Wichita (19-9-3) saw its nine game home winning streak stopped on Saturday night, losing 3-1 to Quad City (13-13-3) at INTRUST Bank Arena in the final home game of 2012. Dave Inman scored the only goal for the Thunder, his fifth of the season. The Thunder drop to 2-2-1 against the Mallards this year with one more meeting this next week which is the last one of the season.
Quad City took the early advantage 13 minutes into the opening period. Patrik Levesque caught a centering pass from Jason Dixon on a two-on-two up the ice and squeezed a shot through Kevin Regan to make it 1-0.
Dave Inman returned to the line-up after sitting out last night with the flu and scored at 5:56 of the second. Les Reaney won a face-off and Inman's shot found its way past Neil Conway to tie the game at one. The Mallards re-gained the lead at 16:02 with a rebound goal from Michael Stinziani. Wichita peppered Conway with 18 shots in the second period, but were unable to find the back of the net again. Conway was named as the number one star, stopping 29 of 30 shots.
The Mallards closed the game with an empty-net goal with 25 seconds remaining as former Thunder forward Matt Boyd netted his fifth of the year to give the Mallards a 3-1 victory. Wichita loses for the fourth time on home ice this season and drops into second place as Allen won earlier tonight over Fort Worth. Kevin Young and Todd Griffith have their point-scoring streaks stopped, Griffith ends at three games and Young's streak is snapped at seven.
Wichita and Quad City combined to go 0-for-11 on the power play. Wichita was 0-for-5 and the Mallards went 0-for-6.
Wichita begins a six-game road trip on Monday night against Fort Worth. The Thunder will not return home until January 18th when they host Tulsa.