Thunder Opens 2016 Season with 4-3 Loss to Tulsa Oilers

Wichita Thunder 2015 logo. (Courtesy Wichita Thunder)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Thunder rallied twice in the third period, but wound up losing in Saturday night’s regular season opener to Tulsa 4-3 at INTRUST Bank Arena. Jack Rodewald, Landon Oslanski and Alex Krushelnyski each scored for the Thunder.

Wichita got off to a quick start when Krushelnyski received a lead pass from Mitch Holmberg and scored on a breakaway past Oilers netminder Jamie Phillips to make it 1-0. The Oilers scored the next three, tying the game on a tally from Darcy Murphy halfway through the first.

The Thunder pulled their goalie with 1:36 left in the game and got within one when Jack Rodewald found the net off a rebound in the crease for his first of the season. The Thunder had chances in the last 20 seconds, but couldn’t tie it up.

Melindy, Holmberg and Marcotte earned assists in the losing effort. Wichita outshot the Oilers in the third by a count of 17-6. Greenham takes the loss, stopping 32 of 36 shots on net. In his first pro start, Phillips claims the win, stopping 31 of 34 shots he faced.

Wichita went 0-for-2 on the power play. Tulsa was 0-for-4 on the man advantage.

The Thunder remains home next Friday night when the Missouri Mavericks come to town for the first time this season, starting at 7:05 p.m.