Shane Starrett Blanks Americans; Thunder Win 3-0
The Wichita Thunder were looking for their second straight victory in Allen, and goaltender Shane Starrett brought his “A” game to help make that reality, blanking the Allen Americans in the 3-0 victory. Starrett stopped 33 shots in recording his professional shutout, and Mark MacMillan and Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin each added 2 assists in the win.
The Thunder came out on fire, dominating the opening period. Wichita fired 20 shots on net, but Allen goaltender Jeremey Brodeur was brilliant in the net, keeping Wichita off the scoreboard.
In the second, the Thunder kept the pressure on, firing 15 shots on net, but Brodeur was not to be beaten early on. The Wichita netminder was also exceptional through the first two periods, but far less busy, only facing 18 total shots through the first two periods.
In the third, the Wichita Thunder would finally get the lead. At the 4:41 mark, Tyler Vankleef fired a shot from near the goal line. The puck hit off of Brodeur’s back and fell into the net for his first goal in a Thunder uniform.
From there, the Americans took command of the game. They would put together two spurts where they fired five straight shots on net, and had a span where they outshot Wichita 12-2. However, Starrett was not letting anything get past him on this night.
With about two minutes left in the game, Allen pulled Brodeur looking to tie the score. The Thunder would use the opportunity to extend the lead to two. Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin was able to gain control of the puck, passing it to Jeremy Beaudry, who fired a long outlet pass to Kyle Platzer. Platzer back-handed the puck into the empty net for his sixth goal of the season.
The Thunder were not done. With a little less than a minute left, Allen took two penalties and Wichita would capitalize with 19 seconds left in the game. Mark MacMillan passed the puck to Nick Latta, who fired the one-timer in for his first goal since joining the Thunder. That made it 3-0, which would be the final.
Shane Starrett stopped all 33 shots he faced, moving his record to 14-4-3. He also lowered his goals against average to 2.49. Both Mark MacMillan and Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin had 2 assists.
These two teams will face each other tomorrow night. The faceoff is scheduled for 7:05.
By Robert Pannier