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Rapid City uses early goal to top Wichita, 3-1
Rapid City beat the Wichita Thunder, 3-1, in a contest where the winning goal was scored in the first period but the game remained close throughout.A goal 11:16 into the the first period by Kyle Peto proved to be the game winner, and powered Rapid City to the victory Damian Surma picked up the assist.
Rapid City's Tim Boron was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 42 saves and let only one puck past him. The solid play of Boron will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.46.
Rapid City was led by Scott Wray, who tallied one goal. Wray scored short handed 10:46 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Rapid City. A tripping call on Jordan Behler put Rapid City on the penalty kill. Jared Brown assisted on the tally.
Rapid City stifled Wichita's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Rapid City failed to reach its usual level of shot production, putting 18 pucks on goal after averaging 25.5 shots per game this season.
Rapid City additionally got points from Jarrett Konkle, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. In addition, Rapid City received assists from Winston Day Chief and Michael Couch, who contributed one a piece.
The Thunder put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Rapid City to score on any of its six power plays. Wichita could not produce up to it normal offensive output. The Thunder average 3.3 goals per game. Wichita could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 17 minutes in penalties during the game. The Thunder forced Rapid City goalie Boron to work between the pipes, taking 43 shots.
Rapid City ended with 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major. Torrie Jung rejected 15 shots on goal for the Thunder. Wichita registered zero goals on three power play opportunities.