Wildcats edge Brahmas in shootout on Wednesday
By Ben Horner, Wichita Falls Wildcats
Lone Star 3 @ Wichita Falls 4 (SO) - Behind two goals from Austin Beaulieu and a strong showing from Austin Shaw, the Wichita Falls Wildcats fought past the Lone Star Brahmas, 4-3 in a shootout, on Wednesday night at the Kay Yeager Coliseum. Beaulieu paced the offense for Wichita Falls with his two goals, while Johnathan Lazarus also found the net for the red-and-black. Colin Staub, Jake Townsend, Nikita Litviak and Tommy Apap all chipped in with assists, while Shaw made 17 saves and stopped four of five shootout attempts to earn his 18th victory of the campaign.
The first period saw the ‘Cats claim an early two-goal lead, but Lone Star battled back in the closing stages of the frame to even the affair. Wichita Falls opened the scoring just over four minutes into the game as Litviak worked a soft shot on net that Jake Kupsky spilled. Lazarus reacted quickest to the loose disc, tucking into the back of the net to make it 1-0 on his ninth goal of the year. Just over two minutes later, Townsend gloved down a clearing attempt at the blue line and dished off to Staub at the right-wing circle. Staub fed to Beaulieu at the top of the left circle, who got just enough on his shot to sneak it past Kupsky for his 17th tally of the campaign.
Lone Star cut into the deficit inside the last three minutes of the frame though, with Alexey Solovyev finding a shooting lane through traffic with a wrist shot from the blue line to make it 2-1. The Brahmas tied it on the power play moments later when, with Max Reisinger in the box, a slap shot from the point was tipped home by Storm Wahlrab in front to level the affair, 2-2.