Saturday, 02.04.2017 / 9:48 pm CT
By Alex von Keudell / Photo: Tracey Koby
Battling hard for second place in the South Division, the Wildcats’ offense fell flat in a 4-0 defeat against the Lone Star Brahmas, who’ve extended their winning streak to 14 games.
Friday night it was the Wildcats who jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Saturday night, it was the Brahmas.
Lone Star’s Troy York scored his second goal in as many nights just 46 seconds into the contest, after he was fed a pass near the edge of the left circle. The Brahmas veteran skated right down the slot and ripped a shot past Evan Moyse’s blocker to give his team a 1-0 advantage.
Just 87 seconds later, Trevor Zenas scored his first goal as a Brahma after wheeling his way into the left circle from behind the net and lifting a shot under the crossbar to beat Moyse.
The Wildcats goaltender allowed goals on the first two shots he faced, but he would then make 16 straight first period saves to keep the Wildcats within reach. Max Prawdzik went a perfect 8/8 in goal on the other end.
Prawdzik would be the busier of the two goaltenders in the middle period. The Wildcats would double the Brahmas in shots on net, outshooting them 8-4, but Prawdzik kept all eight attempts from entering the net. The Cats entered the third period still trailing 2-0.
The third period was the Wildcats’ best, as they threw everything at the net to force Prawdzik to work harder. However, despite the Cats’ best efforts, York converted on another opening he had almost identical to his first goal and buried his second of the game.
York’s tally slowed the Cats’ swagger down, and Prawdzik stopped all 19 of their third period shots. Lone Star scored a fortunate goal at the end on an empty net to secure a 4-0 victory.
Moyse went 26/29 in net, while Prawdzik pitched a 35-save shutout for his first as a Brahma. The Wildcats will travel to the Texas Panhandle next Friday night to take on the Amarillo Bulls, who they’ve defeated five times in a row. Puck drop is set for 7:05 pm CT.