(Photo: Troy Young)
Blaine, Minn. – Wichita Falls (4-0-0) continued its hot start to the season on Thursday, scoring early and often to beat the Brookings Blizzard (0-2-0), 7-1.
Nick Farmer and Rudy Junda each scored a pair of goals, Max Reisinger had a goal and an assist and Tyler Ledford and Evan Okeley each picked up a pair of assists.
Sam Piazza opened the scoring for the Wildcats in the first period. Jake Townsend’s pass through the middle found Reisinger streaking ahead for a breakaway. His initial effort was saved into the corner, but he followed up the play and threw a centering feed out in front for Piazza to tuck home for his second goal of the year.
A few minutes later, Wichita Falls doubled its lead on a four-on-three power play. Ledford threaded a pass from behind the net to Farmer in the high slot. Farmer had time to pick his spot and sniped the top left corner to make it 2-0.
In the second, the Wildcats picked up right where they left off. Kyle Bauman fed a pass to Farmer above the left faceoff circle after a strong individual effort below the goal line to keep possession of the puck. Farmer again had time to pick his spot, and fired a wrister that snuck through traffic and over the glove of Miguel Genest to make it 3-0.
The Blizzard would pull a goal back after Nick DeCenzo found the back of the net on a power play, but that was all the offense they would muster. Moments later, Junda restored the three-goal advantage with a shot from the right faceoff circle that trickled through the paraphernalia of Genest to make it 4-1.
The third period saw more of the same from Wichita Falls. After killing off an extended two-man advantage for Brookings, the Wildcats scored three goals in a span of five minutes.
First, Josh Haverstrom stashed home a loose puck in front of the net after Staub pushed a shot towards the crease. Reisinger picked up his goal seconds later, going bar-down on a one-timer after a good entry play by newcomer Hogan Davidson and Nick Farmer. Junda completed the scoring on the power play at 16:38 of the third, putting a shot under the bar from in close to make it 7-1.
David Zevnik started in net for the Wildcats, making 25 saves on 26 shots to earn his first win of the season.
Wichita Falls is back on the ice tomorrow to take on the Coulee Region Chill. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:45 pm, with the game broadcast on FASThockey.com.
Wichita Falls – Sam Piazza (Max Reisinger, Jake Townsend)
Wichita Falls – Nick Farmer (power play) (Tyler Ledford, Will Vosejpka)
Wichita Falls – Nick Farmer (Kyle Bauman)
Brookings – Nick DeCenzo (power play) (Conrad Sampair, Beau Michaud)
Wichita Falls – Rudy Junda (Jake Townsend, Evan Okeley)
Wichita Falls – Josh Haverstrom (Colin Staub, Sam Piazza)
Wichita Falls – Max Reisinger (Nick Farmer, Hogan Davidson)
Wichita Falls – Rudy Junda (power play) (Tyler Ledford, Evan Okeley)