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Thunder beats Sundogs in overtime to clinch series

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 11:49 p.m.

Les Reaney scored 4:13 into overtime, giving the Thunder a 4-3 win over Arizona and clinching the CHL first-round playoff series in Prescott, Ariz.

The Thunder swept the Sundogs 4-0, with three of the four wins coming in overtime.

Wichita took a lead in each period, but each time Arizona came back with a goal of its own.

Gregor Hanson scored the Thunder’s first two goals. Kevin Young’s power-play goal in the third period made it 3-2, but the Sundogs’ Johan Ryd scored his second power-play goal of the game less than three minutes later to tie the score.

Reaney’s game-winner came on a power play, the Thunder’s third man-advantage goal of the game.


First period — 1, Wichita, Hanson (Painchaud), 9:17. 2, Arizona, Purves (Meyers), 12:04 (pp). Penalties — Flath, Wichita (tripping), 3:40; Purves, Arizona (boarding), 9:07; Reaney, Wichita (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:07; Hanson, Wichita (interference), 10:11; Nehring, Arizona (roughing), 11:43; Lutz, Wichita (cross checking), 11:43; Petocello, Arizona (holding), 16:18.

Second period — 3, Wichita, Hanson (Painchaud, Young), 5:44 (pp). 4, Arizona, Ryd (Brennan, Larocque), 12:11. Penalties — Larocque, Arozna (Tripping), 3:22; Tulupov, Arizona (high sticking), 4:05; Hanson, Wichita (hooking), 5:50; Inman, Wichita (interference), 13:41.

Third period — 5, Wichita, Young (Robinson, Flath), 11:00 (pp). 6, Arizona, Ryd (Purves, Larocque), 13:23 (pp). Penalties — Linden, Arizona (high sticking), :44; Wight, Wichita (holding), 3:37; Tulupov, Arizona (high sticking), 10:55; Reaney, Wichita (hooking), 11:57; Purves, Arizona (elbowing), 16:05.

Overtime — 7, Wichita, Reaney (Young, Martens), 4:13 (pp). Penalties — McCready, Arizona (holding), 3:35; Muscutt, Arizona (abuse of officials), 4:13.

Power plays — Wichita 3 of 7, Arizona 2 of 6.

Shots — Wichita 8-10-14-6—38, Arizona 9-11-10-0—30.

Goalies — Wichita, Jung 30 shots, 27 saves; Arizona, Brown 38-34.

T — 2:53. A — 3,341.

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