Robinson's OT Winner Sends Thunder To CHL Finals

By: Wichita Email
By: Wichita Email

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April 23, 2012

Wichita scored first for the second game in a row, taking advantage of a seven-minute penalty assessed to Erik Spady. Chris Chappell (4) made a nice play in the slot and put a wrist shot past Brad Fogal to make it 1-0 at 2:43 of the second. Texas answered less than two minutes later when Adam Hogg found some room at the left post and beat Russo to tie the game at one. Wichita responded with a shorthanded goal at 15:59 from Chris Greene (3) to regain the lead. He took a pass at the red line from Chappell, made a nice move to get around the defenseman ad popped it over Fogal to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead.

In the third period, Texas tied the game at 5:40 when Brett Findlay carried the puck deep in the zone and gave it off to Brendon Hodge who scored to tie it at two. Down the stretch, Wichita had some good chances including a wide-open look from Chappell but was unable to put it past Fogal and for the second game in a row the two teams needed overtime.

In the extra period, Wichita was able to kill off a Jarred Mohr hooking penalty that resulted at the end of the third. After Robinson (2) was able to keep it in the zone at the blue line, he found a loose puck in the slot and put his own rebound past Fogal at 4:44, sending Wichita to the CHL Finals with a 3-2 overtime win.

Adam Russo was stellar in net, stopping 32 of 34 shots, earning his eighth win of the playoffs. Chappell had a goal and an assist while Chris Greene added a shorthanded goal, Wichita's sixth shorthanded goal of the post-season. Wichita improves to 10-5 all-time in overtime games in the playoffs with its second-straight overtime win against the Brahmas.

Wichita went 1-for-3 on the power play while Texas went 0-for-4.

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