The down side of the Thunder’s Game 1 victory over Arizona on Thursday night in the Central Hockey League playoffs was that the team gave up two third-period goals to force an overtime period.
The plus side is the way Wichita reacted, scoring a little more than three minutes into the extra period for the win.
Thunder coach Kevin McClelland was disappointed, but intrigued by what he would see from his club when faced with adversity in the first game of the playoffs.
“That’s what playoff hockey is all about,” McClelland said after Thursday’s game. “Things like that are going to happen.”
Game 2 is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena.
The Thunder can take command of the best-of-seven series with a victory, then head on the road for games at Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday. Games 5 and 6 return to Wichita next weekend.
In an usual format where the team without home-ice advantage still gets a possible Game 7 at home, the Thunder would like to be comfortably ahead and close out the first-round series at home.