WICHITA, KS – It has been a long time since the Wichita Thunder have won back-to-back games against the Allen Americans. In fact, almost two calendar years. The last time Wichita won two straight over the Americans, March 17 & 18, 2015.
But, even dominant streaks come to an end.
The Thunder were able to get multi-point efforts from six players and used a four-goal first period to beat the defending champs 5-1 at INTRUST Bank Arena Sunday afternoon.
Allen came into the game depleted by injury and callups, playing with just seven forwards and five defensemen and it did not take the Thunder long to exploit that depleted roster.
Zach O’Brien got the scoring started just 4:12 into the opening period, as Ryan Rupert set him up with a great pass, and he was able to wire it over Jamie Murray to give Wichita a 1-0 lead. The Thunder double their lead minutes later when Matt DeBlouw lasered a one-timer over Murray’s shoulder on a 2-on-none with Vincent Arseneau.
Allen would offer some pushback during the middle stages of the period, but Kent Patterson would be up to the task for the Thunder.
The Thunder onslaught continued in the final quarter of the period when the power play went to work. After a hip-check by Landon Oslanski on Chad Costello, Spencer Asuchak delivered five right-hand jabs to Oslanski’s chin and sat for four minutes. Wichita made Allen pay each time. First, Rupert, followed by Jamie Doornbosch to make it 4-0. That goal output equaled the number of goals Wichita scored in three periods Saturday night in north Texas.
Patterson’s shutout streak would end at 91:22 when Joel Chouinard fired a puck that leaked through Patterson’s pad and made it 4-1. Despite Wichita having a 1:13 5-on-3 power play in the latter stages of the period, Allen would own much of the offensive zone time in the second period.
Vincent Arseneau tacked on a goal of his own for good measure, wiring one by Murray 4:11 into the final frame and that would spell the end of the night for Murray, who gave up five goals to the Thunder.
Patterson earns his second win with the club and has only given up one goal in two games since being acquired by trade from Atlanta earlier this month.
The Thunder will hit the road for a six-game, 17-day road trip that takes them to Utah starting on Wednesday night, followed by a pair of games with the Colorado Eagles and three with Missouri. Wichita will return home on Wednesday, February 8th.