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Cats Stunned by Bulls in Amarillo

Friday, 11.06.2015 / 9:27 pm CT
By Alex von Keudell

WICHITA FALLS, TX — The Amarillo Bulls shocked the Wichita Falls Wildcats and defeated them 4-1 at the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday night.

The scoring was opened by Amarillo’s Joey Molinaro, who is now 6th in the entire NAHL in scoring with 19 points. He took advantage of a defensive breakdown and deked Kapelmaster out of position to tally his 9th goal of the year.

Just five minutes later, Jacob Nitsche carried the puck over the Wildcats blue line on what seemed to be a harmless play. However, he fired a perfectly placed wrist shot over the glove of Kapelmaster and into the top corner of the net to give the Bulls a 2-0 lead heading into the second. His goal would prove to be the game winner.

Both goaltenders stood their ground and stymied the opposing team in period 2. Kapelmaster made 10 stops in the middle frame, while Amarillo goaltender Anton Martinsson denied 18.

As the game progressed, Martinsson got stronger between the pipes. The Wildcats had become restless early in the third as they fired everything they had toward Martinsson. As the Cats’ frustration began to mount, the Bulls’ capitalized on a 2-on-1 rush. Defenseman Matt Nehls jumped into the play and fired a rebound past Kapelmaster to give the Bulls another insurance marker and boost their lead to three.

The Cats found themselves in incredibly unfamiliar territory. They went 59 minutes without scoring a goal, which is by far the longest period of time they had been shut out this season. So, with over two minutes remaining, Coach LaFontaine decided to pull Kapelmaster in favor of a sixth attacker. The six Wildcats created absolute havoc in front of the Bulls’ net, and finally Austin Beaulieu slammed one past Martinsson to deny the Swedish goaltender of a shutout. Charlie Singerhouse would tally an empty-net goal seconds later.

Kapelmaster made 30 saves in the defeat, while Martinsson made an outstanding 54 stops in the victory for the Bulls. The Cats and Bulls meet again at the Amarillo Civic Center on Saturday, November 7th shortly after 7 pm CT.

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