The names have changed, but the result remains painfully consistent for the record-setting Wichita Thunder.
A third-period power-play goal was the difference as the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs beat the Thunder 2-1 on Thursday night in Bossier-Shreveport, La. —a league-record 22nd consecutive loss for the Thunder.
Three players made their Thunder debuts on Thursday, the latest roster changes resulting from four trades in three weeks.
In some ways, the Thunder's latest loss was atypical. Wichita outshot Bossier-Shreveport 27-15 in the first two periods and controlled play for much of the game. But one recurring theme remained: The Thunder struggled to score. Wichita has topped two goals three times in 22 games during the losing streak — none in the last 12 games.
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The Mudbugs scored the go-ahead goal at 11:42 of the third period in the final seconds of a power play. Tyrel Lucas got the goal with 10 seconds left on the power play. Lucas scored the game's first goal early in the first period.
Wichita tied the score 1-1 when Brandon Kaleniecki scored at 12:04 of the first period.
The Thunder had successfully killed three penalties in the first two periods, and survived 5-on-3 power play in the third period.
Wichita tries to break the streak tonight at Tulsa. The teams meet again Saturday night at Intrust Bank Arena, the Thunder's first game in the new facility. The team said Thursday that more than 10,000 tickets have been sold for the game.