The Wichita Thunder collapsed in the third period on Friday night, falling to the Rapid City Rush 6-3 in Rapid City, S.D.
Leading 3-2 after two periods, Rapid City outscored Wichita 4-0 in the final period to seal the win.
After a scoreless first period, the Thunder tied the score at 1-1 in the second period on a goal from Jared Walker, then took the lead on back-to-back goals from Matt Robinson and Andrew Martens in the final two minutes of the second.
First period–No scoring. Penalties–Brown, RC (interference) 4:10; Robinson, W (holding) 4:10; Gruenke, W (slashing) 5:120; Brown, RC (slashing) 6:50; Madden, W (holding stick) 19:47; Walker, W (tripping) 20:00.
Second period–1, Rapid City, Wrap (Weselowski, Giosa) (pp) 1:42; 2, Wichita, Walker (Linden) 12:38. 3, Rapid City, Stroh (Weselowski, Brown) (pp) 17:59. 4, Wichita, Robinson (Lowe, Gruenke) 18:13. 5, Wichita, Martens (Summers, Wilson) 19:45. Penalties–Madden, W (hooking) 6:38; Faryna, RC (slashing) 9:30; Reeder, RC (goalie interference) 14:00; Lizon, W (charging) 17:37.
Third period–6, Rapid City, Reeder (Schultz, Hartigan) :50. 7, Rapid City, Day Chief (Reeder, Schultz) 10:28. 8, Rapid City, Schultz (Reeder, Weselowski) (open net) 19:06. 9, Rapid City, Faryna (Sawyer) 19:42. Penalties–Madden, W (unsportsmanlike conduct) 20:00.
Shots – Wichita 3-11-7—21, Rapid City 10-15-11—36. Powerplays—Wichita 0 for 3, Rapid City 2-5. Goalies—Wichita, Nelson 35 shots, 30 saves; Rapid City, Hartigan 21-18. Referee—Jake Brenk. Linesmen—Kevin Blackburn, Mitch MacPherson. A—4,777.