WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder spotted a pair of goals to the last-place St. Charles Chill, but came back to claim a 5-2 win Sunday at the Intrust Bank Arena.
The win gives Wichita its third win in three days, improving to 11-14-1. St. Charles is swept in two games by Wichita, falling to 7-19-4.
"The way we started out the season, this is huge," Thunder coach Kevin McClelland said. "We stay within striking distance of where we need to be, but it's a long road ahead. ... We stuck with it. We got a few timely goals from some key guys. That was huge."
Five different Thunder players scored a goal. Jon Booras scored a goal with an assist. Jesse Dudas, Ian Lowe, Matt Summers and Jon Madden each added a goal. Nick McParland had two assists.
Anthony Perdicaro and Andrew Conboy each scored a goal with an assist for St. Charles.
Wichita goalie Taylor Nelson stopped 19 of 21 shots. St. Charles' Linus Lundin stopped 41 of 45 shots.
Down by two goals late in the second period, Wichita finally got on the board on a Lowe power play goal with 2:04 remaining in the period.
"Two goals down, but in the second period, they were outshot 18-4," McClelland said. "That goal by Lowe was huge. Their goaltender was playing lights out until that point. Their goaltender is a good player."
Thirty-three seconds into the third period, Madden tied the game on a two-on-one breakaway. Dudas scored the go-ahead goal with 8:45 remaining. Wichita added two more goals in the period, including an empty net goal with 23 seconds remaining.
"The worse thing you want to be is the team that, after a goal, has a letdown. That's been our Achilles heel."
Friday, Wichita claimed an 8-2 road win at Tulsa. Nelson stopped 25 of Tulsa's 27 shots on goal. Dudas and Matt Robinson each had two goals with an assist. Lowe score a goal with two assists. Dustin Donaghy added a goal with an assist. McParland and Summers each added a goal. Booras dished out four assists.
Drew Fisher and Nathan Lutz each scored a goal for Tulsa. Shane Madolora had eight saves. Alex Dupuis had 14 saves.
Saturday, Wichita edged St. Charles 3-2. Robinson scored a goal with an assist. Booras and McParland each added a goal. The goal for Booras was his 500th professional point. Andrew Martens had two assists. David Brown stopped 19 of the Chill's 21 shots.
Perdicaro and Martin Hlinka each scored a goal for St. Charles. Lundin stopped 21 of Wichita's 24 shots.
ROBINSON HONORED — Thunder forward Matt Robinson was named the CHL Player of the Week. Robinson scored three goals with three assists for the week, including two game-winning goal. He posted his 100th career assist Sunday. For the season, Robinson has 14 goals and nine assists. He is the first Wichita player honored this season. It is the third time in his career Robinson has been named player of the week.
Wichita plays today at Allen, followed by home games Friday and Saturday against Arizona.
St. Chareles 1 1 0 —2
Wichita 0 1 4 —5
FIRST PERIOD — Scoring: 1. SC Conboy (Perdicaro) 18:57. Penalties: W Walker (cross checking) 2:47, W Robinson (high sticking) 7:13, SC Anthony (tripping) 10:58.
SECOND PERIOD — Scoring: 2. SC Perdicaro (O'Kane, Conboy) 15:29, 3. W Lowe (Robinson, Booras) 17:56-pp. Penalties: SC Hlinka (roughing) 12:43, SC bench (served by Strathman) (abuse of offcials) 17:36.
THIRD PERIOD — Scoring: 4. W Madden (McParland) :33, 5. W Dudas (Wilson, Flath) 11:15-pp, 6. W Summers (McParland, Walker) 16:41, 7. W Booras (Nelson) 19:37-en. Penalties: W Flath (roughing) 3:13, SC Strathman (holding stick) 6:32, SC MacIntyre (tripping) 9:41, W Flath (tripping) 17:13.
Shots on goal — St. Charles 10-4-7—21, Wichita 12-18-16—46. Saves — St. Charles: Lundin (L, 59:34, 4 ga, 1-8-0) 12-17-12—41. Wichita: Nelson (W, 8-4-2) 9-3-7—19.
Power plays — St. Charles 0-4, Wichita 2-5. Penalties-minutes — St. Charles 5-10, Wichita 8-4.
Referee — Cruickshank. Linesmen — MacPherson, Crowell. Attendance — 3,656.