Hogan Closes Door on Sundogs, Earns 2nd Career ShutoutMarch 18, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Wichita Thunder
Wichita came out strong in the first period, dominating time of possession while outshooting Arizona 11-6. However, the Thunder was unable to capitalize on a power play and found themselves in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes.
Matt Robinson (33) scored the first goal for the Thunder at 5:51 of the second period. Matt Summers caught a Seibel feed in the slot and dished it off to Robinson who was able to put in the upper corner to make it 1-0. Wichita was penalized nine times in the second, but managed to score a short-handed goal from Alex Bourret (18) at 11:09 to make it 2-0. Shortly after, Bourret got tangled up with Luke Erickson and was tossed from the game as he received 29 minutes in penalties. Wichita was able to kill off a seven-minute power play that included a five-on-three.
The Thunder continued to pour salt in the wound as RG Flath (20) scored off of a steal behind the Arizona net at 6:39 of the third period. Hemingway stole the puck from the defender on the end-wall, left it for Flath who then curled in front of Arizona starter Scott Bowles and scored to make it 3-0. Wichita added another with 8:20 left in the contest as Kevin Young (2) scored a power play tally with a rocket from the blue line. Hogan took it from there and Wichita won 4-0.
Bryan Hogan improved to 10-1-0 in 12 appearances with Wichita and his second pro shutout, stopping all 27 shots he faced. Wichita goalies have a combined four shutouts, with each being recorded on home-ice. Matt Summers added an assist to extend his point streak to six games. Robinson tallied his 72nd goal all-time in a Thunder uniform and is alone in first place in the CHL in game-winning-goals (10).
The Thunder penalty kill was outstanding over the weekend. Wichita went six-for-six against the Sundogs and has killed off its last 14 penalties as Quad City was 0-for-six while the Sundogs went 0-for-two last night.
Wichita won for the 24th time on home-ice and is just two wins shy of tying its all-time home record set back in 1993-94 (26). With one more victory, Wichita will tie its all-time win total off 44, set back in 1994-95.
Wichita heads south to face the Texas Brahmas on Tuesday night for the final time before returning home for the final two home games of the season on Friday and Saturday. For tickets, call 755-SEAT, visit the INTRUST Bank Arena box office or online at www.selectaseat.com .
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