The Thunder had the Central Hockey League’s best record this season, so a three-game losing streak heading into the playoffs probably isn’t a big deal.
With nothing riding on the games, Wichita dropped its third straight Sunday, falling 3-1 at Allen in a game that featured only 14 penalty minutes.
The Thunder (44-19-3) begins the playoffs at home Friday and Sunday against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.
Allen led 1-0 in the first period when Keith Johnson put in a rebound of a shot by Mark Nebus. The lead went to 2-0 on Nebus’ second-period goal before the Thunder’s Thomas Beauregard scored on a power play with 3:28 to go in the period.
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Tyler Ludwig put the Thunder away with a third-period goal.
Scoring—1. Allen, Johnson (Nebus), 4:46. Penalties—Wichita, Donaghy (high sticking), 2:21; Allen, Hepditch (slashing), 7:25.
Scoring—2. Allen, Nebus (Deitsch, Newton), 7:34; 3. Wichita, T. Beauregard pp (Tetrault, Young), 16:32. Penalties—Allen, Ludwig (tripping), 15:20; Wichita, Sawyer (hooking), 17:58.
Scoring—4. Allen, Ludwig (Deitsch, Johnson), 6:27. Penalties—Allen, Johnson (high sticking), 0:07; Wichita, Bembridge (goalie interference), 2:11; Wichita, Mohr (interference), 9:55.
Power play—Wichita 1 for 3, Allen 0 for 4.
Shots—Wichita 7-9-8—24, Allen 12-15-6—33.
Goaltenders—Hogan, Wichita, 30 saves on 33 shots; Groenheyde, Allen, 23 saves on 24 shots.