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Thunder winning streak ends at five

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 11:24 p.m.

Denver goalie Kent Patterson made 29 saves, shutting out the Thunder 2-0 on Saturday night in Denver and ending Wichita’s five-game winning streak.

Former Thunder player Troy Schwab scored the game’s first goal in the final minute of the first period, putting in a rebound past Thunder goalie Kevin Regan to give the Cutthroats a 1-0 lead.

Brad Smyth scored at 13:59 of the second off a scramble in front of Regan. Smyth has scored in six straight games.

The Thunder power play was 0 for 4, the first time in five games Wichita failed to score with a man-advantage.

The shutout was the first for Patterson, a rookie making his ninth start.

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First period — 1, Denver, Schwab (Gale, Fulghum), 19:37. Penalties — Flanigan, Wichita (fighting major), 13:56; Tesoriero, Denver (fighting major), 13:56; Boogaard, Wichita (roughing double minor), 20:00; Zimmerman, Denver (roughing), 20:00.

Second period — 2. Denver, Smyth (Gale, Beaupre), 13:59. Penalties — Flath, Wichita (slashing), 3:33; Schwab, Denver (hooking), 8:21; Greene, Denver (slashing), 11:27; Chouinard, Denver (interference), 17:26.

Third period — none. Penalties — Hanson, Wichita (boarding), 6:40; Smyth, Denver (delay), 11:20; Reaney, Wichita (roughing), 16:54.

Power plays — Wichita 0-4, Denver 0-4.

Shots — Wichita 8-12-9—29, Denver 8-12-9—29.

Goalies — Wichita, Regan 29 shots, 27 saves; Denver, Patterson, 29-29.

T — 2:24. A — 5,974.

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