Wichita Pounds Texas with Seven Goal Second Period


Box Score | Game Live

The Wichita Thunder entertained the home fans on Sunday afternoon with a historic second period as they topped the Texas Brahmas 8-1 taking a 2-0 lead in their best-of-7 Berry Conference Finals series.  Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday night at the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, Texas.

The second period for the Thunder was one for the record books as they scored seven times blowing a tight game wide-open.  The seven goals in the one period are the most in the 11 years since the CHL and Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL) merger.

Adam Russo continued his strong post-season stopping 29 of 30 shots and improving his record to 6-1.

A total of 10 players cracked the score sheet for Wichita with seven of them registering multiple-point games.

Thomas Beauregard and Aaron Davis each scored twice and Alex Bourret and Chris Greene each had a goal and two assists.

Defenseman Jarred Mohr had an assist and was a +6 in the game tying the CHL post-season record for highest plus/minus number in a single game (Steve Weidlich-Laredo, 1994).

For the seventh straight game in the post-season, the Thunder gave up the first goal as Adam Hogg beat Russo just under three minutes into the game but as was the case in five of the previous six chances, the task of falling behind was one that the Thunder could easily handle.

At the 12:57 mark of the opening period, Matt Robinson was awarded a penalty shot and he converted beating Texas goalie Brad Fogal starting a stretch of eight unanswered goals for Wichita in the blowout win.

The ultimate game winner came at the 1:18 mark of the second period, the first of the seven second period strike, and it was scored by Bourret with his club shorthanded marking the second SHG of the playoffs for the forward.

The Thunder would then open the flood gates scoring four times in a seven minute and seven second stretch of the period with the first coming from Davis at the 8:24 mark.  Then it was Beauregard’s turn as he scored twice in less than two minutes and the hot stretch was closed out by Davis’ second of the game.

Before the period was over, Matt Summers scored at the 17:19 mark and Greene netted the Thunder’s fifth shorthanded goal of the post-season with just 12 seconds remaining in the period.

Fogal entered the game with the lowest goals against average in the playoffs at 1.58 but by the time his short day was over, it had jumped to 2.11. 

Russo has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his seven appearances and his GAA falls to 1.89 (second lowest in the playoffs).

Texas outshot Wichita in the game 30-21.




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