The Wichita Thunder defeated the Utah Grizzlies, 5-4, in overtime Sunday afternoon at INTRUST Bank Arena.
For the second-straight game, the Grizzlies erased a three-goal deficit and forced the game to overtime with a late comeback to collect a standings point.
“This team shows a lot of character that’s for sure,” said head coach Tim Branham. “I didn’t like our first period. We were a little flat and there (are) no excuses. I’m proud of the boys for coming back down three again. It was hard fought; we’ll take the point and head back to Utah.”
Utah finishes its four games in five nights road trip, 2-0-2-0, with six of eight standings points as it hits Allen, Tulsa and Wichita. Utah is now 5-1-2-0 in its last eight games after its 0-4 start.
“It was a tall task. Allen is always good, Tulsa is on fire right now and so is Wichita,” said Branham. “Six of eight points, four games in five nights on the road, I think the boys did really well.”
C.J. Eick (one) gave Utah a 1-0 lead 6:53 into the first period as he hit in a puck in front from Zach Saar and Erik Higby.
Wichita came back with two in the first period to take a 2-1 lead and added two goals on special teams in the second to build a 4-1 advantage going into the third period.
Mitch Jones made it 4-2 with a blast from the slot 2:04 into the third period from Ryan Walters and Ryan Olsen.
The Grizzlies then tallied two goals in 3:18 to tie and finish the run of three goals in 9:28 to complete the comeback.
Saar walked in from Chris Leibinger and Jones to make it 4-3 before Michael Pelech (five) tied it with 8:28 remaining from Kyle Thomas and Ryan Misiak. Utah tied the game with eight of the first nine shots in the third period.
Wichita won on its fifth shot in overtime 2:34 into the extra session.
Goaltender Kevin Carr stopped 34-of-39 and is now 4-2-1-0 on the season.
The Grizzlies return home Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11.