Wichita Thunder hockey gets first home postseason win in eight years

Wichita Thunder

For the first time in eight years, the Wichita Thunder hockey team got a postseason win on home ice.

Wednesday was Game 2 of the ECHL's Western Conference semifinals, and the Thunder came through with a 5-2 win against the Ft. Wayne Komets at the Wichita Ice Center downtown.

The game was played at the Ice Center because Disney On Ice had rented Intrust Bank Arena, the Thunder's usual home venue; more than 900 fans packed the Ice Center for Game 2.

The game was tied 1-1 into the second period, but Wichita outscored Ft. Wayne 4-1 during the final 40 minutes, with a pair of goals in the second period, and two more in the third.

The Thunder scored three power-play goals; meanwhile, the Wichita defense held Ft. Wayne by smothering six of the seven power-play opportunities for the Komets.

The best-of-five series is now tied 1-1. The remainder of the series will be played in Indiana.