Thunder lose in overtime in game 7 to Allen 3-2

Wichita Thunder Hockey

ALLEN, Texas — In one of the most exciting CHL Finals in recent history, Wichita (11-4) fell at the hands of the Allen Americans (12-7) in Game 7 by the final of 3-2 in overtime. Todd Robinson’s goal just under three minutes into the extra session ended the game, giving the Americans their first CHL Title. RG Flath recorded a pair of goals in the loss for the Thunder. Allen takes the series four games to three and improves to 4-0 in Game 7’s.

The game began with a fever pitch as the two teams battled hard through the first five minutes. After making a terrific save, Jung was able to feed it up to Flath at the Thunder blue line. He unloaded a shot past Aaron Dell from the right circle and gave Wichita a 1-0 lead.

Allen came out hard in the second period, outshooting the Thunder 16-4. After Wichita was assessed a penalty, Flath scored his second of the game at 13:38 of the second after driving a long shot from just inside the Allen line and increasing the lead to 2-0.

The Americans kept up the pressure and were finally rewarded with a goal at 7:13 from Jarret Lukin to cut the lead to 2-1. Wichita started find some room and had a terrific chance from Les Reaney denied by Dell after spinning away from a defender in the slot, but Dell was able to get his glove along the post to keep it out. At 17:41, Trevor Hendrikx sent a shot along the ice and got through Torrie Jung to tie the game at two.

In the extra session, Allen had a couple of quick scoring chances in the early going. Mike Montgomery fed a quick pass up the right wall to Todd Robinson who drove one past the blocker of Jung to end the game at 2:47.

The Thunder falls in the Finals in back-to-back years and have lost in their last three Finals appearances. Wichita drops to 3-1 in Game 7’s all-time and loses its first overtime game of this post-season run. Flath finishes with nine goals in the playoffs and recorded his 18th post-season tally in a Thunder uniform. Jung took the loss stopping 34 of 37 shots. Dell earned the win, stopping 21 of 23 shots he faced.

Wichita went 0-for-1 on the man advantage while Allen was 0-for-4. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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