Wildcats' Conor O'Neil Takes NAHL Award

Sometimes a change of scenery is what a player needs and such can be said about Wichita Falls forward Conor O'Neil.

The 18-year-old native of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, has been a great addition to the Wildcats line-up since being acquired in a trade with Amarillo earlier in the season.

O'Neil (6'1/190) has averaged a point per game with Wichita Falls and this past week was a great indicator of the impact he has made in the line-up.  In three games, O'Neil had seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) and was a +2 as the Wildcats snapped their losing streak and played well against some tough South opponents.

On Monday, O'Neil had two assists in a 5-3 loss in Amarillo against the Bulls. On Friday, O'Neil had a goal and an assist in a close 3-2 home loss to Topeka.  O'Neil saved his best performance for last as on Saturday, he had a hat-trick in a 5-2 win over the RoadRunners.

"Conor has explosive strength and speed and is very good for an 18-year-old," said Wildcats head coach Paul Baxter.  "He uses his speed very well to create chances and I think he just needed the right opportunity to flourish.  He has also seen some Division I interest, which is exciting for him."

The Wildcats are back in action Friday night at home against the last-place Odessa Jackalopes.