Big Second Period Pushes Thunder to Win over KC
WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita used a big second period to pull away from Kansas City on Sunday afternoon, winning 4-1 at INTRUST Bank Arena. The Thunder leads the Independence Cup Series 4-2-2-0 and took four out of six points on the weekend.
Stefan Fournier, Fabrizio Ricci, Billy Exell and Patrik Parkonnen found the net while Mitch Gillam was superb for the Thunder in the winning effort.
Early in the first, Kansas City worked its cycle down low and kept the puck in the offensive zone. The Thunder defense did a nice job of limiting opportunities and starting chances at the other end. Nick Schneider made some nice saves, including a post-to-post save on Cameron Hebig.
The Thunder struck three times in the second period to grab a 3-0 lead. Ricci scored at 2:06 as he spun around near the blueline and beat Schneider to make it 1-0. Fournier increased it to 2-0 after he caught a beautiful feed from Chris Crane and registered his 8th of the season. Exell made it 3-0 at 11:24 with his second of the year. Gillam made some nice saves on the other end, including one on Michael Parks with six minutes to go in the frame.
Kansas City got one back late in the third as Zach Osburn fired a shot off the right post and in to make it 3-1. The Mavericks pulled Schneider again on the next shift and Parkkonen unloaded a slapshot from his own zone into the empty cage to make it 4-1.
Wichita earned back-to-back wins for the first time since November 13. The Thunder also snapped a small skid against the Mavericks in the season-series, stopping a three-game slide. Crane and Starrett each added two assists. Ricci had a goal and an assist. Gillam stopped 27 of 28 shots he faced. Parkkonen and Fournier have goals in back-to-back games.
The Thunder hits the road for the next four starting on Tuesday night at Allen.
The Thunder are excited to be the host of the 2020 Warrior Hockey/ECHL All-Star Classic, presented by Toyota, on Wednesday January 22, 2020. Get your tickets now for the league's annual showcase that features some of the best young talent across the ECHL.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale now. Get your seats for just $34 per month. All it takes is a $1 deposit per seat to reserve yours today. To learn more, click here or contact a Thunder representative at the office today!
• Discuss this story on the ECHL message board...
ECHL Stories from December 8, 2019
- Big Second Period Pushes Thunder to Win over KC - Wichita Thunder
- Walleye Defeat Nailers to Earn Third Straight Road Win - Toledo Walleye
- Mavs Finish Three-In-Three Weekend with Loss in Wichita - Kansas City Mavericks
- Nailers Strike First, But Come up Short against Toledo - Wheeling Nailers
- Everblades Deal Defenseman Campbell to Allen Americans - Florida Everblades
- Michel Scores 1st in 2-1 Loss - Reading Royals
- Daccord Is Stellar as Beast Dethrone Royals - Brampton Beast
- ECHL Transactions - December 8 - ECHL
- Four-Game Road Trip Concludes in Brampton - Reading Royals
- Rush Suffer First Home Loss of Season - Rapid City Rush
- Barone, Grizzlies Shut out Rush 3-0 - Utah Grizzlies
- Americans Comeback Leads to Overtime Win - Allen Americans
- Steelheads Score Early, Fall Late in 4-3 Overtime Loss to Allen - Idaho Steelheads
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Wichita Thunder Stories
- Thunder Drops Final Game of Trip to Rapid City
- Offense Explodes for Five in the Third Period
- Rapid City Grabs OT Win vs. Wichita
- Rosters Changes Announced Ahead of 2020 Warrior ECHL All-Star Game, Presented by Toyota
- MeiGray to Auction Jerseys from 2020 Warrior ECHL All-Star Classic, Presented by Toyota