Comeback Falls Short in 4-3 SO Loss at Tulsa
Tulsa, OK (Nov. 18th) - Wichita (4-5-1-2) battled back from a three-goal deficit, but came up short on Tuesday night losing to Tulsa (6-4-1-0) by the final score of 4-3 in a shootout at the BOK Center. Ian Lowe, Kirill Tulupov and Kenton Miller provided the offense for the Thunder in the losing effort. Tulsa improves to 3-1-0-0 in the StoneWolf Casino Cup Series and have won all three meetings at home past regulation. The two teams will meet one more time later this week as the Thunder will travel to Tulsa on Sunday, November 23rd.
Tulsa raced out to a three-goal lead with a pair in the opening period. Steve Mele stole a loose puck at the Oilers blue line and beat Tim Boron with a shorthanded goal at 6:24 to make it 1-0. At the 17 minute mark, T.J. Caig fired a shot off a face-off and scored his eighth of the season to increase the lead to 2-0.
Wichita dominated the second period, outshooting the Oilers 26-5 and 11-0 in the first six minutes. The first shot on net came from Jeff Jubinville at 7:10 and he scored to increase the lead to 3-0. The Thunder finally broke through with two goals in 45 seconds to climb back into the game. On the Thunder's fourth power play, Tulupov let a wrist shot go from the deep slot that Kevin Carr initially stopped. The rebound squirted through his legs just over the line to get Wichita on the board and make it 3-1. At 13:56, Lowe recorded his second of the season from behind the goal line as he banked it off Carr to cut the lead to 3-2.
In the third, Wichita continued on its torrid pace in the shot department. The Thunder outshot Tulsa 14-4 and pulled even with just over three minutes remaining. Todd Hosmer found Kenton Miller at the right post as he was going behind the net and beat Carr in tight to tie the game at three. For the third-straight game at the BOK Center, Wichita and Tulsa headed into an overtime session.
Wichita continued to flex its muscle in the extra period. Mike Wilson and Kurtis Bartliff had great chances in front that Carr, but the rookie netminder kept it out of the net. The game headed into a shootout after both teams failed to find the game-winner.
Tulsa started out first and scored in the first two rounds as Adam Pleskach and T.J. Caig beat Boron to make it 2-0. The score would stand as all four of the Thunder shooters were unsuccessful against Carr and gave the Oilers their sixth win of the season.
Wichita keeps its streak alive, firing 49 shots on net and has eclipsed 30 or more for the sixth-straight game. The Thunder had a season-high 26 shots in a single period during tonight's contest, which was the second stanza. Miller finished with a goal and assist and recorded his first even strength tally of the year. Lowe has goals in back-to-back games while Bartliff recorded an assist, giving him helpers in two-straight contests. Boron suffers the shootout loss, stopping 18 of 21 shots. Carr took the win, stopping 46 of 49 shots he faced.
Wichita went 1-for-5 on the power play. Tulsa was 0-for-3 on the man advantage.
Wichita return homes on Saturday night to host the Missouri Mavericks at 7:05 p.m. The Thunder will travel back to the BOK Center for a rematch on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. against the Oilers.
Individual tickets are on sale now. Don't delay! Tickets can be purchased at the INTRUST Arena Box office, by calling 755-SEAT or go online at www.selectaseat.com. Stay up-to-date on all the news during the season by visiting www.wichitathunder.com.
• Discuss this story on the ECHL message board...
ECHL Stories from November 19, 2014
- Grizzlies Beat Colorado 2-1 on Road - Utah Grizzlies
- Driedger Denies Road Warriors as IceMen Win 3-0 - Evansville IceMen
- Mallards Rally Late, Grab Wild Shootout Win - Quad City Mallards
- Dreidger Stops 34 Shots as IceMen Defeat Warriors - Greenville Swamp Rabbits
- Late Lead Vanishes in 4-3 Shootout Loss to Mallards - Tulsa Oilers
- Solar Bears Stifle Fuel, 4-1 - Indy Fuel
- Eagles Acquire Defenseman Colin Joe in Trade - Colorado Eagles
- Condors Host Field Trip Day Game at 10:30 a.m. Thursday - Bakersfield Condors
- ECHL Transactions - November 19 - ECHL
- Thunder Partners with Reddi Industries for Pucks for Bucks Program - Wichita Thunder
- Valk and DiPaolo Get Reassigned to K-Wings - Kalamazoo Wings
- Mavericks Make a Pair of Trades, Acquire Josh Brittain and Brendan - Kansas City Mavericks
- Preview: Warriors Visit Evansville Tonight - Greenville Swamp Rabbits
- Former L.V. Captain Signs with Glads - Atlanta Gladiators
- Weekly Weather Report: Weekly News and Notes of the Stockton Thunder - Stockton Thunder
- Jackals Outdueled in Shootout; Fall 3-2 at Wheeling - Elmira Jackals
- Game Preview - Ontario Reign at Idaho Steelheads - Ontario Reign
- Nailers Star as Comeback Kids on Education Day - Wheeling Nailers
- Royals Add Food and Clothing Drive to Historic Army-Navy Hockey Day Events - Reading Royals
- Defenseman Headed to the AHL - Idaho Steelheads
- Nailers vs. Jackals Game Day Snap Shot - Wheeling Nailers
- Carruth Reassigned to Indy - Indy Fuel
- ECHL Today - November 19 - ECHL
- Jackals Visit Wheeling for Wednesday Morning School Game - Elmira Jackals
- Comeback Falls Short in 4-3 SO Loss at Tulsa - Wichita Thunder
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 Falter Late in Shootout Loss to Kansas City
- Thunder Blanks Mavericks on Wizards Night
- Thunder Returns Home for Two Great Weekend Promotions
- Thunder Acquires Former Kelly Cup Champ Roy from Allen
- Thunder, Mavs Partner with the Salvation Army for Kettle Challenge