WICHITA, Kan. — RG Flath recorded his first post-season hat trick and Thomas Beauregard added three assists to pace Wichita past Rio Grande Valley, 4-2. Wichita leads the best-of-seven-series 1-0 with Game two taking place on Sunday afternoon.
Rio Grande Valley struck first with a power play goal at 13:45 of the first period. Chris Greene was called for tripping and the Bees capitalized as Mike Wilson's blast was tipped by Brandon Campos past Adam Russo to make it 1-0. Wichita seemed to have the upper-hand, outshooting the Bees 10-1 at one point and delivered a multitude of hits along the boards.
Alex Bourret (1) scored off a one-timer from the slot two minutes into the second period to erase the 1-0 deficit. Wichita took the lead with 15:58 left in the second off a power play goal in front of the net by Flath (1). At 14:23, Flath scored his second of the game after Beauregard stole the puck behind the Rio Grande net and found Flath just in front of the crease to make it 3-1. Mike Wilson cut the lead to one after he found a rebound at the left circle and scored to make it 3-2.