Thursday, November 24 2022

ALLEN, TX – Wichita scored four special team goals and Evan Buitenhuis made 30 saves en route to a season-opening 7-0 final win over rival Allen on Saturday night at the Allen Event Center.

Five players had multi-point games led by Matteo Gennaro, who had five assists. Stephen Johnson led all scorers with two goals and added an assist. Buitenhuis earned his sixth career shutout in victory.

Wichita wasted no time jumping on the home team as Jay Dickman recovered a rebound in the crease at 8:23 and beat Alexis Gravel to make it 1-0. Late in the first, Johnson scored his first of two on the evening when he knocked down a Gennaro shot on the power play to make it 2-0.

In the second, Johnson shot home with a receiving shot on a three-on-one break to extend the lead to 3-0. Just two minutes later, Wichita won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Alex Peters scored his first of the season on the power play to make it 4-0. At 13:01, Andrew Shewfelt recorded his first as a right circle pro to bring the score to 5-0.

The Thunder added two more in the third as Brayden Watts and Peter Crinella found the back of the net to close the score at 7-0, both coming on special teams. Wichita went 3-for-5 on the men’s advantage and added a shorthanded goal from Crinella.

Peters and Crinella finished with a goal and an assist. Watts had one goal and three assists. Cam Clarke and Dean Stewart also added assists.

The Thunder close a two-game set at Allen tomorrow afternoon from 2:05 p.m.

The Thunder opens their home schedule on Friday, Oct. 29 against the Utah Grizzlies and closes home opening weekend on Saturday, Oct. 30 as the Wheeling Nailers make their first-ever trip to the Air Capital. .

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