Wichita, KS (Nov. 25th) - Jumping out to a three-goal advantage on Thanksgiving Eve, Wichita (6-10-0-1) skated away from Indy (9-5-1-0) by the final score of 5-1 on Wednesday night at INTRUST Bank Arena. Danick Gauthier led the way with two goals while Andy Huff had a goal an assist. The Thunder snap a four-game losing skid and improve back to .500 at home with the victory (5-5-0-1).
In the first, Huff took a loose puck along the boards and found Brandon Martell streaking in for a one-timer that beat Mac Carruth at 1:52 of the first. The
Thunder took a 1-0 lead into the intermission and doubled the Fuel in shots, 14-7.
The Thunder extended the lead in the second when Kenton Miller skated out of the corner and beat Carruth at 11:57. Wichita struck on the power play at 13:11 as Gauthier roofed it over the glove of Carruth to make it 3-0.
Garett Bembridge put the Fuel on the board at 13:34 of the third period. Carruth went to the bench for an extra attacker and the move paid off as Bembridge tipped in a shot from the blueline to make it 3-1. Wichita answered back less than three minutes later as Huff scored on a breakaway with four minutes left. Gauthier added salt to the wound with a goal :58 seconds later after collecting a beautiful pass from Peter Sakaris and tipped it through Carruth.
Wichita snaps its four-game losing skid and scores its first power play goal in 10 games. Gauthier records his first multi-goal game of the season and potted his third in the last two games. Huff finished with a goal and an assist, giving him goals in back-to-back contests. Miller added his fourth of the season while Sakaris led the way with six shots on net.
The Thunder will head to Tulsa on Friday night to face the Oilers for the third time this season in the StoneWolf Casino Cup Series. Wichita will return home on Saturday night to face Tulsa starting at 7:05 p.m.
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