Wildcats Defeat Corpus Christi in Shootout, 2-1

The Wichita Falls Wildcats (10-2-3) needed a shootout for a third-straight game, but emerged victorious on Friday, as they beat the Corpus Christi IceRays (4-7-4), 2-1.

David Zevnik made 38 stops in regulation and overtime, plus another six in the eight-round shootout to earn his fifth win of the season. Jordan Jancze scored the Wildcats' lone goal in the contest, while Ben Kucera picked up the decisive tally in the shootout.

The IceRays got on the board first, courtesy of a power-play tally. Tony Roisum threw a shot towards the net that was deflected through the legs of Zevnik to make it 1-0 at 15:23 of the period.

The Wildcats wasted no time tying the score however, taking advantage of a fortuitous bounce to level the affair. Matt Koch sent a simple dump-in to the offensive zone. With IceRays' goalie Ben Myers out of his net to play the puck, it took an awkward carom off the boards right out to Jordan Jancze at the bottom of the circle, who stuffed it home. It was Jancze's sixth goal of the year, with the assist representing Koch's first North American Hockey League point.

The second period was marred by penalties aplenty for both teams, with twelve total infractions called in the frame, although neither team was able to cash in on their power play opportunities.

Neither team could find a goal in the third period nor the ensuing overtime session, so the game headed to a shootout.

Josh Haverstrom and Rudy Junda both found the back of the net for Wichita Falls in the first two rounds of the shootout, but Joe Costello and Martin Hojbjerg scored for the IceRays to force extra rounds. In the eighth round, Kucera stepped up and froze Myers before slipping a sneaky shot through the five-hole. Then, Corpus Christi's Jake Durflinger could not find a way to beat Zevnik, giving the Wildcats the win.

These two teams will meet again on Saturday, with puck drop scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
Corpus Christi - Maurin Bouvet (power play) (Tony Roisum, Jason Lem) 15:23
Wichita Falls - Jordan Jancze (Matt Koch) 16:59

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
No Scoring

No Scoring
Wichita Falls Corpus Christi
Josh Haverstrom yes
Rudy Junda yes
Kyle Bauman no
Colin Staub no
Tyler Ledford no
Will Vosejpka no
Jordan Jancze no
Ben Kucera yes

yes Joe Costello
no Caleb Obrien
yes Martin Hojbjerg
no Mikkel Hojbjerg
no Wes Michaud
no Nick Monfils
no Eric Purcell
no Jake Durflinger

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