WICHITA, Kan. — The Wichita Thunder lost 5-3 to the Allen Americans at the INTRUST Bank Arena on Saturday night.
Nino Musitelli broke a 3-3 tie with 1:57 remaining in the third period. Colton Yellow Horn sealed the game for Allen with an empty net goal with two seconds left.
Allen took a 1-0 lead at 2:07 in the first period when Nino Musitelli snuck a rebound from Dave Bonk past Ian Keserich. Wichita tied the game at 3:24 on a goal from Chris Greene. Greene buried a backdoor pass from A.J. Gale beyond the left of Americans' goaltender Chris Whitley. At 9:44, Jesse Bennefield finished off a bouncing puck that snuck behind Whitley following Kory Scoran's slapshot from the blue line.
In the second period, Allen center Bruce Graham scored twice in a span of 2:09 to give Allen a 3-2 lead, but Wichita tied the game with under a minute left on another power play goal from Bennefield. This time Daniel Tetrault faked a slapshot during a five-on-three before passing to Bennefield who beat Whitley over his left shoulder.