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Wildcats Clinch Playoff Spot with Shootout Win

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – Nick Farmer scored late in the third period,  
and Sam Piazza scored the winning goal in the shootout, as the Wichita  
Falls Wildcats (26-20-3) earned a 3-2 victory over the Lone Star Brahmas at  
the NYTEX Sports Centre on Friday.

The win, combined with a Corpus Christi loss, clinches a playoff spot for  
the Wildcats.

Todd Koritzinsky also scored for the Wildcats, while Ben Kucera picked up  
an assist in his first game back from injury. David Zevnik made 20 saves,  
and stopped all five shots faced in the shootout, to earn his 18th win of  
the season.

The opening period was all Wichita Falls, as the Wildcats out shot Lone Star  
16-5 through the first 20 minutes. That pressure paid off as the frame  
wound to a close thanks to a power-play tally.

Piazza and Kucera cycled the puck along the blue line, allowing traffic to  
develop in front of the net. Piazza then skipped a shot along the ice that  
Koritzinsky deflected between the legs of a screened TJ Black in the  
Brahmas' net. The goal, coming at 17:17 of the period, was Koritzinsky's  
sixth marker of the season.

In the second, the Wildcats created a handful of quality scoring chances,  
as Josh Haverstrom had a breakaway effort snuffed out, and Koritzinsky just  
missed the net on a give-and-go play with Tyler Ledford, but the period  
ended the way it started, with the Wildcats holding a 1-0 advantage.

The Brahmas came out flying in the third period, and took a 2-1 lead on  
goals from Hogan Davidson and Matt Lison within the first 10 minutes of the  
frame, but the Wildcats fought back to even the score off an offensive zone  
draw.

Farmer won the faceoff to the right of Black and chopped it towards the  
net. He then fought through a stick check, stepped towards the goal and, as  
he was tripped down to the ice, snuck a shot over the line to make it 2-2  
on his 12th marker of the campaign.

Neither team could find twine in the last five minutes of the third, nor  
overtime, so the game proceeded into a shootout.

After the first three shooters from each squad were stymied, Piazza stepped  
up and scored in round four to give the Wildcats the advantage. Zevnik then  
stonewalled the next two shooters to give Wichita Falls the win, the second-
straight shootout win for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats and Brahmas return to the ice on Saturday to conclude their  
weekend set. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the NYTEX Sports  
Center. Video coverage will be available on FASTHockey.com, with an audio-
only broadcast accessible via UStream.com. Fans may also following the  
Wildcats on Twitter (@WFWildcats) for in-game score updates.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
Wichita Falls - Todd Koritzinsky (power play) (Sam Piazza, Ben Kucera) 17:17

2nd Period
(No Scoring)

3rd Period
Lone Star - Hogan Davidson (Alexey Solovyev, Michael Crowley) 2:33
Lone Star - Matt Lison (Anthony Mousseau, Alexey Solovyev) 8:54
Wichita Falls - Nick Farmer (unassisted) 15:11