Cats Can Make Things Interesting
Through two games played in this series so far, even though the Brahmas have outscored the Wildcats 10-3, there seems to really be only one common denominator as to why Lone Star has a 2-0 series lead. Mistakes. Let’s break down how all ten of the Brahmas goals have been scored thus far. Two were empty nets. One was off an extremely fluky turnover from Jared Dempsey which completely turned the tide and momentum of Game 1. Three came on power plays which stemmed from silly, unnecessary penalties. Three resulted immediately after a faceoff loss in the defensive zone. And one came off a turnover right in the slot to Pete Kessel. The one thing all of these goals have in common is that they’re a direct result of Wildcats mistakes. Lone Star very rarely makes mistakes. But, the Cats have skated with the Brahmas. They’ve been outshot, but not to the extent where they can’t win games if they have decent goaltending and convert on a solid amount of their chances. The one time they beat the Brahmas during the regular season, they were outshot 42-26 but won the game 5-4 because they came through on their opportunities and had strong goaltending in the clutch moments. The keys to a Wildcats victory tonight are: limiting needless penalties, being competitive on faceoffs, and capitalizing on their scoring chances. Whether they do those things tonight may determine if we ever see another hockey game in this building.
This is a David & Goliath matchup in the truest sense. Lone Star leads 2-0 in the series, they’re favorites to win the championship this year, and they’ve beaten the Cats on ten straight occasions. But tonight isn’t a test of math and probability. Tonight is the ultimate test of resolve and determination. Being the favorites in hockey is a cumbersome burden. In a game where willpower so considerably drives results, the underdogs, in a way, have the advantage. Last night, the Nashville Predators swept the conference-leading perennial powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks. They pulled off a feat which no one, in their right mind, would have predicted. Anything can happen this weekend.
IceRays Sweep Mudbugs, Will Play Winner of this Series
The Corpus Christi IceRays pulled off an upset of their own by eliminating the highly touted Shreveport Mudbugs in just three games. Just 3:41 into overtime, Brad Power tipped a Josh Tripp wrist shot past John Roberts to advance the IceRays to the South Division Finals for the first time in their junior franchise history. The American Bank Center has a rodeo next weekend and Disney On Ice the following weekend, so they will not be able to host any Round Two playoff games in their building. They are looking into Houston and Sugar Land as potential sites to host their home games. Should the Wildcats advance, conflicts with the Wichita Falls Nighthawks would make hosting games at the KYC difficult, as well. If the Cats pull off the upset and overtake Lone Star, all of Round Two could be played at neutral sites and/or on weeknights.
Merch Booth Sale / Game 4 Tickets
All Wildcats merchandise is on sale at the Merch Booth for 50% off. Additional discounts do not apply. The box office will also be open if and after the Wildcats win tonight, and fans will be able to purchase tickets to Game 4 on Saturday night.
Our Good-Byes (If Necessary)
If the Wildcats are eliminated this weekend, all staff and players will be available for fans to engage following the game. Players will still be wearing their jerseys, and will be standing with Coaches Nelson and Leivermann, Debi Fleetwood and Alex von Keudell in a receiving line at the bottom of the stairs near the skate shop.