INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Vincent Dunn scored 101 seconds into overtime to give the Wichita Thunder a 2-1 win over the Missouri Mavericks Tuesday night in ECHL play at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independnce.
Matt DeBlouw had the assist on the game winner.
Wichita scored first 3:32 into the game with a goal by Ian Lowe with an assist from Gerrad Grant. The goal was short-handed. Missouri tied the game with 5:53 remaining in the first period on a goal by Conner Bleackley with an assist from Dane Fox.
The game-winning goal came about 47 1/2 minutes later as neither team scored in the second or third periods.
Wichita goalkeeper Drew Owsley stopped 47 of 48 Missouri shots on goal. Josh Robinson stopped 34 of 36 Missouri shots.
Wichita improves to 18-36-3-1. Missouri drops to 28-24-3-5. Wichita plays Friday and Saturday at Allen. Both games start at 7:05 p.m.
ECHL NOTES — The Missouri Mavericks will change its name to the Kansas City Mavericks beginning June 1. The team will remain at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, where the team has played since its inception in 2009. Both Wichita and Missouri came to the ECHL after its merger with the Central Hockey League. Missouri is the Class AA affiliate of the New York Islanders.
The Elmira Jackals and Alaska Aces both will cease operations at the end of the season.
Elmira was formed in 2000 in the United Hockey League and joined the ECHL in 2007. The Jackals are an affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres. The team’s arena was recently sold and the team’s owners decided to fold the team at the end of the season.
Alaska was formed in 1989 in the semi-pro Pacific Southwest Hockey League. The team later joined the Pacific Northwest Hockey League and the Pacific Hockey League, before joining the fully-professional West Coast Hockey League in 1995. The WCHL merged with the ECHL in 2003. The ownership group cited financial losses for the move. The Aces won five regular-season titles, eight division championships, four conference championships and three Kelly Cup titles, the last in 2014.
The Worcester Railers will join the league next season, while the dormant Evansville IceMen franchise will be reactivated and located in Jacksonville, Fla.