Evansville, IN (Jan. 3rd) - Ian Lowe scored a goal in regulation and had the game-winner in the shootout on Sunday afternoon to help Wichita (9-20-1-3) defeat Evansville (12-15-3-1) at the Ford Center. Both teams traded goals before the Thunder outscored the IceMen 2-1 in the shootout round.
Kenton Miller and Lowe had the Thunder tallies while David Shantz won his second game in a row.
Wichita played a solid first period, outshooting the IceMen 9-3. Miller gave the Thunder a 1-0 lead with a power play goal from the right circle at 18:46. Dalton Reum was sent off with nine seconds to go in the frame and that would carry over into the second.
The IceMen started the second with a two-man advantage when Lowe was called for tripping. Evansville was held at bay and the Thunder killed off the five-on-three. Nathan Moon tied the game at 7:52 on a two-on-one for his first of two on the night. Lowe answered at 15:23, scoring on an odd-man chance from the left circle just inside the post of Christoffer Bengtsberg and made it 2-1.
Moon tied it with his second of the contest at 6:42 of the third. He won a battle in the corner, skated across the crease and beat Shantz. The game remained tied and headed into overtime.
Both teams had plenty of chances to end it in the five minute extra session. Andy Huff was denied on a breakaway. Tyson Fawcett came down all alone, but was stopped by Shantz. The frantic overtime ended and a shootout was needed.
Huff and Lowe scored in the penalty shot round for the Thunder while Fawcett had the only shootout goal for the IceMen. Shantz shut down Moon in the bottom of round three that gave Wichita a 3-2 victory.
Wichita scored its first power play goal since December 18th. Miller has three points in the last two games. Lowe recorded his first goal since early December. Shantz earns the win, stopping 21 of 23 shots. Bengtsberg suffers his first shootout loss of the season, stopping 23 of 25 shots he faced.
Wichita was 1-for-2 on the power play. Evansville went 0-for-6 on the man advantage.
The Thunder returns home on Friday to start a home-and-home series against Tulsa starting at 7:05 p.m.
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