Wildcats Defeat Amarillo In Shootout

The Wichita Falls Wildcats let a 4-1 lead slip away Wednesday night, but were able to get a 5-4 shootout win over the Amarillo Bulls.

It was the Wildcats' fourth win in their ten-game season series against the Bulls, with three of those coming in overtime or a shootout.

Mikhail Sentyurin opened the scoring with a power-play goal off a scrum at 4:13 of the first period, before Jason McAloon scored the first of his two goals in a short-handed situation. He stole the puck and rifled a wristshot past Amarillo goalie Nikifor Szczerba to make it 2-0 Wildcats with 9:05 remaining in the period.

Amarillo drew within one when T.J. Sarcona scored at 14:28 of the first.

In the second period, the Wildcats extended their lead.

First, on a power-play, Daniel Hildebrandt blasted a slap shot from the point past Szczerba to make it 3-1 1:30 into the period.

Then at 12:06, off of a nice forecheck by Joe Marsh, McAloon got his second of the game, spinning before wristing it past Szczerba, who allowed four goals on 16 shots before being pulled following McAloon's second score.

Amarillo fought back with two goals in the final six minutes of the period, from Dan Sherer and Sarcona, who scored his second.

Eric Garavaglia was replaced by Tyler Green at the start of the third period, and Green stopped thirteen of fourteen, but the one he allowed, Sherer's second of the game, tied it with 3:33 remaining.

After a scoreless overtime, Drew Allen and Sentyurin each scored on the Wildcats' first two shootout attempts, while Green kept a clean sheet at the other end, stopping all four attempts to pick up the win.

The Wildcats will play their final two regular-season home games this Friday and Saturday night against the New Mexico Mustangs, both games at 7:05 at Kay Yeager Coliseum.