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Thunder's Comeback Falls Short

November 22, 2008 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Wichita Thunder News Release

WICHITA, KS- The Wichita Thunder dropped a 3-1 decision to the Oklahoma City Blazers at the Kansas Coliseum on Saturday night. Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Troy Ofukany scored Wichita's first shorthanded goal of the season at 14:20 to bring Wichita back within one. However, Jeff MacDermid scored at even strength less than two minutes later at 16:09, giving the Blazers a 3-1 lead.

Oklahoma City built their lead on a first period goal from Bill Vandemeer at 14:28, and then scored a power play goal from Chad Hinz just 48 seconds into the second.

Wichita outshot Oklahoma City 32-31, and collected a season-high 42 penalty minutes. Eight fighting majors were handed out in total between the two teams, including Thunder bouts from Jonathan Bernier, Andrew Davis, and Scott Rozendal.

Wichita placed Matt Byrnes on the 14-day Injured Reserve before the game, and activated Stan Yanchishyn. Chris Shudo was scratched for the second straight night.

The Thunder finish a stretch of three games in three nights when they travel south to take on the Tulsa Oilers at the BOK Center late Sunday afternoon. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.

Wichita returns to the Coliseum Wednesday night for a 7:05 p.m. start against Tulsa. For tickets, call the Thunder office at 264-GOAL.

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