Saturday, 01.21.2017 / 8:22 pm CT
By Alex von Keudell / Photo: Tracey Koby
Looking to redeem themselves after a disappointing defeat on Parents’ Night, the Wildcats dropped a hard-fought 5-3 decision against the Lone Star Brahmas in a penalty-riddled evening.
As expected, the Cats came out of the gates flying to start game two. The first five minutes were essentially all spent with the Wildcats buzzing all over the Brahmas’ zone. Just three minutes in, Ricky Carballo opened the scoring off a rebound to give the Cats their first lead of the series.
Lone Star would eventually gain momentum as the period went on. After Aleksi Poikola was given a four-minute double minor for high sticking, the Brahmas’ Jakub Melisko scored a power play goal to tie the game.
Carson Kelley would add another power play goal a few minutes later to give Lone Star its first lead of the night.
The second period started with the Wildcats killing off a full two-minute 5-on-3 penalty. After gaining substantial momentum from a taxing penalty kill, Blake Ripley found himself behind the Brahmas’ defense on a breakaway. The winger sniped a shot between the pads of Max Prawdzik to tie the game back up for Wichita Falls.
The jubilance at the KYC following Ripley’s goal was short-lived. Just seconds after, the Brahmas went to another power play following an interference penalty called against Wyatt Mathews. Hunter Stanley would quickly regain the Brahmas’ lead, which they would not surrender it again for the rest of the night.
Trailing 4-2 late in the game, the Wildcats went to a power play with three minutes remaining. Having pulled Evan Moyse for a sixth attacker, the Cats worked with a 6-on-4. Ryan Burnett deflected the puck past Prawdzik from the mid-slot to claw to within a goal.
Unfortunately, it was as close as the Cats would come. Austin Kamer notched an empty net goal after an awfully timed high-sticking penalty was called against Ilya Skvortsov.
Moyse was charged with his fifth regulation defeat despite stopping 37 of a possible 41 shots. Prawdzik was solid in net for the Brahmas, halting 29 of the Cats’ 32 attempts. The Wildcats will meet the Shreveport Mudbugs at George’s Pond Coliseum in Shreveport next weekend in a battle for second place.