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Thunder Handed OT Loss Vs. Utah

Monday, February 1st
Thunder Handed OT Loss Vs. Utah

Wichita, KS (Nov. 4th) - Caleb Herbert scored a power play goal at 2:28 of overtime to give Utah a 4-3 victory over Wichita on Sunday afternoon at INTRUST Bank Arena.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had a goal and an assist and Steven Iacobellis added two helpers in the losing effort. Dylan Wells played a solid game despite suffering the overtime loss, stopping 41 shots.

Wichita scored first for the fifth-straight game as Labrie found a soft spot in the defense and fired a one-timer past Joe Cannata at 3:42 of the first period to make it 1-0.

In the second, Herbert scored his first of two at 1:59. He chopped at a lose puck near the left circle and got a fortunate bounce. The puck slid underneath Wells for the power play tally to tie the contest at one. Hayden Hodgson re-gained the lead at 16:56 as he fired a one-timer from the left circle and beat Cannata for his second of the year.

Utah tied the game at 6:05 of the third period when Taylor Richart fired a shot that Austin Carroll appeared to get a piece of and made it 2-2. Just under a minute later, Ralph Cuddemi gave the Thunder a 3-2 lead as he caught a pass up the right seam and fired a wrist shot past Cannata's blocker.

The Grizzlies cashed in on a late penalty as Cuddemi was called for hooking with three minutes left. Tim McGauley, who had just stepped on the ice, skated into the play and fired a one-timer past Wells to even things up at three. For the third game in a row, the Thunder needed overtime to decide the outcome.

In the extra period, John McFarland was whistled for tripping just 34 seconds in and gave Utah another chance with the man advantage. Herbert scored the game-winner from the left circle as he beat Wells for his 10th goal of the season and a 4-3 win.

Wichita has earned points in five-straight games. The Thunder have played past regulation in three-straight and every game but two have gone past 60 minutes. Wichita's penalty killing streak was stopped at 30-straight kills to open the season.

The Thunder went 0-for-3 on the power play. Utah went 3-for-6 on the man advantage.

Wichita remains at home on Wednesday morning for a Kids Day game against Utah at 10:30 a.m. The Education Kids Day Game is presented by Butler Community College and Golden Plains Credit Union. For the first time in 15 years, local area schools will make a field trip to see the Thunder play and learn how the game of hockey relates to math and science.

Individual tickets for all games are on sale now. Season tickets are still available for purchase. Get your seats for just $15 per month. All it takes is a $1 deposit per seat to reserve yours today. To learn more, click here or contact a Thunder representative at the office today!

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