Thomas Beauregard's goal with 2:31 to play was the go-ahead tally in a three-goal third period that lifted the Wichita Thunder past the Evansville IceMen 7-5 on Saturday night in Evansville, Ind.
The Thunder (20-8-1, 41 points) maintained its one-point lead over Allen in the Central Hockey league's Berry Conference.
Beauregard's goal, his second of the game, came about 4 1/2 minutes after Matt Summers' goal tied the game at 5. Aaron Davis added an empty-net goal with 15 seconds to play.
Wichita trailed 3-1 near the end of the first period before Beauregard's first goal. Summers and Kevin Seibel assisted.
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Summers had three goals, while R.G. Flath had a goal and and two assists for the Thunder, which is off until a game Friday at Quad City.
Wichita 2 2 3 — 7
Evansville 3 1 1 — 5
Scoring—1. Evansville, Schneider (Lindberg, Obermeyer), 9:46; 2. Wichita, Summers (Flath, Mohr), 10:23; 3. Evansville, Bicek pp (Robinson, Gens), 11:26; 4. Evansville, Robinson pp (Lindberg, Gens), 13:36; 5. Wichita, T. Beaurgegard (Summers, Seibel), 19:19. Penalties— Wichita, Davis (holding), 10:52; Evansville, Boillard (delay), 11:48; Wichita, Lizon (delay), 11:48; Wichita, Sawyer (tripping), 13:15.
Scoring—6. Wichita, Flath (Seibel), 4:32; 7. Wichita, Summers (Chappell); 8. Evansville, Bicek sh (unassisted), 8:29. Penalties— Evansville, Pierce (hooking), 8:16; Wichita, Mohr (slashing), 19:25.
Scoring—9. Evansville, Gwilliam (Beaulieu, Robinson), 3:41; 10. Wichita, Summers (Flath, Chappell), 13:07; 11. Wichita, T. Beauregard (Mohr, Bourret), 17:29; 12. Wichita, Davis (unassisted), 19:45. Penalties— Wichita, Donaghy (fighting major), 1:45; Evansville, Boillard (fighting major), 1:45; Wichita, Flath (holding), 5:03; Wichita, Bourret (delay), 5:03; Evansville, Gens (delay), 5:03; Evansville, Schneider (slashing), 10:41.
Power play—Wichita 0-2, Evansville 2-4.
Shots on goal—Wichita 8-12-9—29, Evansville 14-9-7—30.
Goaltenders—Wichita, MacDonald 25 saves on 30 shots; Evansville, Gillis 22 on 28.