Game 4 Preview
Prescott Valley, AZ (April 3rd) - Wichita has a chance tonight to close out its first round series against Arizona in Game 4. The Thunder won in overtime last night by the final of 2-1.
What to watch for:
Wichita trailed for the first time in the series and found a way to come from behind last night. It was only the fifth time in franchise history that the Thunder won when trailing after two periods in the post-season.
Wichita improved to 12-5 in overtime games in the playoffs and 2-0 this season. When overtime is decided in the first session, Wichita is 11-1 all-time.
Wichita and Arizona have played some classics this season. The two teams have met six times this year including playoffs, five of which have been one-goal affairs.
Wichita lost three Game 3's during last year's playoffs, but was able to take its first Game 3 of this post-season. Wichita improved to 12-10 in Game 3's. The Thunder is 11-19 in elimination games all-time.
Game 3 was all about the two goaltenders. David Brown and Torrie Jung put on a display, allowing just three goals on a combined 74 shots on net. Brown was forced to make several acrobatic saves down the stretch, including a breakaway stop on Neil Trimm in the third. Jung was outstanding as well in net for Wichita.
Arizona lost at home for the first time in its last six games home, going 4-0-1 at the end of the regular season. Arizona is 0-for-12 on the power play and 2-for-23 against Wichita this season. Arizona has lost five straight playoff games dating back to their last appearance in the post-season in 2011.
Players to watch:
Greger Hanson leads the team with four points (1g, 3a) while Les Reaney and Matt Summers each have two goals in the series. Torrie Jung improved to 3-0 in the post-season, stopping 29 of 30 shots he faced.
Chad Nehring leads the team with three points so far in the playoffs (2g, 1a) and has scored in four of the last five games against Wichita. Despite being 0-2 in two starts, David Brown has a goals against of 1.95 and a save percentage of .947.
Wichita improved to 22-36 on the road in the post-season. In Game 4's, Wichita is 10-11 all-time. The Thunder's playoff record is 57-55 in 112 post-season games.
Opening Round - Series "B" (best-of-7)
Arizona Sundogs vs. Wichita Thunder
Game 1 - Thu., Mar. 28 - Arizona 3 Wichita 4 W (OT)
Game 2 - Sat., Mar. 30 - Arizona 0 Wichita 3 W
Game 3 - Tue., Apr. 2 - Wichita 2 Arizona 1 W (OT)
Game 4 - Wed., Apr. 3 - Wichita at Arizona, 8:05 p.m.
*Game 5 - Sat., Apr. 6 - Arizona at Wichita, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 6 - Sun., Apr. 7 - Arizona at Wichita, 5:05 p.m.
*Game 7 - Wed., Apr. 10 - Wichita at Arizona, 8:05 p.m.
*- If Necessary
Thunder leads 3-0
(All times Central)
Wichita takes on Arizona in Game 4 tonight at 8:05 p.m. CST . If necessary, Wichita would host Game 5 on Saturday, April 6th. Tickets are on sale now! For tickets, call 755-SEAT, visit the INTRUST Bank Arena box office or online at www.selectaseat.com .
Wichita Thunder playoff packages are on sale now. There are many ways to get involved, so be a part of the Blue Revolution and the Thunder's quest for a CHL Title by joining the Blue Crue. Contact the Wichita Thunder Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at (316) 264-4625 or visit the fan relations table behind section 120 at any Wichita Thunder home game for more information. Join the Blue Revolution today!
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