Behind three points from Jake Townsend and goals from five different skaters, the Wichita Falls Wildcats (31-12-0) bested the Odessa Jackalopes (9-31-6) to complete the weekend sweep at the Kay Yeager Coliseum on Saturday night.
Townsend notched a goal and two assists in the win, giving him 30 points on the season, while Tommy Apap and Max Reisinger both tallied a goal and an assist.
Austin Azzinnaro and Alex Falconer also found twine for the red-and-black, with Colin Staub, Evan Okeley, Nikita Litviak, Erich Jaeger and Kevin Charyszyn chipping in with assists.
David Zevnik turned aside 21 shots to earn his 12th win of the year Odessa opened the contest with strong early pressure, but it was the ?Cats who found twine first.
After being hemmed into the defensive zone for a spell, Wichita Falls gained the zone through a measured transition rush. With Staub on the puck in the right-wing corner, Apap went to the slot waiting for a pass that just evaded his reach.
The loose disc fell right to Azzinnaro, who sniped it inside the far post to give the red-and-black a 1-0 lead on his first-career tally.
The Wildcats then expanded their edge around the halfway mark of the first, using traffic in front to create an opportunity. Townsend sent a
shot on net from the blue line that Tanner Creel stopped but could not control.
The rebound sat invitingly for Falconer, to tap home for his 10th tally of the year at 9:09 of the frame.
Wichita Falls wasted no time expanding the edge in the opening moments of the second stanza, and once more, Townsend was the creator.
After his initial blue-line shot was blocked, Townsend recollected and moved into a shooting lane, before floating a wrist-shot on net. Apap was camped out at the top of the crease and managed to get just enough of a deflection on the puck to redirect it past Creel for his seventh of the season.
Having set up the previous two tallies for the ?Cats, Townsend would have his goal a few minutes later, finding the back of the net on a rush with Reisinger.