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(Note: Wildcats Weekly presented by Armored Roofing will be posted at the end of the week)
TICKETS: Single-game tickets for the 2014-15 Wildcats season are on sale now at the Kay Yeager Coliseum Box Office, and can be purchased by calling (940) 716-5555. Take advantage of 4-for-$24 tickets tonight, good on any seat in the arena.
On Friday, Feb. 13, kids 12 and under will receive a free Wildcats shirt, courtesy of Digital Deviance. Additionally, fans may take advantage of our Valentine’s Day ticket special, with 2-for-$20 tickets available to all fans the next night when the Wildcats host the Jacks on Feb. 14.
Fans may also take advantage of a 4-for-$24 ticket special good for any seats in the arena when the ‘Cats host the Lone Star Brahmas on Feb. 18. Simply contact the KYC Box Office at (940) 716-5555 for tickets.
Ready For Round Three
The Wildcats and Brahmas will meet for the third time in six days when they take the ice at the Kay Yeager Coliseum on Wednesday night. Wichita Falls is 2-2-0 against Lone Star this season, after splitting last weekend’s road set in North Richland Hills and a series at home in October. Forward Austin Beaulieu and defenseman Jake Townsend have each notched four points on two goals and two assists in head-to-head-play against the Brahmas, while Nick Farmer, Colin Staub and Matt Koch have each chipped in with three points against Lone Star. In net, Austin Shaw is 2-0-0 against the Brahmas, with a 2.88 goals against average and a .873 save percentage. Historically speaking, the series between the ‘Cats and Lone Star has been fairly even, with Wichita Falls holding a 7-5-1 mark against its rival from the Metroplex.
Lone Star enters this Wednesday’s contest leading the Wildcats by one point for second place in the South Division with 57 points and a record of 27-10-3. While they have been dominant at home, the Brahmas have found life on the road a bit more difficult, with a 6-8-2 mark in road games compared to a 21-2-1 record as the home team. Entering Wednesday’s contest, Lone Star is averaging 2.63 goals per game on the road as opposed to 4.25 goals per game at home. Despite that discrepancy, the Brahmas still boast one of the league’s top offenses thanks largely to the efforts of an all-Swedish first line that features the league’s leading scorer, Sebastian Vidmar (24-35-59), along with Ludvig Larsson (15-22-37) and Oskar Andren (12-17-19). In net, TJ Black has the slight edge in minutes played for Lone Star, with a 16-6-2 record and 2.08 goals against average to go along with a .912 save percentage.
Wednesday’s tilt marks the third-straight meeting between the ‘Cats and Brahmas after the two sides split a weekend series in North Richland Hills last Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats opened the two-game set well, taking a 2-0 lead in the first period of Friday’s contest, but Lone Star came roaring back with four-unanswered goals on the way to claiming a 6-3 win. Wichita Falls started Saturday in similar fashion, taking an early 1-0 lead when Austin Beaulieu scored on the game’s first shot just 15 seconds in, before second-period goals from Colin Staub, Alex Falconer and Jake Townsend gave the red-and-black a 4-0 edge entering the final frame. The Brahmas battled hard in the third, scoring three times in the final nine minutes to pull within one tally with less than two minutes remaining, but the Wildcats weathered a final surge in the dying moments of the game to hold on for a 4-3 win. Saturday’s game marked the first time this season Lone Star had lost a game in regulation at the NYTEX Centre.
Multiple Wildcats skaters reached milestones over the course of their two-game set with the Brahmas last weekend. On Friday, Matt Koch registered a goal and an assist to set a franchise record for points in a single-season by a defenseman with 39 (five goals, 34 assists), topping Sam Piazza’s mark of 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists) set during the 2013-14 campaign. Fellow defenseman Jake Townsend also achieved a career milestone over the weekend when he skated in his 150th game as a member of the Wildcats in Saturday’s 4-3 win. Townsend is the third skater this season to reach that mark, joining Colin Staub and Nick Farmer in that regard, and is the seventh player in team history to play 150 games in a Wichita Falls sweater. Townsend currently holds the franchise records for most career goals by a defenseman (21), most career points by a defenseman (63), most career power-play goals by a defenseman (5), and most games played in a career by a defenseman (150).
Last weekend saw solid performances from Wildcats alumni at all levels of the game, but it was at the collegiate level that former ‘Cats shown brightest, led by the exploits of forward Sami Salminen. A member of the 2012-13 Wichita Falls squad, Salminen posted two goals and an assist last weekend to help Northern Michigan University claim a two-game sweep over the University of Alaska Anchorage. Now in his sophomore year, Salminen has nine points on four goals and five assists in 18 games played for Northern Michigan. Elsewhere in the Upper Midwest, Kyle Bauman (2012-14) continued his scorching scoring pace by posting a goal and an assist for the Bemidji State Beavers in a 5-2 win on Friday. Bauman finished January with a 5-2-7 line in eight games played, with his five goals during January tied for the most by a freshman in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in that span. Also enjoying an eventful weekend was forward Daniel Gentzler (2009-10), who potted his first goal of the season in Colgate’s 2-2 tie against Cornell on Saturday.
Season Ticket Sales Open
Last week, the Wildcats opened season-ticket sales for next season, allowing fans to guarantee their seats for every game of the 2015-16 campaign. In addition to lowering prices on nearly all seats in the Club (formerly, ‘Lower’) and Reserved (formerly, ‘Upper’) levels, the 2015-16 season will also see the Wildcats offer two new categories of seating. Fans may now get an “up-close-and-personal” look at the action on the ice with seats near the glass in the new “Premium” sections. Alternatively, fans who prefer watching the game from a higher vantage point may now reserve seats in the new, season-ticket only, “Roar Zone” located in Sec. 21. Season tickets can be reserved for as little as $75 per seat. However, fans who provide full payment for their season tickets by Feb. 28 will receive additional savings of $42 per seat. Full pricing information can be found by visiting www.wfwildcatshockey.com, or by calling the Wildcats office at (940) 716-5587.