Wildcats Notes: Honor for Cowley, Playoff Scenarios

It was a solid weekend for Wichita Falls Wildcats goaltender Evan Cowley.

The 17-year-old from Evergreen, Colorado, gave up just a single goal in two games as the Wildcats swept Odessa at home to remain in the playoff hunt in the South Division.

On Friday, Cowley made 25 saves in a 7-1 win.  On Saturday, he stopped all 27 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season in a 4-0 win.  For the weekend, Cowley stopped 52 of 53 shots that came his way.

At just 17 years old, Cowley is tied for the league lead in games played this season (48) and ranks second in minutes played (2,778).

"Evan gives our team a chance to win every night.  He has really developed nicely this year and has a wonderful skill set as a goaltender," said Wildcats head coach Paul Baxter.  "However, I think where he has grown the most has been the mental part of the game.  He plays with a very quiet confidence and really is in a good state of mind when he is out there."

Wildcats Playoff Scenarios

The IceRays cling to a two-point lead over the Wildcats for the South's final playoff spot going into the final week.  The Wildcats need one of the following scenarios to happen to make the playoffs:

A sweep of Topeka and at least one regulation loss by Corpus Christi against Odessa.


A split with Topeka and an Odessa sweep of Corpus Christi in regulation.


A split with Topeka with the loss coming in OT/SO and an Odessa sweep of Corpus Christi with at least one in regulation.

In the event of a tie in points, the Wildcats would hold both tie-breakers—number of wins and head-to-head matchup.