Shorthanded Bees Fall to Wichita in Game Three
HIDALGO, Texas- Despite playing shorthanded the entire game the Rio Grande Killer Bees turned in a valiant effort that fell just short as the Wichita Thunder took a 4-2 victory Thursday night at the State Farm Arena to take a 3-1 series lead in the first round of the CHL playoffs.
Goaltender John Murray made 38 saves on 41 shots keeping the Bees in the game for most of the night but Thunder forward Alex Bourret's hat trick sealed the win for Wichita.
The Bees struck first at 9:40 in the first period while on the power play when Brady Leavold received a pass on the right side and wristed it past Thunder goalie Adam Russo. The goal was the fourth straight opening mark in the series.
Bourett evened the score in the closing seconds of the first when he scored on a shorthanded rush; he would score again to open the second period when a shot that trickled through Murray deflected in off a skate. RG Flath would add another shorthanded tally for his fourth goal of the series.
Dan Gendur would cut the deficit to one with 10:53 left in the second when he took advantage of a Wichita turnover that left him alone in the slot where he fired one past Russo the keep the Bees alive.
But Bourret would later score into the empty net with seconds left in the third period to complete the hat trick and the win for the Thunder.
The series will now shift back to Wichita on Saturday with the Thunder holding a 3-1 lead. Puck drop will be at 7:05, you can catch the game on CHL TV or 956sports.com.
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