PARK CITY — While Jason Duda doesn't have much coaching experience, he certainly knows how to enter a dressing room with authority and enthusiasm.
Duda threw open the door, took a couple steps in and yelled, "How does that feel?"
With 18 hockey players hollering back at once, the exact answer was unintelligible, but rest assured Duda received a positive response.
While the season has been mostly disappointing, there was much optimism after the Thunder beat Arizona 3-2 on Friday night at the Kansas Coliseum.
A resurgent Joel Hanson scored two goals, Jim Jorgensen provided the game-winner in the third period and rookie Scott Campbell impressed in net as the Thunder (3-9-1) snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Duda, who was named interim coach after Brent Bilodeau was fired last week, won his first game in his debut in the Coliseum. Duda, who is coaching while on injured reserve for a back injury, is 1-2-1.
The Thunder looked crisp and played a physical game, and there was, as expected, talk of fresh starts and new beginnings.
Jorgensen used the word "rejuvenated."
"Obviously, we're not happy about being at the bottom, but we think we can turn the ship around," he said.
Added Campbell, "We played an all-around great game. Everybody played 60 minutes hard for the first time. Ever since Dudsie (Duda) took over, we're hitting a new level."
Jorgensen's game-winner came courtesy of a nice assist from Jason Deleurme. With the game tied at 2 and the Thunder on a 4-on-3, Deleurme slid a pass over to Jorgensen, who blasted a shot from the right face-off circle past Arizona's goalie.
"I just jumped in the play, and J.D. made a great pass," Jorgensen said. "I just tried to lean into it."
Making his seventh straight start, Campbell showed no signs of fatigue, stopping 32 of 34 shots. The rookie's goals-against average dropped to 3.10 and his saves percentage increased to .900.
"I just felt good out there," he said. "I was seeing the puck really well and feeling it. I got lucky on a few occasions, but that's what you need sometimes."
Notes — The Thunder will attempt to continue the momentum tonight against Tulsa, which has won four games in a row.... Hanson appears over his slump; he has three goals in the past two games.... Glenn Detulleo had three assists. He leads the team with 12 points.... Defenseman Kevin Truelson will likely make his debut on Wednesday.
Arizona0 2 0 — 2 Wichita0 2 1 — 3
Scoring—None. Penalties— Wichita, Little (tripping) 6:23; Arizona, Fagemo (interference) 7:07; Arizona, Potvin (hooking) 11:05; Arizona, Biondo (holding the stick) 14:08; Wichita, Kovalcik (interference) 15:28; Arizona, Thauwald (cross checking) 19:33; Wichita, Kovalcik (game misconduct) 20:00.
Scoring—1. Wichita, Hanson 3 (Deleurme, Detuello) :18; 2. Arizona, Fagemo 4 (Reeder, Landry) 7:48 pp; 3. Arizona, Hood 4 (Delforte) 10:25; Wichita, Hanson 4 (Detulleo, Thompson) 17:29. Penalties— Wichita, Batovanja (unsportsmanlike conduct) 3:53; Wichita, Little (roughing) 5:58; Arizona, Biondo (fighting) 11:38; Wichita, Batovanja (cross checking, fighting) 11:38; Arizona, Thauwald (slashing) 14:41; Arizona, Landry (hooking) 15:21; Arizona, Hood (high sticking) 17:56.
Scoring—5. Wichita, Jorgensen 2 (Deleurme, Detulleo) 16:23. Penalties— Wichita, McAllister (interference) 3:04; Wichita, Deleurme (tripping) 6:03; Arizona, Reeder (holding the stick) 7:52; Wichita, McAllister (roughing) 11:57; Arizona, Sides (slashing) 11:57.
Power play—Arizona 1 for 7, Wichita 1 for 8.
Shots on goal—Arizona 8-12-14—34, Wichita 7-8-10—25.
Goaltenders—Arizona, Perras 22 saves on 25 shots. Wichita, Campbell 32 saves on 34 shots .