Wichita, KS (Nov. 14th) - Andrew Courtney scored the only shootout goal in the fourth round to end a back-and-forth contest that saw Wichita (5-8-0-1) lose on Saturday night to Missouri (10-2-0-1) by the final score of 3-2 at INTRUST Bank Arena. Ian Lowe and Dalton recorded markers for the Thunder in the losing effort. Wichita earns a point, but falls to 0-5-0-1 in the Independence Cup Series.
The Thunder got off to a good start in the opening frame, breaking a trend that saw the opponent score first in the last seven games. Lowe fired a loose puck from the right circle just 1:18 into the contest that made it 1-0.
In the second, David de Kastrozza evened things at 1:58 with his second of the season on a two-on-one shorthanded opportunity. The Thunder re-took the lead at 11:35 when Reum unloaded a rocket past Parker Milner's glove to make it 2-1.
The Mavericks were able to tie the game in the third with early goal. Kane Lafranchise put home a shot from the left circle at 2:45 to make it a 2-2 game. Neither team could find the back of the net the rest of the way and for the first time in the season-series, overtime was needed. Both teams went back-and-forth in the overtime session. David Shantz made a terrific save late in the extra period on a two-man breakaway. The five-minute overtime period ended and the contest headed into a shootout. The only goal scored in the shootout came in the fourth round as Andrew Courtney put home a wrist shot past Shantz. Joey Sides needed to score in the bottom half, but was denied by Milner and the shootout victory.
Reum recorded two points (1g, 1a) while Sides claimed an assist in his second-consecutive game. Peter Sakaris added two helpers and leads the team in points with 10 (4g, 6a). Shantz suffers his first shootout loss of the season, stopping 26 of 28 shots. Milner took the win, stopping 19 of 21 shots he faced.
Wichita went 0-for-2 on the power play. The Mavericks were 0-for-4 on the man advantage.
The Thunder get some much needed rest before returning to home-ice to host the Allen Americans on Friday, November 20th.
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The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 541 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 29 who made their NHL debuts in the 2013-14 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.