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Wildcats Claim Close One Over Corpus Christi

(Photo: Troy Young)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Wichita Falls Wildcats (10-2-3) needed a shootout for a third-straight game, but emerged victorious on Friday, as they beat the Corpus Christi IceRays (4-7-4), 2-1.

David Zevnik made 38 stops in regulation and overtime, plus another six in the eight-round shootout to earn his fifth win of the season. Jordan Jancze scored the Wildcats’ lone goal in the contest, while Ben Kucera picked up the decisive tally in the shootout.

The IceRays got on the board first, courtesy of a power-play tally. Tony Roisum threw a shot towards the net that was deflected through the legs of Zevnik to make it 1-0 at 15:23 of the period.

The Wildcats wasted no time tying the score however, taking advantage of a fortuitous bounce to level the affair. Matt Koch sent a simple dump-in to the offensive zone. With IceRays’ goalie Ben Myers out of his net to play the puck, it took an awkward carom off the boards right out to Jordan Jancze at the bottom of the circle, who stuffed it home. It was Jancze’s sixth goal of the year, with the assist representing Koch’s first North American Hockey League point.

The second period was marred by penalties aplenty for both teams, with twelve total infractions called in the frame, although neither team was able to cash in on their power play opportunities.

Neither team could find a goal in the third period nor the ensuing overtime session, so the game headed to a shootout.

Josh Haverstrom and Rudy Junda both found the back of the net for Wichita Falls in the first two rounds of the shootout, but Joe Costello and Martin Hojbjerg scored for the IceRays to force extra rounds. In the eighth round, Kucera stepped up and froze Myers before slipping a sneaky shot through the five-hole. Then, Corpus Christi’s Jake Durflinger could not find a way to beat Zevnik, giving the Wildcats the win.

These two teams will meet again on Saturday, with puck drop scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Corpus Christi – Maurin Bouvet (power play) (Tony Roisum, Jason Lem) 15:23
Wichita Falls – Jordan Jancze (Matt Koch) 16:59

2nd Period

No Scoring

3rd Period

No Scoring

Overtime

No Scoring

Shootout

Wichita Falls

 Corpus Christi

SHOOTER

SCORE

Josh Haverstrom

yes

Rudy Junda

yes

Kyle Bauman

no

Colin Staub

no

Tyler Ledford

no

Will Vosejpka

no

Jordan Jancze

no

Ben Kucera

yes

SCORE

SHOOTER

yes

Joe Costello

no

Caleb Obrien

yes

Martin Hojbjerg

no

Mikkel Hojbjerg

no

Wes Michaud

no

Nick Monfils

no

Eric Purcell

no

Jake Durflinger

TOTALS:    3    

    2

Game Notes

The last time the Wildcats have gone to a shootout in three-straight games was Sept. 24 – Oct. 10, 2010…Zevnik’s 37 saves marked a season-high for the Lakeville, Minn.-native…Jancze has now scored five of his six goals in road games for Wichita Falls.