Thunder clinches home ice with win

03/20/2012 5:00 AM

03/20/2012 11:51 PM

The Thunder beat Texas 6-4 on Tuesday night, clinching the Berry Conference title, the Governor’s Cup and home-ice advantage for the playoffs.

R.G. Flath had a hat before the end of the second period and Chris Chappell added a pair of first-period goals, and Jarred Mohr had three assists. Flath’s third goal, a power-play scored at 16:17 of the second period, broke a 4-4 tie. Alex Bourret added a goal at 6:16 of the third period.

The Thunder killed off six power plays — one in the final 35 seconds after Alex Bourret was hit with unsportsmanlike and game misconduct penalties when Texas scored at 19:25 to pull within a goal.

3 2 1 — 6 Texas 1 3 1 — 5

First period — 1, Texas, Hodge (Fox, Hogg), 1:47 (pp). 2, Wichita, Flath (Mohr), 13:28 (pp). 3, Wichita, Chappell (Mohr, Summers), 13:55. 4, Wichita, Chappell (Robinson), 17:31. Penalties — Mohr, Wichita (holding) :30; Tetrault, Wichita (tripping), 10:31; Nicholls, Texas (boarding), 13:24.

Second period — 5, Texas, Hogg (Spady, Rouleau), 6:48 (pp). 6, Wichita, Flath (Mohr, Beauregard), 8:06; 7, Texas, Nutkevich (Nicholls), 10:17. 8, Texas, Hogg (Rouleau, Eskendjian), 12:16. 9, Wichita, Flath (Bourret, Tetrault), 16:17 (pp). Penalties — Sawyer, Wichita (holding), :34; Hodge, Texas (too many men), 2:09; Flath, Wichita (slashing), 6:26; Hogg, Texas (tripping), 14:31; Chappell, Wichita (high sticking), 17:17.

Third period — 10, Wichita, Bourret (Beauregard), 6:16. 11, Texas, Nicholls (Nutkevich, Fox), 19:25 (ea). Penalties — Seibel, Wichita (tripping), 8:17; Bourret, Wichita (roughing), 8:17; Meadows, Texas (roughing), 8:17; Tetrault, Wichita (cross checking), 9:20; Bourret, Wichita (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:25; Bourret, Wichita (game misconduct), 19:25.

Power plays — Wichita 2 for 3, Texas 2 for 8.

Shots — Wichita 5-13-7—25; Texas 10-6-10—26.

Goalies — Wichita, Russo 26 shots-21 saves; Texas, Carroll 5-2, Guggenberger 20-17.

T — 2:30. A — 1,881.

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