Wichita Thunder

Shantz helps Thunder end losing streak

Goalkeeper David Shantz turned away 22 of 23 shots in leading the Thunder to a 2-1 ECHL victory at Indy on Saturday night, ending the team’s six-game losing streak.

Wichita defenseman Martin Nemcik scored in the first period to tie the game at 1, then forward Logan Nelson scored at 2:41 of the second period for the eventual game-winner. Kenton Miller had assists on both goals.

Shantz gave up a first-period goal to Indy’s Anders Franzon, but kept the Fuel (14-18-2-0) out of the net for the next two periods to improve the Thunder’s record to 8-20-1-3. Indy was 0 for 5 on the power play.

Wichita, which was 0 for 9 on the power play, plays at Evansville on Sunday before playing host to Tulsa on Friday at Intrust Bank Arena.

Wichita

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1

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2

Indy

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0

0

1

First period

Scoring – 1, Indy, Franzon 1 (White, Bly), 4:16. 2, Wichita, Nemcik 1 (Miller, Gauthier), 12:22. Penalties – Miller, Wic (high-sticking), 1:41; Colantone, Ind (hooking), 5:50; Schneider, Ind (boarding), 10:19; White, Ind (holding), 16:40; Gauthier, Wic (interference), 17:36; Colantone, Ind (tripping), 19:41.

Second period

Scoring – 3, Wichita, Nelson 5 (Miller), 2:41. Penalties – Marshall, Ind (tripping), 8:01; Miller, Wic (slashing), 8:41; Reum, Wic (holding), 16:47.

Third period

Penalties – Roehl, Ind (slashing), 4:50; Bembridge, Ind (holding), 7:29; Stroh, Ind (bench, too many men), 9:41; Nemcik, Wic (roughing), 14:18; Roehl, Ind (roughing), 14:18; Milan, Wic, (cross-checking), 19:47.

Shots – Wichita 9-11-6-26, Indy 9-9-5-23. Power plays – Wichita 0 of 9, Indy 0 of 5. Goalies – Wichita, Shantz 6-13-0-2 (23 shots, 22 saves). Indy, Carruth 9-6-2-0 (26 shots, 24 saves).

A – 6,306.

W – . L — . S — .

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