thursday morning against the Gladiators.