The Brahmas fought back to tie the score at two with a third-period goal, but for the second consecutive night, Texas fell to the Thunder in overtime on Matt Robinson’s game-winning goal.
Within the first two minutes of the first period, it seemed as though T.J. Fox put a wrister by Wichita netminder Adam Russo, but the score was called off as the referees stated the puck hit the post and did not clear the goal line.
After the first period finished without a score for either team, the second period saw more action. Chris Chappell gave the Thunder a 1-0 lead as he beat Brahmas’ goaltender Brad Fogal top-shelf at 2:43 for his fourth goal of the postseason. Under two minutes after, Adam Hogg scored his third goal in as many games to tie the score at one.
At the 15:59 mark of the second period, Chris Greene scored the Thunder’s third shorthanded goal of the series to give Wichita a one-goal advantage heading into the third period.
Needing a goal to keep the season alive, Brendon Hodge picked up the slack for the Brahmas as he beat Russo 5:40 in to even the score at two and send the contest into overtime.
The Brahmas had a few opportunities in overtime, but ultimately, it was Matt Robinson for Wichita who made the play to clinch the series. Robinson picked up a loose puck in the Brahmas’ zone and snuck it by Fogal to seal a 3-2 Wichita victory and a 4-2 series win over Texas.
Fogal (5-4 in the postseason) made 25 saves on 28 shots fired by the Thunder. Russo stopped 32 of 34 Brahmas’ shots to earn the series-clinching victory and improve to 8-3 in the playoffs.
Wichita moves on to face the winner of the series between Fort Wayne and Missouri in the CHL Finals.
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