Greger Hanson scored 11 seconds into overtime, giving the Thunder (19-8-3) a 5-4 victory over heated-rival Missouri (14-11-4) on Friday night at INTRUST Bank Arena. Wichita leads the Independence Cup series 5-0-0 and has won 12 of the last 13 meetings over the Mavericks. Wichita also extends their home winning streak to nine games with the Quad City Mallards coming into town tomorrow night.
Wichita got off to a good start, scoring first before the halfway mark of the opening period. Aaron Boogaard made a nice pass across to Les Reaney, who then found Dustin Donaghy at the right post and he beat Mike Clemente to make it 1-0. At 13:35, Andrew Martens let a shot go from the blue line that was re-directed in front and Todd Griffith was in the right place at the right time to bang it home and extended the lead to 2-0. Missouri got one back at 16:48 as Dave Pszenyczny caught a Sebastien Thinel pass and scored just nine seconds into their second power play of the game.
Kevin Young made quick work with a power play goal in the second period to push the Thunder lead back to two at 6:39. After he put a one-timer off a man in front, Young got another opportunity and let it rip from the blue line beating Clemente under the blocker to make it 3-1. Young pushed his point-scoring streak to seven games with the goal.
Thinel put Missouri on his back at the start of the third, scoring twice and assisting on another as the Mavericks took their first lead of the game. He scored his first goal at 1:36, getting behind the defense and beat Kevin Regan with a turn-a-round wrist shot to cut the lead to one. His second of the night tied the game at 3:35 on a wrap-around chance to make it 3-3. Kenton Miller scored a power play goal at 14:47 to give the Mavericks a 4-3 advantage and their first lead of the night. At 18:12, Wichita benefited from a power play chance and tied the game. Andrew Martens put a shot on net and Ian Lowe tipped it past Clemente to send the game to overtime tied at four.
Right after the opening face-off to start overtime, Hanson got away from a defenseman along the right wall at the Mavericks line, came in on a break-a-way and beat Clemente for the game-winner and his 13th of the season.
Martens finished with three assists while Lowe, Young and Hanson each had a goal and an assist. Regan earned his 12th win of the season and takes over the top spot in the league in wins, stopping 19 of 23 shots on net.
Wichita went 2-for-4 on the power play while Missouri was 2-for-4 as well.