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Wichita Falls outlasts Rio Grande Valley, 3-2
Story by Narrative Science.
The Wichita Falls Wildcats and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Wichita Falls made the most of its opportunities and won, 3-2.
Neither team gained more than a one-goal lead, and Jordan Jancze's goal in the second period proved to be the difference maker.
Jancze had two goals to lead the Wildcats to victory.
Wichita Falls put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Rio Grande Valley to score on any of its three power plays. The Wildcats average 31.0 shots on goal per game, but only sent 22 pucks on net against the Killer Bees. Wichita Falls was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 24 penalty minutes.
Rio Grande Valley racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with six minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 21.0 minutes per game the Killer Bees had been spending in the box. Rio Grande Valley relied on a core group of players for most of its offense, as Ben Greiner, Will Clark and Aleksi Luhtalampi took 15 of the team's 22 shots.
David Zevnik made 20 saves for the Wildcats on 22 shots. Wichita Falls registered one goal on four power play opportunities. Olli Kalkaja recorded 19 saves for the Killer Bees.