Newcomers Paul Kelly, Ryan Campbell and Shane Foster scored goals as the Thunder ended its league-record 22-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory Friday night at Tulsa.
Tulsa took a 1-0 lead in the final minutes of the first period. The Thunder responded with two goals in the second and two more in the third.
Scott Campbell made 38 saves for Thunder — 13 in the final period.
Kevin Cooper's empty-net goal clinched the game for the Thunder — and set the stage for four fights in the final minute.
The teams face off tonight in the Thunder's inaugural game at Intrust Bank Arena (story, Page 1A).
Wichita0 2 2 — 4 Tulsa1 0 0 — 1
First Period—1, Tulsa, Riedel (Davis, Caig), 19:36. Penalties— R.Campbell, Wichita (holding) 3:17; Makway, Wichita (cross checking) 7:30; Kozak, Tulsa (hooking) 12:22.
Second Period—2, Wichita, Kelly (Foster), 7:54. 3, Wichita, R.Campbell (Thompson, Hanson), 11:46 (pp). Penalties— Kozak, Tulsa (elbowing) 1:33; McAlister, Wichita (elbowing) 3:13; Harrison, Tulsa (slashing) 11:11; Davis, Tulsa (goalie interference) 13:00; Standish, Tulsa (delay) 14:39; Woll, Wichita (hooking) 16:55.
Third Period—4, Wichita, Foster (Kelly, Jorgensen), 10:43. 5, Wichita, Cooper (Adamek, Kaleniecki), 19:00 (en). Penalties— Bria, Wichita (holding) 3:28, Jorgensen, Wichita (slashing) 5:30; Foster, Wichita (tripping) 12:12; Woll, Wichita (roughing) 14:40; Riedel, Tulsa (roughing) 14:40. Kozak, Tulsa (fighting major), 19:06; McAllister, Wichita (fighting major) 19:06; Fleck, Tulsa (fighting major) 19:11; Bria, Wichita (fighting major) 19:11; Riddle, Tulsa (fighting major, fighting secondary, game misconduct) 19:11; Foster, Wichita (fighting major, fighting secondary, game misconduct) 19:11; Merlini, Tulsa (fighting major) 19:12; Makway, Wichita (fighting major) 19:12.
Shots on Goal—Wichita 8-14-4—26. Tulsa 18-8-13—39.
Power-play opportunities—Wichita 1 of 5; Tulsa 0 of 7.
Goalies—Wichita, S.Campbell (39 shots-38 saves). Tulsa, Cann (25-22).
A—6,875. T— 2:39.
Referee—Kevin Graber. Linesmen— Jordan Crowell, Cory Piche.