WICHITA, Kan. (Nov. 30) – Wichita tried to rally from a two-goal deficit on Wednesday night, but fell to Indy, 3-2, at INTRUST Bank Arena.
Michal Stinil scored twice and Brayden Watts had a pair of assists in the losing effort.
After a scoreless first, Stinil put the Thunder on the board just 49 seconds into the second. He won a race to the puck in the right corner, walked into the slot and beat Mitchell Weeks to make it 1-0.
Kale Howarth tied the game at 3:46 as he fired a wrist shot from the left circle past Evan Buitenhuis.
At 9:32, Andrew Bellant gave the Fuel a 2-1 lead with a shot from the slot.
Seamus Malone increased it to 3-1 at 17:23 as he tipped home a shot from Spencer Watson. near the front of the net.
In the third, Stinil fired a one-timer from the right circle past Weeks at 6:11 to cut the lead to 3-2.
Howarth took a late penalty and gave the Thunder a six-on-four situation with 1:30 left, but Weeks held his ground and helped Indy to the victory.
Watts extended his point-streak to eight games. Stinil has points in five-straight and two points in back-to-back games.
The Thunder heads to Independence on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. for the first time this season to face Kansas City.
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