Blazers Fall 4-3 to Wichita
- Updated: March 5, 2017
After a huge comeback win for the Oklahoma City Blazers on Friday, they were unable to repeat that success on Saturday as the Wichita Thunder jumped out to a 4-3 lead and held on for the win. Back in net, Drennen Atherton made 25 saves in the loss and fell to 22-10-1 on the season. Erik Spath made his second straight start of the weekend for Wichita, stopping 35 shots in the win.
Wichita opened up the scoring at the 6:49 mark of period number one as David Good stole the puck away from a falling Luke Novack, and found leading-scorer Oskar Gullstrom in front of the net for the goal. Oklahoma City tied it up at 10:34 on the power play as Griffin Wiencek continued his hot streak, sending home a pass from Ivan Bondarenko to make it 1-1. Two minutes later, it was Wiencek again who put the Blazers into the lead, sniping a shot from the slot and making it 2-1. Before the period could end, Robert Igel of the Thunder tied it up at 2-2.
The Blazers jumped back into the lead in the second period, scoring the only goal of the frame. On the power play once again, Luke Novack drove into the Thunder zone and sent a cross-ice pass over to Vitali Mikhailov for the goal and the 3-2 OKC lead.
In the final period, Wichita picked up goals from David Good and the game-winner from Jesper Voss to give the Thunder the 4-3 win over the Blazers.
OKC and Wichita close out the weekend series on Sunday, and brings the final regular season game of the Blazers season. With the loss last night, to clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs, Oklahoma City only needs to earn one point or for the Springfield Express to lose against the El Paso Rhinos. The puck drops at 2:30p Central at the Blazers Ice Centre.