The Thunder battled back from a two-goal deficit to tie the score Saturday night against Colorado before losing 4-2 in Loveland, Colo.
Jason Reese scored midway through the second period for Wichita, and Joel Hanson's goal at 5:12 of the third made it 2-2.
Colorado regained the lead on a goal by Riley Nelson at 12:36, and added an empty-net goal with one second left.
The teams play again tonight in Colorado. The Thunder returns home Wednesday for another game against the Eagles.
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Wichita0 1 1 — 2 Colorado1 1 2 — 4
First Period—1, Colorado, Nelson (Schneekloth, Jackson) 17:57 (pp). Penalties— Thompson, W (hooking) 17:26.
Second Period—2, Colorado, Ulanski (Tobler) 7:36. 3, Wichita, Reese (Klempa) 12:37. Penalties— Birnie, C (tripping) 8:32; Nelson, C (hooking) 19:22; Klempa, W (interference) 19:43.
Third Period— 4, Wichita, Hanson (Reese, Klempa), 5:12. 5, Colorado, Nelson (Larranga, Jackson) 12:36. 6, Colorado, McGrane (Beatty) 19:59 (en). Penalties— Joly, C (unsportsmanlike conduct) 13:41.
Shots— Wichita 9-6-8—19; Colorado 13-13-19—45. Saves— Wichita, Campbell 44 shots, 41 saves; Penner 23-21. Power plays— Wichita 0-3, Colorado 1-2. Referee— Kris Schoech. Linesmen— Gary Pedigo, Jason Anderson. T— . A— 5,289.