Wichita, KS (Dec. 10th) - Martin Nemcik capped off a wild, high-scoring affair with the overtime winner, giving Wichita a 5-4 victory over Allen on Saturday night at INTRUST Bank Arena.
Vincent Arseneau, playing against his former team, recorded a goal and an assist while Ryan Tesink added two points.
Allen hopped out to a two-goal advantage in the first period. Alex Guptil made it 1-0 at 2:40 when his shot from the left circle re-directed off of a leg and got past Scott Greenham. Gary Steffes made it 2-0 eight minutes later as he came out of the penalty box and fired a shot from the right circle for his fifth of the year.
Wichita got back into the game early in the second when Louick Marcotte recorded his fifth of the year at 23 seconds. Tesink tied the game five minutes later with a shorthanded goal and his first of the season that made it 2-2.
In the third, Chad Costello re-gained the lead for the Americans with a breakaway goal at 2:36 and his 10th of the year. Arseneau pulled Wichita even with a beautiful goal at 3:47. He got pulled down near the crease, got a piece of the puck with his backhand and slid it past Murray. At 12:38, Nathan Moon potted his sixth of the season to give the Thunder a 4-3 advantage.
With one minute to go in the contest, Allen pulled Murray and tied the game. Mike Gunn fired a wrist shot that appeared to get tipped in front of the net and the game headed to overtime.
In the extra session, Vincent Dunn almost ended the game in the first minute with a one-timer that clanked off the post. He was sent to the penalty box for slashing as the play went back up the ice. Nemcik intercepted a pass near the Thunder net, skated up to the neutral zone, dished the puck off to Arseneau and he fed it back to Nemcik for the game-winner.
Wichita recorded two shorthanded goals for the second time this season. The Thunder fired 40 shots for the second game in a row. Tesink and Nemcik recorded their first goals of the season to go along with their first multi-point outings of the year. Greenham claims the victory, stopping 35 of 39 shots. Murray suffers the overtime loss, stopping 37 of 42 shots he faced.
Wichita went 0-for-7 on the power play. Allen was 0-for-7 on the man advantage.
The Thunder will finish the weekend with an afternoon contest against Missouri starting at 4:05 p.m.
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