WICHITA, KS – It could not have been more simply put than this:
“You don’t cry when you lose one and you don’t win the Stanley Cup when you win six,” Malcolm Cameron said following Wichita’s 5-3 loss to Allen Friday night.
The Thunder looked to be in control of much of the action in the contest, but Cameron cites a three-minute lapse during the first half of the third period as the reason for the end of the six-game winning streak.
“Sometimes we’ve had leads and we’ve played pretty comfortably with them and they’ve always gotten out on top. Sometimes it’s over confidence,” Cameron said.
Mark MacMillan got the scoring started just two-and-a-half minutes in with a highlight reel goal. In tight space, he juked the Allen defenseman out of position, then juked Jeremy Brodeur to leave enough room open on the right side to get the puck into the net. For MacMillan, it was his fourth goal in three games.
Allen would tie the game up just forty seconds later when Joel Chouinard fired a laser that beat Joel Rumpel over the shoulder. It would be the first of two Allen power play goals on the evening.
“The first goal was off our players foot, right on to their stick, bad luck,” Cameron said.
With just over four minutes left in the period, Jonathan Lessard scored his first of the night to give the Americans a 2-1 lead. The puck was won cleanly off the faceoff by the Thunder, but it fumbled off a stick and on to Lessard’s who didn’t miss from close range.
Wichita would match Allen’s power-play goal late in the first when Louick Marcotte would net his first of the year with 1:47 left in the period, on a beautiful pass from Istvan Sofron, which leveled the game at two.
The Kyle Platzer/Zach O’Brien combination would strike midway through the second period, when they connected for the only goal of the period to give Wichita a 3-2 lead headed to the second intermission.
Alex Schoenborn would tie the game at three just shy of three minutes into the final frame when he caught Rumpel moving left to right and fired a shot over the shoulder. Vincent Arseneau would score the game-winning goal in his return to Wichita just 34 seconds later, beating Rumpel short blocker side to give Allen a 4-3 lead. Lessard would add his second of the night to end the scoring for Allen, at 5-3.
Cameron sees the issues that plagued the Thunder Friday night as ones that are fixable.
“Sometimes you need a game like this, to have your heart broken in a certain way, to realize that you have flaws and that you have to play the whole game,” Cameron said. “Guys are disappointed, nobody likes to lose, especially to lose your winning streak. But now, you wanna try to get another one. There’s no better place to do it than on the road, right?”
With the win, Allen snaps a five-game winless skid, in which they earned just two points (overtime games.)
The Thunder and Americans play the second of their home-and-home set at 7:05 tomorrow night in Allen.
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