Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Drop Game One to Thunder

Beginning their Thorne Cup Playoffs slate, the Oklahoma City Blazers faced the Wichita Thunder in Game One of their Midwest Division Semifinals on Friday night, falling 7-3.

Both teams jostled for position through the first period, with neither team getting very many chances on net. Wichita finally opened up the scoring at 14:51 of the period as Henrik Igel tipped a point shot past goaltender Drennen Atherton. Joel Leckstrom tied things up just a minute later on a breakaway from Zach Paxman, making it a 1-1 game after the first period.

The second period was another back-and-forth affair as the Blazers took a 2-1 lead at the 2:07 mark from Victor Ekk scoring on a back-door play, catching goaltender Erik Spath out of position. The Thunder scored three straight goals to take a 4-2 lead, before Ivan Bondarenko scored on a power play to put the game at a 4-3 Blazers deficit heading into period three.

The final frame was all Wichita however, as Peter Cicmanec completed the hat trick against OKC, and the Thunder put three more goals on the board to jump to a 1-0 series lead.

Game Two of the series takes place on Saturday at 5:00p Central at the Blazers Ice Centre. Following the game, the Blazers will have a postgame skate with the players and will auction off their 2016-17 season white jerseys.