INDEPENDENCE, MO (Dec. 31) - Darik Angeli scored back-to-back goals, including the game-tying and game-winning markers to help Kansas City knock off Wichita in overtime on New Year's Eve, 4-3, at Cable Dahmer Arena.
Carter Johnson had a goal and an assist to lead the way for the Thunder while Garrett Schmitz and Billy Exell each scored.
Ryan Harrison gave the Mavericks a 1-0 lead just 1:44 into the first. At 12:42, Exell tied the contest with a wrist shot from the left circle. Ben Johnson gave Kansas City a 2-1 advantage at 17:35. Carter Johnson tied it once again at 17:48 as he caught a pass through the slot and beat Angus Redmond.
Schmitz gave Wichita is first lead of the contest with a power play goal at 10:39 of the second. He blasted a shot from the deep slot past Redmond for his first of the season.
Angeli tied the game at 16:08 of the third. He put home a rebound after Jake Theut stopped Nick Pastujov. For the first time in the season-series, the two teams would head to overtime.
Both teams had some good chances in the extra period, combining for seven shots. On one end, Dalton Skelly was stopped by Redmond and that led to the game-winner. Lane Scheidl caught a pass near the slot and his rebound slid under Theut from the goal line back into the crease. Angeli found the loose puck and scored his 11th of the year to give the Mavericks the win.
Johnson collected his 10th of the year. Watts added his 20th helper of the season and extended his point-streak to five games. Skelly, Stinil, Fredericks and Hausinger all added assists.
Wichita returns home tomorrow night to kick off 2022 against Kansas City at 7:05 p.m.
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