WICHITA, Kan. — Chris Chappell recorded a hat trick and Matt Summers notched three points as Wichita (27-12-2) smothered Quad City (23-17-1) Sunday night, winning 5-1 in front of 9,401 fans at INTRUST Bank Arena. Wichita improves to 6-0-2 all-time against Quad City and 3-0-0 at home.
Chris Chappell (4) gave Wichita the early lead as he came down the wall, cut across the goal line and followed up his own rebound at 13:06. Four minutes later, Matt Summers (13) stole it from the Mallard defender and sniped a wrist shot just under the cross bar to give Wichita a 2-0 lead.
Wichita kept its foot on the gas pedal in the second as R.G. Flath (7) fired one from the face-off dot, beating Mallard goalie David McKee to make it 3-0. After Kevin Seibel was sent to the penalty box for boarding, Chris Chappell (5) added to the Thunder lead for his second goal of the game late in the period. He stole the puck at the Thunder line and went coast-to-coast beating McKee on a two-on-one. It was the seventh shorthanded goal scored by the Thunder this season and made it 4-0.