The Wichita Thunder stunned Missouri on Tuesday night by blanking the Mavericks 5-0.

The Wichita Thunder stunned Missouri on Tuesday night by blanking the Mavericks 5-0.

Thunder players Alex Bourret, Brett Hemingway and Matt Summers each had a goal and an assist in the win and goaltender Adam Russo stopped all 20 Mavericks shots.

The Mavericks are 12-11-3 this season and in fifth place in the Turner Conference, two points below the Rapid City Rush for fourth place. Missouri will head to Fort Wayne to take on the Komets on Thursday.

“Inconsistent,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said.  “We had a very solid first period, our penalty kill was doing a great job, but we had no second or third period to follow up.”

After a scoreless first period, the Thunder took a 2-0 lead through the second period. Matt Robinson banged home a loose puck to put the Thunder up 1-0 at the 9:12 mark of the second period. Then it was Hemingway who buried a centering pass from Aaron Davis to give the Thunder a 2-0 lead.

Early into the third period, the Mavericks had a goal waved off on a shot from center ice, and the Thunder regained control by scoring three more goals. Wichita made it 3-0 on a two-on-one goal by Bourret at the 7:41 mark of the period. Next it was Summers who scored at the 10:59 mark.
At the 16:14 mark Chris Chappell made it a 5-0 game when Mavericks goaltender Charlie Effinger was unable to cover the puck and Chappell put it into the open net.

The Mavericks were shut out for the first time this season. The last time the Mavericks were blanked was a 4-0 loss in Wichita on January 22, 2011.