Weekend Recap: Wichita Jr. Thunder
DALLAS SNIPERS VS. WICHITA JR. THUNDER
The Wichita Jr. Thunder avoided the sweep and escaped with a win on Saturday night at the Wichita Ice Center. Dallas took two of three games to reach 31 points in the season.
Dallas Snipers 7, Wichita Jr. Thunder 1
Two goals from Jesper Lundqvist sandwiched by a Gasper Konc hat-trick sufficed for the road win. Alexander Aleshkin wasn’t tested much but made 19 of 20 saves to deflect Wichita.
Quinn O’Reilly beat Aleshkin at 9:53 of the opening stanza to give Wichita the 1-0 lead. Aleshkin would ultimately lock it in, while the Snipers monopolized production limiting the Jr. Thunder to just six shots in the second and four in the third.
Blake Martin tied it 1-1, and scored his first goal as a member of the Snipers at 9:24 of the second. Konc and Lundqvist followed and combined to give Dallas a commanding 6-1 lead.
Dallas Snipers 4, Wichita Jr. Thunder 5(SO)
Corey Steinberger put an end to what was a 12-round shootout and the Jr. Thunder’s four game losing streak. Thien Gamble sent the game to overtime when he tied it 4-4 after Wichita dropped an initial three goal lead.
The Snipers were forced to play from behind as Talon Thomas and Hunter Warner made it 2-0 for the Jr. Thunder in the first. Gamble found his first of two goals and made it 3-0 at 17:05 of the middle period.
The Snipers were able to garner the grit to bounce back and got a boost from Konc and Bradley Richardson—who scored twice. Lundqvist’s lone goal gave Dallas its only lead of the night at the 6-minute mark of the third.
Dallas Snipers 8, Wichita Jr. Thunder 1
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