Wildcats Fall to Amarillo, 1-0 in Shootout

The Wildcats (6-1-2) fought hard for 65 minutes on Friday night, but were outlasted by the Amarillo Bulls (4-2-1) in the end, falling 1-0 after a seven-round shootout.

Chase Munroe made 19 saves in the losing effort, with Collin Delia of the Bulls posting 33 stops of his own to claim the win.

It was a fairly quiet first period, but Wichita Falls did have an opportunity to open the scoring. Nick Farmer rushed through the Amarillo defense while the Wildcats were shorthanded, but Delia stood strong in his crease to deny the breakaway opportunity.

The penalties started to pile up in the second period, as the two teams combined for 15 infractions worth a total of 52 penalty minutes.

The Wildcats did manage to create a quality scoring chance in the middle frame though, as Kyle Bauman danced around his man at the blue line and fed a centering pass for an onrushing Josh Haverstrom, but the puck was just out of the reach of Haverstrom's lunge.

The third period saw Wichita Falls control the play, as the Wildcats outshot Amarillo 14-2 in the final frame, but Delia repelled all efforts, so the game headed to overtime.

In the extra session, both teams worked to find a breakthrough but the goaltenders turned aside everything thrown their way to send the contest to a shootout.

The first three shooters of each team failed to find the back of the net, before Cody Gylling beat Munroe in the fourth round to give the Bulls the edge. Rudy Junda evened the shootout at one goal apiece in the fifth round to send it to extra frames, where Kyle Gattelaro scored the decisive tally in the seventh round to give Amarillo the 1-0 win.

Wichita Falls and Amarillo square off again on Saturday, with puck drop slated for 7:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats early, as the Wildcats will be recognizing past players and coaches, as well as long-time staff, as part of the team's 10th Anniversary Night.