WICHITA, KS (WFIE)
Down 3-1 in the third period, the Evansville IceMen fought back to tie the game at three, but never could take the lead, as the Wichita Thunder pulled off a 4-3 win. Despite the loss, the IceMen (11-19-2-2, 26 points) came away four of a possible six points in their three-game weekend trip.
Brandon Wong scored twice for Evansville and added an assist as he factored in all three IceMen goals. Wong now has a four-game point streak and leads the team with 27 points.
Scott Greenham stopped 18 Thunder shots in the opening period to prevent Wichita from scoring. The IceMen could not muster a goal in the opening period as both teams were scoreless after one.
In the second period, Wichita got on the board. Ian Lowe scored on a feed from Jared Walker to put the Thunder up 1-0.
With under two minutes remaining in the second, Evansville answered. Kale Kerbashian brought the puck in to the offensive zone and dished it to Zack Currie. Currie found Wong on a cross-crease feed who torched a shot into the net to tie the game at one entering the second intermission.
On a 4-on-3 power play, Lowe lit the lamp on a slap shot to put the Thunder up 2-1. Wichita made it a two-goal lead when Todd Hosmer tucked in a breakaway shot.
Evansville would rally. On a power play, Matt Lowry fired the puck into the net from a centering feed to cut the Thunder lead to one. Jakub Culek, and Wong assisted on Lowry's seventh of the season.
Just 19 seconds later the IceMen tied it up. Kevin Harvey made a pass from behind the net to Wong. The Quinnipiac graduate rifled the puck past Tyler Bunz to knot the game up at three. Wong's second goal of the game gives him a team best 13 on the season.
Late in the third, Jared Walker sent a puck off Greenham and in to give the Thunder a 4-3 lead. The IceMen fought hard to tie the game with several chances, but Bunz denied Evansville the tying goal.
Greenham stopped 34 of the Thunder's 38 shots he faced, but took his first loss in an IceMen uniform. Bunz picked up his sixth win of the season,
Evansville will play at Cincinnati on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. They will play their fifth straight road game on Friday when they take on Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. Both games can be seen live at Bar Louie, the Official Watch Party Destination of the Evansville IceMen.
The IceMen will return to home ice when they host the Cincinnati Cyclones on Saturday Jan. 17. Evansville will try to use the force to defeat the dark side (Cincinnati) at the IceMen's annual Star Wars night.
On Jan. 19, the IceMen will host the Cincinnati Cyclones again. Evansville fans can get upper bowl tickets for just $5. The Ford Center will treat fans to $1 soft drinks and $1 waters for this Martin Luther King day game.
Single game tickets are on sale now for all games including Star Wars Night at the Ford Center Box Office Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m and after noon on game days.