WEST VALLEY CITY, UT (April 1) – Wichita closed a six-game road trip on Saturday night, losing to Utah by a 5-3 final at the Maverik Center.
The Thunder led by a pair on two separate occasions, but the Grizzlies scored four-unanswered down the stretch to earn the three-game sweep.
Chris McKay had a pair of goals to lead the way for Wichita. Dominic Dockery tallied his second of the season while six others collected points.
Dockery put the Thunder on the board at 6:28 of the first period. Connor Walters found him across the circles and he beat Trent Miner to make it 1-0.
McKay tallied his first of the night at 11:05. He pounced on a rebound near the crease and made it 2-0.
Aaron Thow cut the lead to one at 12:57. He took a pass near the right circle and beat Roman Basran over the blocker for his seventh of the year.
McKay re-gained a two-goal advantage at 18:52. Wichita won a faceoff on a power play and he hammered a one-timer from the left point past Miner for his second of the night.
In the second, Utah scored three times in less than three minutes to take the lead. Jordan Martel fired a one-timer past Basran at 11:32 to cut the lead to 3-2.
At 12:20, Thow found a loose puck near the crease and beat Basran to tie the game at three.
Dylan Fitze gave the Grizzlies the lead for good at 14:02. Cameron Wright won a board-battle behind the Thunder net, found Fitze in front and he recorded his 16th of the season.
Wright tacked on an insurance goal at 15:20 of the third period as he beat Basran with a wrist shot from the left circle for his 24th of the season to make it 5-3.
Wichita went 1-for-3 on the power play. Utah was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
McKay tallied his first multi-goal game of his career. Walters has assists in back-to-back games. Dickman added an assist, giving him points in three-straight (3g, 1a). Cole Larkin collected his first point as a pro with an assist on Dockery's goal.
The Thunder returns home on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. to host the Tulsa Oilers.
Our annual Education Day Game, presented by Butler Community College and Golden Plains Credit Union, is coming soon. If you're a teacher or work with a local school, contact our office and ask for Tucker to bring your class out as we host the Tulsa Oilers at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Click here to buy tickets.
Autism Acceptance Night, presented by Wichita State University Communications Sciences and Disorders, is nearing as well. Join us on Friday, April 7 as we host the Rapid City Rush. We'll create a more sensory friendly environment for the game, reduce the lighting and loud music and more as we raise acceptance for those with Autism.
For just $20, get a ticket to the game and a limited edition Autism Acceptance Night t-shirt. Use the code ACCEPT when you check out.
Looking to bring the family? Take advantage of our Ollie's Family Four Pack for April 7. Get four tickets, a $20 Ollie's Bargain Outlet gift card and four team photos for just $40. Use the code FUN when you check out. Buy tickets here.
Single game tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets online HERE, at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena or by calling the Thunder office at 316-264-4625.
Several outstanding promotions remain on our schedule for the season. Click HERE to learn more.