AMARILLO, Texas – Sixty-five minutes were not enough to determine a winner in Amarillo on Saturday, but a strong effort from David Zevnik helped the Wichita Falls Wildcats (21-10-3) come out on top in a shootout, 2-1, to complete the weekend sweep of the Amarillo Bulls. It is the first time in team history that Wichita Falls has swept Amarillo in a two-game series.
Kyle Bauman scored the lone goal in regulation for the Wildcats, with Zevnik making 33 saves on 34 shots to earn his fifth-straight win. Bauman also scored in the shootout, along with Ben Kucera, Josh Haverstrom and Rudy Junda. With the victory, the ‘Cats have stretched their season-best winning streak to six games
For the second night in a row, Amarillo opened the scoring. After turnover just outside the Wichita Falls zone, Roman Ammirato rushed into the offensive zone and ripped a slapshot over the glove hand of Zevnik to make it 1-0 at the 19:03 mark of the frame.
In the middle frame, the Bulls poured on the offensive pressure but rather than expand their lead, the Wildcats scored another shorthanded goal to even the contest at 1-1. Right off a faceoff, Bauman kicked the puck past the Amarillo defender and raced away on a clean break. His initial shot beat Paul Berrafato but hit the crossbar and stayed out. However, after bouncing down off the bar, the puck struck Berrafato’s stick, which was behind the goal line, meaning it was a good goal. It was Bauman’s 11th goal of the season, coming unassisted.
The two teams traded chances in the third period and overtime, but with no pucks finding the back of the net, the game headed into a shootout, the second shootout these two teams have played against one another this season.
This time, the Wildcats turned the tables on Amarillo, scoring on all four of their attempts in the shootout. When Mike Davis’s effort was turned aside by Zevnik, it sealed the win for Wichita Falls.
The Wildcats do not play again until Jan. 3, when they travel to Topeka to start the second half of the season with a two-game series against the Roadrunners. Video streaming will be available on FASTHockey.com, with an audio-only broadcast accessible via the Wildcats’ UStream channel. Fans can also follow the Wildcats on Twitter (@WFWildcats) for score updates.
Amarillo – Roman Ammirato (Mike Davis) 19:03
Wichita Falls – Kyle Bauman (shorthanded) (unassisted) 14:47