RAPID CITY, S.D. – Two late third period goals would come back to haunt the Thunder on Friday night as they lost 4-3 in the shootout.

Wichita came out fast as Mark MacMillan lit the light at 1:30 in the first on a hard slap shot from the top of the zone. The shot beat Tyler Parks to his glove side, just over the pad.


Wichita kept applying the pressure as Cam Reid scored his second of the season on a close shot fed by MacMillan and Eric Roy at 10:17 in the first. The assist was only Roy’s second point since putting on a Thunder jersey, having one in each of the last two games.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe Thunder held momentum for most of the rest of the period, killing off two penalties and putting a couple quality chances forward as well. It would last until the 19:06 point when Cedric Montminy made the Rapid City stands rumble, scoring on a great chance directly in front of Stuart Skinner on a pass from Alec Baer.

The second period dragged on, quite uneventful for both sides until Steven Iacobellis buried a shot through traffic to extend the Thunder lead to 3-1.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe lead would carry to the second intermission for Wichita, despite getting out-shot 15-6 in the period. The third period was more of the same, as most stoppages were smaller such as icing, pucks out of play, etc.

Finally, at the 11:42 mark of the third, Rapid City found the scoreboard again. It was Tyler Poulsen who eventually put the Rush back on the board after the puck was lost in a sea of bodies near Skinner.

A couple of minutes passed before Rapid City pulled Parks from the game to gain an extra skater. Wichita would keep the puck out of the net until 19:02 when Dylan Quaile knotted the game at three.

“[When they have the extra guy] We try to just keep it simple… And DO what we do” Tyler Elbrecht said. “And obviously we fell a little short on that tonight.”

The teams entered the overtime period with no carried penalties, set to play five minutes of 3-on-3 hockey. With 44 seconds remaining in the extra period, Wichita drew a penalty, giving them a man advantage for the remainder of overtime.

Despite many chances, including a wide-open one-timer by Iacobellis, neither team converted in the extra frame.

Rapid City elected to shoot first in the shootout and Poulsen was stopped by Skinner on the first attempt. As for Wichita, MacMillan was stopped on a backhanded attempt to the stick side of Parks.

Andrew Radjenovic would score the only goal of the shootout next for Raid City, beating Skinner to the upper left corner. Reid also tried to go backhand to the stick side but was also stopped by Parks.

Baer could not ice the game for Rapid City as he could not beat Skinner on a wrist shot attempt. Wichita’s final chance would lie with PC Labrie, who tried to go five-hole on Parks, who easily stopped it with his stick, securing his first win of the season.

Wichita would end 0-for-1 on the power play despite having only 44 seconds with the man advantage. As for the penalty kill, Wichita had another perfect night, killing both penalties they faced.

Friday night ended Wichita’s six-game powerplay goal streak. Ralph Cuddemi‘s nine-game point streak came to a close while Iacobellis extended his point streak to ten games.

Wichita finishes the two-game set with the Rush tonight against Rapid City at 8:05 p.m. Catch Matthew Harding on the Sin Bin pregame show at 7:40 p.m. on The Sin Bin app.

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