Wichita (9-5-2) built a three-goal lead and was able to stave off a late rally by the Quad City Mallards (5-5-3) on Friday night, winning 4-3 at INTRUST Bank Arena. RG Flath and Ryan Flanigan each recorded a goal and an assist to help the Thunder win their third in a row. Wichita is now 1-1-1 against the Mallards this season with two more meetings at home coming in December.
The Wichita power play had one chance in the first period and made the most of their opportunity. Kevin Young caught a pass from Chad Painchaud in the deep slot and fired a shot towards the net that was tipped out of the air by Ian Lowe and through John Murray to make it 1-0 at 17:53.
In the second period, Ryan Flanigan and Les Reaney scored four minutes apart to extend the Thunder lead to 3-0. Flanigan followed up a shot from Aaron Boogaard at the right circle, giving him a goal in consecutive games. Reaney out-raced a defender down the left boards at 14:34 and popped the puck just over the goal line past Murray and before the Mallard defender was able to keep it out of the net. Mickey Lang was able to get Quad City on the board at 16:32 with a shorthanded goal, which was the first one given up by Wichita this season to make it 3-1.
Quad City outscored the Thunder in the third period, as Michael Stinziani added a pair to get the Mallards back into the game. His first came at 9:43 after Bob Preece found him to the right of the net and put it over a diving Kevin Regan. Flath gave the Thunder a two-goal lead back at 10:37 when he out-muscled a defender to the slot and sniped it over Murray. Stinziani's second came at 14:19 to cut the lead to 4-3. Wichita was awarded a late power play and was able to hold off the Mallards to win for the third time this week, 4-3.
Flath recorded his 100th pro assist and his sixth goal of the season. He is just seven goals shy of 100 for his career and has 193 career-points. Ian Lowe scored his second-straight goal on the power play while Kevin Young added two more assists tonight. Kevin Regan won for the fifth time this season, making 17 saves on 20 shots.
Wichita went 1-for-5 on the power play and shut down the Mallards, who went 0-for-3. Wichita has not allowed a power play goal in five games, killing off all 17 chances for the opposition.
Wichita will close out their home schedule in the month of November on Saturday night as the Fort Worth Brahmas come to town for the first time this season. For tickets, call 755-SEAT, visit the INTRUST Bank Arena box office or online at www.selectaseat.com .