Ian Lowe scored in the sixth round of a shootout, giving the Thunder a 4-3 win over the Brampton Beast on Friday night in Brampton, Ontario.
The Thunder led 3-2 after two periods, thanks to a power-play foal by Jesse Dudas at 18:58 of the second period. Brampton tied the score with its own power-play goal at 9:17 of the third.
The Thunder twice erased one-goal deficits with RG Flath’s first-period goal and Erick Lizon’s score in the second.
In the shootout, Matt Summers connected in the second round to give Wichita a 1-0 lead. Brampton’s Andrew Fournier was successful in the third round, and neither team converted again until Lowe’s sixth-round shot.
The Beast outshot the Thunder 17-13 in the first period, then Brampton only got 13 shots on goal in the final 45 minutes.
First period — 1, Brampton, Mahfouz (Sudeman, MacIsaac), 4:53. 2, Wichita, Flath (Summers, Klempa), 14:34. Penalties — Klempa, Wichita (too many men), 1:54; Martens, Wichita (boarding), 17:51.
Second period — 3, Brampton, McQuade (Wild, MacIsaac), 4:15. 3, Wichita, Lizon (J. Wilson, McParland), 10:50. 5, Wichita, Dudas (M.Wilson, Robinson), 18:58 (pp). Penalties — Ward, Brampton (hooking), 8:26; Spady, Brampton (roughing), 10:09; Klempa, Wichita (interference), 10:09; Michel, Brampton (hooking), 16:53; Smith, Brampton (high sticking), 17:29.
Third period — 6, Brampton, Howes (Makway, Caruana), 9:17 (pp). Penalties — Gruenke (high sticking), 7:18; M.Wilson, Wichita (tripping), 13:05.
Overtime — none.
Shootout — Wichita (Robinson N, Summers Y, Booras N, Klempa N, Flath N, Lowe Y), Brampton (Howes N, Pitton N, Fournier Y, Caruana N, Smith N, McQuade N).
Power plays — Wichita 1-3, Brampton 1-4.
Shots — Wichita 13-11-10-3-1—38, Brampton 17-6-6-1-0—30.
Goalies — Brown, Wichita, 30 shots, 27 saves; Westblom, Brampton, 27-34.
T — 2:37. A — 2, 055.