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2017 THORNE CUP FINAL WRAP-UP Junior Hockey News

Published: Sunday, 16 Apr 2017  
By: Scott Harrington

Wichita 4, Idaho 3


Peter Cicmanec scored three goals to lead the Wichita Jr. Thunder to a 4-3 win over the Idaho Jr. Steelheads in the 2017 Thorne Cup championship game.


It is the first ever Western States Hockey League championship for Wichita – and interrupted Idaho’s attempt at a three-peat.


Idaho’s Jonathan Karlsson scored the only goal of the first period, but the Jr. Thunder scored three unanswered goals in the second to take a 3-1 lead.  Cicmanec’s first two goals were sandwiched around a tally by veteran blue liner Alex Smith.


Lance Herning got the Jr. Steelheads within a goal at 6:28 of the third period, but Wichita’s Erik Spath made some key saves to protect the Jr. Thunder lead.


Cicmanec’s third goal came with 8:42 left on the clock and gave Wichita some breathing room that they would end up needing. 


Idaho’s Rei Kikuchi scored with just over six minutes left in the game to get the Jr. Steelheads back within a goal but Spath, who made 14 of his 35 saves in the final frame, would not allow another puck to get past him and the Jr. Thunder had a historic victory for their franchise.


Sergei Pysarenko made 25 saves for Idaho – 12 of them in the second period.


--- Harrington Sports Media


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