In the third period, Texas tied the game at 5:40 when Brett Findlay carried the puck deep in the zone and gave it off to Brendon Hodge who scored to tie it at two. Down the stretch, Wichita had some good chances including a wide-open look from Chappell but was unable to put it past Fogal and for the second game in a row the two teams needed overtime.
In the extra period, Wichita was able to kill off a Jarred Mohr hooking penalty that resulted at the end of the third. After Robinson (2) was able to keep it in the zone at the blue line, he found a loose puck in the slot and put his own rebound past Fogal at 4:44, sending Wichita to the CHL Finals with a 3-2 overtime win.
Adam Russo was stellar in net, stopping 32 of 34 shots, earning his eighth win of the playoffs. Chappell had a goal and an assist while Chris Greene added a shorthanded goal, Wichita's sixth shorthanded goal of the post-season. Wichita improves to 10-5 all-time in overtime games in the playoffs with its second-straight overtime win against the Brahmas.
Wichita went 1-for-3 on the power play while Texas went 0-for-4.
Wichita will open the CHL Finals on Saturday, April 28th at INTRUST Bank Arena against either Missouri or Fort Wayne. The Turner Conference Finals continue tomorrow with the Mavericks leading the series 3-2 and have a chance to close it out in Fort Wayne in Game 6. The rest of the Finals schedule has not been determined.
Tickets will be on sale beginning tomorrow morning for Game One of the Finals. For more information, call 755-SEAT, visit the INTRUST Bank Arena Box office or go online at www.selectaseat.com.
Wichita Thunder playoff packages and season tickets for 2012-13 are now on sale. A $50 dollar non-refundable deposit is required for all season tickets. Contact the Wichita Thunder Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at (316) 264-4625 if you are interested in playoff packages or season tickets, or visit the fan relations table behind section 120 at any Wichita Thunder home game.