Thunder goalie Bryan Hogan turned back 39 shots as Wichita beat Rapid City 3-1 on Saturday night in Rapid City, S.D.
Matt Summers scored a first-period goal to put the Thunder on top 1-0. Matt Robinson added a second-period goal.
The Rush made it 2-1 at 3:48 of the third period when Les Reaney scored. But Rapid City was unable to get a tying goal, and Robinson salted the game away with an empty-net scored with 10 seconds left in the game.
The victory gave the Thunder a split of the two-game series at Rapid City. The teams play again Wednesday in Wichita.
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The Thunder holds a seven-point lead over Allen in the Berry Conference with eight games left in the regular season. Both teams have qualified for the playoffs.
First period — 1, Wichita, Summers (Wight, Flath), 5:56. Penalties — Schultz, RC, (roughing), 8:38; Schultz, RC (delay of game), 8:38; Trudel, Wichita (roughing), 8:38; Trudel, Wichita (delay of game), 8:38; Sawyer, Wichita (interference), 14:46; Grimson, Rapid City (holding), 19:12.
Second period — 2, Wichita, Robinson (Mohr), 16:14. Penalties — Greene, Wichita (slashing), 5:27; Wray, RC (hooking), 11:31; Grimson, RC (holding), 12:36; DAmour, RC (slashing), 14:54; Seiberl, Wichita (hooking), 15:11; Mohr, Wichita (hooking), 16:55.
Third period — 3, Rapid City, Reaney (Limpright, Smale), 3:48. 4, Wichita, Robinson, 19:50 (en). Penalties — Smale, RC (hooking), 10:50; Miller, Wichita (holding stick), 10:50; Chappell, Wichita (hooking), 13:58; Robinson, Wichita (roughing), 17:23; Reaney, RC (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00; Lizon, Wichita (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.
Power plays — Wichita 0 for 4, Rapid City 0 for 6.
Shots — Wichita 13-14-8—35, Rapid City 10-17-13—40.
Goalies — Wichita, Hogan 20 shots-39 saves; Rapid City, Boron 34-32.
T — 2:15. A — 4,927.