What started as a nightmare for the Wichita Thunder nearly turned into one of the most improbable wins of the season. But Texas' Greg Hogeboom snuck a shot past Thunder goalkeeper Marc-Antoine Gelinas 23 seconds into overtime, giving the Brahmas an 8-7 win.
"A lot of luck came to me, I was able to get it into the net," Hogeboom said. "Every time you score a game-winning goal like that, it feels great. Especially in a situation like that, when you're up most of the game."
Hogeboom's goal — one of three he scored — prevented the Thunder from winning after falling behind 4-0 in the first period.
The win also continues the Brahmas' seven-game win streak, including a home win over Wichita on Monday.
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For Thunder coach Kevin McClelland, the outcome came down to one thing.
"It was soft goals... noncommittal defensively," McClelland said. "Goaltending really hasn't been great, but a lot of that is forwards and defensemen not doing their jobs."
It took Texas (28-15-5) less than three minutes to build a 2-0 lead on goals by Darryl McArthur and Chad Woollard. , The Thunder's first goal didn't come until the 6:37 mark of the first period by Matt Robinson.
The Thunder (26-21-4) chipped away at the lead in the second period and was within one when Lance Galbraith took a breakaway pass from Andrew Martens and scored. The Brahmas scored their seventh goal with 16.5 seconds left in the period on a shot by Jason Krischuk. He scored it on Gelinas, who had replaced Kevin Beech after Texas' fourth goal.
"Someone has to take charge as far as goaltenders are concerned," McClelland said. "But we have to have some defenders do that, too."
Wichita tied it 7-7 with Robinson's second goal, as he weaved through the Brahmas' defense to score it from five feet. The Thunder had a chance to win at the end of the third period, but left Wing A.J. Gale's shot bounced off.
Wichita had 60 shots, which tied a team record dating back to March 8, 1994.
Texas5 2 0 1 — 8 Wichita2 3 2 0 — 7
Scoring—1. Texas, McArthur (Woollard), 1:05; 2. Texas, Woollard (Hogeboom, Wild), 2:57; 3. Woolard (Krischuk, Hogeboom), 11:10; 4. Texas, Hogeboom (Wild, Woollard), 12:22; 5. Wichita, Robinson pp (Davis, Scoran), 13:23; 6. Texas, Ihnacak (Muncy, Lawrence), 13:38); 7. Wichita, Gale (Davis, Martens), 18:56. Penalties— Texas, Bradley (hooking), 12:52; Texas, Hurley (tripping), 16:33; Wichita, Galbraith (high sticking double minor), 16:33.
Scoring—8. Texas, Hogeboom pp (Wild, Woollard), 5:55; 9. Wichita, Kaunisto (Goulet, Donaghy), 6:07; 10. Wichita, Davis (Robinson), 13:05; 11. Wichita, Galbraith (Martens), 14:56; 12. Texas, Krischuk (Hogeboom, Woollard), 19:44. Penalties— Wichita, Bennefield (roughing), 5:34; Wichita, Goulet (roughing), 6:46; Texas, Muncy (interference), 7:22.
Scoring—13. Wichita, Bennefield (Gale, Tetrault), 5:36; 14. Wichita, Robinson (Gale, Martens), 9:06. Penalties— Wichita, Davis (holding), 1:00; Texas, Lawrence (roughing), 1:45.
Scoring—15. Texas, Hogeboom (Muncy, Rouleau), 0:22. Penalties— None.
Shots on goal—Texas 15-8-5-1—29, Wichita 19-25-16-0—60.
Power plays—Texas 1 for 4, Wichita 1 for 3.
Saves—Texas, Reid, 37 shots, 32 saves; Savage, 23 shots, 21 saves. Wichita, Beech, 8 shots, 4 saves; Gelinas, 21 shots, 17 saves.