skip to nav skip to content
Head Coach Kevin McClelland wanted his team to assert themselves and start putting the puck in the net. On Wednesday night, Wichita (8-5-2) did just that with a 5-1 win against the Bloomington Blaze (8-4-1) at INTRUST Bank Arena. Les Reaney added a pair of goals while Dave Inman added two helpers in the victory. Wichita earns their second-straight win and their first against the Blaze all-time.
Wichita scored first for the third straight game when Aaron Dawson's clearing attempt deflected off of his own goalie and slid into the net at 10:22. Ryan Flanigan was credited with his second goal of the season. When scoring first, Wichita is 4-1-1.
Les Reaney extended the Thunder lead to 2-0 in the second, scoring his first goal at home since joining Wichita. He caught a pass at the red line, skated away from the Bloomington defenders and put it through Festa on a break-a-way. The Blaze got on the board at 12:08 on a goal from David Gilbert. Wichita was then awarded a four-minute power play when Aaron Dawson was called for hooking and cross-checking. The Thunder took advantage as Ian Lowe recorded his second goal in two games less than a minute into the power play to regain a two-goal advantage.
In the third period, Les Reaney collected his second of the night to make it 4-1. Erick Lizon got to a loose puck in the right wing corner, zipped it to the crease where Reaney tapped it in for his fourth of the season. RG Flath would add his fifth of the year off a face-off win and the Thunder skated away from the Blaze with a 5-1 victory.
Wichita was 1-for-5 with the man advantage. Bloomington went 0-for-2 on the power play. Wichita has not given up a power play goal in four contests, killing off all 14 chances from the opposition during that stretch.
Wichita will have the day off before returning to home-ice for a pair of games this weekend. The Thunder hosts Quad City on Friday night and Fort Worth on Saturday evening.