LOVELAND, CO – The second period continues to be the Achillies’ heel for the Wichita Thunder on this seven-game road trip. The Eagles scored three goals in the second enroute to a 4-0 win at the Budweiser Events Center on Saturday night. Goaltender Eric Levine held Wichita in check the rest of the way to give the Eagles the season-series lead, 3-2-0-0.
Colorado enjoyed four power plays in the first 20 minutes and appeared to break the scoreless tie with eight minutes remaining. Ludwig Karlsson came across the slot and fired a shot that popped right back out of the zone. Fans started launching teddy bears on the ice, but the goal was disallowed. At 15:49, Adrian Veideman found the back of the net with a shot from the deep slot and this time, the teddy bears were allowed to be thrown onto the ice.
In the second, the Eagles found the net three times and took a 4-0 cushion into the third. Veideman recorded his second on the night at 5:13 to increase the lead to 2-0. Jake Marto found the twine at 13:38 that made it 3-0. Less than two minutes later, Joe Zarbo found a loose puck in the slot and recorded his seventh of the season and a 4-0 advantage.
Wichita was unable to get much going in the third period. Both teams had six shots on net while the Eagles had two power plays in the frame.
Grant Rollheiser takes the loss, stopping 30 of 34 shots while Eric Levine claims his first shutout of the season, stopping all 20 shots he faced.
Wichita was 0-for-2 on the power play. Colorado went 1-for-7 on the man advantage.
The Thunder finish their road trip with a pair of games in Tulsa against the Oilers starting Friday.