Thunder Saddles Mavericks with Huge Second Period

November 13, 2022 — ECHL (ECHL) — Wichita Thunder news release

Wichita Thunder celebrates a goal against the Kansas City Mavericks
Wichita Thunder celebrates a goal against the Kansas City Mavericks
(Wichita Thunder)

WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita netted a season-best five goals in the second period and ran away in a 5-2 win over Kansas City Sunday afternoon at the INTRUST Bank Arena.

Brayden Watts, Jake Wahlin, Dominic Dockery and Quinn Preston each had two points. Evan Buitenhuis stopped 38 shots to claim his third straight win.

Pascal Laberge drew the first blood late in the first third. He took a pass across the slot and had his first shot stopped. He stayed in the game and scored to make it 1-0 with five seconds remaining.

Tristan Mullin extended the Mavericks’ lead to 2-0 after just 44 seconds. He came over the Thunder Line and shot past Buitenhuis for his eighth of the year.

Wichita scored the next five goals and took control of the game. At 6:57, Wahlin slipped a shot through Owen Savory near the left post. He circled the net and used his backhand to slide the puck over the line. The gate was checked to ensure it was fully crossed and the call was on the ice.

Mark Liwiski equalized the game 43 seconds later when he passed Theo Calvas to a loose puck. For the third time this season, he shot over Savory’s left shoulder from a tight angle.

At 2:04 p.m. Brayden Watts gave Wichita his first lead of the night. Wahlin stole the puck behind the net after Savory came out and tried to clear it around the boards. He fed Watts in the slot, which scored to make it 3-2.

Preston recorded his first of the season at 5:59 p.m. when he stole it near the faceoff left circle. Preston came in and shot past Savory’s glove to make it 4-2.

Watts finished the goal at 18:54 when Stinil’s first shot missed the net. The puck hit the slot hard and Watts buried it for his second of the night.

The Thunder extend their winning streak to four games and have won six of their last seven.

Watts had two goals and was named the number one star. Preston and Wahlin finished the game with a goal and an assist. Dockery had two helpers.

Wichita was 0-for-2 on the power play. Kansas City went 0-to-4 with a man advantage.

The Thunder play through Sunday, November 20 when Kansas City returns to the INTRUST Bank Arena for another Sunday Funday presented by Boulevard Theaters.

Tickets for single games are available 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.

Season tickets for the 2022/23 season are still on sale. Fans can pay full amount and get 10% discount. Secure your seats for every game and enjoy all the benefits.

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