Wichita, KS – Before the Wichita Thunder’s first-meeting against the Idaho Steelheads on Saturday at INTRUST Bank Arena, the night’s opening game featured the local police department playing local firefighters. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Wichita Children’s Home.
The team of firefighters, also known as the Flying Monkeys wound up winning 2-1 to capture the Chiefs Cup for the fifth straight season.
Wichita Fire Dept. Battalion Chief John Turner told KSN, “It’s a good time-a brotherhood between fire and law enforcement, also it’s a good fundraiser for the children’s home as well.” Turner added, “We play men’s league down at the Wichita Ice Center, we try to get there and work out at least once or twice a week.”
Saturday was also the annual ‘Evening with the ARC’. Players wore special uniforms that were auctioned off after the game with the proceeds benefiting the ARC of Sedgwick County.
The ARC’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, providing educational and social opportunities to enhance development of individual potential while advocating for support and services in the community. The ARC provides programs and services for more than 3,700 individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down Syndrome, Autism, Epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy and their families.
Capping a perfect finish, The Wichita Thunder defeated Idaho 3-2 in a dramatic overtime win. Kenton Miller forced OT and Kale Kerbashian recorded the game-winner with 13 seconds left in the extra period to propel Wichita (11-31-5-5) past Idaho (27-20-5-1). It marked Wichita’s 400th win all-time at home
The Thunder remain home at INRUST Bank Arena to host the Steelheads on Sunday at 5:05 p.m.