PARK CITY — Once the puck bounced off the back of Thunder goaltender Jon Horell in the closing minutes of the third period, all he could do was turn around and watch it trickle over the line.
It was a meaningless goal in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Amarillo at the Kansas Coliseum, but it could have been a microcosm for Wichita's season so far.
"I could have cared less about the last goal." Thunder interim coach Jason Duda said. "We only had two. Every bounce seems to go the other way and that's why we are losing."
Losing their fifth consecutive game, the Thunder (3-13-2) had control of the puck for the majority of the game against the Gorillas, taking 36 shots — including 15 in a physical first period.
The Thunder struck first off Mike Kneeland's rebound goal midway through the first, but their lead would only last a short while.
Amarillo's Joe Guenther scored through the legs of Horell and Jake Morissette added a breakaway goal less than a minute later to give the Gorillas a 2-1 lead. Both Guenther and Morissette had two goals in the game.
"Things aren't good," Duda said. "The first 10 minutes we played well, but we quit the things that made us successful. We quit playing our game."
Each team struggled with power play opportunities — Amarillo went 0 for 5 and Wichita went 1 for 6.
"We need to capitalize on those opportunities," Duda said. "Scoring goals has been a problem for us all year."
Amarillo2 2 1 — 5 Wichita1 1 0 — 2
First Period—1. Wichita, Kneeland 4 (Kovalcik, Jorgensen) 8:53; 2. Amarillo, Guenther 12 (Sutter, Nimmo) 14:44; 3. Amarillo Morissette 12 (Smale) 15:29. Penalties— Wichita, Batovanja (Fighting Major) 0:02; Amarillo, Beeman (Fighting Major) 0:02; Amarillo, Aldoff (Hooking) 1:23; Amarillo, Obermeyer (Tripping) 5:07; Wichita, Jorgensen (Hooking) 5:45; Wichita, Batovanja (Hooking) 10:34; Wichita, Little (Cross Checking) 11:42, Amarillo, Arvai (Interference) 16:20; Wichita, Hanson (Hooking) 18:23; Amarillo, Aldoff (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) 18:23.
Second Period—4. Amarillo, Guenther 13 (Sutton, Nimmo) 10:34; 5. Amarillo, Cloud 3 (Bell, Beeman) 13:59; 6. Wichita, pp. Deleurme 5 (Detulleo, Adamek) 16:01; Penalties— Wichita, McAllister (Hooking) 6:05; Amarillo, Smale (Hooking) 15:11; Wichita, Belanger (Interference)
Third Period—7. Amarillo, Morissette 13 (MacCrae, Smale) 18:59; Penalties— Amarillo, Sutter (Hooking) 10:14; Amarillo, Nimmo (Slashing) 14:18
Power Play—Amarillo 0-5; Wichita 1-6; Shots on Goal— Wichita 15-10-11- 36; Amarillo 10-9-8- 27; Goaltending— Wichita, Horrell—22 Saves on 27 Shots; Amarillo, Brown—34 Saves on 26 Shots.