Standings in South Division: 3rd
Last Ten Games: 7-2-0-1
With the win on Wednesday night, the Warriors regained the three-point advantage over the Shreveport Mudbugs and maintained third place in the South Division.
Eight games remain on the Warriors 2021-2022 regular season, and if the season ended today, they would be starting the Robertson Cup against the Lone Star Brahmas.
Wednesday Night’s game:
With much anticipation, the game got underway with relative ease, as the puck got dumped hard into the Shreveport defensive zone. There was a collision between Warriors forward Adisen Brueck and Mudbug forward Logan Gotinsky as they raced after the puck along the half-wall.
Gotinsky collapsed onto the ice after the contact and would remain there until trainers could assess his injuries. Out of precaution, he was assisted off the ice via a stretcher and taken to the local hospital. According to Shreveport personnel, he looked to be clear of any significant injuries, as was reported on the Warriors first-period intermission report. We hope for a speedy recovery and see Gotinsky back on the ice soon.
When play resumed, the Warriors were faced with killing off a major penalty as Adisen Brueck would be charged with checking from behind and a 20-minute game misconduct. Brandon Milberg would stand on his head in between the pipes, denying Shreveport multiple times during that 5-minute penalty, keeping the Warriors in the game early.
As soon as the major penalty ended, Adam Smith continued the Wichita Falls march to the penalty box, and again, the penalty kill for the Warriors would stay perfect on the game.
Shreveport goaltender Devon Bobak would get his first challenges in the game, as Wichita Falls would their first chance on the power play but to no avail, as the teams stayed tied halfway through the first.
Penalties continued to be the theme for the home team, as Dyer and Milberg would collect minor penalties of their own at the period’s end, the Warriors gathered 11 minutes of penalty time, but the score stayed at 0-0.
The second period saw back and forth action with both teams taking turns with sustained pressure in their offensive zones and exchanging possession in the neutral zone. William Lawson-Body would get the scoring started, but Cade Lemmer’s work at center ice would create the chance. He would knife the puck away from the Mudbug defender to leave a loose puck for a streaking Branden Williams to take it into the zone. On the two-on-one chance, Williams would saucer it over the Lawson-Body to bury the puck 5-hole.
Late in the second period, Philip Tornqvist continues scoring on the man advantage. He one-times another puck into the opposing net, popping the bottle, and gained the Warriors a two-goal lead into the locker room.
Warriors would play tight defensively in the final frame, while the Mudbugs pushed to gain a goal back to try and dig themselves out of the hole.
Shreveport’s penalty woes continued into the third period, and Drew Vieten would make them pay for it with his goal on the doorstep of the Shreveport crease. Brendan Williams would find the ricocheting puck off the end board and produce an excellent centering pass.
Both teams would play out the rest of the period, but the Warriors would come out victorious with a 3-0 win. Milberg collects his 5th shutout win, stopping all 28 shots, for his 19th win on the season. After the game, Devon Bobak will have double-digits in the loss column, picking up his 10th in a 27 save night.
Next Slate of Games:
This upcoming weekend, Corpus Christi makes their way to the Kay Yeager Coliseum, as Wichita Falls looks to finish out the season series. Last time out against the Ice Rays, the Warriors earned 3 points on the road and will look to have another dominating outing in the Kay Yeager Coliseum like the one last night.
Written by: Scott Masom