Greger Hanson and RG Flath paced Wichita (10-1), recording points on the first three Thunder goals en route to a 5-2 victory in Game 3 of the CHL Finals on Saturday night over the Allen Americans (9-6) at INTRUST Bank Arena. Hanson and Flath had three points each while Torrie Jung earned his 10th win of the post-season. Wichita takes a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 tomorrow afternoon in Wichita.
For the second time in the series, Wichita jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring twice in the opening period. Hanson stole a pass at the Allen line, got it back from Flath and drove the net scoring with a backhand past Aaron Dell to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead five minutes in. Flath then got a terrific no-look pass from Hanson and wrapped it in at 10:25 to extend the lead to 2-0.
Late in the first, Hanson was called for diving after being taken down going for a lead pass in the slot and the Americans converted at the start of the second. Brian McMillin scored his 10th of the post-season on a one-timer from Kale Kerbashian just 58 seconds in to cut the lead to 2-1. Wichita was awarded its first power play after a Todd Robinson slash was called at the side of the Allen net 10 minutes later. Hanson was able to gobble up a rebound to the left of Dell and scored his second of the game at 10:21 to increase the lead back to two, up 3-1.
Wichita outscored the Americans in the final period 2-1. Ian Lowe scored just over a minute into the third on a slap shot from the right circle to increase the lead to 4-1. Tempers started to flare again late in the period when Les Reaney and Darryl Bootland started to jaw with each other. Bootland was kicked out of the game after slashing Reaney in the head and assessed a match penalty which could keep him out of tomorrow's contest. Chad Painchaud added an empty-net tally with three minutes left after Dell was pulled for the extra attacker. Allen tacked on a late goal with less than 30 seconds left from Jim Mckenzie, but the Thunder skated away with a 5-2 victory.
Wichita improves to 14-10 all-time in Game 3's and improves to 5-0 on home-ice in its first home game since April 11th. Hanson had two goals and an assist while Flath had a goal and two helpers. Dave Inman (0g, 2a), Kevin Young (0g, 2a) and Lowe (1g, 1a) each had two points in the contest. Jung improves to 10-1 in the playoffs, stopping 18 of 20 shots he saw. Dell lost for the sixth time in the post-season, stopping 19 of 23 shots in 59 minutes of work.
Wichita went 1-for-5 on the man advantage while Allen was 1-for-3.
Ray Miron President’s Cup Finals – Series ‘G’ (best-of-7)
Allen Americans vs. Wichita Thunder
Game 1 – Tuesday, April 30th – Wichita at Allen, 4-1 W
Game 2 – Thursday, May 2nd – Wichita at Allen, 5-2 L
Game 3 – Saturday, May 4th – Allen at Wichita, 5-2 W
Game 4 – Sunday, May 5th – Allen at Wichita, 5:05 p.m.
*Game 5 –Tuesday, May 7th – Wichita at Allen, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 6 – Friday, May 10th – Allen at Wichita, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 7 – Saturday, May 11th – Wichita at Allen, 7:05 p.m.
Wichita leads series 2-1
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