NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – Torrie Jung was perfect Thursday night, stopping 29 shots, as he led the Wichita Thunder to a 3-0 shutout win over the Fort Worth Brahmas in front of 1,484 fans at the NYTEX Sports Centre.
Jung’s second career post-season shutout gives the Thunder a 3-0 series lead, keeping them a perfect 7-0 in the playoffs, as Wichita looks on towards a potential series-clinching game four on Saturday.
It took a full period before anyone would open the scoring in the game, as the defenses took hold early on. Fort Worth put 12 shots on goal in the opening period, while Wichita managed just seven.Jung successfully shut down a few Brahmas chances on wrap-around opportunities.
The Thunder got on the scoreboard just 18 seconds into the middle frame, thanks to a power play goal from Matt Robinson. Taking a long pass from R.G. Flath, Robinson broke away from a defender and fired a wrist shot that sailed over Brahmas’ goalie Brad Fogal’s blocker to make it 1-0. Robinson’s tally was the first power play goal given up on home ice by the Brahmas in three games.
No more scoring would take place in the second as both teams traded shots with Wichita edging out Fort Worth, 14-12.
Both defenses tightened up in the final period, as Fort Worth out-shot Wichita 5-4. The Thunder, however, would make the most of their chances, adding two goals in the third to pull away to victory.
Les Reaney made it 2-0 at the 13:19 mark, taking a centering pass from Matt Summers at the left circle before moving in on net and beating Fogal through the five hole.
Just over four minutes later Summers added another goal to make it 3-0. With Fogal pulled for an extra skater, Summers picked up a loose puck at the red line and fired it into the open net to pad the lead.
Summers finished the night with two points, while Reaney and Robinson had one each. Todd Griffith, Kevin Young and Flath were each credited with one assist.
The Thunder now sets their sights on a 7:30 pm face-off with the Brahmas on Saturday at the NYTEX Sports Centre. One more win would secure a spot in the CHL Final with either the Allen Americans or Missouri Mavericks. A Brahmas win would shift the series back to Wichita for game five on Sunday.
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