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Thunder Pull Away from Cutthroats in the Third, 6-3

February 16, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Denver Cutthroats News Release

WICHITA, Kan. - A three-goal third period was the difference on Saturday night as the Wichita Thunder pulled away from the Denver Cutthroats in a 6-3 final in front of 5,505 in attendance at Intrust Bank Arena.

Matt Robinson at 12:27, Ian Lowe at 16:22, and Neil Trimm with six seconds remaining on an empty net were the three Wichita (28-15-6) goal scorers to snap a 3-3 tie when the period began.

Brad Smyth, Mikael Bedard and Luke Fulghum each scored goals for the Cutthroats (25-20-6), who split the weekend home-and-home series staying six points back of the Thunder for third place in the Central Hockey League. Bedard (goal, assist), Fulghum (goal assist), and Gabe Gauthier (two assists) each finished with two-point nights for the Fish.

Michael DiLorenzo took his first loss for Denver, stopping 32 of 37 shots. Torrie Jung earned the win with 17 saves.

Both teams traded goals in the first period for a 2-2 score as Trimm opened up the scoring at 3:53 before Smyth responded for Denver at 10:03 for his 22nd of the season. Bedard then added his third goal in the last two games since joining the Cutthroats less than a minute after Smyth's with an extra attacker on the ice. RG Flath knotted the game for Wichita with 8:43 remaining in the frame from the left circle.

Fulghum put Denver in front, 3-2, in the second with a one-timer from the slot off Bedard's centering feed from behind the net. Chad Painchaud tallied a power play goal in the final minute of the period from the right circle to keep the score tied at 3-3.

Denver finished 0-for-2 on the power play while the Thunder went 1-for-4.

The Cutthroats return home for a three-game stretch beginning on Monday when they host the Missouri Mavericks in a Presidents' Day battle at 1:30 PM MST at the Denver Coliseum.

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