Photo By Johnna Raymond
Wichita Kansas – The Wichita Thunder defeated the Utah Grizzlies 5-4 in overtime Sunday afternoon at INTRUST Bank Arena.
For the second-straight game, the Grizzlies erased a three-goal deficit and forced the game to overtime with a late comeback to collect a standings point.
“This team shows a lot of character that’s for sure,” said Head Coach Tim Branham. “I didn’t like our first period, we were a little flat and there’s no excuses. I’m proud of the boys for coming back down three again, it was hard fought, we’ll take the point and head back to Utah.”
Utah finishes their four-game in five-night road trip 2-0-2-0 with six of eight standings points as they hit Allen, Tulsa and Wichita. Utah is now 5-1-2-0 in their last eight games after their 0-4 start.
“It was a tall task; Allen is always good, Tulsa is on fire right now and so is Wichita,” said Branham. “Six of eight points, four games in five nights on the road, I think the boys did really well.”
C.J. Eick (1) gave Utah a 1-0 lead 6:53 into the first period as he hit in a puck in front from Zach Saar and Erik Higby.
Wichita came back with two in the first period to take a 2-1 lead and added two goals on special teams in the second to build a 4-1 advantage going to the third period.
Mitch Jones made it 4-2 with a blast from the slot 2:04 into the third period from Ryan Walters and Ryan Olsen.
The Grizzlies then tallied two goals in 3:18 to tie and finish the run of three goals in 9:28 to complete the comeback.
Saar walked in from Chris Leibinger and Mitch Jones to make it 4-3 before Michael Pelech (5) tied it with 8:28 remaining from Kyle Thomas and Ryan Misiak. Utah tied the game with eight of the first nine shots in the third period.
Wichita won on their fifth shot in overtime 2:34 into the extra session.
Goaltender Kevin Carr stopped 34 of 39 and is now 4-2-1-0 on the season.
The Grizzlies return home Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11. Fans who buy a ticket for either game at the Maverik Center box office or UtahGrizzlies.com, when mentioning the offer, will receive a free ticket to return to watch the Grizzlies the following weekend on Friday, November 17 or 18.
Veterans Day Game With Metro PCS
Metro PCS is inviting all Veterans to any Wasatch Front location to get a free voucher to attend the Grizzlies Veterans Day game on Saturday, November 11 to thank them for their service to our country. Metro PCS will also have free Grizzlies mini sticks for all fans while supplies last at their booth on the concourse.