Hitting the road for the seventh time in eight games, Wichita (22-14-3) got back on track with a 3-2 victory over Tulsa (11-25-3) Saturday night at the BOK Center. Matt Summers scored his sixth game-winning-goal of the season and helped the Thunder snap a three-game losing skid. Wichita moves back into second place with the victory and leads the season-series 4-2-0.
Wichita broke a trend that has taken place over the last three games, all of which have resulted in losses and that was getting the first goal of the game. Right after a media timeout, RG Flath won a face-off to Kevin Young who was able to get a shot past Shane Madolora to make it 1-0.
Early in the second, the Oilers were able to even things up. Ben Gordon gained the Thunder line, dished it off to Ryan Menei and with a man in his face, was able to tip it home to tie the game at one. Three minutes later, Wichita cashed in on a power play and re-gained the lead. Greger Hanson kept the play alive on the right corner wall, found Matt Summers behind the net and he dished it off to Flath for his 11th goal of the season and a 2-1 lead.
Menei recorded his second of the night early in the third period to tie the game at two. Michel Beausoleil caught a pass in the slot and after he hit the post, Menei was there to gobble up a rebound at 3:32. Less than three minutes later, a bad clearing attempt was kept in the zone by Nathan Lutz and he was able to find Summers at the right side of the net to give the Thunder the lead, 3-2. Tulsa was awarded a late power play, but couldn't get anything going in the offensive zone. The Oilers eventually pulled their goaltender, but Torrie Jung stood tall and made sure that the Thunder would come out with the victory.
Flath and Summers each recorded a goal and an assist. Jung won for the ninth time this season, stopping 33 of 35 shots.
Wichita went 2-for-3 on the power play and held Tulsa in check, as the Oilers were 0-for-4.
The Thunder finish a three-game set against Tulsa tomorrow afternoon. After this weekend, Wichita has a three-game home stand starting out with the Denver Cutthroats on Saturday, January 26th. For tickets, call 755-SEAT, visit the INTRUST Bank Arena box office or online at www.selectaseat.com.
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