Wichita Thunder

Gale's hat trick leads Thunder

A.J. Gale scored the game's first goal and the final two, leading the Thunder to a 5-3 victory at Dayton, Ohio, on Friday night.

Gale's first goal came shorthanded midway through the first period. Jesse Bennefield scored 92 seconds later to put Wichita up 2-0.

Dayton cut the lead to 2-1 later in the first period, then scored twice in the second to go up 3-2.

The Thunder pulled even on a goal by Aaron Davis at 5:45 of the third, then went ahead 4-3 on Gale's goal at 16:35.

Gale's final goal was scored into an empty net with three second left.

Wichita2 0 3 — 5 Dayton1 2 0 — 3

First Period—1, Wichita, Gale (unassisted) (sh) (10:10. 2, Bennefield (unassisted) 11:34. 3, Dayton, Lutes (Couturier) (pp), 15:05. Penalties— Richards, W (tripping), 9:07; Looby, W (tripping) 13:48; Martens, W (tripping) 14:42.

Second Period—4, Dayton Larke (Vaskivuo, Lutes) 8:38. 5, Bochek (Labenski) 16:26. Penalties— Canzanello, D (tripping) 5:49; McCue, D (hooking) 10:26; Ornelas, D (hooking) 19:51.

Third Period—6, Wichita, Davis (Robinson) 5:45. 7, Wichita, Gale (Robinson, Davis) 16:35. 8, Wichita, Gale (unassisted) (pp) (empty net) 19:57. Penalties —Scoran, W (slashing) :32; Lutes, D (interference), 19:34; Lutes, D (no category, misconduct) 19:34.

Shots—Wichita 13-18-13—44, Dayton 7-4-9—20. Saves— Wichita, Gelinas 20 shots, 17 saves; Dayton, Jakaitis 43-39. Powerplays— Wichita 1-4, Dayton 1-4. Referee— Zak Blazic. Linesmen— Brett Martin, Brandon Baetens. Att— 2,722.