Wildcats Rally Past New Mexico

A second-period timeout turned things around Monday night as the Wichita Falls Wildcats kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-2 win over New Mexico in front of 1,258 fans at Kay Yeager Coliseum.

After falling behind 2-0 early, they scored the final four goals of the game.

The win pulls the Wildcats to 19-27-5, good for 43 points and a tie for 5th place with Odessa, who will be in town March 9th and 10th.

Both teams are five points behind Corpus Christi for the fourth and final playoff spot in the NAHL South Division.

After a scoreless first period, Patrick Anderson and Evan Johnston scored 4:41 apart in the second to give the Mustangs their lead.

Following the second New Mexico goal, Wildcats coach Paul Baxter used his timeout, delivering an intense message to his troops.

It seemed to work quickly, as the 'Cats showed immediate jump and some spunk, including a skirmish around the Mustang net that led to matching minor penalties for roughing.

About two minutes after those penalties, the Wildcats finally got on the board, as Zach Pochiro found captain Renato Engler coming down the left wing. Engler's shot was stopped by the New Mexico goalie, but Tucker Poolman was there for the rebound to cut the lead in half.

With just under twelve minutes left in the third period Pat Thompson pulled the Wildcats even off assists from Poolman and Chris Pontello.

About three and a half minutes after that the 'Cats took their first lead of the game as Sergei Soloviev scored with helpers from Engler and Pochiro.

Pochiro scored an insurance goal with 2:59 to play with help from newcomer Rodney Lalonde, who recorded his first Wildcats point in just his second game with the team.

Jo Jo Jeanetta stopped 25 of 27 shots to pick up his second straight win after a seven-game winless streak.