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Wichita Falls blows out Odessa, 6-2
Story by Narrative Science.
The Wichita Falls Wildcats were firing on all cylinders against the Odessa Jackalopes, and when the final buzzer sounded Wildcats emerged with a 6-2 win.
Wichita Falls' penalty kill excelled, as the Wildcats gave up one goal despite allowing six power plays.
Wichita Falls racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with 12 minors and two majors for 54 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 37.0 minutes per game the Wildcats had been spending in the box. Wichita Falls made Odessa's netminders to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, racking up 38 shots and forcing 32 saves. Eric Hancock made 32 stops and Yoshihiro Kuroiwa made zero. The defensemen of the Wildcats were also effective in the Jackalopes' zone, and came away with two goals.
Wichita Falls was helped by Ben Kucera, who registered one goal and one assist. Kucera scored on the power play 10:30 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Wichita Falls. The Wildcats earned a power play opportunity when Tyler Nabozny was put in the box for checking from behind. Nick Farmer assisted on the tally. Wichita Falls also got points from Sam Pzazza, who also finished with one goal and one assist, Colin Staub, who also had one goal and one assist, and Farmer, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Jake Townsend also scored for Wichita Falls. Other players who recorded assists for Wichita Falls were Tyler Ledford, who had three and Kristaps Bazevics, Jordan Jancze, Will Vosejpka, and Alfred Johansson, who contributed one a piece.
Odessa was often in penalty trouble, totaling 12 minors and two majors for 44 minutes in penalty time. The Jackalopes surpassed its season average of 29.0 penalty minutes per game. With 32 shots on target during the contest, Odessa exceeded the 24.7 shots it averages per game this year.
The Jackalopes were led by Chad Guderian, who registered one goal. Guderian scored 3:29 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Wichita Falls. Odessa also got a goal from Jake Kreutzer as well. More assists for Odessa came via Michael O Reilly and Trace Jablin, who each chipped in one.
Chase Munroe recorded 30 saves for Wichita Falls. The Wildcats registered three goals on eight power play opportunities.