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.
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.