Thunder falls

at Utah

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — The Wichita Thunder opened a three-game road series against the Utah Grizzlies with a 5-3 loss Wednesday in ECHL play at the Maverik Center.

Utah scored three goals in the second period to take command of the game.

Austin Carroll led the Grizzlies with a goal and two assists. Jack Walker and Jake Marchment each added a goal with an assist. Tim McGauley and Travis Barron each scored a goal.

Kevin Carr had 19 saves in goal for Utah.

Cam Reid and Steven Iacobellis each scored a goal with two assists for Wichita. Pierre-Cedric Labrie added a goal. Stuart Skinner had 21 saves in goal for Wichita.

The Thunder drops to 15-13-4-3. Utah improves to 18-8-3-1, one point behind Idaho for the lead in the ECHL Mountain Division.

Monday in Independence, Wichita fell to the Kansas City Mavericks 5-4 in overtime. Rocco Carzo scored the game winner with 1:57 remaining in overtime. Greg Betzold and Willie Raskob assisted.

Wichita scored a pair of goals in the final 61 seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime and claim a point on the road.

Betzold finished with two goals and an assist. Mark Cooper scored a goal with two assists. Nate Widman also scored a goal.

Mark MacMillan and Keoni Texeira each scored a goal with an assist for Wichita. Ralph Cuddemi and Jeremy Beaudry each added a goal. Steven Iacobellis distributed three assists.

Stuart Skinner had 16 saves in goal for Wichita. Edwin Minney added six assists. Nick Schneider had 22 saves in goal for Kansas City.

Wichita and Utah meet again at 8:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday to conclude the three-game series.

THUNDER SIGNEES — The Thunder signed two players prior to Wednesday’s game — goaltender Matt Hewitt and forward Quintin Lisoway.

Hewitt is a rookie who started the season with the Fassa Falcons HC of the Alps Hockey League, where he played in 12 games with a 3.74 goals-against-average and a .899 save percentage. He also had two assists.

He played five seasons for the University of British Columbia, where he was 33-29-5. His team reached the Canada West Conference semifinals twice and the quarterfinals three other times.

He also was signed as an emergency back-up goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks in 2016.

Lisoway also is a rookie who started the season with the Rapid City Rush, scoring a goal with an assist in 19 games.

Lisoway played two seasons at the University of Manitoba, where he scored 20 goals with 13 assists in 53 games. His team reached the Canada West Conference quarterfinals both seasons.