Erich Jaeger scored his first two goals of the season and the visiting Wichita Falls Wildcats scored three unanswered third-period goals to defeat the Corpus Christi Ice Rays 4-1 Thursday night at the American Bank Center.
The win pushes Wichita Falls (6-1-1, 13 pts) into first place in the NAHL South Division over idle Topeka.
Jaeger scored a backhand goal on the power play late in the first period to stake the Wildcats to a 1-0 lead, which they carried into the first intermission.
Corpus Christi would tie the game on a power play of their own in the second period, when Jimmy O'Brien tapped one past Justin Kapelmaster on assists from Mason Krueger and Drake Lindsey, sending the game to the third period in a one-all tie.
The Wildcats' leading scorer on the season, Ben Lown, netted the game-winner with an individual coast-to-coast effort nearly five minutes into the third period. It was just his second goal this year, but he has a team-high nine assists which ranks in a tie for second in the NAHL.
Garrett VanWyhe added some insurance midway through the third, chopping home a long pass from Nikita Litviak to make it 4-2, before Jaeger finished the scoring with his second goal on a two-on-one with Austin Albrecht with under four minutes to play.
Kapelmaster stopped 21 of 22 shots he faced to pick up the win, running his season-opening winning streak to five-straight.
The two teams will be at it again Friday night, at 7:05 p.m. at the American Bank Center.