Saturday, 11.07.2015 / 9:53 pm CT
By Alex von Keudell
The Wichita Falls Wildcats knew they had to bounce back in a strong way after playing perhaps their worst game of the season Friday night. They did just that, defeating the Amarillo Bulls in front of a hostile crowd by a score of 4-2.
The scoring was opened by Charlie Singerhouse early in the first period. He skated it down the left wing with speed and snapped a shot past Julian Sime to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game. The goal electrified the 3,374 in attendance at the Amarillo Civic Center on Military Appreciation Night and made it difficult for the Wildcats to gain momentum.
It wasn’t until early in the second that the Cats were able to get their offense going. Adam Goodsir, who had not scored since September 26th going into this game, sniped a shot from nearly the same spot on the ice from which Singerhouse scored his. Then, just a few shifts later, Goodsir found himself in the midst of a net-mouth puck battle, and fired home his second tally of the night. The 17-year old’s 8th goal of the year would put him in sole possession of first place for goals among Wildcats this season.
The game was full of shifts in momentum, and it swung in the Bulls’ favor shortly after Goodsir’s second goal. After another goal-mouth scramble, Johan Lundgren lifted the puck over Sime after he had made several stops beforehand. With the score tied at 2, Ryan Burnett delivered a hefty and clean hit on Keenan Sabatini, a defenseman who’s got a seven-inch height advantage over the Wildcats’ winger. The hit resulted in an altercation in the Bulls’ zone which would escalate to the point of Nikita Litviak receiving a four-minute double minor and a game ejection.
With the veteran winger’s services unavailable for the remainder of the game and the Cats on an extended penalty kill, all of the momentum was on Amarillo’s side. However, the shorthanded units continued to hunker down and get the job done for the Wildcats, making a number of selfless plays and blocking shots to improve the Wildcats penalty kill even further. It fought off all six penalties it faced in the contest, and now trails only the Lone Star Brahmas’ penalty kill overall.
After killing yet another penalty, the momentum shift began to favor the Wildcats once more. After some good offensive-zone surges and decent looks at Anton Martinsson, Jake Dalton finally fired one past the Amarillo goaltender. The shot went high on Martinsson’s glove side through traffic, and he never saw it. The lead would hold until Austin Albrecht tapped in an empty-netter late in the game, giving him his team-leading 18th point of the season and sending the Amarillo crowd out of the building.
Sime made 27 stops for his 5th win for the Wildcats, while Martinsson stopped 40 shots for his 8th loss for the Bulls. The Wildcats play next on Friday, November 13th on Freaky Friday Night. All tickets to the KYC are $5.
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