Thunder Reaches Milestone in Dramatic Comeback OT Win

Saturday, February 20 2016 10:38 PM

Wichita, KS (Feb. 20th) - Kenton Miller forced overtime and Kale Kerbashian recorded the game-winner with 13 seconds left in the extra period to propel Wichita (11-31-5-5) past Idaho (27-20-5-1) by the final of 3-2 on Saturday night at INTRUST Bank Arena. Wichita claims its 400th win all-time at home with the victory and improves to 1-0-0-0 against Idaho this season.

Kerbashian led the way for the Thunder with a goal and an assist while David Shantz was named the number one star, stopping 33 shots coming on in relief early in the first.

Just 19 seconds into the game, Grant Rollhesier was injured when Michael Neal and an Idaho forward went crashing into his net. He was unable to continue and left the game. Shantz came in for him and finished with 15 saves after the first frame.

Martin Nemcik got the scoring started in the second, carrying the puck down the left wall and fired a shot through a screen that beat Jack Campbell to make it 1-0. The Steelheads pulled even less than three minutes later with a tally from Joe Basaraba during a delayed penalty. At 12:39, Radoslav Illo threw a pass towards the net that got through Shantz, hit the left skate of Andre Morrissette and went over the line. The ref deemed that the puck crossed the line before he kicked it and the goal would stand.

In the third, Wichita carried much of the play and found a way to break through to tie the game. With just 12 seconds remaining, Miller came off the wall and fired a seeing-eye shot that got through Campbell and forced the contest into overtime.

The start of the extra period was fast and furious with the two teams getting chances on both ends. Kerbashian scored on a two-on-one, recieving a pass from Landon Oslanski and buried it just under the bar with 13 left in the extra period. 

Wichita played past regulation for the third-straight game and improved to 8-8-5-5 in one-goal games. Four other skaters grabbed helpers. Shantz claims his ninth win of the year, stopping 33 of 35 shots. Campbell suffers the overtime loss, stopping 30 of 33 shots he faced.

Wichita was 0-for-4 on the power play. Idaho went 0-for-2 on the man advantage.

The Thunder remains home to host the Idaho Steelheads tomorrow afternoon at 5:05 p.m.

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