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Robinson Gives Thunder Game 1 with Overtime Winner

March 28, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Wichita Thunder News Release

Wichita, KS (March 28th) - Matt Robinson has scored some big goals in his career and added to his resume on Thursday night, scoring the game-winning-goal in overtime to help Wichita beat the Arizona Sundogs 4-3 at INTRUST Bank Arena. Robinson, who had six of his 12 goals go for game-winners during the regular season, scored his 16th post-season goal while Greger Hanson and Matt Summers each had two points in the win. Wichita takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series against Arizona with Game 2 coming on Saturday night.

Matt Summers started the scoring just over five minutes in as he found a loose puck in the slot and put a backhand past Adam Russo. Wichita had several chances including a shorthanded breakaway chance from Chad Painchaud that Russo was able to get a piece of.

Wichita began the second period with two men in the penalty box after Hanson and Flath were whistled for late first-period minors. Wichita was able to extend the lead to 2-0 when Hanson's penalty expired, caught a pass from Martens on a three-on-two and put it through the legs of Russo. Mario Larocque got Arizona on the board at 3:31 with a one-timer from the slot. At 8:40, Les Reaney tallied his first goal since New Years Eve after stopping in the left circle with a toe-drag move and wristing one past Russo's blocker to give the Thunder a two-goal advantage, up 3-1.

Arizona weathered the storm at the start of the third and got back into the game with a Chad Nehring strike at 4:33 after skating past a Thunder defender and beating Torrie Jung to the glove side. Late in the period, Arizona came out of a timeout and set up a play off a face-off. The puck was won back to Matt McCready who sent one on net that ricocheted off a player in front and tied the game at three.

Each team had a hard time finding much room at the start of overtime as both clubs were clogging the neutral zone. Arizona was trying to complete a line change and the Thunder made them pay. Summers caught a long outlet from Kevin Young, came in the zone on a two-on-one, fed it across to Matt Robinson and he buried the overtime winner past Russo with a forehand-to-backhand deke.

Robinson scored the overtime game-winner in Game 6 against Fort Worth to send the Thunder to the CHL Finals last season and scored his first goal of this year's playoffs in dramatic fashion tonight. Hanson finished with a goal and an assist in first game back since late January. Young had two assists along with Summers who had a goal and an assist. Torrie Jung got the win, stopping 23 of 26 shots he faced. Each game this season between the two teams have been one-goal games.

Opening Round - Series "B" (best-of-7)

Arizona Sundogs vs. Wichita Thunder

Game 1 - Thu., Mar. 28 - Arizona 3 Wichita 4 OT

Game 2 - Sat., Mar. 30 - Arizona at Wichita, 7:05 p.m.

Game 3 - Tue., Apr. 2 - Wichita at Arizona, 8:05 p.m.

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 lead 1-0

(All times Central)

Wichita will host Game 2 on Saturday, M arch 30 th at 7:05 p.m . Tickets are on sale now! For tickets, call 755-SEAT, visit the INTRUST Bank Arena box office or online at www.selectaseat.com .

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