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Denver defeats Thunder 6-5 in overtime

  • Published Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at 11:35 p.m.

The Thunder scored four goals in the second period Saturday night, scored a game-tying goal with 1:46 left in the third … and lost 6-5 in overtime to the Cutthroats on Saturday night in Denver.

The Thunder trailed 1-0 after allowing Denver to score shorthanded in the first period.

Wichita scored four straight goals in the second period —power-play goals by Nick McParland and Mike Wilson, an unassisted score by Dustin Donaghy and a shorthanded goal by Matt Robinson — to build a 4-1 lead at the 16:02 mark.

Denver cut the lead to 4-2 with a goal late in the second period, then tied it 4-4 with two goals in 20 seconds early in the third period. Robin Soudek’s second goal of the game put the Cutthroats ahead 5-4 at 12:48 of the third.

Robinson’s second goal of the night forced overtime.

Denver’s A.J. Gale scored the game-winner at 2:34 of overtime. Gale played for the Thunder in the 2010-11 season. His Thunder teammate that season, Troy Schwab had three assists on the night.

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FIrst period — 1, Denver, Fox (Bembridge, Kaunisto), 6:59 (sh). Penalties — Wight, Wichita (tripping), 3:03; Barnes, Denver (tripping), 5:13; Gale, Denver (roughing), 8:03; Wight, Wichita (roughing), 8:03; Soudek, Denver (fighting major), 17:16; J.Wilson, Wichita (fighting major), 17:16; Trebish, Denver (tripping), 20:00; Trebish, Denver (roughing), 20:00; Robinson, Wichita (roughing), 20:00.

Second period — 2, Wichita, McParland (M.Wilson, Booras), :57 (pp). 3, Wichita, Donaghy, 8:58. 4, Wichita, Robinson (Walker), 13:57 (sh). 5, Wichita, M.Wilson (Booras, McPartland), 16:02 (pp). 6, Denver, Schumacher (Kaunisto, Gale), 18:27 (pp). Penalties — Sagert, Wichita (tripping), 12:38; Schumacher, Denver (tripping), 15:01; Zimmerman, Denver (roughing), 15:36; Booras, Wichita (interference), 17:52; Walker, Wichita (roughing), 19:10.

Third period — 7, Denver, Soudek (Schwab, Schumacher), 1:05 (pp). 8, Denver, Reid (Soudek, Schwab), 1:35. 9, Denver, Soudek (Reid, Schneider), 12:48. 10, Wichita, Gale (Schwab, MacKenzie), 18:14. Penalties — Gale, Denver (hooking), 6:04; Zimmerman, Denver (cross checking), 7:01; McParland, Wichita (tripping), 7:29.

Overtime — 11, Denver, Gale (Schwab, MacKenzie), 2:34.

Shots — Wichita 10-20-9-0—39, Denver 11-13-10-1—35.

Power plays — Wichita 2 of 6, Denver 2 of 5.

Goalies — Wichita, Nelson 35 shots, 29 saves; Denver, Millan 39-34.

T — 2:40. A — 874.

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