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Wichita Holds Off Allen On Sunday Afternoon

Monday, November 15th
Wichita Holds Off Allen On Sunday Afternoon

ALLEN, TX (Nov. 14) - Brayden Watts scored 23 seconds into the third period and Wichita held off a late power play chance from Allen to take a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Allen Event Center. 

Carter Johnson tallied his fourth of the year and Evan Buitenhuis earned his fourth win, stopping 21 shots. 

The Thunder took a 1-0 lead early in the first. Johnson made a great play along the goal line and beat former Thunder netminder Hayden Lavigne over the blocker. Both teams had a chance with the man advantage in the opening period, but failed to convert. 

Late in the second, Chad Costello tied the game as he caught a long outlet pass from Eric Roy. He skated in on a breakaway and beat Buitenhuis for his fifth of the season. 

Jared Bethune was called for a high stick just 12 seconds into the third and the Thunder made him pay. Watts caught a pass from Dickman down the slot and buried a shot for his third of the year and a 2-1 lead. 

With just over a minute left, Nick Minerva was called for boarding and gave Allen a power play chance. Lavigne was pulled for the extra attacker, giving Allen a six-on-four situation. The Thunder defense held firm to preserve the win. 

Wichita outshot the Americans, 18-5, in the third period. The Thunder have power play goals in back-to-back games. Johnson has goals in back-to-back contests and four points over his last two. Minerva, Dickman, Billy Exell and Matteo Gennaro each collected helpers.

The Thunder begins a two-game set against Tulsa on Friday night at the BOK Center. Wichita returns home on Saturday, November 20 to host the Oilers for the first time this season.

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