Wildcats Rally Earns Point in Topeka

The Wichita Falls Wildcats lost their first two games against Topeka this year by a combined 10-4.

Thursday night, they made it much closer.

The Wildcats scored two goals in a 21-second span of the third period to take the first-place Roadrunners to overtime, but wound up falling 4-3 in a shootout.

Dakota Klecha got things started for the Wildcats with his 18th goal of the year, just 32 seconds into the 3rd period and only 20 seconds after Topeka had scored to go up 2-0. Steven Hoshaw picked up the assist.

After another Roadrunners goal made it 3-1, Hoshaw cut the lead in half once again with an unassisted goal at 13:48 of the 3rd.

Then Miha Stebih tied it up just seconds later with his first goal of the season, set up by Alex Betts and Patrick Yudez at 14:09.

The game stayed tied through the overtime period, sending it to a shootout.

Klecha scored to give the Wildcats a lead in the shootout, but Topeka's second shooter tied things up.

In the third round, Ryan Frost again scored to give the 'Cats a lead, but Topeka also scored.

Wichita Falls' fourth shooter, Mac Olson, was stopped, and Topeka's Justin Hussar scored to give the Roadrunners their first lead of the shootout.

The Wildcats' Mikhail Sentyurin scored to keep things alive at 3-3, but Topeka's final shooter, Joe Van Antwerp, scored to put it away.

The overtime loss puts the Wildcats' record at 17-16-4, good for 38 points and 4th place in the NAHL South Division, while Topeka improved to 26-8-2, good for 54 points and first place.

The teams will meet again Friday night at 7:05 PM, then the Wildcats head to Amarillo Saturday night for a single game against the Bulls.