Behind a pair of late goals from Nick Farmer, the
Wichita Falls Wildcats bested the Amarillo Bulls, 4-2, to finish a
three-game sweep of the Bulls at the Kay Yeager Coliseum on Tuesday night.
Tommy Apap scored his second goal of the season in the win, and Austin
Albrecht tacked on a goal and an assist. Erich Jaeger, Johnny Lazarus,
Jake Townsend, Austin Beaulieu and Colin Staub each chipped in on the
attack with an assist, and Austin Shaw made 30 saves to earn the victory
in the Wildcats? fourth-straight win.
The first period played out scoreless thanks in large part to the play of
Shaw in the Wildcats net. The first-year netminder faced a barrage in the
opening period, including a late-period flurry of power-play efforts from
the Bulls, but proved equal to the task on all 15 shots faced.
finally breaking the deadlock thanks to a fortuitous bounce in front.
With JJ Huerena in the box for boarding for Amarillo, the ?Cats power play
went to work. After swooping through the neutral zone to collect the disc,
Staub raced into the zone along the left side. He fought through a pair of
checks, before managing to force the puck along to Apap behind the net.
Wichita Falls stumbled out of the blocks to start the third, as Luke
Novack and Addison Runey scored within seconds of each other to give
Amarillo a 2-1 lead within two minutes played, but the ?Cats fought back
to tie the contest with nine minutes left.
With the puck in the offensive corner, Lazarus held the puck and waited
for support, which Jaeger dutifully provided. Jaeger took the disc from
Lazarus and fed a perfect pass to Albrecht crashing the net in front, who
stuffed it home to tie it, 2-2, on his third tally of the season.
From there, the ?Cats controlled the remainder of the third and eventually
took the lead for good thanks to Farmer?s efforts.
With less than five minutes left, Farmer picked up a feed from Albrecht in
the neutral ice and raced to the left-wing wall as he gained the offensive
zone. After getting around the Amarillo defense, Farmer cut towards the
net and roofed a beautiful backhander under the crossbar to give the
Wildcats a 3-2 lead on his third goal of the campaign.
Then, with time winding down, Farmer iced the affair with an empty-net
goal to make it 4-2 and give Wichita Falls the two points.
The Wildcats are next in action when they travel to Odessa to take on the
Jackalopes on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Puck drop is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. at
the Ector County Coliseum, with video coverage provided via FASTHockey.com