Two points from Colin Staub and Nick Farmer, and a pair of power-play tallies helped the Wichita Falls Wildcats claim their third win in succession, as they defeated the Amarillo Bulls, 5-2, and the Kay Yeager Coliseum on Tuesday night.
Staub and Farmer each potted a goal and an assist in the win, and Alex Falconer, Cam Knight and Erich Jaeger also found twine for Wichita Falls. David Zevnik earned the start in net, making 22 saves on 24 shots faced to claim his 11th victory of the year.
For the first time in their last five contests, the ?Cats found the net first, and did so after a strong rush by Staub.
After Townsend chipped a loose puck into the offensive zone from just outside the blue line, Staub skated onto the disc and charged to the net. With Austin Albrecht to his left, Staub faked a shot and cut towards the middle, before tucking a backhand effort through the five-hole of Jacob Weatherly to make it 1-0 at 5:28 of the frame.
Townsend almost made it 2-0 Wichita Falls on the power play a few minutes later, as Staub set him up with a chance on the back door, but Weatherly managed to glove Townsend?s effort to keep the score 1-0.
Amarillo capitalized on that save later in the first, with Cody Gylling swatting home a rebound from an acute angle to level the score, 1-1, on a two-man advantage for the Bulls. Early in the middle frame, a power play opportunity allowed Luke Novak to give Amarillo a 2-1 lead, but true to recent form, the red-and-black answered with a strong surge in the second stanza.
First, Falconer marked his return to the lineup with his seventh of the year. Chernyuk played the puck to space on the right-wing wall, where