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Skvortsov Leads Wildcats past Bulls
Friday, 10.07.2016 / 9:49 pm CT
The Wildcats extracted their pound of flesh from the Amarillo Bulls on Friday night, skating to a 3-2 victory and avenging their defeat to the Bulls in the home opener.
A fairly lopsided start to the game saw the Bulls shoot out to a quick 7-1 edge in shots on goal. Evan Moyse was able to deal with the early onslaught from Amarillo, and eventually the Wildcats struck. After a long shift in the offensive zone against a winded Amarillo squad, Ricky Carballo smashed the puck into the net off a big rebound conceded by Bulls’ goaltender Nikita Babintsev. Carballo’s line mates Ilya Skvortsov and Steven Tillie were each given assists for keeping the play alive and generating the chance.
Nine seconds after the Wildcats opened the scoring, Steven Ipri scored his second goal in as many games at Kay Yeager this season by firing a wrist shot past Moyse and into the net to tie the game 1-1. The Cats and the Bulls hashed things out in an evenly played remainder of the period. Wichita Falls killed off a penalty in the late stages of the first frame, entering the locker room tied up after the first 20 minutes.
Defenseman Roman Kinal would score his first goal as a Wildcat by blasting a laser into the top right corner of the net and past Babintsev’s glove. Amarillo’s Captain Matt Nehls would retaliate at the 37:15 mark of the game by sniping Moyse from the deep slot with a seeing-eye shot to re-tie the game up at 2.
Skvortsov put on an offensive clinic all night, tallying three primary assists in the game. On the third, he set up Aleksi Poikola at the end of the second period. Poikola had been robbed twice earlier in the game, but the third time was the charm as he tucked home a quick shot past Babintsev.
The Cats buckled things down in the third period, increasing their forecheck and preventing Amarillo from generating consistent offense. They held the Bulls to just six third period shots. Moyse kept them off the score sheet, and the Wildcats skated away with a 3-2 victory.
Moyse earned his 5th victory of the season, stopping 29 of 31 shots. Babintsev denied 27 of 30 and was charged with his second defeat. The Wildcats will be playing the Shreveport Mudbugs for the first time next Saturday night, October 15th on Back the Blue Jersey Night.