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Thunder lets lead slip away in third period

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at 12:19 a.m.

Denver scored the game’s final three goals and beat the Wichita Thunder 6-4 on Friday night in Denver.

The Thunder took a 4-3 lead on Andrew Martens’ power-play goal at 1:42 of the third period. Denver tied the scored at 3:11 on a goal by A.J. Gale, then took the lead less than four minutes later when Michael Schumacher scored.

Jason Wilson scored two power-play goals for the Thunder. He had the game’s first goal at 4:55 of the first period. Denver then took a 3-1 lead with a goal late in the first period and two goals in the first 2:23 of the second period.

Matt Robinson cut the lead to 3-2 at 11:08 of the second period, and Wilson’s second goal came at 12:37 of the second and tied the score 3-3.

The Thunder and Cutthroats play again Saturday in Denver.

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First period — 1, J.Wichita, Wilson (Booras, Dudas), 4:55 (pp). 2, Denver, Chabot (Soudek, Schneider), 16:57. Penalties — Fox, Denver (hooking), 4:11; Hand, Wichita (slashing), 14:52; MacKenzie, Denver (cross checking), 18:34); Walker, Wichita (high sticking), 19:40.

Second period — 3, Denver, Bembridge (Gale, Schwab), 1:45. 4, Denver, Chabot (Soudek, Schneider), 2:23. 5, Wichita, Robinson (Gallimore, Sagert), 11:09. 6, Wichita, J.Wilson (M.Wilson, Martens), 12:37 (pp). Penalties — Schneider, Denver (roughing), 4:47; Walker, Wichita (roughing), 4:47; MacKenzie, Denver (delay of game), 8:04; Gale, Denver (hooking), 11:29; Walker, Wichita (elbowing), 16:00; Soudek, Denver (holding), 20:00; Soudek, Denver (roughing), 20:00; Sagert, Wichita (roughing), 20:00.

Third period — 7, Wichita, Martens (Dudas, Robinson), 1:42 (pp). 8, Denver, Gale (Zimmerman, Bembridge), 3:11. 9, Denver, Schmacher (Schwab, Bembridge), 6:55. 10, Denver, Schumacher (Reid, MacKenzie), 13:43. Penalties — Wilson, Wichita (hooking), :38; Schwab, Denver (hooking), :49; Wight, Wichita (hooking), 6:03; Arseneau, Denver (cross checking), 7:45; Dudas, Wichita (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:45; MacKenzie, Denver (holding), 10:31.

Shots — Wichita 14-13-7—34, Denver 9-10-8—27.

Power plays — Wichita 3 for 8, Denver 0 for 4.

Goalies — Wichita, Jung 27 shots, 21 saves; Denver, Patterson, 34 shots, 30 saves.

A — 1,357. T — 2:25.

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