Behind a balanced attack and strong goaltending,
the Wichita Falls Wildcats powered past the Topeka Roadrunners, 5-1, at
the Kay Yeager Coliseum on Saturday afternoon to complete
the weekend sweep.
Austin Beaulieu scored twice and added an assist and Colin Staub registered a goal and two helpers, while Nikita Litviak and Jonathan Lazarus each recorded a goal and an assist. Tommy
Apap and Erich Jaeger chipped in with two helpers apiece, and Austin Shaw made 21 saves on 22 shots for his fourth-straight win.
An eventful first period saw the Wildcats found the net first after dogged determination on the forecheck.
After Jaeger was dispossessed in the corner, Lazarus won the puck back to keep the attack going. He played a short pass to Jaeger below the goal line, who quickly played it back in front
for Lazarus to stash home to make it 1-0.
Wichita Falls dominated the start of the second stanza, but did not make the pressure pay until a shorthanded breakaway led to a 2-0 lead. With Shane Kuzmeski in the box, Beaulieu
intercepted a pass at the Topeka blue line and raced ahead of the backcheckers. He faked a backhand effort to open up space to shoot, before slipping the puck between the legs of
Drew Vogler for his third tally of the weekend.
Topeka started the third period in strong fashion and cut the deficit in half on Daniel Rzavsky?s second goal of the weekend, but the Roadrunners would get no closer as the ?Cats roared back with three unanswered goals.
First, Nikita Litviak skated into the offensive zone on the right side after a feed from Lazarus. The Russian deked past one man, dangled around another and waited for Vogler to go down